Transtar Leadership

Transtar’s world-class leadership team represents some of the most experienced professionals in the industry. Comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and complementary skills, this team is a collaboration of talent.

Equipped in providing vital expertise and guidance to our company, these individuals share one passion – to uphold Transtar’s mission to our customers:

Transtar Industries is the global leader in transmission and driveline-related solutions. We are dedicated to providing our customers with outstanding service, offering the broadest product catalog and best-in-class distribution of quality OE and aftermarket parts and premium remanufactured products.

  • Monte Ahuja EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
    Monte Ahuja is the founding entrepreneur of Transtar Industries. Under his leadership Transtar grew from a two person start-up in 1975 to the largest distributor of transmission and driveline-related parts in the world.

    Ahuja has been a lifelong philanthropist and is involved in many charitable endeavors, including the Naples Children & Education Foundation, where he continues to serve as a Trustee. Ahuja also served as Chairman of the Board for both Cleveland State University and University Hospitals, where he remains deeply engaged as a board member and on the executive committee. The Monte Ahuja College of Business and Ahuja Medical Center bear his name.

    Monte received his undergraduate degree in Engineering from The Ohio State University and MBA from Cleveland State University. He is the recipient of numerous awards including:
    • Distinguished Alumni Award from Cleveland State University
    • George Dively Award from Harvard University Business School
    • Ellis Island Medal of Honor
    • International Executive of the Year Award by the World Trade Center of Cleveland
    • Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University
    • Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Neil Sethi CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
    Neil Sethi is the President and CEO of Transtar Holding Company, LLC, a diversified distributor and manufacturer of high quality branded automotive products with over 80 locations and 1600 employees in North America.  Neil is a 15-year veteran of the automotive industry through progressive roles at Transtar and previously was the co-founder and CEO of Transmaxx, LLC a technology driven automotive parts distributor that was acquired by Transtar in 2017.  Neil serves as President of MURA Holdings, LLC a family office focused on direct investments in value add distribution, niche manufacturing, and technology businesses.  Earlier in his career, Neil was a healthcare consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.  

    Neil is Chair of the Board of Ahuja Medical Center and serves as Director for University Hospitals, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, University School, and is a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization).  His prior board appointments include Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland Orchestra, and TIE Global.  He also previously served on For-Profit Boards of private businesses that were private equity owned of which MURA Holdings was a co-investor.  In addition, Neil is a member of Crain’s Business "40 under 40" Class of 2010. Neil received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  He obtained a Doctorate of Medicine from University of Cincinnati, and an MBA with concentration in Finance from Georgetown University where he was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. 

    Outside of work and philanthropic commitments, Neil enjoys spending time with his wife, Manisha and their three children.  Manisha serves as Director of Hathaway Brown School and Greater Cleveland Food Bank.  Neil's hobbies include music composition and distance running.
  • Joseph Levanduski Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
    Joe has been with Transtar Industries a little over 2 years, however he has been in CFO and other finance/accounting roles for 35 years.  Joe brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position, having been CFO of two publicly-traded companies, including Hawk Corporation, a holding company of diversified, global manufacturing businesses that previously owned Wellman Products, a Transtar supplier. Over his fifteen year tenure at Hawk, which began as a two facility operation, Joe held various roles during its organic growth and acquisition phase before taking the Company public and ultimately selling Hawk to Carlisle Companies at the end of 2010. Most recently, Joe was EVP/CFO of A. Schulman, Inc., a $2.5 billion global manufacturer of high performance plastics before being sold to LyondellBassell.  Joe currently Chairs the Board of Robin Industries, a privately held global manufacturer of rubber components used in the OE automotive and medical markets with revenues of $100+ million.

    Joe Levanduski is a member of the 2003 Class of Leadership Cleveland as well as a 2011 inductee in Cleveland State University’s Business College Hall of Fame. He holds an MBA in finance from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Cleveland State University. Joe is a lifelong resident of northeast Ohio and resides in Bath, Ohio, with his wife, Cheryl who serves on the regional Board of Directors for the Make-A-Wish organization, and their two school-age children, Matt and Emily.

OTHER EXECUTIVES

Benjamin DePompei is the President of Transtar Manufacturing. Ben joined Transtar Industries, Inc. in April, 2012 as Executive Vice President, CHRO. Over the past 7 years Ben had increasing levels of responsibilities including direct management of Transtar’s remanufacturing operations, Chief Administrative Officer & Legal, Nickels Performance, and Alma Products and ATCO. Additionally, Ben served as Interim CEO of Transtar upon emergence, while transitioning to the current management team. Currently, Ben serves as President of Transtar Manufacturing which includes Remanufacturing (RECON), Alma Products, ATCO, and Transtar Autobody Technologies.

Prior to joining Transtar Ben held executive leadership positions with privately-held E.P. Management Corporation (formerly Eagle Picher Corporation) for 15 years.

Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Operations Management from The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business, and attended the INSEAD Global Executive Management Program in France.

Tom DeMille is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Transtar’s US Distribution business and is responsible for regional and branch management across all US regions, Transtar’s marketing efforts, and the Pro-King retail business. Tom graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1992 with a BS in Accounting and is a 26-year veteran of the transmission industry. He began his career at Metran Automatic Transmission Parts, a regional transmission parts company in New York. Tom was promoted through positions of increasing responsibility with Metran until its acquisition by Axiom Automotive. During his tenure with Axiom he served as Regional Vice President and then joined Transtar from 2002 until 2013 where he served as Regional Vice President and then Vice President of Sales & Branch Operations. Tom became Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Transmaxx, LLC, a start-up transmission parts distributor until 2017 when Transmaxx was acquired by Transtar. Tom rejoined Transtar in 2017 in his current role. He is a member of the Ohio State Center for Automotive Research (CAR) External Advisory Board. Tom is married to Nicole and they have two children. His hobbies are golf, cycling and hockey.

Kevin Rozsa is the Vice President of Supply Chain, and has been employed by Transtar for 18 years. He has held several leadership roles with the company, originally hired by Monte Ahuja in 2001 as VP, Corporate Marketing, and later named VP, International Sales. Throughout Transtar ownership and CEO changes, Kevin was asked to lead other areas of the company, including Pro King, Nickels Performance, Category Management, and for the past two years, Supply Chain. In this role, he is responsible for Purchasing and Inventory Management, as well as Product and Content Management, the Cleveland Distribution Center, International Sales and eCommerce sales.

Prior to joining Transtar, Kevin held sales, marketing and product management leadership positions with Schaeffler, a supplier to Transtar since the mid-1980s when he first introduced the Schaeffler LuK RepSet program to the company. Kevin joined Schaeffler in 1985, and worked there for 16 years.

Kevin Rozsa earned his Executive MBA from Kent State University Graduate School of Management and his Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, from Washington and Jefferson College. Kevin is married to Debbie and they have 3 grown daughters. In his spare time he enjoys social activities with his family and friends at their lake community in Silver Lake, OH, traveling to college swim events to watch their youngest daughter compete for Ohio Wesleyan University, and watching football games, especially as an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Ohio State Buckeye fan.

Bryan Chaikin is the Vice President of Technology at Transtar Industries, where in 2 years, his accomplishments include developing transend™, a proprietary ecommerce solution, and migrating datacenters to a virtualized cloud environment, saving the company millions year over year.

Bryan’s technical acumen was honed through launching several technology-based businesses, most recently founding and co-operating eFuneral, a software startup that was purchased and commercialized nationally. From eFuneral, he helped launch Transmaxx, where he held the title of Vice President of Technology. Bryan earned his BS in Computer Science from Kent State University and his MS in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University.

Theresa Matrisciano is Vice President of Human Resources. She joined the company on July 30, 2018 and has full responsibility for all Human Resources, Payroll Administration and Legal.

Theresa is a career-long HR professional with extensive leadership expertise across multiple industries, including manufacturing, distribution and technology. She has worked for large companies including Fortune 100 retail giant Revco/CVS Caremark and smaller, entrepreneurial companies including Keithley Instruments/Tektronix, Datavantage/MICROS Retail (now Oracle) and Weatherchem Corporation/MRP. She has experience with public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Ms. Matrisciano is a strategic business partner who embodies core values and best-in-class corporate culture. She earned a BA in Human Resources Development, Cum Laude from Notre Dame College of Ohio. She completed the MBA UltraLite – A course in Business and Leadership sponsored by The Entrepreneurs Edge in summer 2012. Ms. Matrisciano is a career long member of the national and local Society for Human Resources Management. She has achieved Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification.

Ms. Matrisciano is a professional mentor and coach; an avid distance runner; a lifelong learner; and a canine companion for the Humane Society of Akron.

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