Urban Pioneer Spurs Downtown Growth

 Urban Pioneer Spurs Downtown Growth

Doug Barry is showing his commitment to Dayton by taking BarryStaff, Inc., downtown.

By Jamie Kenny

Doug Barry has gotten a lot of attention lately. His commitment to downtown Dayton and his love for the city have been contagious as he begins construction on a new building for BarryStaff, Inc., near the Dayton Dragons’ stadium at the corner of Monument and Webster Streets.

“Business is good, but we are too cramped in our current space to hire any more people,” says Barry. “We need this new building so that we can continue to grow and meet the demands of people looking for employment…and the businesses throughout the Miami Valley who need them.” The investment for the new building will be approximately $1.5 million and includes 13,000 square feet of modern-décor offices and meeting spaces. The building will sit on almost two acres of land, which will also be home to 100 parking spaces.

“We constantly hear that there is not enough free parking in Dayton, so we just decided to make that part of our plan, as well as building an all-purpose community room in the new location,” says Barry. The new room will seat at least 80 and will be open for public use when not in use by the company. “We want to encourage people to come downtown, and now there is a free space to hold meetings and they can park right at the door!” It is just one of the ways that Barry and his company continue to give back to Dayton.

Taking the Lead

As the president of BarryStaff, Inc., since 2001, Barry has overseen the growth of the company from one office in downtown Dayton to locations in Sidney, Piqua and Cincinnati. The company specializes in industrial, clerical and permanent staffing placements.

Barry’s parents, Warren and Pam Barry, started the business in 1980 in Springfield and moved it to downtown Dayton in 1982. The company has been at the Jefferson Street location since 2001.

Doug Barry joined the family business upon graduating from Ohio Northern University in 1994, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration. After Barry returned home from college and started working at the company, his father passed away in 1998, leaving the then-26-year-old Barry to run the company beside his mother.

“I have made every mistake you can make learning to run a business, but we are still going strong,” says Barry.

According to Barry, his company is built on the cornerstones of integrity and dependability. “We are looking for people who are trustworthy and dependable to serve our clients. If someone shows up ready to work and is committed to doing their best, our company and our clients succeed.”

Barry learned a lot from his parents about life and business, and he still works beside his mother every day. One key lesson Barry remembers well was when his dad used to say, “The turtle doesn’t get anywhere if he doesn’t stick his neck out.” Barry continues, “He also taught me that as long as you succeed one more time than you fail, you will be successful. He said that good news travels fast, but bad news travels faster…always do what is right.

“We are excited about what the future holds not only for our company, but for the communities we serve. We will continue to serve the needs of our clients with the highest of integrity and professionalism.”

Giving back to his family and the community are especially important to Barry. While at ONU, he earned four varsity letters in football and two varsity letters in track. He still spends his time making sports a part of his life every day. He has two young sons participate in different kinds of sports, to which he chauffeurs them and then watches, and he volunteers as a high school coach at Miamisburg High School. He also serves as a Miami Township Trustee.

Like many other business owners, Barry’s time is limited when it comes to hobbies, but he and wife Jessica always strive to make family a priority. “With my business and the fact that Jessica owns and runs the School of Advertising Art in Kettering, we have to make the most of our time together. What could be better than spending time hanging out with your kids and your wife?”

Downtown Resurgence

As a result of those lessons from his father and his commitment to family and the community, Barry wants to continue to support Dayton in any way he can. He believes that being located in the center of Dayton helps extend the BarryStaff reputation as a regional company. Being downtown also puts him within 15 minutes of any of his Dayton clients and also helps keep costs down.

“I’m excited to see that our downtown area has bounced off the bottom and is making a strong comeback,” says Barry. “That is part of our motivation for creating the community room in our new building. We are taking away excuses for people not to try working downtown. I think there is just something more professional about conducting meetings downtown and now we are offering that opportunity to anyone. I want groups to come downtown and experience for themselves all of the good things that are happening here.”

According to Barry, downtown is a strong entertainment center with many things to experience including the Webster Street Market, Riverscape, yhe Dayton Dragons, the Schuster Center and much more. Once businesses see what an advantage it is to do business downtown, this acceptance will help solidify Dayton as a regional business hub.

Barry continues, “Dayton still has challenges, but I want to do my part to bring it alive again. You can find problems anywhere if you want to, but there are good things going on in Dayton…we are excited about it and hope to share that excitement.”