TDC’s second longest tenured employee, Barbara Shute has been with the organization since 2007.
Her friendly disposition and her keen organizational skills make her an invaluable asset to the organization. She has worked with three different presidents of the organization and helped us move into two different office spaces. Barbara is instrumental in record keeping and stewardship of TDC’s Board of Directors.
Outside of work, Barbara is highly involved with Mosaic Church in Cadyville, NY. She works with the Pastor to help maintain daily operations and execute special events. She also enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, exploring all that the Adirondack Coast has to offer.
Learn more about TDC’s Executive Assistant.
Where did you grow up?
My father worked for the government; his position took us to many different places around the country. We lived in several amazing states including Washington DC, North Carolina, and Colorado.
What brought you to the North Country?
My mom was born and raised in Malone, NY. We decided to move back here around the time I started High School and I have been here ever since.
Where did you go to school?
I attended North Country Community College where I earned my certificate as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). I also attended Clinton Community College where I earned an Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) Degree in Human Services.
What did you do prior to joining the TDC team?
I worked as an LPN for several years at Meadowbrook Nursing Home and for the Advocacy and Resource Center in Peru, I then transitioned into home care where I worked with pediatric patients.
More recently, I was the Emergency Services Coordinator for the American Red Cross in Plattsburgh. During my time at the Red Cross I had the opportunity to help families that had been affected by fires and natural disasters and also provide emergency communications for military families. I was working for the Red Cross during the September 11th attacks. I was amazed by the outpouring of support from our community the very next day, folks were on our doorstep and calling our office wanting to do whatever they could to help.
What attracted you to working in the administrative field?
I like helping people – which is why I wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a kid. My job at the American Red Cross allowed me to gain experience in administration, aside from coordinating emergency services, I was also secretary to the board, and I took care of our office needs and answered and directed a lot of phone calls. I think that is what made the transition to TDC natural. As the Executive Assistant, I still get to help people and work with a lot of great people in the community through our board and our building tenants.
How long have you been with TDC?
I’ve been with TDC for almost 13 years. I started part-time in 2007, and joined the team full time in the summer of 2008. It’s been a great experience ever since.
What has been your favorite project that TDC has been a part of?
Our new construction!! I am looking forward to moving into our new office building and being closer to our tenants in Air Industrial Park. It is so cool to be a part of the process, from initial conversations to watching the construction of the new building.
What is your favorite sports team?
The underdog in the Super Bowl 😊
What is your favorite part of your job?
Getting to work with the staff and Board of Directors. Our board is made up of very engaged, hardworking folks who bring their special talents to the table on behalf of TDC and the community.
I also enjoy spending time searching through records and discovering how hard our founding fathers worked to build TDC from the ground up one building/one company at a time.
It is so rewarding to be a part of an organization that cares about making things better in and for our community.
My co-workers also make coming to work exciting every day. I love working alongside them to solve problems, learn new things, and plan for our future.
What is a little-known fact about the Plattsburgh region?
Our vibrant community is something that we sometimes take for granted. There is lots to do and see and our proximity to Canada has helped our business community thrive.
I work part-time as the office administrator at Mosaic Church in Cadyville.
Sunday is my favorite day of the week!
I have had the opportunity to travel to many interesting places including Philadelphia and Niagara Falls (both the Canadian and American sides) and I have taken several cruises to some pretty amazing destinations including Halifax, Nova Scotia and the Bahamas.
“The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or touched – they must be felt with the heart,” Helen Keller
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Applebee’s. It’s always a great time when I visit, and I have lots of fond memories there. I also love their steak dinners!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be in your field?
Always be kind and courteous, smile when you answer the phone, pay attention to detail, and always remember there is no “I” in Team.
“The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply,” Stephen Covey.
Even though you might have a lot to say, sometimes it is best not to respond.
In silence, without distractions, that’s when people feel respected and appreciated.
What advice would you have given your younger self?
Always remember each day is a gift. Learn to appreciate the little things and count your blessings.
What are your personal goals for the future?
Strive to enjoy each and every day, spend more time with family and friends and always looking forward to the next new adventure!
What are you looking forward to the most in the next 5 years?
Spending time with my grandchildren and traveling more. I also can’t wait to get settled into our new office building and being a part of TDC’s new adventures in the future.