Matthew Roybal has been in the automotive industry for 30 years, 16 years in the aftermarket, 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 of Recon torque converters. He has also attended 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 application issues.
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 throughout North America and has spent time developing new components in machining, foundry, metal stamping, plastic injection, and electronics with suppliers in Canada, Mexico, and Asia. Matthew also developed Quality Management Systems and obtained ISO 9000/TS16949 registrations for several companies. He believes in a holistic approach in which companies are customer centric and develops safety, quality, audit, and customer service programs to assure a great experience for both customers and shops.
Matthew has come to appreciate the camaraderie developed during the TCRA seminars. TCRA should be the first place where members of our industry 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.
Matthew enjoys running local 5K races for charities with his grand-daughter. Also the Mopar restoration projects continue on the 1965 Valiant and 1966 Belvedere in hopes of getting them back on the road and enjoy with the local cruise clubs.