Meet The Team

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Joel L. Zaft – CEO/Founder

Joel has been in the truck parts industry for over 40 years.  He has been instrumental in 5 business start-ups since 1977.  Joel has vast knowledge in identifying and supplying heavy duty transmissions and differentials.  Joel’s main goal is to be service oriented and guarantee customer satisfaction.  Southwest Drvietrain Specialists is an operation that doesn’t just want to make a sale, but strives to retain and sustain customer relations.

“It has always been my dream and goal to have a business that is both customer and employee friendly.  With SDS, I have achieved my goal with the help of friends and family!”

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Judy L. Zaft – President

Judy has brought her business skills plus her social work background to help offset an all-male oriented business!  She has had the pleasure to work with friends and family creating a work environment that is both comfortable and professional.  Judy has embraced learning the accounting side of the business along with creating and implementing the professional policies and procedures for daily operations.

“It is such a pleasure to work with this group of guys because they love what they do and where they work!  Collectively, there is a great amount of talent at SDS and it is evident in how and what we sell.  Customers will come to SDS to obtain reliable, traceable, and timely expertise.  We are serious about providing outstanding service but we also know how to have fun!”

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Casey R. Zaft – Vice President of Operations

Casey grew up in the truck parts industry, working summers and schools breaks alongside his father, Joel.  After graduating from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in business, Casey began his full-time career in truck parts.  He assisted with the set-up of SDS and is responsible for generating increased revenue streams, expanding the customer base and product line, and efficiently executing the shipment of all product.

“Our company’s brand is our most important asset and our team strives to deliver the best customer service and product on a daily basis.”


Michael Zaft

Michael Zaft – Vice President of Finance and Marketing

After earning a degree in Businness and Finance from the University of Arizona, Michael started working in the heavy duty truck parts industry in 2008 in the finance and accounting sector.  Michael went on to work for a financial advisory firm for 4 years, and made his return to Southwest Drivetrain Specialists in 2016.

Michael will be developing the New Parts Division of SDS and is looking forward to integrating new aftermarket truck parts into the rebuild division of the company.


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David Adams – Shop Manager

Dave Adams has been involved in the truck parts industry for over 30 years.  His strengths are his abilities to accurately identify any and all diagnostic issues and his knowledge of product related service.  It is not unusual for Dave to make a site-related service call to diagnose a customer’s issue.  Dave has always had the desire to set up a shop that encourages extended learning and assist with another generation of outstanding and passionate drivetrain technicians.

I believe we here at SDS have created a new trend in gear shops.  We are friendly and helpful individuals who are always there for our customers!”

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Jason Adams – Drivetrain Specialist

Jason has been building automotive and truck parts since he was old enough to turn a wrench.  He is quick to learn and has a positive attitude with new challenges that are presented to him.  Jason is not afraid to try something new and is eager to enhance his knowledge.  Jason is a skilled mechanic and a real asset to SDS.

“Working at SDS is not just another job, it is a career.  If home is where the heart is, then SDS is my second home!”

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Skyler Sanders – Drivetrain Specialist

Skyler Sanders has been a skilled technician for the past 10 years and has adapted to the world of truck parts very well.  His mechanical abilities stretch far beyond just truck parts.  Skyler is always eager to take on new challenges and is open to learning new and more efficient techniques in the ever changing truck parts industry.

“I enjoy the fast-paced, challenging work environment SDS has to offer, and coming up with new innovative ways to meet our customers’ needs!”