Q&A WITH Deborah Barnett

During Deborah Barnett’s 36 years as a member of the Huntington Bank team, she has had many different roles. She served appointments to boards at the City of Toledo, Toledo Public Schools and the University of Toledo. She has also been involved with many civic organizations, including the Toledo Zoo, Promedica, the Greater Toledo Urban League, among other honors and accolades.

After her retirement, Barnett turned these assets into a marketing business, N-Sync, that helps empower individuals and businesses. She learned from her varied roles that strength comes through collaboration and her new company brings people, businesses and resources together to get the job done. She is a sought-after speaker, motivator and event consultant.

My first job: Was in the banking industry as a typist. That wasn’t the job for me, so I asked to be trained as a teller. The rest is history.
Health and lifestyle tips I support: Read The Four Agreements. It enhanced my interpersonal skills. For health— stay active.
My most memorable trips: I have had many memorable trips with family and friends. My travels to Cabo San Lucas, North Carolina, Hilton Head and recently celebrating my son and daughter-in-law’s 40th birthday on Marco Island, Florida.
My biggest self-indulgence: Playing golf— may it never end.
I have always wanted to: Travel to Sydney, Australia.
A trait I admire in others: Loyalty.
My pet peeve: Tardiness.
What most people don’t know about me:
As a teenager in my hometown of Cleveland, I was a dancer on a local TV show.
Words I live by: The Four Agreements: Be Impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.
Advice to the younger me: Don’t take things personally.
Someone I’d like to meet: Michelle Obama.
What inspires me now: I am inspired by knowing what my purpose is and completing the assignment.

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