Meet The Barbour Group Team
Dynamic. Groundbreaking. A force in the market. An influencer with a track-record of performance excellence, surety knowledge expert and hands-on builder of a powerful collaborative network of business ties. These are the hallmarks of a career underscored by a fierce commitment to enabling the competitive positioning and growth of client companies - and of a leader willing to go to Capitol Hill to drive legislation for the benefit of start-ups, small businesses and Fortune 1000 firms alike. She is the first bonding agent to win Maryland Small Business Person of the Year by the US Small Business Administration and the first to be inducted into the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program (ey.com)
Karen Barbour, founder and president of The Barbour Group, LLC is a veteran of the surety bonding industry, starting her career in surety as a home office bond underwriter in 1985, where she is well known as an innovator and expert within the industry.
Surety Broker and Growth Strategist
Head of Commercial Insurance Division
An experienced surety broker and Head of BG’s Insurance Sales division, Chris is valued by his clients as a key external advisor adept in creating custom bonding and insurance solutions that helped The Barbour Group achieve a 325% overall growth rate. Chris’s service approach is focused on positioning clients for growth and navigating risk. A defense and aerospace client remarked: “Because we are a dynamic organization that needs to quickly respond to opportunities, Chris’s continuous advice and input helps us maintain the right mix of commercial insurance products and risk awareness … we trust and rely on him that much.” Chris also gives back to the community helping children afflicted with neuromuscular disease and has served as Chairman of the Board for a prominent local non-profit company.
Vanessa has 15 years of combined experience in contracting and in construction accounting working for a notable construction oriented CPA firm in Baltimore. She will now extend her expertise in bookkeeping and financial consulting services to our clients and will provide in depth underwriting knowledge to our surety markets to optimize bonding capacity and overall growth. Vanessa is a certified expert in QuickBooks which knowledge will be vital for many small business contractors. Vanessa strives to mentor and develop contractors and can especially assist Hispanic contractors given her fluency in Spanish and passion for their culture.