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Manager Plant

Bolton, MS, 39041
March 20, 2018

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Michael Adam Gardner

**** *** ***, *********, **, 38855

Phone: 662-***-****



A performance driven, critical thinking management professional with extensive experience within the Automotive Industry with specialties in lean manufacturing, problem solving, and team member development.


Associate of applied science in Automotive Technology – Itawamba Community College 05/08/2009 – Received Automotive Technology Award for academics

Law enforcement training certificate- Northeast Community College 05/10/2006


Assistant Plant Manager (08/07/2017 – currently employed)

VanLeigh RV (26 Industrial Drive, Burnsville, MS, 38833)

As Assistant Plant Manager, I currently am responsible for 85 Team Members and the overall Safety, Quality and Productivity of the Cabinet shop along with implementing Cost effective systems to increase both the output and efficiency in creating a lean manufacturing environment. I also am responsible for assisting the Plant Manager in making day to day business decisions and managing up to that role in his absence.

Manufacturing Manager (07/05/2016 –6-23-17)

Systems Automotive Interiors (1 TB Way, Building #3, Mantachie, MS 38855)

As Manufacturing Manager at SAI, I was directly in charge of 3 departments totaling 60 team members and coordinated with Toyota Bushuko and Toyota Motor Manufacturing daily. The Key Performance Indicators I was responsible for in the 3 departments I overseen were Safety, Quality, Productivity, and Cost and ensuring continuous improvement in those areas.

Assembly Group Leader (03/01/2012 –07/01/2016)

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi (1200 Magnolia Way, Blue Springs MS, 38828)

As Assembly Group Leader, I was responsible for the supervision of assigned groups ranging in number from 20 to 40 team members. I started my Group Leader career as CART, (Communication Analysis Response Team), Group Leader whose duties included diagnosing and correlating problems occurring with the product to the correct groups and assisting in problem solving and counter measuring the root cause of those problems. I also had the opportunity to be a Group Leader over multiple assembly lines, which focused on continuous improvement and constantly striving to meet Key Performance Indicator targets.

Assembly Repair Team Leader (02/14/2011 –03/01/2012)

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi (1200 Magnolia Way, Blue Springs MS, 38829)

As Assembly Repair Team Leader, I had the opportunity to supervise 5 repair team members that were responsible for diagnosing and repairing as well as the installation of Post Production Option items on the Toyota Corolla.

Automotive Technician (07/14/2009 –02/14/2011)

Blackmon Hyundai and Mazda (3983 North Gloster St. Tupelo, MS 38801)

As an Automotive Technician, I was in charge of diagnosing, repairing, and satisfying all customer concerns with their vehicles. I was able to develop problem solving skills and implement more efficient repair methods using ever-improving investigation skills. I was also responsible for overall satisfaction from customers with any service that was performed on their vehicle.

Shift Supervisor/ Correctional Officer (01/1/2009 –02/14/2011)

Prentiss County Sheriff Department (1901 East Chambers Drive, Booneville, MS, 38829)

As the Shift Leading correctional Officer, I was in charge of the processing and housing of prisoners brought into the Prentiss County Jail. I had the responsibility of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of both prisoners as well as fellow correctional officers. Daily duties included all day-to-day operations of the facility and lead, develop and assist other officers throughout each shift.


5 years’ experience with Toyota Production System and lean manufacturing

Toyota Business Practices (TBP) certified and TBP Panel passed at TMMMS

Quality Circle Advisor experience specializing in new circle development

Proficient in all basic computer skills (All Microsoft Office programs)

Hyundai Technician Training (2009-2010) – Mobil, Alabama Hyundai Facility

Mazda/Ford Technician Training (2009-2010)- Marietta, Georgia (Ford Technical Training Facility)

Toyota Corolla Repair Training (2001-2012)- Ontario, Canada (Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada)

Extensive experience in Presentations and document preparation

Extensive experience with Standardize work documents and proper management of documents

Extensive experience with improvement activities such as Jishuken activities and utilizing TPS tools to improve processing using Jidoka principles.

Extensive experience using the TEBA system for processing ergonomics

Critical eye trained for Kaizen and developing continuous improvement environment by Toyota

References available upon request

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