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Local business man receives community service award

Posted Apr. 30, 2012

Ford Behm is the 2011-12 Ashtabula Area College Committee Community Service Award winner. The Community Service Award is given by the College Committee in recognition of the contribution and leadership the recipient has made in support of education in Ashtabula County.

Ford Behm No matter where he and his family have lived, Behm has been involved in his community. It started almost 50 years ago in Madison Village where he began sweeping streets and coaching youth baseball. Behm has not stopped since.

Service club involvement as President of the Piqua Noon Optimist and the Rotary Club of Geneva resulted in a number of new programs. In 2004, he helped establish the Dictionary Project to give each third grader a dictionary. Behm established the Rotary Breakfast of Champions in 1995 and has annually chaired this program to recognize the scholastic achievements of the students at Geneva High School.

Recognized as the 2000 Geneva Citizen of the Year, he has participated in LEADERShip programs in Ashtabula, Dayton, and Piqua. He previously served on the Kettering and Geneva Planning Commissions and as President of the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce.

Education has always been important as Behm graduated from The College of Wooster in 1971, received an MBA from Wright State, followed by his Certified Financial Planning designation. He is the President of the Geneva Area City Board of Education, serving his fourth term. He formerly served as the President of the Ashtabula Area College Committee during the fundraising phase and construction of the Robert S. Morrison Health and Science building.

After serving as a Vice President of Commercial Lending for Huntington Banks, he joined the family business, The Behm Family Funeral Homes.

Behm currently resides in Geneva with his wife Debbie. They have a daughter, Courtney, a son, Trevor and daughter-in-law Julie, and three granddaughters.

AACCI Community Service Award winners have been honored every spring commencement at Kent State University at Ashtabula since 1991.