Meet Tom O’Connor! Tom is our Facilities Manager, overseeing and managing our maintenance staff.

Tom O’Connor

CBE Facilities Manager

Photographed and Interviewed by Nate Jaffe, Communications Associate

“What I love about working at CBE is that no two days are alike. There’s always something different going on, any given time, any given day. And it can be challenging to figure out what you need to do to take care of a problem. In this business, you’re a problem-solver. A lot goes into making sure everything is running smooth. We want to make sure that people who are working here are happy and comfortable.” – Tom

Nate: Where are you from?
Tom: Long Island

Nate: How long have you been in the business/how did you get into it?
Tom: Since 1981. I had a cousin in the business who brought me in when I was 22, and the rest is history. I started to work my way up the ladder starting out as an engineer’s assistant eventually ending up as director of operations.

Nate: Where were you/what were you doing before CBE?
Tom: I was director of operations for at the Hebrew Educational Society, The Oculus at the World Trade Center, and Asphalt Green.

Nate: What do you love about working here?
Tom: What I love about working here is that no two days are alike. There’s always something different going on, any given time, any given day. And it can be challenging to figure out what you need to do to take care of a problem. In this business, you’re a problem-solver.

Nate: What does your day to day look like?
Tom: Right now I’m just trying to build a routine and build a culture of routine, so that when my guys come in they know what to do first thing in the morning and then go on as the day goes by.

Nate: Describe a past experience, from any point in your life, that defined or impacted who you are today.
Tom: It would have to be my father. My father always told me to treat people the way you want to be treated. The rest will take care of itself. He taught me how to play golf and I’m great golfer!

Nate: If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?
Tom: George Patton. I was always interested in him, read a lot about him. He fascinated me with his tenacity.

Nate: If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tom: I would have to say bologna on white bread with mustard. Boring sandwich, but I grew up eating it and still eat it today.

Nate: What’s your favorite quote or mantra?
Tom: “You only live once, and this is no dance rehearsal.” -my dad

Nate: How do you define success?
Tom: Watching my kids grow into the adults that they are, and that they’ll become.

Nate: What is the most used emoji on your phone?
Tom: A happy face! 😀

Nate: Would you rather have the power of invisibility or have x-ray vision, and why?
Tom: Invisibility because I think I’m a pretty humble guy.

Say Hello!

Send Tom an email at toconnor@cbebk.org