My name is Andrew Barnes and I am a senior at the University of Alabama. I am double majoring in Finance and Marketing, and am proud to be the backup quarterback of the Crimson Tide football team. I was born in Alpharetta, Georgia and have lived there for the duration of my life. A few of my interests include golf, tennis, soccer, sailing, and traveling the world.
I devote a big part of my time to my family’s business, Strategic Industries LLC. My dad, Douglas Barnes, started the company by himself in 1999. Strategic Industries is a commercial pest control company servicing the state of Georgia as well as parts of South Carolina and Alabama. From the time I was a little kid, my sister and I have helped out with miscellaneous tasks around the office. The entire family has always been willing to help out in any way possible. In fact, my mom, Cathy Barnes, is the Vice President and handles the company’s financials as well as anything else that falls under the VP umbrella. It really has been a family effort from the beginning, which is a testament to why the company succeeds and flourishes today. Growing up with entrepreneurs for parents has really instilled in me the hard-to-find values of hard work and determination.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some pretty amazing places in my 21 years. My favorite locations that I have visited include Barcelona, Paris, Cannes, Tokyo and England; but Barcelona is at the top of the list. I was given the opportunity to study abroad for one semester in Barcelona and the experience was eye-opening, to say the least. All aspects – from the Mediterranean Sea to Tapas to the tiny neighborhood of Les Corts that I lived in – made my time in Catalunya unforgettable. At the tail end of the semester, I traveled to England to do something I’ve always wanted to: take a tour of professional soccer. While in England, I attended the Manchester derby, a rivalry soccer game between Manchester City and Manchester United. Both of these teams are storied soccer clubs, consistently in the top 5 teams in the Barclays Premier League year after year. It was the perfect way to end my once in a lifetime chance of studying abroad.