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barbour-karenmf03newKaren Pecora-Barbour

The Barbour Group LLC

Karen Pecora-Barbour’s surety bonding and commercial insurance company provides solutions for the construction industry in 38 states.

The Barbour Group, Inc. has seen a 45 percent annual sales growth in consecutive years, and Pecora-Barbour launched several new companies in 2016.

As her business has grown, she has lobbied in Annapolis and Capitol Hill to improve the business climate for contractors and founded the new national political party the National Small Business Party. She is the founder of Party for a Cure Corporation, a nonprofit that raises funds for those with muscular dystrophy.

Change is happening, and women are leading the charge. How does this inspire you as a woman leader?

When others can kick down doors for you, it saves you a lot of energy that you can use to divide and conquer the room. Thirty-three years ago when I started in the surety business some doors were too heavy to push open on my own.  I am so happy to see more and more women enter the surety profession.  Comradery and sister hood is important to ground you in your career.  When you feel less vulnerable, you become more enthusiastic and empowered to be more daring and to offer help.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2018 Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.