Many Barrington residents know Suzanne Corr as the president and CEO of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC), where she manages an association of nearly 900 members. Representing about 1,800 area employees, dedicated to helping local business prosper, BACC is focused on creating opportunity for growth. Corr came into this role from a similar position in nearby Cary and a long career that spans everything from medical public relations to being a high-level communications manager. She’s happy to be here, and sharing life in Barrington with Tim Corr, her husband of 31 years as their three children (Maggie, 27; Christopher, 26; Shannon, 22) “have dispersed themselves all over the country. “I now have time to read books about wine,” she jokes. Here are a few of this busy professional’s favorite lasts:
Amazing experience that made you appreciate the Barrington community?
One key attribute that makes the Barrington area stand out is this community’s tremendous capacity for generosity and caring. The number of charities and nonprofits are testament to the true desire here to give back. The Barrington Hurricane Relief effort is just one recent example. The Blessings in a Backpack is another. This is a mindful community in that when we see a need, we respond. So, it’s appropriate that BACC is one of the very few chambers in the country that gives back to local charities through sponsorships, participation, and more, on a regular basis.
Great book you read and why?
This may sound funny, but I am in a book club that only reads books related to wine. Of course, when we meet to discuss our readings, we pair that with wine somehow related to the book. I enjoyed reading about Thomas Jefferson’s passion for wine, his collections, and his purchasing trips for our early presidents. Wine is so intricate. Loved reading The Widow Clicquot—the first woman who took over a family business and turned it into an empire. Right now, I am really enjoying The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine by Benjamin Wallace.
Memorable dinner in a Barrington restaurant?
I love the fact that downtown Barrington has become a go-to destination for dining. I have had some great memorable dinners here, from Shakou to Neoteca. I also love the fish and chips at McGonigals; my husband is a sushi addict.
Movie you watched that got you thinking?
We really enjoyed The Shape of Water at the Catlow Theater. Beauty and love is below the surface and you should always take the time to look deeper to find understanding and kindness. Love transcends all differences
Fabulous find in the Barrington area?
That’s a hard one, as there are so many great finds in the Barrington area. Our local shops have such character and creativity. The Ice House Mall is such a unique shopping experience. I also love Paris Market Antiques as I enjoy serving and entertaining with antique pieces.