Tina

Everywhere Tina Meyer goes, she finds family. It starts at home, with her husband, Frank, two cats, and her dog, Chewie.

At her job, there is a family. Her volunteer work involves a family.

“Family is important,” Meyer said recently by phone. “If we don’t have family, what do we have?”

Her work family is the great workforce of O’Connor Company with her team in its Urbandale branch.

Meyer is the counter sales team lead, a position to which she was recently promoted. Originally from the San Francisco area, Meyer has been at O’Connor for just under four years, and she said it’s the best job she’s ever had.

“O’Connor is amazing to work for,” she said. “They care first and foremost about their employees and their customers. If you have a concern, it’s an open door here.

“It’s family oriented. They have employees who have been there for a really long time for a reason.”

When she started at O’Connor, she said she answered the phone and took parts orders. Now her job entails, among other things, warranty work, answering customers’ questions and handling their concerns. Recently, that required her to go the extra mile.

It was her turn one evening to be on-call to take after-hours customer service calls. She answered a call at about 10:30 p.m., shortly after going to bed. A customer needed to buy a part, so she went to the office to take care of that person.

There is another family for Meyer away from work. She volunteers with Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands, which helps people with life-controlling issues such as addiction. Meyer has served in the ministry since about 2012 and last year was presented the first Myron Towers Volunteer of the Year award.

“Teen Challenge is a huge part of my life,” she said. “I’ve had a hard life, and a lot of the students have a hard life. I know the change that God has made in me, and if God can do what he’s done in me he can do it in them.

“Teen Challenge is an amazing life-changing program. We started building relationships with the students – my husband Frank and I – and it’s hard to not want to be a part of what God is doing.

“Some of the best relationships I have are with students who a year ago we didn’t know and past students who are now on staff. They become family. You don’t have to be blood to be family.”

In her spare time, Meyer enjoys beekeeping, which she’s been doing for three years. She keeps her hives at a friend’s house.

“I’ve always been fascinated with honey bees, and once you start doing it, it becomes addictive,” said Meyer, who this year will be the historian for the Iowa Honey Producers Association.