Member Spotlight

Barb Eimer

Barb Eimer

Member Spotlight: Barb Eimer –  Yikes Organizing

Name:   Barb Eimer

Business Name: Yikes Organizing

Website: www.yikesorganizing.com

Contact information: 615-604-0527, barb@yikesorganizing.com

Years in Business:  2 Years

Tell us about your background – what led you into becoming a Professional Organizer?

I was working at The Container Store and professional organizers would come in and shop for their clients. I didn’t even know there was such a thing until then but realized that I already had a lot of the skills needed. I joined NAPO, began “practice organizing” for friends and family and then started Yikes in 2012.

What does your company specialize in? Home organization of any type

What are your favorite things about being a Professional Organizer?

When my clients have an “ah-ha” moment. This can happen when they find something in the clutter that they thought was lost, when at the end of a session we take a room from totally nonfunctional to useful, when I suggest a new piece of furniture or organizing system that totally transforms a space, etc.   I also love it when they tell me that they feel “lighter” having sold or donated items that they no longer use. I feel like, as organizers, we make a huge positive difference in the lives of our clients and I’m proud of that.

What should we know about you, professionally and personally?

I take my job very seriously and work hard to find the best solutions for my clients. I try to give them little extras like hauling away a carload of donations after every session or passing along my NAPO discount when I buy items for them at The Container Store.

Organizing is a very personal thing, and I understand that it’s not easy to let a stranger into your home and I try to be sensitive to each and every person and situation. I also love to use humor (thus the name of my company) because it’s a great tension diffuser. Change is not always easy, but it’s rewarding.

What is one thing many people don’t know about you that helps make you a great organizer?

I have six kids and have lived on three continents. We have lived in a 4,000 square foot home and a 400 square foot apartment. I understand organizational dilemmas and how something that used to work for you might not be working anymore.

Where is someplace we would most likely find you, other than working?

On a tennis court. I have been playing for the past 10 years and love it. It’s a great stress reliever and is how I’ve met almost all of my friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Berner

Eric Berner

Member Spotlight: Eric Berner, CDFA – Financial Advisor

Name:   Eric Berner, CDFA – Financial Advisor

Business Name: Waddell & Reed

Website: www.FinancialWellness.wrfa.com

Contact information: 404 BNA Dr.   Suite 404 Nashville, TN 37217  Phone:  615-399-0128

Years in Business:  Since 2007

Why are you a member of NAPO?   I am an Associate Member of NAPO, which means that I am not a Professional Organizer.  However, I know how valuable that Professional Organizers are to people who need them and, in a sense, I do help people organize their financial lives.

Tell us about your background – what led you into becoming a Financial Advisor?   My mother was widowed when I was 24.   I witnessed the very sudden need for her to become educated on making sure that she could try to maintain her lifestyle through her working years and into retirement.  It was a struggle for her and she needed help.  Fortunately, she had someone who walked her through the education process.  That stuck with me and ultimately lead to my desire to help other people gain more confidence in their financial future.

What does your company specialize in?  I mostly help people who are in transition:  Many who have lost their job or changing jobs, recently retired or nearing retirement, divorced, widowed, recently moved to TN from another state.

What are your favorite things about being a Financial Advisor?  I am very passionate about helping people figure out their goals and then assist them in reaching them.

What should we know about you, professionally and personally?  I am an advisor who has  series 7 and series 66 licenses.  I am passionate about my work and compassionate for my clients and their families.

Personally, I have a son, Ryan who lives and works in Knoxville.   A daughter, Alison who also lives in Knoxville with my 2 year old grandson, Hayden.  I have lived in Middle Tennessee since 1999.  I grew up in Memphis and am a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

What is one thing many people don’t know about you that helps make you a great advisor?  I think that a lot people don’t know that when I lost my dad, and being the eldest child, I had to help my mom get things figured out financially.

Where is someplace we would most likely find you, other than working?  I enjoy many activities, particularly outside.  I like to fish, hike and play a little golf.   I also do some acting in independent films, training videos and commercials.  During the spring and summer, I serve as the Stadium Announcer for the Nashville Sounds baseball team.

Sara Skillen

Sara Skillen

Member Spotlight: Sara Skillen of SkillSet Organizing

Name:  Sara Skillen

Business Name:  Skillset Organizing

Website: www.skillsetorganizing.com

Contact information: 615-428-3816 and sara@skillsetorganizing.com

Years in Business: 1 Year

Tell us about your background – what led you into becoming a Professional Organizer?

I was seeking a fulfilling career that would utilize skills I had honed in various prior positions – I’ve been a teacher, a musician, a paralegal, a stock plan administrator and an operations manager.  One common thread in every job I have held is the ability to organize and stay on top of things, and I started noticing that people often approached me for volunteer work that required organizational skills as well.  One day I Googled “What can you do if you’re organized?”, and the NAPO website popped up.  The rest, as they say, is history.

What does your company specialize in?

Homes, home offices, businesses, file organization (hard copy and electronic), personal document organization, and estate organization.  I also do public speaking and classes for groups and special events.

What are your favorite things about being a Professional Organizer?

I love witnessing the sense of accomplishment that clients feel when they complete a project.  I love being able to help people go from discouragement to empowerment when they organize.  Saving people time, money and stress through organization motivates me.  The best thing a client has ever said to me:  “I don’t think we need to add onto our house now!”

 

What should we know about you, professionally and personally?

Professionally – I’m still a teacher at heart – I love learning about clients’ lives and personalities, and then figuring out what helps them individually.  Customizing a plan for people based upon their interests, careers, setbacks and celebrations is a joy for me.  I also love to explore the ways that technology can help make our lives easier (there’s always something new to learn!).

 

Personally – I’ve been married to my husband, Jeff, for almost 18 years.  We have two fabulous kids, a daughter who is 12 and a son almost 9.  I love reading, working out, and volunteering at our church.  I must also confess to listening to a lot of 80s music.

 

What is one thing many people don’t know about you that helps make you a great organizer?

My first job out of college was teaching middle school and high school band.  Since I was young (and often mistaken for one of the students!) I was very concerned with classroom management.  I decided to create an atmosphere in the rehearsal hall that was so organized, calm and efficient that the kids would have no excuse to misbehave.  For the most part, the strategy worked, and I became fascinated with the effect immediate surroundings have on behavior and stress levels.  I try to incorporate the same organizing principles to help my clients move through their days more smoothly and efficiently – whether it’s in their office or their bedroom closet.

 

Where is someplace we would most likely find you, other than working?

Hanging out with our Labrador Retrievers, Lucy and Ringo, blogging, or managing a Destination Imagination team for one of my kids.

 

 

 

 

Member Spotlight: Delia of a peaceful organized life…

Delia of a peaceful organized life...

Delia

Name:  Delia

Business Name:  a peaceful organized life…

Website: www.apeacefulorganizedlife.com

Contact information: info@apeacefulorganizedlife.com  and (615) 788-8879

Years in Business: 2 years

Tell us about your background – what led you into becoming a Professional Organizer?

Funny the things that stand out in your memory… but I can distinctly remember one of my colleagues asking me while working in investment banking on Wall Street, “How do you do this…?” while pointing to my organized, uncluttered desktop… It came so natural to me that I didn’t even realize that others couldn’t do the same, if the question hadn’t been asked. Similarly, to “unwind” on weekends, I was helping a friend who wanted to downsize from her 7,000 sq. ft. home after a recent divorce. I spent hours volunteering to help her sort, decide, part, and organize various rooms and projects; including her estate and trust papers and creating financial models to help her achieve various goals. She kept commenting that I was really good at this… that I was gentle, kind, funny, didn’t embarrass her and that she felt really comfortable with me. She said I should do this for a living… that people get paid to do this. I thought, really? No way. Way. She kept prodding me by saying that I would be a terrific life coach too, because I taught her lots of tools and techniques and thought processes in terms of organizing. Life coaches? Really? People actually get paid for these “services”? Or so I thought so back then. She emailed me an article from the Wall Street Journal about professional organizing and the numbers made me think it could be a viable business. She then referred me to her girlfriend whose mother had recently passed away. As a result, she inherited a sizable estate and needed help sifting through tons of boxes of financial paperwork as to what to do with them. To my surprise, I discovered I absolutely loved helping organize peoples affairs… and that I was really good at it. That was about 7 years ago…

What does your company specialize in?

Home, office and business organization

What are your favorite things about being a Professional Organizer?

I LOVE what I do… It doesn’t even seem like work… just enjoying this too much! I love a good challenge and thrive on problem solving, interior design, and getting to serve some of the most amazing, fascinating, people in the world, right here in the Greater Nashville Area… I also love to see that look of relief and joy that comes over my clients faces once areas are organized and they’re then able to enjoy a peaceful organized life …

 

What should we know about you, professionally and personally?

I’m big on logic, efficiency, and details but also really big on the “visual”… Spaces and areas need to look and feel visually pleasing to the eye to inspire and motivate upkeep… besides making functional sense. To the delight of many clients, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to achieve this, if you know what you’re doing.

What is one thing many people don’t know about you that helps make you a great organizer?

You’re going to hate me for this, but I can’t come up with just one… A few things my clients seem to really value and appreciate based on their feedback are: The Good Lord’s blessed me with wisdom and discernment… these not only help me easily assess a situation as to what’s not working, and find the best solution tailored to the client, but also helps me understand where my clients are at emotionally and mentally so I can gently help them walk through the process to achieve their goals. Clients often are delighted with my creative, resourceful solutions and wonder out loud why they didn’t think of it! Since I’m huge on aesthetics, clients are surprised and delighted when I integrate beauty into the space that’s being organized, regardless if it’s a garage, barn, artist’s studio, laundry room, science lab, or home office filing system… If it looks and feels smashing, besides being organized, the client is going to love spending time there and keeping it fabulous long after I’m gone. Also, I’m big on integrity, confidentiality and discretion which are needed to earn a client’s trust because they’re exposing very private and intimate areas of their lives to me. And humour… love, love, love to laugh and have a good time… and making others laugh too… helps de-stress and lightens their load (No pun intended. Or maybe not… hahahaha)

 

Where is someplace we would most likely find you, other than working?

I have absolutely fallen in love with Tennessee and its peoples. I had no idea how beautiful the state was… and some of the finest people I have ever met live here… When I’m not working, you’ll find this Former-Yankee-wanna-be-Southern-Belle serving various local charities dear to my heart, including church; out & about discovering Tennessee’s many art, music, and outdoor gems…

 

 

 

 

 Member Spotlight: Anne Bell of Simplify

Anne Bell

Anne Bell

Name:  Anne Bell

Business Name:  Simplify

Website: www.thesimplifysite.com

Contact information: thesimplifysite@yahoo.com  and (615) 828-4417

Years in Business: 6.5 years

Tell us about your background – what led you into becoming a Professional Organizer?

My background is in finance and banking – certainly not your typical background for a professional organizer.  I had always enjoyed organizing my own home and for friends and family.  So, when the opportunity arose to make a career change, I decided to take the plunge and I have never been sorry.

What does your company specialize in?

My company does not specialize in anything in particular, but I primarily help people with residential organizing and I especially enjoy organizing closets and kitchens.

What are your favorite things about being a Professional Organizer?

My favorite things about being a PO are meeting and getting to know wonderful new people all the time and also being able to set my own schedule.

What should we know about you, professionally and personally?

I am married with a 3-year-old son and an 8-year-old dog.  I love to read, cook, and hang out with my family.  I am very thankful to have such a fulfilling career!

What is one thing many people don’t know about you that helps make you a great organizer?

(I hope people know this, but) I am a lot of fun to work with!  My clients often tell me that they actually had a good time doing something they were dreading because I was fun to work with.

Where is someplace we would most likely find you, other than working? When I am not working, you are likely to find me at the park, the zoo, or Monkey’s Treehouse with my 3-year old son!

 

 

 

March-May Member Spotlight: Samantha Pointer of Get It Together!

Samantha Pointer

Samantha Pointer

Name:  Samantha Pointer

Business Name:  Get It Together!

Website: www.organizingguru.com and www.help-organize-life.com

Contact information: 615-397-1003

Years in Business: 15 years

Tell us about your background – what led you into becoming a Professional Organizer? I started out in the corporate world doing accounts payable, accounts receivable and finance and administrative work. I started very young with my business. I was 20. I had been surfing around the Internet and stumbled across a Texas organizer called HandyGirl. I didn’t even know people did that for a living. I got some information about the Industry from her and from her site went to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) site and had them send me information. That was in 1996. I was two years out of highschool. I remember seeing in the Nashville Scene BackPage  a woman advertising organizing services and decided to give her a call. She invited me to a informal meeting of local organizers called TOP. And the rest they say is history. I went in to business in 1997 and full-time in 2000.

What does your company specialize in? We mostly do residential organizing helping with hoarders, chronically disorganized and people with ADD/ADHD or chronic illness issues.

What are your favorite things about being a Professional Organizer? I love helping others get their lives in order. It gives me a rush to see the smile on their faces when it all comes together. It is also motivating to me when I get done with an organizing job.

What should we know about you, professionally and personally? Well personally I am a history buff, foodie and I am a huge Beatles fan. I have two daughters that are 8 months and 6 years old and they were born on the same day. Professionally I own a web design and development company and can help you with your computer needs.

What is one thing many people don’t know about you that helps make you a great organizer?  I have a photographic memory that helps me to help my clients even long after we have worked together to remember where certain things were placed. I am great at seeing the end result. No matter what I walk into I can see the finished product. I am also a great listener and help to really organize according to how a person thinks and lives.

Where is someplace we would most likely find you, other than working? Why at my computer of course or sleeping LOL!

 

 

December Member Spotlight: Candice Sone of Sone Design

Candice Sone

Candice Sone

Name:

Candice Sone

Website:

www.sonedesign.com

Contact Information:

candice@sonedesign.com

312.480.9039

1000 Percy Warner Boulevard

Nashville, TN 37205

 

Backround:

I graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Interior Design, was accepted to grad school for Architecture but passed up my option to travel through Europe and live in Sweden.  I worked for two well known interior design firms in Chicago before opening up my own practice in 1990.

Specialize in:

Residential Interior Design and Architecture

Professional and Personal Information:

I am a licensed interior designer; NCIDQ certified (National Council For Interior Design Qualification) and a member of NAPO and NAWBO.  I have a second office in Chicago and work on projects throughout the United States.

I have been married for fourteen years to Joe Gutt who is a cinematographer.  We have an eleven year old daughter, Taylor, who is the light of my life.  We have lived in West Meade for fifteen years where I also have my office and studio.

One thing that many people don’t know about me that makes me a great designer is…

I’m a little bit OCD which helps me to take care of every little detail and except only the best quality work.

If I am not working, you would most likely find me hanging with my family, cooking, training in Taekwondo, or Scuba diving-but not all at the same time!

 

October Member Spotlight: Cindy Sullivan of cbSullivan Consulting & Organizing

Website:                                                     www.cbSullivanConsulting.com

Contact information:                      615-406-5436 or cindy@cbSullivanConsulting.com

Years in Business:                             6 years

Tell us about your background – what led you into becoming a Professional Organizer? 

CIndy Sullivan

My former career was in Quality & Training for a 401(k) provider.  I helped develop and deliver training courses and curriculum for new hires through management.  One of the training certifications I received was the Franklin Covey Time Management Course “What Matters Most”.

When I left, I took time off to determine what I wanted to pursue professionally.  I continued work in the area of Time Management as an independent consultant and began to learn more about the Professional Organizing industry.  It was a perfect complement to the skill set in time management – by applied to processes, systems, and “things”.  I joined NAPO in 2004 and began working with clients soon afterward.  My business has grown to include clients from both residential and business settings, doing work in time management, training & coaching, and hands-on organizing.

What does your company specialize in?  Time Management continues to be a specialty area for me.  I also find a lot of enjoyment in client work that is “below the surface” – helping clients understand and address root causes of disorganization, addressing work styles and learning preferences to establish effective systems, and working with clients to address issues with Chronic Disorganization, Hoarding, etc.

What are your favorite things about being a Professional Organizer?  I most enjoy helping clients be more efficient so that they spend less time on the “have to”s and more time on their “want to”s.  Helping clients feel more freedom in their homes, workplace, and with their time is very rewarding.

What should we know about you, professionally and personally?  Professionally, I am very committed to developing myself and my knowledge in the industry.  Continuing my education to provide my clients with the best resources is very important to me.  I also feel strongly that organizers should present our industry as a “profession”, not just a job.

Personally, I am a wife and mother to two active boys (ages 1 & 12).   I am an avid reader, a musician, and enjoy cooking & trying new recipes.  I enjoy many interests & activities and feel it’s a natural extension of both my professional AND personal self to model a level of life balance for my sons, family, and clients.

What is one thing many people don’t know about you that helps make you a great organizer?  My experiences in the training world teamed with my most recent education to become an “Organizer Coach” have equipped me with skills to more fully include a “transfer of knowledge” to my clients.  Experience in the corporate world and as a “working Mom”  has also allowed me to relate better with clients and understand the challenges they face.

Where is someplace we would most likely find you, other than working?  I really enjoy being at home with my family, cooking for & entertaining friends, and when time allows, enjoying a really good book.  Our family enjoys travel and I’ve been blessed with opportunities to travel internationally for both mission trips and “just for fun”.

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September Member Spotlight: Betty Ann Mills of Closets & More

Years in Business:  4+ as Closets &  More , over 10 years as an interior designer

Betty Ann Mills

Contact Information:  (o) 615-312-7103 (c)615-482-1956

Tell us about your background – what led you into your profession?

Well, first of all, I am not a PO.  I am an interior designer.  My original degree is a BS in Accounting from Clemson University, 1978.I went back to school (Watkins) at 40 to earn my associates degree in design.   I worked at Davishire for a brief time for my internship.  I left Davishire to work with b.wilker& co. for just over 2 years before going out on my own.  Meanwhile my husband decided to leave the corporate world and had always wanted to start his own business. We began to examine our alternatives.  At that time, I had already been involved with a small closet dealership to help some of my clients who were moving into The Heritage (a retirement community) in Brentwood.  So, after examining our list of requirements, we decided to enter the world of “closet design” as a full time business.   Closets & More was born!

What does your company specialize in?

Our company designs and installs custom organization solutions for homes and offices.  Those installations can be for any room in your home or office.  Examples would include:  closets- clothes, linens, utility, etc.; pantries; media centers; garages; home offices as well as light commercial offices; laundry rooms; craft spaces;  bedrooms/wall beds; break rooms; mail rooms; just about any space you can think of

What are your favorite things about being a Designer?

I love that the timeline for our designs tends to be shorter than it is for interior design work.  It’s nice to see a design go from completion to installation in a matter of a couple of weeks.  …a little instant gratification!

I love meeting all kinds of new and interesting people – the good, the bad and the ugly – so to speak.  The bad ones just make me appreciate to good ones more!!!

I love that I can incorporate my interior design skills with our designs.  Sometimes there is a really great synergy between both worlds that can really make a difference in the end product for my clients.

Most of all, I love it when clients are excited and happy about the work that we, as a company, have done and the service we provide for them.

What should we know about you, professionally and personally?

PERSONALLY:  I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and moved to Brentwood in 1992.  My husband Tom and I have been married for 31 years.  We have 2 children – Caroline (25) and Michael (22).  When the kids were young, I spent most of my “free” time sewing, gardening, and cooking.  Since entering the world of interior design, my work has become my passion as well as my creative outlet.

PROFESSIONALLY:  I have spent years developing a professional network so that I may help my clients, co-workers and friends in whatever way I can.  I work hard to maintain my professionalism at all times. I am well trained and experienced in my field.  …and when I am involved in an area outside my area of expertise, I will call in someone who is.   I am well regarded within the ASID design community and the clients whom I serve.

What is one thing many people don’t know about you that helps make you a great organizer/designer?

What most people and don’t know is that I really just love what I do and if I didn’t have to make a living, I would probably work for free!!  Hope my clients never find out…

Where is someplace we would most likely find you, other than working?

More often than not, you will find me in my design studio playing with my fabrics putting together my never ending list of design ideas for my own home, reading design magazines to get new ideas or reading novels.

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August Member Spotlight: Paige McClain-Ramsey of McClain Organizational Services/Ramsey Productivity Services.

Paige McClain-Ramsey

Website: www.RamseyProductivityServices.com

Contact information: (615) 573-1184 (no text)

Years in Business: Since June 1998

Tell us about your background – what led you into becoming a Professional Organizer?

I found myself constantly organizing in my old position with a Non-Profit – so I started doing it for money!

What does your company specialize in?

I specialize in Corporate, Small Business and Home Office.

What are your favorite things about being a Professional Organizer?

The variety of the people, places and situations, and knowing that I made a visible and concrete difference at the end of the session.

What should we know about you, professionally and personally?

My educational background is a Masters degree in Human Development Counseling. Personally, I really like working with people but my heart belongs to the animals. We have three dogs that are all rescues, Cissy the Lab mix from the ditch in Crieve Hall, Maggie the Beagle/Foxhound mix found on the Interstate at the Alabama/TN state line, and Jack the Terrier mix that found us after being abandoned on our road.

What is one thing many people don’t know about you that helps make you a great organizer?

My father owns a lumber company in Columbia, and I grew up in the construction industry. That background really comes in handy, as well as a degree in Counseling! I’m also not afraid to change something several times until it feels right!

Where is someplace we would most likely find you, other than working?

I love gardening, growing zinnias, and going to Seagrove Beach!

 

July Member Spotlight:Hayden Cross of College Hunks Who Haul Junk!

Tell us about your background – what led you into your current business?

My husband, Sam, and I left our corporate jobs in 2008 and wanted to spend some time traveling across the country in our RV.  We managed an RV park, visited family and friends in most of the states east of the Mississippi, and hiked about 600 miles on the Appalachian Trail.  We always knew that when we went back to work, it would be for ourselves.  Then we found College Hunks, and knew that this was the team we wanted to be a part of.  We love what we do and enjoy working with our crews and our clients every day.

What does your company specialize in?

We are Nashville’s professional junk removal specialists.  We are licensed, bonded, and insured to remove any non-hazardous items from your home or office in Middle TN.  Our uniformed teams will do all the labor, loading, and sorting of your items for you, and all you have to do is point out what you want us to take away.  We will donate back to the community all that we can, recycle or reuse what we can, and only as a last resort are the rest of the items disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.  If your items can be donated, we will get a tax-deductible receipt in your name and mail it back to you.  We even sweep up when we are finished helping you!

What are your favorite things about being a business owner that helps Organizers & the public?

I love helping our clients declutter their lives.  Clutter can add stress, fatigue, lack of ability to concentrate to our lives, and can even complicate health problems.  So by getting rid of unwanted items, our clients are able to focus on what is important to them.  Everyone’s needs are different, and therefore every job is different.  It’s very rewarding to listen to our clients, find out what they need, and help them find solutions.

What should we know about you, professionally and personally?

Professionally, we are committed to mentoring young professionals towards careers of their own in business ownership, management, and many other roles that benefit the community, all while having a blast at “work”!

Personally, I’m a mom and a business owner, and I love finding balance between the two.  I enjoy cooking out with my family and friends, spending time outdoors hiking, camping, Jeeping.

What is one thing many people don’t know about you that helps make you a great at what you do?

I’m kind of an open book, so most people do know this about me ~ I think the secret to success is doing the right thing even when no one’s looking.

Where is someplace we would most likely find you, other than working?

You’d find me playing with my 9 month old son and our Boston Terrier at our home in the country 🙂  We are also preparing to welcome a daughter to our family in November!

You can contact Hayden through the College Hunks website or call their local office at: 615-776-1994!

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The NAPO Nashville Member Spotlight highlights a member or an associate member each month. The goal is to let you get to know our members better and to give each of our organizers and business members a chance to shine.

If you want to be highlighted – email Liz Jenkins, CPO, at liz [at] afreshspace [dot] com!

My background is in finance and banking – certainly not your typical background for a professional organizer.  I had always enjoyed organizing my own home and for friends and family.  So, when the opportunity arose to make a career change, I decided to take the plunge and I have never been sorry.