Money Q&A - John F. Barr

August 01, 2004

Name: John F. Barr

Résumé: Owner and president, Ellsworth Electric

Chairman-elect, Cedar Ridge Children's Home

Vice chairman, Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission

Vice chairman, Washington County Board of Elections

Past chairman, Washington County chapter of the Salvation Army

Immediate past chairman, Cumberland Valley chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors

Board member, Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Board member, Washington County Agricultural Education Center

Board member, Community Foundation of Washington County


Board member, Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross

Board member, Salvation Army College in Atlanta

Born: Sept. 17, 1953

Married to: Teresa (Myers) Barr on April 26, 1975

Children: Franklin, 27; Jonathan, 25; David, 23; and Sarah, 20

Education: Boonsboro High School, class of 1971. Did five-year apprenticeship training through Hagerstown Junior College, Associated Builders and Contractors and the State of Maryland.

Mentor: "I have two mentors. Frank Barr (grandfather) - He is one of my mentors because of his dedication to hard work and his values. He always gave others more than they expected. Jack E. Barr (father) - He is my other mentor because of his dedication and his business sense. He was all about serving others first."

Favorite part of your job: "Meeting new people."

Least favorite part of your job: "Paperwork - government bureaucracy"

Biggest challenge of your job: "Keeping up with technology and the ever-increasing pace of work schedules."

Fantasy job: "I'm not sure there is one. Every job has its own set of challenges and responsibilities."

Favorite music: Classical jazz

Favorite car: "Any vehicle with a turbo diesel"

Type of car you drive now: Ford truck (diesel)

Last book read: "The Purpose-Driven Life" by Rick Warren

Last movie seen: "The Terminal"

Favorite TV show: "Anything on The Learning Channel"

Hobbies: Farming, motorcycles and horses

What was your first job? "Mowing lawns and washing trucks at Miller-Liskey Electric Co. (the former name of Ellsworth Electric). I was about 12."

Favorite quote: "Better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt." Source unknown.

If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be? "Abraham Lincoln. He was a true statesman who handled many tests of fortitude - rejection, persecution, turmoil - in our country's history."

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