Stuart York

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.”

Stuart has been in the innovator of many programs at O’Connor. The parts preseason program he created in Tulsa was a such a success in Tulsa that he was invited to the corporate offices for a week to help put together the program for all the branches. Stuart has also been heavily involved with Tulsa’s open house and has organized bass fishing and golf tournaments that increased sales and created a fun experience for dealers.

“Stuart and I have worked together for seven years. He has always shown dedication, loyalty and takes his job seriously and with pride. He has worked hard and strives to help the Tulsa branch and its priorities. He works closely with the purchasing department taking the initiative to following up on the latest information. His work ethic speaks for itself.” Gina Brehm, Corporate Buyer/Purchasing Manager.

When Stuart is not working at O’Connor, he is enjoying time at his lake house with his wife of 30 years, Charlene. He has three adult children, Stuart Ray, Christina, and Marcus. Stuart is very proud of his five grandkids and plans on spending more time with them when he retires as he loves to be around his friends and family. Stuart also brews beer, makes wine, golfs, and loves to fish.

Fifteen years ago, when Stuart’s daughter was still in college and still trying to figure out a career path, she asked her him a question. “Dad, you must be ready for change and face new challenges, why have you been at O’Connor for so long?” Stuart replied, “I have had different responsibilities with constant change at O’Connor. Every day is a new adventure, and there are no two days the same.” Stuart’s dedication is undeniable. He has given four decades of service to the O’Connor Company and always willing to help others. We are thankful for Stuart’s hard work ethic and joyous spirit.