Mr. Cardia received his primary education in Boston Massachusetts, USA. He received a B. A. in  Printing Management at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.

Mr. Cardia worked in the U. S. printing industry for over 40 years, attaining the position of Chief Executive Officer of a major publicly owned printing company. Mr. Cardia also was the president/owner of a small business in the graphic arts industry.

During his career, Mr. Cardia was a director of many trade associations in New York and Chicago as well as on a national level, acting as Chairman of a number of them. He also served as president of an Illinois school board, president of two credit unions, and director of a number of U. S. and Bermuda insurance companies in the property/casualty and life insurance fields.