Charles O’Reilly joined O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. known as “O’Reilly Auto Parts” in 1963. In April 1966, Mr. O’Reilly oversaw the expansion of O’Reilly Auto Parts into the Joplin market. The Joplin store surpassed every sales goal, and in 1969 he became sales manager of both, O’Reilly Automotive and Ozark Automotive.
In 1975 Mr. O’Reilly was named president and CEO. At the time the company had nine stores (annual revenues $1.7million) and continued to expand under Mr. O’Reilly’s leadership. In 2007 the company has 1,830 stores with 22,000 employees, 2.5 billion in revenues and a net income of $194 million. Since O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. first appeared on Forbes annual list of 200 Best Small Companies in America in 1996, the company has shown a 481% return. Mr. O’Reilly retired from active management of the company in 2002 but continues to serve on the board.
The O’Reilly’s adopted a family and business policy of giving back to the community. In addition to their leadership and support for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, Mr. O’Reilly and his wife, Mary Beth, have worked closely with Ozark Good Harvest. They have also established the Charlie and Mary Beth O’Reilly Family Foundation in 2000 that distributes more than $225,000 in grants per year.
BS, History 1961