Ask Manning what she does and she’ll answer you fifteen different ways depending on the day. Our inside joke is that my reluctance to give her a job title stems from the reality that she has too many. That, and “Wingwoman” doesn’t sound terribly professional, even if it is the most fitting description for this invaluable lady. Having worked for me for over five years, Manning has proven to be one of the most resourceful, hardworking, fun individuals I’ve ever known. Her primary responsibility is leading our property redesign efforts, at which she visibly excels. But her gifts extend well beyond her keen eye for design. Manning is an innovative, problem-solving whiz, able to see her way through obstacles and creatively troubleshoot problems where others would give up. Witty, charismatic, and personable to the core, she serves our clients with indefatigable energy and infectious joie de vivre. In a word, Manning is exceptional.
If you are a classical music aficionado, chances are you’ve heard of Martha Argerich. The Argentinian-born artist is regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, a living legend in the world of classical music. Endowed with a photographic memory, she can reproduce music flawlessly after a single hearing. Even more astonishing is her ability to internalize a score and perform it with greater depth and range of emotion than the original. She’s a musical genius. Anne is the Martha Argerich of home staging. I’ve witnessed it for over a decade. Once she’s stepped foot inside a home, like Ms. Argerich Anne can literally recall everything she’s seen – colors, room dimensions, light fixtures, draperies, kitchen layout – with photographic precision. Even more remarkable (and invaluable) is her gift for reimagining those spaces with an eye toward enhancing their buyer appeal. Anne is a transformation artist, a house whisperer, my secret weapon. And by golly, I’m married to her.
“First who, then what.” That, according to author Jim Collins, is a key characteristic of companies that go from “Good to Great.” Get the right person on the bus, then figure the rest out. That is precisely why I asked Alice to join my team this past November. Not only is she terrifically talented, Alice is extraordinarily intuitive and wise. When she shares her thoughts, you want to listen. As the mother of four beautiful children, Alice is intimately acquainted with our public-school system, having served as PTA president not once, not twice, but thrice! Smart, organized, and delightful, Alice is the best new addition I could have hoped for.