Ron Oestreich very well may be the busiest man in Bolingbrook.
On any given day, the father of four juggles a full slate of family life, work and volunteer activities.
But Oestreich’s "bread and butter" is derived from his position as superintendent of three revenue facilities for the Bolingbrook Park District — a position which entails oversight of a combined $4 million budget.
Oestreich is in charge of — as well as the indoor pool at the — the and in addition to the facilities located at both the BRAC and .
"This is a great job … its flexible and no two days are ever the same," Oestreich said. "I can be on the phone with customers, working with my management team, compiling data and figures for analysis or working on new initiatives."
Now, Oestreich has taken the lead in developing an internal educational program named Bolingbrook Park District University that is scheduled to be launched in 2012.
The program will extend various seminars that educate both full- and part-time employees on a range of subjects from customer service to accountability to maintaining the park district's brand.
A park district employee himself since 1996, Oestreich has always shown a willingness to roll up his sleeves and do whatever necessary to get the job done.
Starting out as aquatic manager, Oestreich was charged with the tasks of both opening and closing the park district’s wave pool, which is now the site of the ice arena.
"It's no secret that under his guidance, produced its best numbers," said former park district Superintendent Ray Ochromowiz. "Ron is a very principled, ethical manager who is a great asset for the park district."
While ascending the company ladder, Oestreich steadily has gained the respect of both superiors and subordinates.
"Ron’s been my boss for 10 years and I consider him a friend," said Jim Sawyer, general manager of the and . "I’ve had three bosses in my life and he’s one of the finest men I’ve worked with. He’ll get down in the trenches with you and he’s one of the reasons I’m still here."
Oestreich's strong work ethic was acquired at Santa’s Village, a year-round amusement park his father owned and operated in East Dundee from 1976 until 2000.
"I worked summers, basically from the time I could legally work, through college. I realized I loved the industry and was really excited to find out Eastern Illinois University offered a degree in recreation administration," Oestreich said.
While in college, Oestriech also met and fell in love with his future wife, Christy — a union that has produced children Jack, 12; Nathan 11; Ellie, 9; and Lanie, 6.
"That’s the beauty of working in this field: a lot of weekend and evening work. That flexibility leaves me time to get to my kids' soccer games and activities," he said.
Oestreich’s desire to flourish in the recreation industry led him to Keller Graduate School, where he conferred a Master in Business Administration in 2006. It is also the reason he is able to spot a similar desire in others.
"I consider Ron my mentor. He hired me in 2001 and I started out in guest services but I was more like a gofer, working any and all positions wherever they needed me," said Anthony Morelli, . "I was there until 2009 and I credit Ron for getting me to think about my career aspirations. When I worked with youth, he noticed my enthusiasm and said it would be selfish not to share that with the community."
Conscious of the need to give back, Oestriech vigilantly carves out time for volunteering, maintaining affiliations with the Bolingbrook Rotary Club, where he was formerly president, as well as co-chairing the Bolingbrook/Romeoville Character Counts Coalition.
He also is active with Community Christian Church at Highpoint in Romeoville. There, Oestreich is part of a team that sustains a project linked to Hermanson Elementary School that helps students learn life lessons about being better citizens.
In a good place, Oestriech enjoys the challenge of maintaining a successful balancing act.
"Right now I’m happy with the way things are," he said. "Everyday I’m gaining more experience. I’d like to work toward being the executive director of a park district eventually. I really have no idea what the future holds. My wife’s sharp. She’s a stay-at-home mom now, but I could see us starting a small business together. Who knows? I’m a young guy and I have my whole life ahead of me."