Jan Gansheimer
Assistant Vice President, Honda North America
Honda of America Manufacturing
Marysville, OH

“I love the variety that manufacturing offers. It provides the opportunity to create, to solve problems, and to constantly improve products and processes. You can see the impact of your team’s efforts. It is incredibly rewarding to hear the positive comments from our customers when a product goes to market.”

Promoted to the role of Marysville Motorcycle Plant Manager in 2007, Jan brought with her not only strong leadership and team building skills, but also her passion for motorcycle riding. Her skills were tested as, after the economic downturn of 2009, she was forced to head the emotional closing of this plant.  She demonstrated great leadership and compassion, leveraging her enthusiasm and commitment to the customer to help associates remain focused on and ensuring every bike was built to the standard expected of a Honda motorcycle. In each subsequent role, Jan has demonstrated skill in building relationships both within the organization and with suppliers outside the company. 
 
Through her can-do attitude, enthusiasm and results-orientation, along with a true belief in the power of the team, Jan mentors by showing her team that together you can achieve high targets and overcome obstacles. At the individual level, Jan spends the time to coach associates through difficult and challenging assignments.
 
Jan has been an advocate of strategizing with leadership to prepare for the potential manufacturing associate shortage. Through her influence, Honda has made a significant outreach effort to the community to establish pathways to careers in manufacturing that begin with students in middle school and then continue through high school and college. 
 
She has a great passion for supporting the local communities both on her own behalf and on Honda’s behalf. Jan has been on the Board of Trustees for the Union County Chamber of Commerce for over 7 years and is currently the Chamber Vice President. She has also been an officer and trustee of the Honda of America Foundation for more than seven years. 

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