With his family’s name associated with everything his company does, its no wonder George O’Connell takes customer satisfaction personally. Which is why this section on the company’s web site is entitled “Ask George”, your comments and concerns go directly to George. So anytime you have a question or concern, it goes straight to him and he responds directly to you.
During our ten year partnership with O'Connell, they have helped us design, install, and maintain unique landscapes which have set new benchmarks for aesthetic quality, reduced water use to 35% of standard and decreased overall maintenance cost by 40%. Santaluz has been judged the number one community landscape in San Diego and we save about $400,000 each year.
Gerry Martin, Board President Santaluz, San Diego
The O’Connell Management Team
Our employees are a top priority and not only do we continue to invest in the technology and tools to make them successful, we invest in them. In fact, many of our employees have been with us for over 25 years and continue to undergo our intensive company training programs. As an investment in our employees and for the security of our customers, we start by verifying each new hire through the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify program to ensure each employee is eligible to be employed. This process has led to a more responsible and consistent work force and provides you with the very best crew.
Starting with $60 and a borrowed truck, George O’Connell and his brother Michael established O’Connell Landscape Maintenance in 1971 with a commitment to building their business based on creating quality customer relationships. Today the company continues to thrive with hundreds of employees and equipment dispatched daily from 20 locations throughout Southern California. George had a vision to enhance the beauty of residential communities and commercial properties while staying true to his commitment to the customer. We may be a large company now, but his vision remains.
Jim joined the O'Connell team early on. He has worked alongside George to develop the company into the success it is today. Not only is Jim President of O'Connell Landscape, but he also manages our largest master planned community, Ladera Ranch. Drive down Avendale Boulevard and you will be surrounded by lush landscaping and beautifully maintained trees thanks to the hard work that Jim devotes to this community.
Executive Vice President of Sales & Operations
Kevin is a second generation landscaper. Kevin's primary focus is developing new business opportunities and relationships to expand the companies' portfolio. In addition, Kevin works closely with our sales and operations teams to ensure that our clients experience successful transitions and personalized service. He has been instrumental in implementing growth and marketing strategies as well as innovating new technologies for our clients. Kevin is actively involved with the Community Associations Institute and is a licensed FAA Drone Operator. He also received his BA in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University,
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Since starting in 1983 as a driver and inventory control clerk, Darren's responsibilities have grown along with O'Connell. From managing the purchasing department, the fleet and multiple key accounts to Chief Financial Office.
As Chief Financial Officer, Darren has developed and implemented the company's financial performance standards, control systems along with its financial reporting. In addition, he oversees the legal and human resource departments including employee benefits.
Darren received his Bachelors in Business Administration from California State University Fullerton while working full time at O'Connell.
Vice President of Operations
Jack is an integral part of the O'Connell team with over 29 years in the Landscape Industry. He has a BS from the University of Oregon in Communication and Marketing making him a strong resource for both O'Connell and the communities he oversees.
Regional Vice President
Jon Louis has over 35 years of experience in the landscape industry. Jon is a Certified Arborist and has a Qualified Applicator License from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Jon is a strong leader and knows what it takes to ensure our jobs are running smoothly.
Regional Vice President
Jim Galen has over 30 years of experience in the landscape industry and has worked for O’Connell for 20 years. Jim is a Certified Arborist, bilingual, has a Qualified Applicator License from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, and has his own Contractor License from the State of California. Jim is another strong leader, knowing what it takes to keep our jobs running smoothly.