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Barri Carian

Barri CarianBarri Carian has partnered in and led three start up businesses and held executive positions in two Fortune 500 companies. Over the years she established herself as a skilled strategic and critical thinker with 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 and profits by increasing productivity, streamlining delivery systems and spearheading business development.

In 1997, after deciding she didn’t want to get on one more airplane to attend a business meeting, Barri started her own consulting company to help small and mid-size business owners develop practical solutions for growth.  She also built a successful practice that helps troubled partnerships get back on track and has facilitated numerous board and management meetings and strategic planning sessions.

In 2005, Barri expanded her consulting portfolio, creating and running a locally based CEO Roundtable. This group of business owners, CEOs and Presidents meet monthly to tackle the challenges and opportunities in running their businesses.

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 significantly increased revenue during the year of restructuring.

As a partner and 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 and building the infrastructure to support the company’s growth. She co-led a management buy-out from the major stockholder, Weyerhaeuser Mortgage 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 is a Past President of the Orange County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), dedicated 18 years volunteering for Healing Odyssey, a retreat for women cancer survivors, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for DifferenceMakersOC. Barri resides in Newport Beach, CA.

Barri Carian has been coaching/consulting since 1997 and working with Cain-Stanley & Co. since 2003.