“Always Do Your Best.” A Three-Decade Career Ends
Barbara Kinnamon reflects on her 36-year career at the Co-op.
Barbara Kinnamon joined the Co-op on September 5, 1985. While her 36-year career at Choptank Electric Cooperative ended on September 10, her poise and work ethic raised the bar for the Member Service Department. We are sad to see Barbara go, but we wish her the absolute best in her retirement. Read how Kinnamon reflects on her long career at Choptank Electric:
“I was hired in the fall of 1985 as a Billing General Clerk. I remember my first year at the Co-op — Dorothy Kauffman, who was my supervisor, walked in the office and said, ‘Here’s your first job,’ as she completely covered my desk with paperwork. It took me months to complete!” says Kinnamon with a smile on her face. “I then moved to work as a Keypunch Operator, which meant processing data, completing timesheets, etc. Basically, everything our computers do today.” The ability to engage members and understand their needs remains a skill that cannot be replaced by computers, one that Kinnamon excels in. She continues, “Between 1988 and 1998, I worked in the Membership Department, and in 1998, I became a Regional Member Service Representative.”
Kinnamon shared that on-the-job training was essential, while a desire to always do her best, coupled with a family atmosphere, ultimately led her to continue her career for over three decades with the Co-op.
When asked about her retirement plans, she says “no travel plans for me — but I am going to enjoy making my own schedule.” Kinnamon will be taking over administrative duties at her husband’s company, which specializes in farming and mowing services.
“I am very thankful for my 36-year career at Choptank Electric and have appreciated the opportunities at the Cooperative. I’ve enjoyed working with everyone and our members. I wish all employees the best in the future,” she concludes.