George Lemon was born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and grew up in the Massillon area. George and his wife Kaleen currently reside in Jackson Township. They have three sons Rodney, Michael, Shawn, daughter Nicole.
George’s passion for serving others and his strong leadership skills were honed during his career in the U.S. Army and National Guard. He was a commissioned Armor Officer, Engineer Officer, Intelligence Officer and a Senior Army Helicopter Pilot with more than 3600 hours of flight time in the UH-1 Huey and OH 58 Kiowa aircraft. Major Lemon attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. He commanded the 416 Engineer Aviation Unit, and was the 107th Armored Calvary Regimental Intelligence Officer. He retired from military service at the rank of Major.
George is a well-known community leader, with a reputation for getting involved, getting things done and bringing people together for positive change. He served on the board of directors at Aultman Orrville Hospital, United Way, the Stark County Minority Business Association, the Aultman Health Foundation, the Canton Museum of Art and is currently in a leadership role with the Committee to Preserve Stark County Black History. He was elected Board President of Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio’s, Stark State College Foundation and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to starting his own company, he spent 25 years with AMETEK, a Fortune 500 company, where he held various positions, including managing AMETEK’s Commercial Marketing Group, Director of Quality Assurance and the Vice President of Sales.
In 1997, Mr. Lemon founded and served as the President of Technical Products Group, Inc., a company that provided sales and marketing support to manufacturing companies that produce motors, blowers and related technical products. In 2007 he retired as its president.
George served as chairman of the United Way’s Family Impact Council, which allocated funds to various United Way service providers. George was also chairman of the Community Recreation Center Re-alignment Committee, which was formed to develop recommendations to improve the operational and fiscal conditions of the numerous recreation centers throughout Stark County. This effort led to a merger agreement between the YMCA and the Catholic Youth Council (CYC) Community Recreation Center. George also served on United Way’s Executive Board of Directors and was a member of the COMPASS Community Partnership Committee where he chaired the Economics Subcommittee. In 2005, George received the United Way of Stark County’s prestigious “Gold Key Award” for outstanding community service.
Stark State College honored George as “Alumnus of the Year” at their commencement ceremonies in 2003. The prestigious honor is reserved for alumni who have achieved remarkable success in professional, personal and community endeavors. “George Lemon is the embodiment of the outstanding alumnus award,” said John O’Donnell then president of Stark State College. “He has been one of the College’s most steadfast supporters and leaders and is valued throughout the community for his service and leadership. Recognizing the difficulties experienced by some Stark State students George created an endowed scholarship to help ease student’s financial burden”.
George was a member of the Greater Stark County Urban League and has work on several fundraising campaigns. The United Way of Stark County credits George with the leadership push behind the successful merger of the Massillon and Canton Urban League organizations. It was described as, “the first merger of its kind in the United States.” This merge helped to preserved, strengthen and stabilize the Stark County Urban League.
During 2009 and 2010, George served as Chairman of The Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio. He was very instrumental in helping to develop the multi-million Community Campus at Goodwill in Canton, Ohio.
George’s board activity and membership in the Canton Museum of Art was instrumental in bringing nationally known African artists Bing Davis and Dean Mitchell exhibits to Canton. These outstanding exhibits where great cultural and educational successes.
In 2010 George was presented with the Ohio Association of Community Colleges’ Distinguished Alumnus Award which highlighted his contributions toward the improvement of the community; professional achievement; volunteer service; participation in public service organizations; and involvement in civic functions by which his community and professional leadership qualities were displayed.
George was elected and served as the first and only Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce African American Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2011. As chairman he played an influencing role in bringing diversity to the board room and the chamber staff.
George is a past President of the Stark State College Foundation. He was responsible for leading the foundation’s fundraising efforts where the foundation more than doubled their annual fundraising goals. He has played a key role in challenging the Foundation Board members to support major gift campaigns and other funding initiatives to provide needed scholarship programs and services to benefit the students and the college. George helped lead the Stark State Alumni Advisory Council to new levels of achievement with a “Pathway to the Future” campaign and the Alumni-in-Action Campaign.
George is also a past President of the Aultman Foundation Board, the charitable arm of the Aultman Health Foundation. Through George’s leadership, the organization administered funds to support and promote community health education and wellness outreach programs. He was a member of the Aultman Health Foundation’s Vision, Mission, and Values Committee, and served more than 10 years as a member of the Aultman Health Foundation Board. George was very much involved in the fundraising efforts to help create the Timken Family Cancer Center at Aultman Hospital.
In 2014 George was spotlighted in Who’s Who in Cleveland and Canton – Stark County as “Cleveland’s Living Legends” for his active leadership, community involvement, championing the cause for board and staff diversity and volunteerism.
George recently served as the General Chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. His duties include providing leadership and direction to 26 committees who plan, stage and produced some 19 annual Hall Of Fame Festival events.
Currently George is involved in the collaborative Stark County Community Moving Forward effort to serve as an intentional catalyst for diversity by creating equity and opportunity through access to business, workforce, education, healthcare, and capital in support of minorities and minority businesses.
George was one of Stark State College’s earliest graduates; where he received his degree in electrical engineering technology. George continued his education at Malone University0 and graduated with a degree in Organizational Management.
In both his personal and private life, George has practiced the philosophy that “giving back” is not an option but a requirement which has made him a valued leader and member of his community.