Caren is a native Phoenician, whose career spans more than three decades in the Valley’s real estate market. As a Realtor back in the 1990s, Caren referred her clients to VIP’s founder and president Jay Barbour, when he was fresh out of the Marines and starting in lending; later joining his team as senior vice president in 2012 at VIP Mortgage.
Caren is a proven leader among business peers. In addition to her daily responsibilities at VIP’s corporate headquarters which is similar to a utility player with customer service, corporate events, philanthropic/community giving and facilities. Caren also holds a mortgage license which allows her to oversee the partnership for Phoenix Children’s Hospital with Chris Gilbert as their Lender of Choice for PCH employees.
Caren has also served on multiple boards here in the Valley including Arizona Association of Realtors, Phoenix Association of Realtors, President of Citrus Creek HOA, School Board President, Director of Customer Service for a payroll company, and currently was elected as a HOA board member for VIP’s corporate location in Scottsdale.
Caren has been married for over 25 years to her husband Jeff and has two grown children and two rescue poodles. Her favorite passed time besides spending time with her family – poker – and she’s good at it!!