Jim Cardona, Chief Operating Officer

Jim Cardona - Chief Operating Officer

As American Autowire’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Jim Cardona is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of American Autowire’s business development, manufacturing operations and product development.  Jim brings with him 35 years of experience accrued in both the automotive OEM engineering industry and the automotive aftermarket manufacturing sector. Additionally, Jim serves on the Board of Directors for American Autowire.

Cardona joined American Autowire in 2006 after leaving his position as Vice President of Operations at M&H Electrical Fabricators in Santa Fe Springs, CA.  During his tenure at M&H, Jim most noticeably reorganized a personnel staff of 35 which prepared the organization to achieve an increase in both productivity and overall output by 34%.  Further, he accomplished improving product order lead time from 8 weeks to only 4 days, increased overall sales by 17% and in just an eight month timeframe, Jim improved customer backorders from a staggering $340K to only $77K per month.

Preceding his position at M&H, Jim worked for the Chrysler Corporation from 1987 to 2005 where he served the role as the Electrical Engineering Launch Team Leader for the Jeep Liberty vehicle program.   While in this capacity, Jim had several key assignments with his most significant success during his task of managing a $7 million dollar, multi-site, rework campaign for a new Dodge Durango product launch.   His efforts resulted in the reworks being completed 2 weeks ahead of the forecasted timing projection and also $740K under the budget target. Jim led several pre launch vehicle wire harnesses rework initiatives and coordinated a $2.2 million dollar Electrical/Electronic research laboratory move and expansion.

Starting his career at American Motors in 1984, which then later became Chrysler, Cardona held numerous engineering assignments in several areas including Electrical Engineering, Corporate Quality/Reliability, Program Management, Vehicle Development and the Chrysler Scientific Laboratories.