Rais­ing aware­ness about se­nior move man­agers

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - People On The Move - By Cindy Kent Staff writer

Sharon Co­far, founder and pres­i­dent of Coral Springs-based A Move Made Easy Inc., was re­cently elected to the board of di­rec­tors of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Se­nior Move Man­agers. The or­ga­ni­za­tion sup­ports the pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment of se­nior move man­agers through­out the world with ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and re­sources.

On the board

Why join this board: I’m com­mit­ted to my pro­fes­sion. Se­nior Move Man­age­ment is in its in­fancy and I want to af­fect the growth and ex­pan­sion of this in­dus­try and raise the level of aware­ness with the pub­lic and the stan­dards to which we work.

Why it mat­ters: NASMM en­sures that those call­ing them­selves Se­nior Move Man­agers are com­pe­tent, qual­i­fied, vet­ted and fol­low the SMM code of ethics.

Why the com­mu­nity should care: Our na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion sets stan­dards and cri­te­ria to be­come a Se­nior Move Man­ager. This ti­tle is trade­marked to be used only by those who have been vet­ted by our na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion in or­der to pro­tect the se­nior and their fam­ily. By hir­ing mem­ber com­pa­nies, the client is pro­tected from un­scrupu­lous peo­ple who might want to take ad­van­tage of them.

Ad­vice to young pro­fes­sion­als seek­ing com­mu­nity en­gage­ment: You’re help­ing oth­ers, but you’re also build­ing your re­spect and rep­u­ta­tion as a giver, as a per­son who cares. SHARON CO­FAR

On the job

What I do: I am the founder and pres­i­dent of A Move Made Easy Inc. — we are not movers — we are Se­nior Move Man­agers or Re­lo­ca­tion Spe­cial­ists. We han­dle all de­tails of a se­nior’s tran­si­tion from be­gin­ning to end: sort­ing and down­siz­ing, pack­ing, sched­ul­ing and over­see­ing the mover, to un­pack­ing and or­ga­niz­ing their new res­i­dence. We dis­pose of un­wanted items by sales to an auc­tion­eer or con­sign­ment shop or though do­na­tion to a char­ity, stage the former res­i­dence and get it ready for sale. We also help with es­tate clo­sure.

Pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment :I served on the NASMM Board for a three-year stint in 2003. I am also cur­rently on the Board of ESRN (El­der Ser­vices Re­source Net­work), a lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides in­for­ma­tion and re­sources to help se­niors.

In­dus­try wis­dom: is al­ways right. The cus­tomer

Michael Pus­tizzi

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