Before launching a 20+ year career with one of Delmarva’s largest, most innovative manufacturing companies, Cordova native Barry Voshell ignited his passion for business development at Chesapeake College.
Voshell entered Chesapeake in Fall 1988 and earned an A.A. in Business Administration. Active with the Management Club led by long-time instructor and recent retiree Jerry Healy, he transferred to Towson following graduation and received a B.S. in Business.
Today, Barry is Director of Global Business Development for Cambridge International, one of Dorchester County’s largest employers and a pioneer in metal conveyor belts, filters and architectural mesh. When not visiting customers around the world or engineering custom manufacturing solutions, this Easton resident and active father of two enjoys attending his children’s games, traveling and spending time with family.
Q: Do you have a standout memory from your time at Chesapeake?
A: Each year the Management Club sponsored a trip to NYC. We visited Wall Street, met with influential business leaders and enjoyed the city’s tourist sites. It was always a great experience; we learned and had fun! On my second trip, our bus became stuck on a fire hydrant trying to navigate around an illegally parked car. It led to absolute gridlock for blocks around us until 2:00 am. Finally, my classmates and I jumped out and “moved” the car … only to have the owner appear and yell at us to put his car down, which we did!
Q Who left the biggest impression on you during your time at Chesapeake?
A: The two who immediately come to mind are Jerry Healy and Dr. Ed Baker. Both added humor and real world experiences to course content. They were genuine and had their students’ best interest at heart.
Q: What advice would you give your 20-year old self?
A: Begin your career search with understanding of what you are passionate about. Then, find the career paths that contain elements of those things. Match it with the geography you wish to live in and the income you wish to earn.
Q: What one technology do you regularly use or rely on that you wish was available when you were at Chesapeake? Why and/or how would it have enhanced your Chesapeake experience?
A: The internet! I spent a lot of time in the library doing research through many books and periodicals. Access to the internet would have made things much easier!
Q: Because of my time at Chesapeake …
A: I received a great jump start on my career into the business world. I began with an “undecided” major and through my course work and instructors, I discovered a path that was right for me and embarked on a career in global business development I enjoy today right here on the mid-Shore.