Humans of Harbinger – Project Manager

Susan Barrett – Regional Project Manager (and spearfishing diver)

Susan once owned her own sign company. In 2008 she sold it, planning to retire and travel. But she didn’t just lounge around on the decks of Bahamian cruise ships. When Susan travels, she dives and spearfishes in exotic locations all over the world. A few years ago she settled in Jacksonville Beach and now expertly manages Harbinger client sign programs from concept to fabrication to installation and beyond (between spearfishing expeditions of course).

Harbinger Sign project manager Susan Barrett in spearfishing gear.

Susan Barrett at her desk at Harbinger Sign in her diving gear.

Diving & Spearfishing: a Lifelong Passion

Susan loves spending her time in the water. Not only is she a Pisces, but she also grew up fishing with her uncle. She became enamored with the practice of spearfishing in 2006. Her friends encouraged her to acquire diver’s certification and she fell in love with the underwater world. She hasn’t stopped diving, or spearfishing, since.

“You only live once, so you must enjoy it while you can.”Susan Barrett, Regional Project Manager

Following Her Dreams around the World

It is this philosophy that has taken Susan to so many beautiful shores. She has dived and spearfished from the Caicos Islands to Fiji to South Africa.

Favorite diving destination: Bali, Indonesia.

Susan practices a modern form of traditional spearfishing, using a mechanized spear gun to catch fish in deep waters.

“Spearfishing is a major adrenaline rush,” she says.

And she cleans, cooks and eats everything she catches.

After some years of traveling and following her fishing dreams, she wanted to come back to the sign industry. But she will always be connected to that watery other world. She lives at the beach and enjoys taking her boat, the “Dottie Jane,” out for fishing trips between Harbinger projects.

Project Management with Personalized Service

Susan is from Peoria, Illinois, by way of Texas, but has lived in Florida since 1990. Though the sign business is what brought her to Florida to begin with, the beaches are why she has stayed. She has been with Harbinger for 2 years and is happy to call it home.

“Harbinger is in the top of our field among national sign companies. Our services are superior to any sign company I have dealt with. We have the expertise of more than 50 years of experience with sign systems and the personal touch of the family-owned company it is.” Harbinger Project Manager Susan Barrett underwater.

A great compliment from a woman with 30 years in the industry. She brings invaluable experience and wisdom; making her an asset to our company and our clients.

Turnkey Project Management for Custom Sign Fabrication & Installation

It is Susan’s extensive knowledge about sign fabrication and enthusiasm for excellent customer service paired with Harbinger’s ability to produce quality custom signs that creates an effortless experience for clients.

As the Regional Project Manager of the Eastern Coast of the United States, Susan:

  • Is the client’s hands-on, dedicated expert throughout the life of the client’s project.
  • Facilitates the permitting process for individual municipalities.
  • Hires and manages subcontractors for the installation of custom signs.
  • Keeps the client aware of the status of their project and the finer details throughout the production process.
  • Helps coordinate ongoing maintenance and needs even after installation is complete.

Susan Barrett Senior Project Manager at harbinger Sign

“I am your expert signage insider. I basically take care of everything from making sure your concepts make it into the technical drawings to taking care of the design review and permitting process through fabrication in the shop and installation. We do it all from start to finish to follow-up.”Susan

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