Barbier International’s mission is to assist the world in transcending translations, enabling anyone to communicate effectively with one another. We strive to unite international individuals, businesses, and organizations through our professional linguistic services.
Since the 1960’s when our founder, Jenny Barbier, received a high school American Field Service Scholarship to the United States and had the opportunity to visit the United Nations, she knew that she wanted to devote her life to international business. In the late 1960’s Jenny was trained as a Spanish Language Instructor by the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department. She was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala to teach Spanish to the Ambassador and all military and government personnel.
In 1972, Jenny began her successful career in the insurance industry as a life insurance agent, subsequently, as a health insurance service representative, and culminating her career as a health insurance group manager. She interacted with large employers, Third Party Administrators, cafeteria plan administrators, HMOs, PPOs, and Utilization Management.
During her career in health insurance, the demand for enrollment forms, claim forms, EOBs, SPDs in Spanish grew enormously. Jenny was used to working with large corporations; she did not find it difficult to integrate her insurance knowledge with her passion for languages. Jenny, being both multilingual and multicultural, decided to dedicate herself to this growing field and opened Barbier International in 1987.
When Jenny relocated to Oregon, she was appointed the Director of Language Services for The World Trade Center Portland, Oregon. She brought in prestigious clients, such as Nike, Intel, Hewlett Packard, and The Standard Insurance Company. These companies followed her once she incorporated Barbier International as an independent Oregon corporation. Over the past two decades, her company has added language training, cultural training, interpretation, subtitling, dubbing, language proficiency assessments, virtual language training, and international business consulting services to their repertoire of services.
Jenny has served on the Board of Directors for the Northwest French American Chamber of Commerce and the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce. There she was on a special elections committee for all new candidates and advocates at the state capitol for education and jobs. She was also on a special committee for the Mayor of Beaverton for the development and relocation of the Police Department and City Hall in order to make room for a new downtown Civic Center.
In 2013, Jenny retired and moved to Las Vegas where she serves as a majority partner and consultant for the company to date. Melissa Meyer, who was hired in 2008, now serves as the President because of her years of service as a language and cultural expert in the public sector.
Melissa began working as a project coordinator and sales representative for Barbier International. During this time, she brought aboard clients such as Starbucks. After three years with the company, Melissa pursued her Masters in Teaching at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and worked in public education. Since North Carolina has a growing Latino population, she was often called in to meetings to interpret for students and their families. Upon returning to Oregon, Melissa continued her studies and earned her ESOL and Bilingual Education endorsement for K-12 students. Being bilingual in Spanish and English, Melissa was hired as a both a bilingual immersion program instructor and as a Spanish and ELD instructor.
She leads an international sales force that work for her in global locations and she works with all of the Barbier’s trainers and assessors as lead trainer for new curriculum and standards, since she maintains her Oregon educational certification as a professional educator. She partners with the City of Beaverton’s Visioning Advisory Committee and served on this committee for two years helping represent the Latino Voice. She served as the Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council Vice-Chair for Oregon and served on the Association of Language Companies Membership Committee. She worked with the Trail Blazers as the lead community advocate for Latino Night with Los Blazers.