Most of us probably dismiss car industry bosses as men (and women) who simply happen to like cars and have a knack for marketing and selling them. While it\'s true to some degree, that is not always the case. Take, for instance, Autohub president Willy Tee Ten. Autohub is a group of companies with automotive-related concerns. Among its members are dealerships for such car brands as Ford, Mini, Nissan, Hyundai and Vespa. It also distributes Tartarini LPG kits and V-Kool window tint.
We had a chat with him over the weekend and found out that he\'s actually a licensed chemical engineer. And not just a regular chemical engineer, by the way. Willy placed second overall in his batch\'s board exams, achieving the highest score in his school, De La Salle University. In fact, he even got a higher score than DLSU\'s summa cum laude awardee, who placed third. The only person who got a higher score was a student from Mapua Institute of Technology.
\"Chemical engineering is my other love aside from cars,\" Willy told us. \"And I\'m going to practice it again soon.\" Willy is referring to an ethanol-based fuel he is jointly developing with Seaoil. He will produce the ethanol and Seaoil will take care of the rest.
Willy finds it amusing that he will now produce alcohol for automotive use. His family used to own a company that supplied alcohol to such distillery firms as Tanduay and La Tondeña. Here\'s hoping he uses his chemical skills for the overall good of the motoring public.
Photo by Ocs Alvarez