In 1934, Fred “Pop” Standley’s mother traded Indian-allotted land in Amber, OK to help him buy a building in downtown Chickasha, OK. Soon after, he opened The Fred Standley Typewriter Company, selling manual typewriters and 10-key adding machines.
Fred’s stepsons Jim and Don Elliott worked for their stepfather and bought the company in 1968, renaming it Standley Office Machines to reflect their mission to stay ahead of industry trends and deliver products and services to facilitate the growth of their customers’ businesses.
Jim Elliott’s son Tim grew up taking apart and cleaning typewriters, and worked for his father and uncle as a teen (he also sacked groceries and milked a cow to sell the milk for a dollar a gallon). Tim joined the family business the day he graduated high school in 1976 and took over the business at age 27 in 1985.
In 1990, Don Elliott’s son, and current COO, Greg Elliott joined the company. Ten years later they changed the name to Standley Systems to reflect its full range of products and solutions. Tim’s son Blake joined Standley Systems as Director of Operations in 2008, representing the fourth generation of this premier family-owned and operated Oklahoma business.
It’s rare that a business with a long, rich history can stay true to its core values for over 80 years, but history and family lie at the heart of Standley Systems’ success. Not only do we foster a family-focused culture at Standley, we consider our clients to be more than just clients. We build the same lasting relationships with small-town business owners as we do our multi-million dollar corporate clients. By staying true to the core values listed, we are able to continually work to do what is right by our clients, and strive for their satisfaction with our service, our products, and the innovative technological solutions we provide.
We are Guided by Christian Values
Our beliefs are governed by the understanding that each individual is a unique creation of a sovereign and loving God and that we were created for His purpose. Our intent is to conduct ourselves in the marketplace in such a way as would be pleasing to our Lord, and in-keeping with the biblical morals of honesty, integrity, and equality upon which this country was founded. Although we do not pretend to be perfect, we do aspire to do that which is right as it relates to our employees, clients, vendors, and the communities in which we work.
We are Committed to Personal & Team Development
Our desire is to see our employees grow past their own perceived ability and reach their dreams. To see the “light bulb” come on within someone as they realize that achieving their dream is a possibility, and how this revelation impacts all facets of their life is validation that we are fulfilling our objectives. Encouraging our team and those working with us to press for personal growth and develop solutions to help them grow is very important to our company. It is our desire that the time spent at Standley Systems whether 1 year or 30 years will have provided valuable solutions and resources to become better in all areas of their life.
We are Passionate about our People, Clients & Communities
Defined as “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something”, passion is the fuel that drives us on a daily basis. Purposefully developing lasting relationships that have fostered our success for over 80 years was a passion for those who laid the cornerstone of this company. That same purpose drives us today to continue those relationships and build new ones where we can inspire others to go farther and reach their God given ability. The passion to build people and the desire to create a solution for a client that saves time and money is what has established our success.
We Go the Extra Mile
The desire to exceed expectations is a driving motivation behind the programs and responses that are at the core of our business. Going the extra mile is a part of everything we do. Offering 24hr 7 day per week service at no extra charge, answering incoming phone calls with a live attendant, or offering a money back guarantee are ways we go the extra mile. Partnering alongside area nonprofits, providing our associates with paid volunteer days, or assisting our clients and communities during the devastation caused by Oklahoma tornados, are how we define going the extra mile. We believe that all true Oklahomans understand the calling to go the extra mile, it is who we are, it is the Oklahoma Standard.
Professionalism is our Commitment
Our team of sales, service, and support personnel set the standard of professionalism in our industry. The men and women who make up this company hold themselves to a higher standard as it relates to working on their craft and being the best. From education and professional appearance to follow through and understanding the client needs, our team prides themselves on defining professionalism. Our commitment to service expertise led us to become a SPIRE training center where all service personnel we train in our dedicated training facility receive a Savin Manufacturers Certificate of Achievement when the class is taken and passed. Our sales department has a unique Certified Solution Specialist (CSS) training program and our support staff receive training on our ERP (Compass) system by the developer, ensuring that they have the full knowledge needed to take care of the client and be successful in their position.