Long-time Tulsa Rig Iron employee Steve Bartlett died unexpectedly Aug. 30, according to a company statement. Bartlett was a beloved business development representative and technical product trainer for the company.
“Our hearts are completely broken that Steve is no longer with us,” said coworker Terry Flynn of Tulsa Rig Iron (TRI). “He was someone we could always count on, no matter what. If you handed him a task, you could rest assured it would be handled. He was very passionate about, and eager to please his customers. They were more than just people buying equipment from him, they were his friends.”
Bartlett had a passion to share his knowledge and took extra care of his customers to ensure their satisfaction. He was someone that never met a stranger, and his wide network of friends and industry colleagues prove that fact.
As business development representative and product technical trainer, Bartlett was the point man to contact new customers and fully train them on the operation of the systems. Most occasions, he would return to the factory with photos of him with the customers after hours, doing something fun and having a good time. They were now friends as well as business associates.
Barlett had a huge network of industry friends spanning his long career in the underground construction industry. This was apparent at industry trade shows and events, which were like family reunions to him; an opportunity to see and visit with old friends.
“He was one of the most caring and giving persons we had the great pleasure of knowing,” said Flynn. “His absence will leave a huge void here, and he will be dearly missed.”