August 2018 Luncheon Speaker
Girard (Jerry) Besanceney is a retired U.S. Army Colonel with 30 years active and reserve service. He was a Company and Battalion Commander and served as Chief of Staff, 83rd Command. He has a degree in International Studies from The Ohio State University. He completed graduate studies in Industrial Management at Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit.
Col Besanceney has been a China-based contractor and has built two mills there. He was plant manager for 12 years at Holophane. He directed manufacturing efforts as General Manager of Tech International with assignments in Ireland, Belgium, Hungary, India, China, Japan and the U.S.
He has been active in community service, having served as: President of Safety Council and Private Industry Council; Chairman of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce and OSU-Newark Board; member of the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Housing and Central Ohio Technical College; Governor of the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club, and Fleet Captain of the Inter-Lake Yachting Association.
He is a member of the Columbus Council on World Affairs, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, and the Mershon Institute for International Security Studies Policy Group. Currently, he dedicates his time as: a SCORE Mentor for new and growing businesses; assistant to returning service members with the Defense Department’s Ombudsman; a member of Newark Rotary, and the Advisory Board of Slavic and East European Studies Department at OSU.
Col Besanceney resides at Buckeye Lake.