Team player. Those are the words that describe our July Employee Spotlight, Stuart York. Stuart is the Operations Manager in the Tulsa branch. He has been a part of the O’Connor family for over 41 I/2 years.
On his birthday in 1977, Stuart started in the warehouse after being recruited from another distributor. It wasn’t long before Stuart added to his job duties. Over the years, he has done purchasing, calculated loads and layouts, IT backup,
janitor, and the after hours call operator.
Stuart has always taken pride in his work, a good lesson learned from O’Connor’s former President, Bob Piller. “When Bob would come to the branch, he was very particular about the way things looked. When he would see me, he would run his
finger along the top of a framed picture to see if there was dust on it. Then he would look at me and wink.”
Stuart grew up on the North side of Tulsa and started working at a young age. When he was a junior in high school, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do in life, so a decision was made that HVAC was the way to go. Before HVAC school in the mornings, Stuart would cram for tests and do his homework on the back of the school bus. The evenings were spent working as a janitor in a high-rise building in downtown Tulsa.
Darrell Robison, Director of Sales and Operations Southern Region, knows just how valuable Stuart is to O’Connor. “Stuart has always been an integral part of the branch. His organization, attention to detail, and loyalty to both our customers and our company are his greatest attributes. He has become my most valuable right-hand man on branch matters and our relationship has become a friendship. We and our customers are lucky to have him as part of our team.
Stuart has seen many significant changes over the course of his career, none bigger than O’Connor switching to Trane. “Before we took on the Trane line, all our parts and accessories came from one place. The game changed, and we had to bring in different vendor reps, and I was heavily involved in that transition.”