Matthew Roybal has been in the automotive aftermarket industry for 15 years, and has managed multiple Transtar remanufacturing facilities that included hard parts, valve bodies, transmissions, and torque converters, over his career. He is currently the Plant Manager at the torque converter remanufacturing site in Cookeville, TN, and is responsible for oversight of product development, quality, and efficient production for all Recon torque converters. He also attends various ATSG and ATRA seminars as a sponsoring vendor to hear directly from the customers and also show them the improvements his team has developed to solve the various OE design flaws.
Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from New Mexico State University, Matthew worked for several Tier 1 and Tier 2 OE automotive suppliers in Mexico and the U.S. and has spent time developing new components in machining, foundry, metal stamping, plastic injection, and electronics with suppliers in Canada, Mexico, and Asia. This background laid the foundation for his career at Transtar.
Having attended several annual TCRA seminars, Matthew has come to appreciate the camaraderie developed during our interactions. As board member of TCRA, Matthew hopes to become the industry standard that rebuilders think of first for information when it comes to torque converters. Whether it be technical, application, troubleshooting, or rebuild methods, TCRA should be the beacon of information to the automotive aftermarket. This can be accomplished through sharing information among the members and create a close knit network to build each other up through this support group.
Matthew recently took up running to get into shape and is no longer finishing last at the local 5K races. Motivation to get back into shape was to keep up with his grand-daughter during bike rides, soccer, and hiking. The family is slowly rebuilding their 1965 Valiant that he literally bought from a little ol’ lady outside of Pasadena.