Podcast: Transtar's Neil Sethi on the parallels between his medical study and the aftermarket business

Podcast: Transtar’s Neil Sethi on the parallels between his medical study and the aftermarket business

During his recent AMN Drivetime podcast interview with Babcox Media CEO Bill Babcox, Neil Sethi, president and CEO of Transtar, shares his fascinating journey from studying biology and medicine as an undergrad to shifting gears and finishing with an MBA focused on finance. Throughout this journey, which continues today in his role at Transtar, some key themes prevail for Sethi: the desire to serve and a passion to innovate.

“The most critical value proposition for us is really to help our customers solve their problems,” said Sethi, adding later in the interview that “I think what I learned in medical school does translate – believe it or not – into the role that I have. At the end of the day, it’s all about working with great teams. It’s understanding people and understanding how to work together. It’s understanding how to work with people from all types of different backgrounds, with all different types of skill sets. [From] where I sit, it’s about really solving problems, finding opportunity and being innovative. And I think that part of what I learned about healthcare and in medical school actually continues with me to this day.”

In this episode of AMN Drivetime, Bill and Neil also dive into the following topics:

  • 00:45 Transtar’s partnership with Blue Point Capital Partners
  • 01:43 The launch of Transtar’s first non-transmission product offering
  • 02:48 New management appointments and what skillsets Neil believes make for a strong leader
  • 04:45 How Neil made the leap from studying medicine as an undergrad to getting an MBA focused on finance and why
  • 09:26 Family business and learning from his father-in-law, successful entrepreneur Monte Ahuja
  • 10:22 What’s next for Transtar
  • 13:56 How Neil defines the Transtar culture
  • 18:00 The inside scoop on Transtar’s collision repair business based in Detroit
  • 20:07 Passion projects: Can you guess what Neil’s hidden talent might be?
  • 22:58 The popular new Lightning Round!

AMN Drivetime is sponsored by Litens. The podcast was originally posted on TD’s sister website, AftermarketNews.

You May Also Like

Road to AAPEX Ep. 8: Paving the way for automotive innovation

The innovation of the Lincoln Highway wasn’t just about building roads—it was about putting them on the map. The Wyoming Historical Society notes that the abandoned routes laid down by the Union Pacific railroad from 1867 to 1869 were often the best, and sometimes the only, east-west path available when developing the Lincoln Highway. In

The innovation of the Lincoln Highway wasn’t just about building roads—it was about putting them on the map. The Wyoming Historical Society notes that the abandoned routes laid down by the Union Pacific railroad from 1867 to 1869 were often the best, and sometimes the only, east-west path available when developing the Lincoln Highway. In fact, staying so close to the rail line meant that the Lincoln Highway had about 100 crossings of train tracks throughout the state.

Road to AAPEX Ep. 7: Connecting to future automotive technology

Rolling through Nebraska, Babcox Media’s Joe Keene meets kindred spirits as he drives the rare Lincoln Blackwood he refurbished for his journey to AAPEX. Along the way, he meets a family traveling the Lincoln Highway section by section, taking in sights such as the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument and the Classic Car Collection,

Road to AAPEX Ep. 6: Historic mile markers on the road of progress

It’s the unexpected moments that make a trip memorable. Babcox Media’s Joe Keene, an ASE-certified technician who fixed a rare Lincoln Blackwood, enters Iowa on his drive to AAPEX and discovers the charm of small-town America along the Lincoln Highway. A standout spot is the Lincoln Highway Hotel. Related Articles – Watch: The basics of

Road to AAPEX Ep. 5: At the crossroad of automotive’s past and future

To know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been. For Babcox Media’s Joe Keene, an ASE-certified technician charged with fixing up a rare Lincoln Blackwood, it means heading back to Transtar Autobody Technologies in Detroit to put the finishing touches on the Blackwood. Then, he’ll put Babcox Media HQ in the rearview

Watch: CVT diagnostic strategy and codes

Understand the codes you may see when working on a CVT and the tools and software needed to diagnose and fix the issues. Watch Transtar’s latest video, above, to learn more. Related Articles – Watch: Checking transmission fluid levels – Watch: Transmission filter basics – Watch: Transmission fluid specifications

CVT-Diagnostic-Strategy-and-Codes-1400

Other Posts

Transtar announces Texas product expansions

Transtar Industries has announced that its Fort Worth, Texas branch will begin carrying an extended product offering. Related Articles – BendPak founder Don Henthorn passes away – Shop Boss adds Venmo, PayPal options – DOJ, FTC signal support for MEMA Aftermarket suppliers’ petition In addition to transmission and driveline-related products, general repair product lines are

Transtar
Transtar promotes Anna Gluck to Chief Human Resources Officer 

Transtar Holding Co. has announced the promotion of Anna Gluck to the position of Chief Human Resources Officer. Gluck has been with Transtar since 2020, where she led the company’s total rewards program and employee engagement efforts, with a strategic focus on employee training and development programs and attracting and retaining top talent.  Related Articles

NexaMotion Group announces expansions for Transtar products, C&M Auto Parts locations 

NexaMotion Group announced expansions for two of its businesses. Transtar Industries is adding general repair product lines in four new markets: Cleveland and Mentor, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; and its newest location in Dallas, TX. In addition, the company announced that C&M Auto Parts has opened two new locations in the New Jersey market. C&M Auto Parts

Transtar
Transtar talks expanding distribution for 2024

Our sister site, AftermarketNews, recently sat down with Transtar leadership.

TranstarHoldings1400x700