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.
Beth Ickes, born and raised in northern New Jersey, Beth graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Sociology/Psychology and an AS in Criminology. She and her husband moved to Charlotte in 1999 when he accepted a position with the Charlotte Fire Department. Beth continued her post college career as an office manager for many years where she honed her skills in workplace efficiency and organization before having three beautiful children. She carried her work ethic and passion for order into keeping an organized home where each toy, paper from school, and craft, has its place; helping her to feel orderly, calm, and focused as she goes about her day. When the opportunity presents itself, Beth enjoys spending time outdoors, relaxing at the beach, or hiking in the mountains - enjoying the beautiful weather found here in the south.
Brittanie Trudeau was born in Detroit, MI, but grew up in a small beach-side town near Clearwater Beach, FL. She will admit she was an exceptionally organized five year old – which is when it was clear that she had a knack for organizing. "I remember visiting homes of distant family members and offering to help clean and reorganize their rooms." Fast forward to age 14, she held several job titles at her mother's all-star cheerleading gym: facility interior designer, organizer, website designer, marketer and youth cheer coach. After her graduation in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, Brittanie relocated to Charlotte, NC and joined The Organizing Pros. Her creativity, innovation as well as practicality and visual appeal has allowed Brittanie to contribute to our mission to go above and beyond client expectations. She enjoys creating her own decor, refurbishing furniture pieces, shopping, organizing and communing with Mother Nature.
Laura Kiffmeyer, born and raised in Bethesda, MD, has always loved both the outdoors and indoors. In fact, she met her husband while working in Yosemite National Park following graduation from Miami University, Ohio. Laura currently holds both a NC and SC Real Estate Brokers' License and spent 15 years in the real estate industry with a special focus on commercial real estate. With three grown daughters and one beloved welsh corgi, she loves everything related to interior design, home decor and crafting. When not helping her clients focus on an organized home and lifestyle, you can find Laura watching college football, refinishing furniture or embarking on another outdoor adventure.
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.
Cheryl Helms, born and raised in Ohio, graduated from Wittenberg University and began her career in accounting and financial reporting. After moving to Charlotte 20 years ago with her husband and two children, Cheryl remained extremely organized and a meticulous planner! After spending many years in office spaces, taking a chaotic office and turning it into a calm space where you can find what you need with no effort is so rewarding. “When you are organized it allows more time to do the things you cherish,” says Cheryl.
She is an avid reader and enjoys traveling and doing anything in or around water.