Jeffrey K. Rios
Executive Area Manager
Growing up in Northwest New Jersey, Jeffrey Rios was introduced to his inspiration at the tender age of five. It took the form of a Chevrolet Corvette, the dream car of a generation. Little did the budding young engineer know that he would someday be supervising the assembly of these covetable vehicles, as well as many others, for their manufacturer, General Motors.
As Area Manager, General Assembly for GM’s Arlington, Texas Assembly Plant, Mr. Rios is now the executive supervising 2000 people building Cadillac Escalades, Chevrolet Suburbans and Tahoes, and GMC Yukons/Denalis, and is responsible for all aspects of safety, people, quality, responsiveness, and cost with multi-million dollar budgets along with environmental objectives.
With 23 years of manufacturing management experience, his executive management expertise in the areas of engineering, launching new products along with key manufacturing roles of leadership within General Motors has only been possible because of his ability to achieve outstanding business results.
Mr. Rios’ parents, including his Cuban-immigrant father, instilled a great emphasis on education, hard work, and focus in their son, leading to his admission into the Ivy League Cornell University, where he earned both his B.S. and M.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, including a Manufacturing Management Master Degree Option. Joining General Motors as an Industrial Engineer right after graduation, he worked his way up the corporate ladder, holding various positions of increasing responsibility at different GM manufacturing facilities in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario before stepping into his current role in Texas. Along the way, he has garnered numerous GM and United Auto Workers quality awards and two General Motors of Canada President Awards.
Mr. Rios is a spirited advocate for local Hispanic organizations including mentoring and presenting to the Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the Great Minds in STEM Viva Technology programs. Internally, he is actively engaged with the GM HIT Employee Resource Group and Hispanic Leadership Network through his efforts in recruiting and mentoring these groups on a regional and national level.
-By Vinnie Longobardo