George Telenko

George (Tank) & Dana Telenko    
Wrestling – 3 Years, Scrum Lock 1st West Point Rugby Team – In first Advisor Group to Vietnam 1964; Aide to CG 1st Armored Division; Regt S2/1st Sqdn; XO 11th ACR Vietnam 1969; Activated Lima Tank Plant and built first year production of M1 Abrams Tanks; Bn Cmdr 5/68 Armor, 8th Divison.

George Telenko graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1962. He retired as a U.S. Army Colonel.


Army Distinguished Service Medal

DURING Peace Time Awards
Service: Army
Rank: Colonel

United States Military Academy Register of Graduates


(Citation Needed) – SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Armor) George Joseph Telenko, Jr., United States Army, was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States from 1985 to 1987.

Legion of Merit

DURING Peace Time Awards
Service: Army
Rank: Colonel

United States Military Academy Register of Graduates


(Citation Needed) – SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Armor) George Joseph Telenko, Jr., United States Army, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States in 1987.


ZF Group NAO, Detroit, MI 

Project Manager – July 2002 � Present

Project manager of a new $26m expansion project for the ZF group NAO Technical 

Center that he built in 2000. I have total responsibility for management of design, construction and budgeting. The final structure will be over 250,000 sq ft when completed and will accommodate over 500 personnel including major components research and test and the New North American Corporate Headquarters. The project is scheduled to be completed on time and within budget

ZF Group NAO, Detroit, MI 

Facility Development Manager – November 2000 – July 2002 

�  Completed the turnover of a new $23M tier 1 supplier assembly plant built in a Chicago Industrial Park that will provide axle modules to Ford for their new 2005 Ford 500 and Freestyle vehicles.

�  Personally directed the site selection and all plant design, construction and facility start up activities

�  Plant is 134,400 sq ft in size and will deliver 270,000 axle sets yearly on a line sequenced �JIT� basis� 

�   Personally lead the coordination of� the operational and support requirements of all the suppliers in the industrial park for the Ford Millennium Program Management Team

ZF Group NAO, Detroit, MI

Facility Development Manager, ZF Group NAO Engineering Technical Center – January1999 – October 2000����� 

�  Personally planned, budgeted and managed a construction and equipping contract valued at over $13M for a 95,000 sq ft automotive engineering technical center 

�  Coordinated the needs of all automotive engineering, sales and purchasing activities housed in the center that supports the corporation in North America

�  Relocated over 100 engineering and technical personnel, their offices, shop equipment and computer network into the center without the loss of customer support

�  Coordinated the installation of a new expanded telephone and data support system for all technical and business activities

ZF Industries Inc, Chicago, Ill

Plant Manager, Tuscaloosa Axle Systems Plant – June 1994 – January 1999

�  Managed a $35m greenfield start up of ZFI�s first Axle module systems plant in the USA

�  Organized the plant using Team Empowerment, TQM, Lean Manufacturing and JIT

�  Personally hired and trained over 225 personnel to produce 340 axle sets per day in two shifts

�  Attained a ppm rate of less than 100 in first year of full production

�  Exceeded all annual P&L goals during first three production years

�  Produced highest profit of all ZFI Inc. plants in North America in 1998 

ZF Industries Inc, Chicago, Ill

Director of Defense Products of North America – January 1989 – June 1994

�  Marketed German driveline components to US Defense Contractors 

�  Managed the office that performed all proposal preparation, application engineering coordination and ���field testing support for government testing

�  Personally designed and developed plant configurations and assembly lines needed to implement production of driveline components if successful in being awarded US Government contracts

�  Managed company competition efforts in the US Army 2 1/2 and 5 ton FMTV Truck Testing Program���� 

�  Sold, delivered and supported testing of over 3000 special transmissions worth $2,000 each for the Canadian Government utility truck program

Defense Logistics Agency, Washington DC

General Manager, Defense Contract Administration Region – August 1984 – August 1987

�  Directed the management of over 37,000 contracts of over 600 DOD contractors valued at $17 billion� 

�  Managed the administration of contracts in the states of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Canada

�  Successfully directed the efforts of an 1800 man staff with an annual operating budget of over $57m 

�   Personally approved daily invoice payments of over $50m to assigned to contractors 


Department of the Army, Washington DC

Plant Manager, M1 Main Battle Tank Assembly Plant – June 1978 – September 1981 

�  Directed the Chrysler Corp start up of the US Army M1 Tank Assembly Plant in Ohio

�  Validated contractor requests for production equipment and approved new buys

�  Selected plant equipment from government strategic layaway stocks to save funds

�  Personally staffed a government office with 100 admin, contracting, engineering and quality experts

�  Managed the expenditure of over $420m to renovate a 1million sq ft plant and build a � mile test track

�  Successfully took delivery of the first production year of 85 M1 tanks on schedule and under cost

�  While in charge, successfully met all budget goals and on time vehicle deliveries� 


University Of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Advanced Management Training � Productivity / SPC

Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Joint Services Staff Training

Chrysler Corporation, Highland Park, Michigan

Management Training with Industry Program

University of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan

MBA � Engineering Management

Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia

Advanced Staff Training

Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan

MS � Mechanical Engineering

US Military Academy, West Point, New York

BS � General Engineering


Vietnamese:  Previously fluent

German: Conversation level with some technical knowledge

Spanish: Previously conversation level


Windows 95/98/2000 / XP Prof

Microsoft Office 2000

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