Originally from a small town in Kentucky, Barbour is familiar with the importance of being active in a small community. Once he arrived in Key West, he immediately began to seek opportunities to make Winn-Dixie an invaluable resource to his neighbors.
Seven years later, Barbour has become a notable fixture in Key West, forging partnerships that have provided numerous opportunities for Winn-Dixie to give back to the community.
He became a member of the Key West Rotary, where he attends meetings and takes and active role in charitable events. Barbour also quickly became a board member of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society (ACS), a cause he holds dear since his mother passed away from the illness. He has also captained several Winn-Dixie teams during the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and the Relay for Life charity walks, helping raise donations and awareness for the ACS. Barbour has been active in the business community, too, as a member of the Key West Chamber of Commerce, where he has represented Winn-Dixie as a go-to resource for goodwill initiatives on the island.
“I’ve always enjoyed being involved in the communities I’ve lived and worked in, so it was important for me to bring that passion to Key West,” he said. “Being able to get involved and present Winn-Dixie as a resource creates new opportunities to grow as a business and as a person.”
One of Barbour’s longstanding business partnerships is with the Hard Rock Café, which he has worked with for the past three years on a variety of projects in tandem with the Key West Chamber of Commerce. Along with the annual Rock Out Hunger holiday food drive, Barbour recently worked with the restaurant to help raise toy donations for underprivileged children during the chamber’s annual “Christmas in July” after-hours event.
“I love that we’ve built relationships with people that are just as enthusiastic about making Key West a better place as we are,” he said. “We’ve worked hard to make sure Winn-Dixie is at the forefront of our community,and we’ll continue to be a corporate neighbor that can be counted on.”