Pat and Mary An entrepreneurial couple with a Heart of Gold

Meet your neighbors, Pat Barrett and Mary Staley. Words that best describe them as a couple—fun, loving, determined, soul mates. As a neighbor and as a small business—Generous and dedicated to their community.

They met in Rotary and became friends.

“He was my favorite person in Rotary,” Mary said.

Mary Staley is a dynamic, outgoing, delightful, and kind-hearted person. She owns, Marketing with Mary, a marketing consultation firm. She helps businesses with their marketing plans, budgeting, and analysis. Over the years, it has added event planning, something Mary excels at.

Mary moved here in 1989. She was visiting for a couple of weeks and didn’t leave.

“I fell in love with Anacortes,” Mary said, “because of the way it felt, the energy.”

Pat Barrett is a man with a generous heart, firm beliefs, and strong dedication to his family, his friends, and his community.

Pat owns, Barrett Financial, a Wealth Management firm. They provide financial planning, investment planning, estate planning, tax planning, cash flow planning. A full service financial planning business.

Pat grew up in Kalispell, Montana. In the 70s he joined the Coast Guard and was stationed in Pt Angeles, WA. This was his first exposure to the Pacific Northwest.

He started his practice in 1988 in Omaha, Nebraska. In January of 1993 he moved to Anacortes, WA. A friend of his from the Coast Guard days lived here. Anacortes had everything he wanted in a town, to live in and grow his practice. In 2009 he moved his practice to its current location.

“Anacortes has soul,” Pat said.

Living and working in a small community allows him to meet his neighbors and get to know them better.

“My staff gives me a hard time that it takes an hour to walk back from lunch,” Pat said. It takes so long because he runs into people he knows.

“We believe in the community,” Pat said. “We get out of Anacortes what we put into it.”

Pat started The Barrett Financial Community Caring Project. He believes you get out of a community what you put into it.

They contribute six to eight percent of their gross revenue into the community. Supporting non-profits, such as, Anacortes Farmers Market, the Salvation Army, the Anacortes Family Center, and the Boys and Girls Club. Around ten to twelve non-profits benefit from their generosity. They now challenge their non-profits to go out and find new funds, if they do, they will match them.

They are also known to underwrite events.

Mary manages the caring project. There are parameters, which she adheres to. They have to be community oriented, a non-profit, and dollars need to go back into community,

“We need to give back,” Pat said.

They started working together as volunteers for the Anacortes Waterfront Festival. Pat was auctioning off a Judgeship for the year’s Quick and Dirty Boat Building contest. Mary was talking with a friend and with a lot of animation; before she knew it she bought a boat. Even though they had known each other through Rotary for years, this caught Pat’s attention. After Waterfront Festival they went for a walk and spent time talking and getting know each other. He then asked her out for dinner.

The Quick and Dirty Boat Building contest is another way in which they give back to the community. The proceeds go to the Anacortes Small Boat Center. And, if a non-profit team participates and receive a people’s choice award, they get some funds.

They merged as a couple, as a family, and Mary started working for Pat. managing his marketing plan for Barrett Financial.

“The core of our marketing is who we are,” Pat said.

They plan an Annual Client Appreciation Gathering, which turned into a Community Gathering. It started in 1994. They also do a yearly Ladies Nights where they plan a fun event.

In the past couple of years, they have become somewhat of a small business incubator. Pat and his son, Eli bought the building in downtown Anacortes. Once renovations are complete, his son’s business, Pelican Used Books, will move in. The bookstore will include a coffee shop, a place for customers to relax, a children’s section, and more. There is a linear mile of bookshelves, 4000 linear feet of which are built-in shelves.

“We believe in the location, the business, the young couple operating it, their vision and concept, the energy,” Pat said. He also believes we need to support the young people in our community. Providing them with good schools, supporting organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, and good jobs.

“Get involved,” Pat said.

Their strengths—they are out outspoken, but that way they know where they stand, and they share the same values in family and their community.

Mary’s motto, “leave the luggage at the door. Leave work at work. Leave home at home.” Something they both agree on.

Working together can be a challenge sometimes. Pat’s business is his baby. He started it, he nurtured it while it grew, and sometimes he may be a little overprotective. But, if things get a little heated, they walk away, cool down and then get back to it later.

In spite of myself, we’ve been successful,” Pat said.

When Pat gets home, he’s ready for quiet time. He goes home, sits down to relax and reads. They spend quality time gardening, sailing, and hanging out with friends. But what is most important is being with each other and their family.

“I love him, he's my buddy, I trust him immensely,” Mary said.

Happy Valentine’s Day Pat and Mary.

And, thanks for all that you do.

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Karla Locke

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