Our Team

Meet The Barbour Group Team


(301) 343-8932

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.

Karen Barbour Leadership Resume 2019


Underwriting Director

(443) 324-6854

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.


Surety Bond Administrator


The Barbour Group, LLC officially welcomes Kimberly Ellis to the team as our Surety Bond Administrator.  Kim’s attention to detail, along with her positive energy and dedication to achieve high customer satisfaction, brings solidarity and better process to the underlying efforts of the entire team.   Kim started her career with The Barbour Group in October of 2019.  She recently secured her producer’s license with the State of Maryland and will be taking on a larger role at the agency as soon as COVID-19 permits.

Kim brings to the agency her many years of experience as a mortgage loan officer and business manager, as well as a high sense of urgency given her experience as a business owner, working several years as an independent consultant to firms such as Amazon.