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Published: June 05, 2008

BARRI CARIAN

President, NAWBO-OC; Principal, Carian Consulting

Over the past 30 years, Barri Carian has started up and led two successful entrepreneurial businesses and held executive positions in two Fortune 500 companies.  Barri has established herself as a skilled strategic and critical thinker.  She has expertise in all facets of operations and in building customer-focused and market-driven organizations.  Her extensive experience gives her the keen insight needed to grow revenues by increasing productivity, streamlining delivery systems and spearheading business development.
 
Barri has been consulting with business owners since 1998, helping them achieve clarity with company issues and developing practical solutions for growth.  She built a successful practice; Insync Partnership Services that helps troubled partnerships get back on track.  Barri also chairs a local business owner/CEO group for TEC International, the largest CEO membership organization in the world.
 
Prior to starting her own business, Barri was Senior Vice President of Aon Consulting Worldwide, where she directed the Outsourced Services Division.  She had P&L responsibility for $17 million and provided leadership to 500 field, call center and account management employees.  She built the infrastructure, a new call center and new management team, chaired the executive steering committee for a major Information Technology project and increased revenue during the year of restructuring.
 
As Chief Operating Officer for Pinnacle Group, she led this start up to revenues of $12 million in 5 years by creating a national brand identity, developing and implementing a customer focus strategy resulting in client retention and significant growth in new business.  She co-led a management buy-out from the major stockholder, Weyerhaeuser Company.
 
Barri spent 11 years with Merrill Lynch Relocation, her last position as Regional Vice President, responsible for the acquisition, sale and closing of $20 to $30 million of real estate each month.  She also held the position of Vice President for Relocation Concepts, a start up company in Denver, CO.
 
A native Californian, Barri received her BA from the University of California, Riverside. She currently serves on the board for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Orange County chapter and is completing her 11th year of volunteer work for Healing Odyssey, a retreat for women cancer survivors.  Barri resides in Newport Beach.