Barb started working part time at Lumber One, Avon in 1979 while still in high school. She joined the company full time in 1985 after graduating with a Business Management – Accounting degree from the University of St Thomas. She held various titles before being named CEO in 2001. Today she along with her sibling, Ted Schmid, run Lumber One and various associated businesses. Barb is actively involved in multifamily development and has coordinated the construction of over 5,000 housing units.