Kathy Barke

Victor Barke's Complete Basement Systems

Title: Owner
Hometown: Mankato, MN
Kathy Barke from Victor Barke's Complete Basement Systems

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Co-founder of Complete Basement Systems, Kathy has been by Victor’s side since the doors opened for business in 1975. Together, the two of them built a family business that has grown into a household name in Southern Minnesota. Kathy leveraged her marketing skills to promote the business and solidify brand loyalty for the organization. More than anything, though, Kathy is most known for her empathy and unwavering support for every single of one the employees.

“Our employees are so dedicated to the success of the company and doing what’s right for our customers. They are truly a joy to work with. I’m grateful that even today the company has a genuine family atmosphere that just makes it such a fun and unique place to work.”

Who is Kathy, really?

So, you know the basics, but let’s learn more about who Kathy really is.

Q: How many cups of coffee do you drink per day?
A: To be specific, three eight-ounce cups.

Q: What was your first job?
A: I worked for A&W. My job was to pick up the papers that blew off the trays, and then eventually I got promoted to mug washer! It was great pay though – a free mug of root beer after each shift!

Q: What is something – outside of work – that you are extremely passionate about?
A: Number one: Loving my grandkids to the moon and back. Number two: Riding my ATV and camping with Victor.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in Minnesota?
A: I love riding my convertible with our group of riding friends.

Q: Who’s your favorite superhero?
A: Mighty Mouse (this really ages me!)

Q: Tell us about a person or situation that has had a significant impact on your life.
A: My husband. Victor has always had a never-ending drive to own and grow his business into the successful company that it has become. He has a firm commitment to providing for both our family and our employees’ families.

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our service area

We serve the following areas

  • Adams
  • Altura
  • Brownsville
  • Byron
  • Caledonia
  • Canton
  • Chatfield
  • Dexter
  • Dover
  • Elgin
  • Elkton
  • Eyota
  • Fountain
  • Frontenac
  • Grand Meadow
  • Harmony
  • Hokah
  • Houston
  • Kellogg
  • La Crescent
  • Lake City
  • Lanesboro
  • Le Roy
  • Lewiston
  • Mabel
  • Mazeppa
  • Millville
  • Minnesota City
  • Oronoco
  • Ostrander
  • Peterson
  • Plainview
  • Preston
  • Racine
  • Reads Landing
  • Rochester
  • Rollingstone
  • Rose Creek
  • Rushford
  • Saint Charles
  • Sargeant
  • Spring Grove
  • Spring Valley
  • Stewartville
  • Taopi
  • Utica
  • Wabasha
  • Winona
  • Wykoff
  • Zumbro Falls
Our Locations:

Victor Barke's Complete Basement Systems
54004 Loren Drive
Mankato, MN 56001