The Organizing Pro™ team is led by “The Organizing Pro” herself, Julie Bertram.
Julie started her business in 2001 after 15 years experience in the real estate industry. Many of the skills she and her team employ were developed from the “hands-on” experience Julie received helping clients prepare their properties for marketing. “An orderly home is a huge asset when showing properties to prospective buyers,” Julie asserts. “Over the years it has significantly helped my clients to command top dollar for their homes.” She is also the mother of three children and had to sharpen her organizing skills just to keep all their schedules straight!
Julie has the uncanny ability to quickly assess a client’s needs. She can survey a job and in minutes understand the flow and functionality needed to maximize the client’s efficiency in any situation. “My challenge is to suggest solutions that will not only promote an orderly environment but also work with my clients personality and lifestyle. I want to give them a solution that will last! Just watching the stress melt away after I have set up their custom organizing system gives me great joy and satisfaction! I love getting the phone calls the next day telling me they were able to put their hands right on an item when they needed it!”
Julie also has the skills to turn a dreaded project into a fun experience. None of us wants to think of spending our few precious free moments trying to get organized. That’s why most of us wait until things get really bad before we do it. You have to keep a sense of humor when organizing and Julie can help you make it a positive experience instead of a negative one!
Julie Bertram is a CPO®, Certified Professional Organizer®, member of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers, Co-founder of Charlotte’s Elite Organizers, Co-founder of Butterfly Bin (a non-profit community clearinghouse) and contributing adviser to real estate, home improvement companies, My School Rocks! and other media.
Donna Abee, born and raised in the Charlotte area, considers herself a true Carolina girl. Donna received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees at the University of NC at Charlotte. Donna taught school for 25 years, nine of those years she homeschooled her three children which 'forced' her to become more organized!
Even though Donna is now an empty nester, she enjoys activities like hiking, vacationing at the beach or entertaining, plus anything that can get her family of 7 together. Donna enjoys unpacking and organizing clients into their new homes so they have more time to get out and discover Charlotte, the place she's always called home.
Rachelle Watkins, born in New Jersey considers herself a North Carolina native because she moved here when she was 8 years old. Rachelle received her Bachelor of Science in Communications from Western Carolina University.
She considers herself a serial entrepreneur having had her own organizing business for several years before selling it to start a family. Her latest side venture is working with her husband on his woodworking business. Rachelle has been married for 18 years and has two kids, 10 and 12. Her main love besides business is being able to be around for her family and engage in her love (and experience) with organizing which working as an Organizing Pro affords her!
Sam England, born and raised in Charlotte (yes, a native!) graduated from UNC Charlotte with degree in Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations.
She loves unpacking jobs and decluttering. Sam feels that if unpacking is done with a strategy and system in place, her clients are establishing a foundation of organization the minute they settle into their new space. This relieves the stress of moving and saves time and energy. Plus, Sam can really make this process FUN!
On the personal side Sam is overly obsessed with every dog - yes every single one! She loves anything outside near the water, and spending time with her family, boyfriend and close friends.
Michelle Haston, originally from Cincinnati, OH, came to North Carolina for her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Gardner Webb University. She married Brandon, a Charlotte native, who convinced her to stay! Michelle has been an educator for over 15 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. In 2018, she became an educational consultant working with and training teachers.
Michelle’s desire to serve, coach, support and educate others makes her a perfect fit for The Organizing Pro. She is passionate about helping people declutter and clear their lives of unneeded items that take up space.
Ally Davis, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in Marketing.
Ally’s favorite food is pasta (truly, any kind) and cooks it up almost every day! She also loves traveling. Her favorite place (thus far…) is Cuba. When not helping to organize, she is anywhere near the water where it's warm!
Janice Gearheart, born in Roanoke, VA and graduate of Radford University has always loved ‘organizing numbers’! Janice is an Accounting Specialist for the Levine Family Office. She previously worked on a project basis with a variety of Charlotte businesses and was a consultant with CliftonLarsonAllen’s Cast division. She was also formerly a Senior Manager in the general services group of McGladrey and Pullen.
Janice is proud to be a mother of two daughters and an original Panthers PSL owner. She enjoys growing flowers and playing Scrabble.