Bios of Speakers for this years TCRA 2008 seminar.
Click below to read more about some of this years speakers.
Resident in Christchurch New Zealand, Martin has been involved with the transmission industry for over 30 years as a transmission rebuilder and torque converter rebuilding. Frequent attendee at industry seminars in the USA. Has been active on the internet since the early days being one of the very early members of TRNi and is very keen to see the TCRA website and e-mail forum expand to be a valuable service to all members.
Business Development Manager
Hobart Brothers Company
Global Tubular Wire Division
Troy , Ohio 45373
Joined Hobart Brothers in 1962 as a welding technician in research And development.
1965 to 1969 Hobart applications procedure lab ,traveling the country Resolving welding issues at customers locations.
1970 Through 1995 Regional Manager for Hobart , North Central Region , Northeast Region , South East Region
1996 – 2003 National accounts Manager
2004 -2008 Business Development Manager Global Tubular Division
My major focus today is to evaluate the customers welding Process and look for opportunities to improve the process and Reduce manufacturing costs by using Metal cored welding wires.
In 1979, at age 19, Peter Fink opened Certified Transmission in an abandoned 2 bay gas station with $1000 and his tool box. Since that time Certified Transmission has grown to be a multi-million dollar operation with 360+ associates, 2 state of the art remanufacturing facilities, 15 of its own retail stores in 4 states, a wholesale operation that ships units nationwide as well as having additional independent distributors selling Certified’s units across the U.S.
Through the years, Peter has remained very hands on and loves the technical side of the operations. Although you will occasionally find him in his office behind his desk, you are more likely to find him in the thick of things out in the plant area. He is a firm believer in keeping up with the latest technological advancements, as is demonstrated by the fact that Certified has 10 fulltime technical directors devoted to research & development, training Certified’s associates to keep them on the cutting edge of technology, and trouble shooting any problems.
Certified Transmission has been directly serving the Omaha, Council Bluffs, Lincoln and Kansas City Metropolitan area, via its own retail locations, for almost 30 years. Commitment to upholding its motto,
“The Job Done Right . . . at the Right Price”
and operating in accordance with “The Golden Rule” has earned Certified a reputation for honest and integrity. In fact, Certified Transmission was presented with the National Torch Award For Market Place Ethics in Washington D.C. for its ethical business practices and is also a 7 time winner of the Omaha’s 25 Fastest Growing Businesses award, 2 time Integrity Award and Blue Chip Enterprise Award winner, Positive Performer Award, Entrepreneur of the year award and Excellent In Business Award winner.
Chief Application Engineer for Raybestos Powertrain and Allomatic Products Company.
Years with Raybestos Powertrain: 12
- Product development
- Technical Support to the customers, builders, and within Raybestos Powertrain Systems, LLC
- Rebuilding driveline components
- DIY projects
Ed Lee is a Sonnax Technical Specialist who focuses on issues of interest to torque converter rebuilders. He was the owner/operator of Deltrans Inc. transmission shop for more than 20 years before joining Sonnax full time in 2005. He is a charter member of the TASC Force (Technical Automotive Specialties Committee), a group of recognized industry technical specialists, transmission rebuilders and Sonnax Industries Inc. technicians. In 1997 Ed started the popular TASC Force Tech Tips column that runs each month on Transmission Digest, and has now launched the TC Tech Tips column that appears monthly as well.
Joined Transmission Digest in 1984,since 1992, publisher of Transmission Digest. BA Business Administration/Economics, Drury Univeristy 1976; MBA Drury University 1981; BS Information Systems Management Mo. State University 1982. Instructor for 23 years at Drury University in the fields of Marketing and Statistics. Special instructor sales & marketing, various semesters, Missouri State University.
ATRA, Chief Executive Officer
In addition to experience as a rebuilder, field service consultant and research technician, he is a former instructor for Aamco. Dennis has written technical articles, produced videos and other material as well as fielding thousands of call on ATRA’s technical Helpline. Dennis joined ATRA in 1989 and became ATRA’s CEO in 2001. Dennis has been in the transmission industry for over 30 years.
Charles Parker has been with Tri Component for over 20 years, starting in the financial section and working his way up to Senior Vice President. Parker has a number of graduate degrees including an MBA. His specialties include finance, cash flow, budgeting and marketing for the small to medium business. In addition to finance, his engineering and production experience makes him uniquely suited to the challenges of running a manufacturing company in a changing global market.
In addition to Tri Component he has worked on a volunteer basis with a number of non-profit organizations in both New York and Connecticut assisting them in finance and marketing issues.
Parker will be speaking on the DSG-Direct Shift Gearbox and its impact on our industry.
John Parmenter is a rebuilder and shop owner on Long Island New York. John is an A.S.E certified master technician; his shop handles a large volume of dealer warranty work. He is a technical advisor for Precision International and handles technical service calls as well as answering questions on Precision’s web site www.transmissionkits.com John’s seminars are in demand worldwide as they are based on real world problems encountered in today’s shops.
Don Randolph is the Product Manager for Dacco Transmission parts and a member of the Board of Directors of the TCRA. Don has been involved in the automotive repair industry for more than 40 years. He began his transmission rebuilding experience at an early age following in his father's footsteps at a Ford dealership. Don was taught transmission rebuilding, automatic and standard, engine repair and rebuilding, and devoted his evenings to aircraft and aircraft engine repair. Following his college graduation, Don taught Math and English to a local high school soon to join Dacco Converters as the Quality Control Manager in 1979. Since that time he has also enjoyed producing the Dacco Converter Catalogs, presenting more than 500 torque converter specific technical seminars at local and national events including ATRA, APRA, ATSG and others, filling a position as purchasing manager and continues to be involved in the Customer Service Dept. and Technical Information Dept. In 2003 Don moved into the position of Product Manager. Since joining the TCRA Board of Directors 4 years ago, Don has been heavily involved in the annual seminars, speaker scheduling and tours.
Joe Rivera has been a presenter at several torque converter seminars as well as a contributor to the trade publications. He is the President of TCRA board of directors and he is the driving force behind the website where his primary goal is for the TCRA to improve relations between the torque converter and transmission industry. The mantra is “Education through Improved communication”. His shop, ProTorque, is located on Long Island, NY
Bob Warnke is Sonnax Technical Director, and brings extensive industry experience to his job. He has worked as a GM and Ford dealership transmission technician, owned and operated his own shop for 8 years, spent 4 years as a technical educator and as a Helpline technician for ATRA, and served as technical director for a large transmission remanufacturer for 5 years. He is a key member of the TASC Force (Technical Automotive Specialties Committee), a group of recognized industry technical specialists, transmission rebuilders and Sonnax Industries Inc. technicians, working to translate rebuilder problems into innovative and low-cost solutions. He has been providing the industry with technical information in the form of seminars and technical articles for 16 years.s
Doug Watkins has joined the Miller MIG (Manufacturing Industries Group) as a Weld Engineer in process application for advanced manufacturing. He has been in welding for over 15 years serving a variety of industries and utilizing a full range of welding processes. He has worked with stainless steel in the food industry, high alloy steels in experimental aviation and HSLA steels in producing hydraulic cylinders among others. His focus has been in procedure and process development and improvement. Doug joins Miller Electric after working for Texas Hydraulics in their corporate welding program in process development and procedure compliance as well as worked with the ISO compliance team for welding, the international segment development team for strategic sourcing, welder training and manufacture engineering for process improvements in automation. Doug received his Bachelors Degree in Weld Engineering Technology from Utah State University where his focus was toward advanced processes and aviation applications. He is also an AWS Certified Weld Inspector.