2016 Spotlight Member of the Month: Evan Barbier
In 2007, Evan Barbier and his wife founded Barbier Security in San Rafael. The company provides private security across the Bay Area and beyond, for corporate clients, nonprofits, Fortune 500 companies, and high net worth individuals.
How long have you been in San Rafael?
My family has been in Marin since 1860. I’m a fourth generation San Rafael High School graduate. My father was a San Rafael police officer for 40 years. He retired from the force in 2010 and I brought him into the company as VP.
What’s your favorite food and can you cook it?
I like breakfast burritos and I do know how to cook them.
Do you have pets at home?
No pets. We work all the time!
Do you have a hidden talent?
I’m a decent photographer, and used to do a lot of it. I would submit photos for local exhibits, but I don’t do that as much now.
Do you travel for adventure or relaxation?
I often have the opportunity to travel for work. I really enjoy traveling with my wife. Recently we vacationed in Mexico and it was great.
What are you afraid of?
Not doing my best.
How do you like to spend your spare time?
I like to go trail running in Novato, take day trips and spend time with my wife and family. I’m also really into history and because my family has been here a long time, I know a lot of stories about Marin. My great-great-great-grandfather, James Cochran, was the fourth district attorney for Marin County. I have family photos from the 1800s in my office, and I have a collection of old photos of local houses and receipts for putting on horseshoes.
What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?
The new Star Wars was OK. And Sicario was really good.
Is there a cause you’re passionate about?
My wife, who’s from Oakland, is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club in East Oakland. We’re both involved in youth causes, helping kids find a positive path and not fall into delinquency. We’ve been involved for a while, so we’ve been able to follow people we interacted with 10 years ago. Some are in jail, some are not alive, some are OK. It’s so important to look at what they are doing in middle school. That’s the time when their future is decided and you can have more of an influence.
Who has influenced you most in your life?
Probably my dad. He has influenced me in every way—his work ethic, how he lives his life. He’s the hardest working person I know and he has great integrity. That’s why I hired him!
What do you see ahead in five years?
Hopefully I’ll be doing what I am now, only better. Being a positive influence on society, providing employment. I like doing something good for Marin and I feel lucky to be here.