The Tulsa Women’s Business Breakfast is a bimonthly event to help business owners and entrepreneurs meet one another, learn from community leaders and become more informed about Tulsa’s business ecosystem. It’s a great way to network and learn about the many resources Tulsa has to offer.
Admission is free, but registration is required.
July Speaker: Jennifer Jezek
Jennifer Jezek is President and Owner of York Electronic Systems, Inc. (YES), a family-owned systems-integration firm specializing in fire alarm, security, communications and audio visual systems. Jennifer is continuing the legacy of her parents, Steve and Judi York, who founded the company in 1984.
At age 14, Jennifer began working at YES doing filing and general administrative duties after school. After graduating from Memorial High School in Tulsa, she worked full time at YES during the day while attending classes at night at Tulsa Community College. Jennifer has worked in nearly every position in the company including administration, marketing, accounting, purchasing, warehouse, assistant controller, Vice President of Operations, and most recently, President.
In 1998, Jennifer graduated from Langston University (Tulsa) with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and left YES to pursue a career in information technology. Jennifer worked as Business Operations Manager for the Oklahoma Division of Pomeroy IT Solutions (NASDAQ PMRY), where she performed operational assessments and implemented process and controls resulting in an 18% increase in profits in less than one year.
In 2002, Jennifer returned to YES as Vice President of Operations and began succession planning with her parents. In 2009, she became President and in 2012, Jennifer finalized the business acquisition from her parents and became Chairman and Owner.
During Jennifer’s tenure, YES has received recognition and awards including Systems Contractor News 2007 Top 50 Systems Integrator, Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Award in 2007, 2008, 2010,2012 and 2016; the Tulsa Metro Chamber 2009 Family Owned Business of the Year, Oklahoma SBA 2010 Jeffrey Bautland Family Owned Business of the Year, 2015 Broken Arrow Chamber Woman/Minority Owned Business of the Year. Additionally, Jennifer was named Best of TCC Distinguished Alumni 2009, Security System News 2010 top 20 under 40, and in 2015 received both the Tulsa Regional Chamber Lifetime Achievement Award Tier II and Associated Builders and Contractors Allen Couch Memorial Award for outstanding community service and leadership.
Jennifer’s leadership capabilities were fostered through mentoring from her parents and community involvement. For over a decade, she has served in volunteer leadership roles in the philanthropic organization, Epsilon Sigma Alpha International (ESA), which responsibilities include executive officer positions, chairing fundraising events, educational seminars and social activities.
To continue her father’s lifelong commitment to educating youth and developing a future work force, Jennifer also volunteers for Junior Achievement and serves on their Board of Directors. In compliment to her role as a workforce development advocate and as a director for the Tulsa Regional Chamber, in 2016, Jennifer joined the Oklahoma Works Regional Workforce Advisory Council as part of an initiative to address skills gaps and quality jobs for Oklahomans.
In 2017, Jennifer will serve as Associated Builders and Contractors of Oklahoma (ABC) Board Chairman and will be the first second generation chairman, following her father’s service in 1999, and the first female chairman in the association’s history. She will also serve as director on the National Board of Associated Builders and Contractors and as the Diversity Resource Group Leader for Native Americans.
Jennifer lives in Tulsa and has been married to her husband Rob for fourteen years. Together, they have 3 daughters ages 21, 16 and 11.