CHICAGO — OfficeMax has appointed EVP, CFO and CAO Bruce Besanko, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, to the USO of Illinois’ board of directors. Besanko will join the USO's finance committee and serve a three-year term.
"It is a privilege to become involved with this outstanding organization that does so much to support our service members and their families," said Besanko. "At OfficeMax, we have a rich history in diversity and inclusion, and of honoring members of the military and veterans. As more troops return home, there will be much to do to help these men and women transition to civilian life. Our company recognizes the opportunity we have to work with other local business partners to attract, retain and develop military individuals. I look forward to advancing the USO of Illinois' mission and legacy in service to the region's military community."
Part of the USO’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families.
"The USO of Illinois is thrilled to welcome Mr. Besanko to its Board of Directors," said Alison Ruble, president and CEO, USO of Illinois. "As a volunteer-driven organization that relies on the support of the community and those who build it to provide services to almost 300,000 troops and their families annually, the experience that Mr. Besanko brings — both as a business leader and military veteran — is truly an asset that will help the USO continue its mission of serving those who serve."
OfficeMax has a strong presence in the Chicagoland area with more than 40 stores and two distribution facilities in the immediate region. OfficeMax multi-national headquarters are also located in Naperville. OfficeMax also sponsors the MaxSalutes associate resource group, which serves as a support network for company associates who are veterans, active duty and reserve military, as well as their families.