MANAGER OF THE YEAR - 2014
Greenville, Texas – June 18, 2014
Barbara Underwood, Midland College Bookstore Manager, was named Texas Book Company's 2014 Manager of the Year. Barbara joined TBC in 2011 and since then has developed her skills as a store manager and well-rounded leader. She has incredible pride in her store and her team. A champion of the customer, Barbara's primary focus is to make sure "her kids", as she refers to them, are taken care of. When asked what she likes the most about her job Barbara's easy answer is, "The thing I love most about my job is helping freshman students find their books for classes. This is the beginning of my relationship with them. They can come talk to me anytime, like a mentor or a Mom. The most exciting part of my job is Rush, when everything is buzzing and everyone is happy and excited. It's like Christmas!"
Barbara attended Odessa College and majored in law enforcement and criminal justice. Her retail career started when she was 19 years old as the store manager of a dress shop. Over the last 30 years she has held management and loss prevention officer positions at Dillards and Talbots.
Barbara is a single mother to daughter Chloe, 12, son Cameron, 22, and three four-legged canine children. Barbara says that Chloe is a natural artist and wants to be a "Cake Baker" when she grows up. Cameron has achieved his Trifecta medal from the Spartan Beast competitions and plans to join the Marines this year. Barbara stays very busy when she is not overseeing the bookstore operation at Midland College. Barbara is a member of the Permian Basin Outing Club in Midland, and she, Chloe and Cameron regularly enjoy camping, fishing, kayaking, repelling, snorkeling, spelunking (caving) and hiking. Barbara's faith and church family is an important part of her life. She is a long-time member of Stonegate Fellowship Church, where she is loved and encouraged, and in her own words has learned to "give God the glory" for all things.
Texas Book Company (TBC) began operations August, 1975, in Greenville, Texas. Originally offering a limited supply of used books to small colleges and universities, TBC has grown to be one of the largest textbook wholesalers in the nation, servicing thousands of bookstores, high schools and colleges. Texas Book Company's corporate office and distribution center is located in Greenville, Texas and is one the city's largest employers. As a long-standing member of the academic community, TBC offers unequalled bookstore management expertise, service excellence, and financial strength.