It is always good to know who you are doing business with and certainly worthwhile to support local enterprises, which Overhead Door Company of Portland (OHD) is. In 1982, Jim Stumpf became the owner and president of OHD. He was delighted to join forces with the industry leader, Overhead Door Company. In describing his innovative new partner, Jim said, “Overhead door Company invented the original door back in 1921 and the garage door opener system in 1926. They’re kind of like the Ford of our industry.”
In the eighties, Jim had a team of only six or seven, which quickly expanded to include more skilled technicians and now includes a staff of 40, many of whom have been a part of OHD for decades. Jim’s son, Ryan, is one of the early employees, helping his dad, even as a child with inventorying parts, washing vehicles, and other kid-friendly tasks around the company.
Jim and wife, Sandy, have four children, all raised in the Portland area. Sandy keeps busy with philanthropic work, in support of several charities and non-profits. Ryan grew up with three older sisters. With a ready sense of humor, his dad would often tell young Ryan, he was his “favorite son”, until one day the boy countered with, “But I’m your only son!”. Two of Jim and Sandy’s three daughters pursued other career interests. Sister Jaimie Stumpf plays a vital role in the company, serving as the Commercial Project Manager. She oversees all contracts on the commercial side of OHD. Jim is proud to have two of his offspring working with him in the family business and the development of the company they have generated together.
2017 marked a significant change at Overhead door Company of Portland. Ryan Stumpf assumed the role of President, working in tandem with Jim as CEO. Having grown up in the family business, Ryan learned the varied aspects of the business from the ground up. He served as a Residential Installer and Commercial Service Manager, with an array of other positions in between. After obtaining his business administration degree at the University of Oregon, Ryan joined the company as a full-time team member in 2009.
Jim and Ryan Stumpf possess the same core values and vision for the company, which is often not the case with many multi-generational business endeavors. The Stumpf family members maintain a congenial work environment, which is also not necessarily the norm in family-owned companies. They feel strongly that their work atmosphere has to be open and honest, where no one is afraid to ask questions or present new ideas.
Ryan learned solid values from Jim and they both rank family as top priority, yet work hard and are dedicated to making OHD a trusted resource for their customers and a great place to work for their employees. When asked about this issue, Ryan said “My dad and I are extremely close, and working with him is great. We’ve always had this understanding that our relationship is more important than work – and we have never let our professional responsibilities compromise that.” Regarding the maintenance of this delicate balance, Ryan went on to say, “To be successful in business together, family members need to have honest, open dialogue and be aligned in their priorities and decision-making process. If there’s one thing my father has taught me, it’s that nothing is more important than family.”
The Stumpf clan are sports enthusiasts and love outdoor activities. Jim and Ryan are avid fans of the University of Oregon Ducks football team and share a love of cycling to keep fit. On the other hand, in the pro sports arena, Jaimie is a big Chicago Cubs fan.
The company is honored to have been sponsors of Candlelighters For Children with Cancer and strong participants in the associated fundraising events, Ride for a Child, for nearly two decades. OHD and its staff have historically been one of the largest fundraisers at these functions and are happy to be making a difference for ill children.
The OHD leadership team, including family members: Jim, Ryan and Jaimie are proud of their company’s reputation for stellar customer service and prominence in the industry. They are totally invested in continuing that tradition, as they serve both residential and commercial customers in the greater Portland area.