Frank O達rien was born in St. Louis, Missouri
on October 10, 1951. He graduated from the University of
Missouri at Rolla, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in
Ceramic Engineering in 1974. O達rien was a co-op student at
McDonnell Douglas Aerospace and worked on the F-15 Eagle fighter
aircraft and the heat shield for the space shuttle. While at
the University, O達rien received the AP Green scholarship and
was president of the American Ceramic Society chapter there. He
is a member of KERAMOS, the ceramic engineering honor
O達rien痴 first job out of school was with
the Babcock and Wilcox Company in Augusta, Georgia and Detroit,
Michigan. He held the titles of sales engineer and marketing
manager for the foundry and non-ferrous market.
In March of 1977 he joined the Christy
Refractories Company. Currently employed there, he has held the
positions of sales engineer, regional sales manager, Vice
President of sales, Vice President of sales and manufacturing
and President. He bought the company in 1995 and is currently
CEO and owner of The Christy Refractories Company, Christy
Catalytics Company, Christy Industrial Services all located in
St. Louis, Missouri (www.christyco.com). He is also the owner
of the Christy Minerals Company in High Hill, Missouri and
Shamrock Minerals Private Limited in Puna, India.
In 1990 O達rien received the honorary degree
of Professional Engineer from the University of Missouri at
Rolla, Missouri. In 1996 he received a finalist award for the
entrepreneur of the year from Ernst and Young.
He serves on the Board of Directors for The
Refractory Institute and Urban Future (a mentoring program for
underprivileged youth). He has been a past President of the St.
Louis branch of the American Ceramic Society.
O達rien has been married to Jean O達rien
since 1973. They have 12 children ages 32, 31, 26, 24, 21, 18
16, 15, 13, 10, 5 and one deceased. Currently they are
expecting their ninth grandchild.