“I was let go because of the economy and my age,” said Barbara, “The same day that happened A-1 called and asked me to come work for them. I explained I only wanted part-time and I am lucky to have been with them since March of 2009.”
In her position, Barbara communicates with people about their travel needs while also attending meetings for five different Chambers, including the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. She has been with some of those Chambers for over a decade, both with her former employer and now with A-1 Limousine. As a member of Illinois Limousine Association since 1987, and a former Executive Secretary of that organization, Barbara also keeps up on all of the issues and upcoming events in the limousine business.
In addition to her business accomplishments, Barbara has acquired over 50 years of volunteer experience including being involved in the Carol Stream Woman’s Club (serving as president for 4 of her 53 years of membership), Carol Stream Historical Society (18 years), Red Hat Society (10 years), and Stitch’N “B”s sewing group (7 years). She has received numerous awards including the Carol Stream Citizen of the Year (1972), Carol Stream Special Citizen of the Year (1980) and the Village of Carol Stream Certificate of Merit for publishing a monthly newsletter for the residents of Carol Stream. Barbara is also a two-time cancer survivor as she battled breast cancer 16 years ago and leukemia 13 years ago.
Barbara’s advice to Women In Business: “Women who are in a management position (need) to be kind to the women employees, and some men too, who are dealing with small children and aging parents. They have to work and would rather be home with the children. They are always juggling family or job. Let them know how much you appreciate all that they do and you understand and offer to help them with different projects that they are involved in.”
Barbara enjoys travelling and especially enjoyed a 2008 trip to Italy to see Pope Benedict say Mass for Easter. She and her husband also enjoy traveling to their getaway golf villas in Galena, and also to Phoenix, Wisconsin and Florida. She has been on five cruises and numerous vacations. She also enjoys reading, sewing sequined calendars, working jig-saw puzzles, playing Soda Crush, Candy Crush and Trivia Crush and attending church.
By: Angela Bender, Marketing and Communications Associate
Headquartered in Naperville, IL since 1999, Naperville CARES is where the community comes together to ensure all our neighbors have access to resources to meet their essential needs. The CARES Emergency Assistance Program provides emergency financial assistance to pay for basic needs like rent and utilities. The goal of the CARES Car Program is to help individuals maintain employment by providing reliable transportation by either providing a client with a donated vehicle or repairing client-owned vehicles.