Cardone Pursues a Spiritual Bottom Line

January 31st, 2013

What does the grimy world of remanufactured auto parts have to do with the Kingdom of God?  A lot, according to the Cardone family. Since the inception of CARDONE, the family has felt called to their business. They see what they do as God’s work and an opportunity to honor Him.

CARDONE Industries was co-founded in 1970 by Michael Cardone, Sr. and son, Michael Cardone, Jr. in a small row house in North Philadelphia. Beginning with a single product line, windshield wiper motors, the company now offers over 70 product lines and 41,000 SKUs of automotive parts. CARDONE has grown from six employees into the largest privately-held automotive parts remanufacturer in the world, employing over 5,000 employees in Pennsylvania, California, Texas, Mexico and Canada.

Now in its third generation of Cardone leadership, the company continues to build on its legacy of servant leadership and a commitment to “Honor God in all we do, help people develop, pursue excellence, and grow profitably.”

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Discussion Questions:

  • The Cardones talk about several “bottom lines” they use to measure success. What are the bottom lines that a Christian should use in evaluating business success?
  • What evidence of multiple bottom lines do you observe in this video?
  • The Cardones are not shy about their spiritual bottom line. How does their commitment to serve employees help open doors to share Christ with them?
  • Servant Leadership is a huge value at Cardone Industries. What does Servant Leadership look like at Cardone? How does it look at your place of business? 
  • Read more about Cardone’s commitment to Servant Leadership at )
  • The Cardones see their employees as their customers. How does this perspective change the relationship between management and employees?
  • Cardone believes that following Christ and doing the right thing is good business. What do you think?
  • The Cardone family feels called to provide jobs for people. How important is this to God?
  • Michael Cardone Jr. says he is called to be a businessman, not a pastor--but he sees no difference between the two. How often have you heard someone compare a call to business to a call to church ministry or missionary service? How would knowing that you are called by God to business affect the way you do your work?