APPO National Conference | April 8- 11, 2015
The Caribe Royale | Orlando, Florida
About our Speakers
Glen is a successful
entrepreneur and business leader who has founded and built a number of
companies, but his passion for preserving important information and memories
goes back to 1991 when he returned from serving as a U.S. Army officer in the
First Gulf War. That summer, Glen and his wife, Diane, recorded videos of their
grandparents talking about their lives and values. Ever since, Glen has thought
about how to permanently preserve and share those videos and other family
treasures. After many years, these thoughts led to the founding of Forever in
Between 2005 and 2012, Glen founded and led a successful early-stage
venture capital firm called Meakem Becker Venture Capital. Glen’s entry into
the venture capital industry was preceded by his widely chronicled role as
Founder, Chairman and CEO of FreeMarkets, which was the leading provider of
internet-deployed software and services for automating the sourcing processes
of Global 1000 companies. Glen founded FreeMarkets in 1995, took it public in a
record setting IPO in 1999, and then sold it to Ariba in 2004.
Glen earned his
M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Diane, have been married
for twenty-five years and have five children.
Expert and Bestselling Author of Time Management from the Inside Out. Julie
Morgenstern is one of the country’s leading experts on organization, business
productivity and time management. The author of five best-selling books, a
consultant to large corporations and a sought-after speaker, Morgenstern has
appeared on Oprah and NBC’s The Today Show, and helped thousands
of people transform their homes, businesses, and attitudes about every kind of
clutter. The New York City-based Julie Morgenstern Enterprises has been
successfully in business for over 20 years.
Coach Jenn Lee
National Speaker, Small Business Consultant and TV contributor Coach Jenn Lee is on a mission to get
America's business owners back on track, moving forward and making REAL money!
Obsessed with helping entrepreneurs with sales, marketing, branding and social
media strategies, she is unapologetic with her straight forward "lets get
this going right now" approach. Right to the point with a good dose of humor,
Jenn’s go-getter attitude and creative strategies quickly landed her a regular
spot on Orlando’s FOX Morning show, a regular guest on BLOG talk radio shows
and has been featured in publications like Redbook, CBS MoneyWatch,
Entrepreneur and SUCCESSMagazine and was recognized as A Woman to
Watch by Orlando Womens’ Magazine.
Daina is the founder of
Snap Shot Solutions. She joined APPO in November 2011 and in Spring 2012 became
Certified Photo Organizer. After qualifying for the Ontario Self Employment
Benefit Program she launched her business in September 2012 with the help of
the Guelph-Wellington Business Centre.
Since then she has been recognized for delivering excellent customer service
with the 2013 Guelph-Wellington Business Enterprise Centre Awards for
Outstanding Customer Service and Outstanding Consulting Business as well as the
2013 Guelph Tribune’s Readers Choice Diamond Award Most Attentive Owner. Recently
Snap Shot Solutions was featured in The Globe and Mail in the Report on
Business Section. She will also be on CBC TV’s national prime time show Doc
Zone later in 2014.
Lisa is a sought-after business expert due to her background
as an attorney, mediator, and trainer of entrepreneurs. She is the owner of
Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises, through which she offers productivity
consulting, success coaching, business strategizing, andspeaking to
individuals and organizations. Her online learning platform, www.LMGUniversity.com, provides
programs globally to improve people’s lives, businesses, and careers. Many
business owners have taken her business coaching and mastermind programs
through LMGU, so be sure to visit her table in the Expo and learn about her
Lisa’s business has successfully been through every
expansion taught in the pre-con workshop! Her professional organizing division,
LM Organizing Solutions, was founded in 2002. It thrived under a one-to-one
hands-on organizing model, team members organizing model, niche/service
offering expansion, and product and program expansion. Lisa then expanded
geographically by relocating from NY to CA, and adopting a virtual/global
business model so she can live the life of a suitcase entrepreneur running her
business from anywhere. Lisa is an inaugural Certified Professional Organizer®
and a Golden Circle member. She is honored to have served as the Moderator of
the Ask the Organizer Panel at the National NAPO Conference for 3 years, and to
be a speaker at every NAPO Conference since 2008 and countless regional
organizers’ conferences and chapter professional development programs.
Ann Matuszak and Mollie Bartelt
Ann and Mollie
have been helping families remember the times of their lives and have a
combined 20+ years of experience working with photos and people who need help
getting started. They founded Pixologie in 2013 because they love photos and
the stories that are captured in them - and on the premise that lives can be
improved when people can enjoy their photos celebrating traditions and
Bringing a wealth of non-profit business leadership,
management and social service experience, Mollie and Ann believe the photo
organization and management services field offers individuals and families the
tools to preserve the past through photo scanning, digitization (slides,
negatives, film, video and treasured memorabilia) as well as the support to
manage their memories through one-on-one consultation, education and
Their mission statement is to help get photos out of chaos and back
into life to be celebrated and shared. Pixologie, the study of life through
Darla's award-winning business and blog, HeartWork Organizing LLC, helps people lead
more peaceful and productive lives. Darla helps people find their keys, their
calendar, and their sanity.
Darla holds an MBA from Temple University and
brings over 20 years of business experience. She is a member of the National
Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and APPO. She’s a certified
Re-Designer, and a home stager. She earned the coveted Certified Professional
Organizer® designation… but even her kids still leave toys on the floor.
is the author The Pregnant Entrepreneur, which she calls "a business book
wearing maternity clothes.” It was the first book to help women navigate their
physical, emotional, and financial baby bumps while running their own business.
She included her one-page business plan in her book, which she’ll be having you
She’s been running her profitable business for the last 10
years, doing motherhood for the last 8, and wrestling social platforms for the
past 5 years. But she’s loved pie longer than any of that.
Darla DeMorrow, who will show you how to Bake
in Small Business Profits.
Deena is a Denver-based professional genealogist who uses modern
technology to facilitate successful search, storage and sharing strategies for
family historians in the digital age. She is passionate about teaching
classes and workshops that combine genealogy and technology to uncover the
stories of generations past, and willingly shares her knowledge on numerous
genealogical boards in roles focusing on education, communication and
publicity. A self-proclaimed digitization fanatic, she founded DigiDeena
Consulting to offer technology services, including coaching, training,
scanning, marketing and research.
Jill, CPO of
Discover Organizing Inc., has been organizing professionally since 2003.
Beginning as a small one-woman company, the business grew to become a 6-person
firm practicing in multiple states in 2008. Jill also operated a organizing
retail store and productivity center for three years, from 2007-2010, and
launched a specialized line of greeting cards (Clearly Noted Cards) geared just
for Professional Organizers and Photo Organizers in 2009. Discover Organizing,
while maintaining a general practice organizing service for homes and offices,
specializes in photo and memorabilia organizing.
Jill has been featured in
several local and national magazines, and has been a guest multiple times on
the CBS affiliate KDKA Pittsburgh Live morning show, and has been a
professional speaker since 2004. Jill speaks at Pittsburgh based corporations
and has spoken at national conferences for various associations.
Jill is a
member of NAPO, APPO, NSA, and NAIPC. She is an avid scrapbooker, and is her
family's most enthusiastic (and only) archivist.
Sherra has built a
career based on helping women succeed in small business. Her philosophy is to
learn the business, do the work, and then help others do the same. Her
comprehensive background in business coaching, training and website design
means you get real life experience from this business owner. She has been
helping women for over 20 years find their passion and turn it into a business
that gives them freedom and flexibility. Her life’s work revolves around
storytelling through photographs so she is passionate about the photo
organization industry. She currently operates two businesses in tandem: Big Picture
Coaching and Simple Photo Stories. She and Rita Norton are
APPO authorized trainers and they are co-founders of My Workflow
Studio, a premium training resource for photo organizers.
Rita has built a career based on helping people share
stories with their photos. Her creative talents resulted in a very successful
on-line business designing custom photo invitations. Her next adventure took
her to the professional photography industry where she primarily photographs
youth athletes in both indoor and outdoor sporting events. Keeping the camera
in one hand, and staying true to her passion, she expanded her services by
working in the photo organization industry. She has 16 years of photo and
story-telling experience and operates two businesses, Digital Picture People
and Photovation. She is also co-founder of My Workflow Studio, a premium
training resource for photo organizers.
Organizer and Productivity & Efficiency Coach Deborah J. Cabral, CPO®
launched her company, The DeClutter Coach, in 2010. Growing demand led to the
rapid expansion of the business to include DC Efficiency Consulting,
Organization Motivation!, and Organized in :60 Seconds - all are subsidiary
companies under Cabral Enterprises, LLC., a NY State, National & Federal
Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise.
As a member of the National
Association of Professional Organizers & the Institute for Challenging
Disorganization, Deb lends her knowledge of professional productivity,
efficiency, time management and organization to residential and corporate
clients through one-on-one consultations, community workshops, corporate
training & wellness programs, a weekly television show and news segment, a
monthly column, magazine articles and TV and radio interviews.
Deb is a wife,
mother of three & active community volunteer. The recipient of the 2012 SBA
Excellence in Small Business Award and the 2013 Key4Women Achieve Award, Deb is
also the author of DeClutter Your Life NOW! Most recently, in March 2014, Deb
was published in her first national magazine, A Better Homes & Garden
Specialty Publication called Secrets of Getting Organized. She co-authored the
article, ‘What’s Your Organizing Personality’ with Contributing Editor Brian
Sylvia is a certified photo
organizer who specializes in digital photo management. In 2011 she started her
own business, PhotosOrganized, with a focus on remote services, and joined APPO.
Prior to that she worked for 20 years in the field of social services, in
supervisory and quality assurance roles. She graduated from the University of
South Florida with a B.A. in psychology and lives in Florida with her husband
of 21 years and their 5 children and Chihuahua.
Fun, lively, and very
direct- 3x bestselling author Ali Craig always shares with her audiences real
world advice that just won’t help them create a pretty brand, but create a
powerful one. Since 1999, this dynamo has been speaking, consulting, and
sharing her branding wisdom across various media platforms in the United
States, Canada, Australia, and the UK.
Christie is the
owner and operator of Vision to be Organized since 2006 and Scrapbook Designer
since 2003. She is a Professional Home Organizer, a Certified Personal Photo
Organizer, a Certified Home Movie Expert and a Personal Scrapbook Designer.
Christie is also growing her business to include workshops, speaking
presentations, business coaching and genealogy studies. Along with being a NAPO
National Member, Christie is also a NAPO Los Angeles Chapter Member, a NAPO
Virtual Chapter Member and a NAPO Golden Circle member. Christie serves
as Marketing Director and the Chapter Historian for the NAPO-LA Chapter and is
on the Professional Development Committee for NAPO Virtual Chapter. Christie is
also a member of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO) as a
Certified Personal Photo Organizer.Christiefocuses her organizing
business on residential home organizing while specializing in photo organizing.
She will declutter your home, set-up an organized system and create an
organizational flow through your home space. She will also help you to
organize, sort, scan, preserve, save, and share your photos and memories.
Christie has also assisted as a Professional Organizer on the A&E show
Christie loves to scrapbook her dog, Foxy and her 8 nieces
As a story architect and
content crafter, Sara Anastasia can whip up a boring statement and it turn into
a mouthwatering meal that will have readers savoring every bite while reaching
for more. It’s all about the ingredients!
By mixing the right words, within
the perfect context – with a dash of imagery and a dollop of emotion – she’ll
teach you how to have potential clients ordering "Company Awesome” (your
company) each and every time.
Typical menu items include: Humor-Drizzled
Headlines, Bacon-Wrapped Bios, Cupcake-tastic Content, Secret Ingredient Email
Openers, and for you wine connoisseurs, Cab-licious Calls to Actions.
What’s black and white
with a scoop of hilarity and a dash of rockstar energy? Dawn Brolin (the
hilarity and rockstar) crunching your numbers (the black and white)
entrepreneur on a mission to make your business a fine-tuned, money-making
machine. You won’t find that stereotypical, boring accounting process with this
gal. She was born with this innate ability tomake accounting fun, useful, and rewarding – just
asks her mom. She said she popped out with an abacus and a laugh track – she
made that ER a cash cow by the time she was 5 hours old! When
speaking in front of accountants, business owners, entrepreneurs and managers,
she has the ability to entertain while educating which is one of her greatest
speaking characteristics and features.
Cathi founded the
Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO) as an answer to the growing
challenge of our digital age – an easy solution for organizing printed photos,
digital photos, videos and everything in between. Some five million photos are
taken every day and in a world where technology and camera shutters move too
quickly for people to catch up, families and organizations find it increasingly
difficult to sort through, organize and preserve precious memories. APPO
provides a solution by connecting trained small business owners with clients
who require photo-organizing services. Today, APPO serves hundreds of members
throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. As a pioneer of the growing
photo-life management industry, Cathi has spoken at various industry conferences
and has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic Magazine, Success
Magazine, Wall Street Journal and Better Homes and Gardens.
Nick is a nationally known photographer and
instructor. His passion for teaching and helping others, knack for
creatively delivering photography tips in easily digestible bites, and
inspiring, entertaining style has earned him the following of thousands on his How To Photograph Your Life
website, How To
Photograph Your Baby Facebook page and popular Basic
Lisa is the Director of Operations and Training at APPO and a seventeen-year
veteran in the photo industry. Prior to APPO, Lisa owned and operated her own
Photo Organizing business. Formerly a top-level leader in the Canadian market for
Creative Memories, Lisa provided sales training and leadership coaching for a
large, top performing team and was a frequent speaker and trainer at numerous
National and Regional Conferences.
Her authentic lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits, is praised within her industry and published internationally. Tamara’s work has been featured in a myriad of media outlets, including O – The Oprah Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Town & Country, Vogue, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Nikon World, Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, Photoshop User Magazine, NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, PBS’ Need to Know and NBC’s The Today Show.