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My First Job: Mary Helen Barrick

May 10, 2014 at 12:10 a.m.

Mary Helen Barrick is the new executive director of the Victoria Main Street Program. She hopes to continue the program's progress in making downtown a destination for retail, dining and entertainment.

• Name: Mary Helen Barrick

• Age: 54

• County of residence: Lavaca County

• Current title: Executive director of Main Street Program

• First job: I worked at Swensen's ice cream shop in Austin while I was in high school.

What it taught me: It's all about the customer - the good, the bad and the indifferent. You won't please every customer all the time, but I learned that the customer is always right.

My First Job is a feature that highlights people's first - or wackiest - job and what they learned from the experience. Please limit responses to 100 words or fewer. Responses may be edited for style, content or length. A photo of the jobholder accompanies the feature.

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