President, Michael Cargill, is currently the Category Manager for Schaeffler Industries in their Aftermarket division and is responsible for all product, data, and technical services teams for North America. After 25 years in the industry, he brings to the board broad technical knowledge and extensive experience in systems for torque converter distribution and sales. Cargill entered the torque converter industry with RPM In Southern California. Over the years, he has been involved in product development such as the clutch assembly for the E4OD converter and billet lids for both E4OD and A518/618 units. Additionally, he developed the first aftermarket 700-R4/4L60E Rear Reaction Shell for the ATC Distribution Group; improving on the OEM design issues. He has also been involved with the creation of a torque converter industry interchange through comprehensive research and mergers/ acquisitions by Transtar Industries Inc.
As a member of the TCRA Board, Michael wants to see TCRA involved in full industry discussions on emerging OEM technology and the future of transmissions. He would like to see the production of shared bulletins to enable members to include information in the box with their converter, drawing attention to the things that should be checked before the converter is blamed. He believes that the TCRA logo should be a sign to the industry that it stands for quality, integrity, technical excellence, and innovation. In his own words “The transmission industry relies on the torque converter rebuilder to be incredibly smart in all aspects of the business: engineering, assembly capability, and business/marketing acumen”.
Michael also serves as a governor on the Mobility Technology Council (MTC) executive board that is one of nine councils serving the membership of the AASA. The MTC serves to advance the business interests of suppliers of mobility technology applications for the aftermarket. The emerging mobile technology sphere encompasses data, services, technologies, platforms and applications based on sensor and OBDII connections. Areas of focus for the MTC include telematics, dongles, cybersecurity, data privacy, access to vehicle data, connectivity, ADAS, data analytics, sensors and much more. Service on this council aids TCRA in understanding technology and its impact on the TCRA membership in the coming years.
Currently residing in Canton, Ohio, Michael is restoring and renovating a historic home. He comments that you only need to watch the movie “The Money Pit” to get an understanding of how he feels at times. He has a deep abiding love of old Chevrolet pickup trucks, having owned both a 1951 rodder and a 1955 stock restoration. When time permits, Cargill enjoys heading to the gun range for practice.