2022 Candidates for Election
Who is Caroline Barb……
Having lived and worked in multiple cities for over three decades since 1984, allowing only infrequent and short visits home, I developed a longing desire to spend more time with my parents, Margaret and Jim Barb. Since “retirement” is not in their vocabulary, the only way to satisfy this desire was to return to my hometown in Virginia and join them in the family real estate business. In the summer of 2019, I became a second-generation VA licensed Realtor with Jim Barb Realty, Inc.
I have been blessed with a plethora of professional experiences in various industries which have enabled me to cultivate a multitude of transferable skills. I have spent my entire life focusing on the importance of relationships and how to better serve others with my time and talents. I thrive when faced with opportunities to listen, learn and grow from meeting people of all walks of life willing to share their personal journey, dreams and goals. As a natural servant leader with a sincere passion for helping others, the transition back to real estate made sense. Having spent years as a licensed Realtor “behind the scenes” in residential real estate (2002-2010) coupled with the more recent years in the financial services industry as a recruiter (2010-2019) in Georgia, it is truly an honor to now be working alongside my parents serving our local community of Clarke County and its surrounding areas in all things real estate.
2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of Jim Barb Realty. I am fortunate to celebrate this milestone with my parents and honoring their numerous years of service on multiple boards at local and regional levels. It is a great pleasure to join them in this exciting and ever-changing environment as I follow the family tradition of service and giving back to the real estate industry and our community. My hope is to serve you. My promise is to deliver on integrity, humility, flexibility, resilience and empathy.
It is an honor to currently serve on the Board of the Clarke County Education Foundation since July of 2020.
On a personal note, it’s no secret that I am a child of God, follower of Jesus, a lover of people, and all things America. I believe in matters of the heart, the importance of relationships, inspiring others, and always doing the right thing. I enjoy hiking, running, biking, playing tennis, visiting local wineries & essentially all things outdoors. Frequent trips to Atlanta to see my children and three grandchildren are a priority.
I am a loyal supporter of InTouch Ministries, and enjoy spontaneous gifting to other organizations that align with my beliefs and passion to help people such as Daily Hope Ministries, NAMI, and The American Red Cross to name a few.
Who is Brendan Murphy…..
I’ve always had a heart for service and that was instilled in me from my blue collar father. In 1999 I started my career in Law Enforcement in Fairfax County. Within 4 years I had also begun a parallel career in real estate as a mortgage loan officer. Fast forward to 2015 when I got licensed and off and running I went. I retired from the police department in 2018 where I had served as crime prevention / community liaison officer, public information officer and academy instructor. These positions helped me sharpen my skills in respect to communication, negotiations, personal safety, social media, cultural diversity and so much more. I am currently a full time REALTOR with Samson Properties.
I have previously served as the past president of the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, currently Vice Chairman of the Front Royal Police Foundation, national instructor for the Refuse to Be a Victim program and member of the safety committee here at BRAR.
My desire to serve has always grown around helping others become better and more proficient in the roles they hold everyday. I’ve trained thousands of people on personal safety and ran a mastermind for real estate agents focusing on trends and building confidence. I also serve at my church running a bilingual (english/spanish) community group and the safety / security team. My lovely wife and I are coordinators for Financial Peace University helping people become debt free and homeschool 2 beautiful young daughters.
I work, worship, play, exercise, shop and raise my family in Warren County. Once I plant my roots, I do as much as I can to become involved and be a positive role model in the community. Thanks for the opportunity to possibly serve on the Board here at BRAR and I look forward to helping our association grow and enhance the education and abilities of all our members.
Follow me on Instagram @dreaminvesting or @agentsafetyfirst
Who is Liz Owings…..
Growing up in Winchester, I have an intimate knowledge of the Winchester, Frederick County, and Shenandoah Valley area. Since graduating from Sherando High School, and then James Madison University with my Master’s degree, I have dedicated myself to the community as an elementary school teacher in the public school systems in both Frederick and Shenandoah County for the past eight years. I have enjoyed watching our community grow and flourish, which has sparked a long time interest of mine to become involved in real estate. I have an intimate knowledge of this region and desire to serve others. Through my enthusiasm, commitment to work hard, and an ability to listen and follow through, I am ready to help and advocate for all members of the Blue Ridge Association.