Jerry Speakman is a native of Columbus, Ohio, a 1970 graduate of Ohio State with a major in Computer and Information Science, and a die-hard Buckeye fan. His professional career began as a systems analyst with Wear-Ever Aluminum, a subsidiary of Alcoa. He transferred to the corporate headquarters in 1978 and has resided in Hampton Township since. His 2 sons went to Hampton schools and his wife Pat worked in the high school office for several years. He coached soccer and little league baseball teams, was treasurer of the Hampton Touchdown club for 2 years and actively played basketball and softball until age 55. Now it is just golf.
As an information systems professional, Jerry's responsibilities concentrated on financial and accounting systems at plant and corporate levels. He also was a manager in Alcoa's Internal Audit Department, a Certified Information Systems Auditor, and was active in the Institute of Internal Auditors where he chaired a committee to define audit-ability and controls for personal computers. Jerry was also responsible for coordinating a team that defined Alcoa's world-wide systems architecture and standards. After an early retirement from Alcoa in 1996, Jerry was a project manager in UPMC's information systems department until 2003. Through 2008, he provided information technology services for Heartwood Institute, a non-profit organization that offers a literature-based character education curriculum for Pre-K through middle grades. In 2007, he also acted as the project accountant / controller for the building expansion project at Hampton Presbyterian Church after their general contractor went out of business. He sings in the church choir and sang baritone and bass in a gospel quartet, Four-Given for 15 years, as well as barbershop quartet chorus. Jerry has always been an officer in any organization in which he has belonged and has always had a strong sense of community service and volunteerism. That commitment continues as he serves as Hampton Township Controller.