Over 60 NAPO-WDC members gathered on May 7, 2012 for the May chapter meeting, which is historically celebrated as the chapter's awards night. Three coveted awards are presented each year including Corporate Partner of the Year, Professional Organizer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, the first two of which were awarded to members of ShelfGenie.
The D.C. Metro Chapter's awards meeting planning was headed up by Pierrette Ashcroft, the chapter's Director of Programs, and was held at Timpano in Rockville, MD. President Janet Schiesl read out a list of chapter accomplishments "by the numbers" which were collected from many chapter members. Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton, MARCPO Chair, recognized all of the MARCPO 2011 committee members. Interspersed with segments of networking was the acknowledgement of GO Month volunteers, the Veteran Project volunteers, outgoing board members and the swearing in of new board members.
Other awards were presented to the NAPO-WDC members: Perfect Attendance went to Jackie Kelley; Quiet Volunteer went to Eileen LaGreca; Social Media Star went to Kim Oser; Fabulous Freshmen went to Stephen Bok and Tiffany Mensing; Best New Idea to Susan Kousek (for the White Elephant Sale being held at the June meeting); We Can Always Count on You to Silvia Balderas-Saari and Janice Rasmussen; Shining Star to Katie Mazzocco.
Finally, the evening's most eagerly anticipated awards were given out. B-Thrifty and Shelf Genie tied for Corporate Partner of the Year. Maria White was named Professional Organizer of the Year and Heather Cocozza was named Volunteer of the Year.
Award recipients Joe Johnson is the owner and a designer at the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. ShelfGenie Franchise where Marie White also acts as a designer.
The NAPO awards are just the two most recent in ShelfGenie's history. Previously, NAPO's LA chapter had awarded ShelfGenie Best Home Organizing Product for back-to-back years. ShelfGenie was also ranked 411 in Inc. Magazine's Top 500 fastest growing private companies in America and was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as a Franchise 500 company.
About National Association of Professional Organizers
The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) represents over 4,000 professional organizers and 35 chapters dedicated to helping individuals and businesses bring order and efficiency to their lives. NAPO leads and advances the organizing and productivity industry through professional opportunities, productive partnerships and expert information and solutions while fostering growth and fulfillment for all who work within the industry or benefit from its services. For more information about NAPO visit www.NAPO.net or call (856) 380-6878.
Marietta, Ga.-based ShelfGenie is a franchise concept that designs, builds and installs Glide-OutTM shelving systems that are custom-built to fit into existing cabinets throughout the home, resulting in more space, easier access and better organization. ShelfGenie has over 140 locations and expects to grow to 175 to 190 locations by the end of 2012. For more information, visit www.shelfgenie.com.