LEESBURG, Va. –
The National Automotive Service Task Force
(NASTF) has announced that the Secure Data Release Model (SDRM) will now be managed by the Automotive Service Association (ASA). The SDRM was previously managed by the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) and moves to ASA per the organization’s charter, now that ALOA has relinquished management responsibility. David Lowell, former executive director of ALOA, has been contracted by ASA to manage the day-to-day operations of the SDRM.
“ALOA and ASA have always held joint responsibility for the SDRM,” said Ron Pyle, NASTF Chairman and chief staff executive of ASA. “ALOA took the lead and developed the SDRM software, registered vehicle security professionals and performed background checks on new and renewing applicants. Now, the SDRM is taking on new responsibilities that include vehicle module initialization and Theft Related Parts programs. Since these new programs will eventually become much larger than the locksmith function that SDRM originally addressed, ALOA has decided that now is the time to shift responsibility for the program to ASA.”
To ensure a smooth transition, Lowell has left his role as executive director of ALOA to become the SDRM manager for ASA.
“David has and will continue to be an important part of the day-to-day management of the SDRM,” said Pyle. The transition will occur over the next few weeks and will be completed by the end of the year.