Jim Montagano, a 1981 Notre Dame graduate and three-time Monogram winner with the Fighting Irish baseball team, began his four-year term on the Monogram Club Board of Directors in September of 2015.
Montagano earned a finance degree from Notre Dame and he has gone on to gain extensive experience as an Automotive Component Executive with General Motors and Delphi Corporation. He possesses a wide range of skills, including negotiating new business acquisitions while driving continuous improvement in manufacturing processes, cost, quality, safety and productivity. Montagano is responsible for driving initiatives with global teams across all functional areas including sales, purchasing, finance, engineering and manufacturing. His work experiences include global product line director, manufacturing plant manager and finance administrator for Mexico operations in Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey, Mexico.
In Montagano’s most recent leadership position at Delphi, he was the HVAC Global Product Line Director responsible for revenue of $700 million. His core competencies include strategic planning and execution, customer/supplier relations, project and program management and new business pursuits.
At Notre Dame, Montagano, a catcher, posted a .325 career batting average with 10 home runs and 72 RBI. As a senior, he led the Fighting Irish with a .397 batting average and he went on to play for the Falmouth Commodores in the Cape Cod Baseball League in the summer of ’81.
Montagano was raised in Elkhart, Indiana and he was inducted into the Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame in November of 2014. He was named Elkhart Memorial High School 1977 male athlete of the year for his performances on the baseball diamond and gridiron.
The Montagano family has been a long-time benefactor of the Notre Dame baseball program. Over the years, Montagano and his family have donated the message display center for the baseball scoreboard, flagpoles beyond the left field fence, the outfield fence batting eye and dugout heaters. His mother, Mary, is an honorary Monogram recipient for her many contributions to the Notre Dame baseball program.
Montagano and his wife, Luli, have been married 32 years and reside in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Luli’s brother, Henry Valenzuela (’82), was a teammate of Montagano at Notre Dame.
Jim and Luli are the proud parents of two children: Alessandra (University of Michigan ’09) and Tony, who passed away in 2001. The message display center at Frank Eck Stadium is dedicated in Tony’s honor as he lived his life epitomizing the “Spirit” of Notre Dame.