David Barry '11
Business Owner / Founder
Help U Store It
From Hawk Hill, to Starting a Business
Nearly a year after his Saint Joseph’s graduation, David Barry ’11 and his brother, Brett co-founded Help U Store It (helpustoreit.com), an alternative storage service for students. They launched Help U Store It at Saint Joseph’s and Villanova University, recruiting friends who were still students at each school to serve as campus representatives and movers. During the first year, their only investment was time. Without any trucks, storage units or official marketing strategy, Help U Store It still gained 50 clients at the two campuses.
Inspired by Co-op
While at SJU, David participated in SJU’s Co-op program while double majoring in finance and economics. The son of a small-business owner, he says the entrepreneurial spirit has always been in his blood, but he credits his Co-op work experience, mentors and SJU education with igniting his passion to launch his own company. “A professor once said, ‘If you’re not growing, you’re dying. This phrase is more prevalent than anything in a small business. You can never stand still in business, because you will be pushed aside," says David.
Balancing Multiple Careers
In addition to growing Help U Store It, which now serves 17 campuses along the East Coast, David holds a full-time sales position at American Express.