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Richmond Schmidt, Master of Ceremonies and 2012 Private Service Professional of the Year recipient, began saturday morning by welcoming all attendees to the 2013 DEMA Convention. DEMA founders Matthew Haack and Michael Wright, began with a welcome address immediately followed by findings of DEMA Members including: Private Service Professional Demographics and more.

Richmond Schmidt introduced Chris Young, Executive Director of The Protocol School of Washington, who discussed the Impact of Social Media on Protocol & Etiquette.  

exhibitor marketplaceThe Exhibitor Marketplace allowed DEMA Convention attendees to sample products and learn about resources valuable to the estate. These exhibitors showed their dedication and commitment to DEMA by conducting themselves with the upmost professionalism.  

Leading off the Saturday workshops, Claude Robbins, GWM, MWE of The International Wine Guild shared Wine and Food Pairings. Donna Shannon from The Personal Touch Career Services, led participants in how to “Never be Obsolete: Career Planning for the Private Service Professional”. Ron Ortiz from iGrace, led Construction Management Best Practices, which I overheard attendees say was “phenomenal information” and “could have used another hour”.  

Lunch was hosted by Kitchen Traders & Hosted Villas in the stunning restaurant setting of Deep Blu Seafood Grille.

Afternoon workshops began with Daniel Connolly from Microsoft speaking on Microsoft Office Productivity Tips: How to Save Time & Become More Efficient. Debi Pappas, Founder of The American Butler School discussed Setting Boundaries. Jeff Borysiewics from Corona Cigar Co. spoke on Cigar Education 101 and one of my personal favorites Nancy Laine on LinkedIn Best Practices. 

Nancy Laine presentingThe day progressed with more workshops with Joseph Kolchinsky from OneVision Resources, led Technology Management –  “Why is technology so complex and what can you do to make it easier”?   Derron McDuffee from Via Integrity, educated attendees on Background Checks: Why they are necessary yet ineffective & what you can do to determine the trustworthiness of a potential hire. Jimmy Ng from Napkin Wizard spoke on Creative Napkins and Table Settings.

The final presentation for Saturday was Longevity in Service, presented by Nicolas Krafft, President of Christofle America’s and Justin Trabert, Store Manager in Miami.

With their long history in fine silver craftsmanship, we learned what makes them leaders in this industry.   


Saturday Dinner and Awards Ceremony

With workshops done for the day, and after a short recess to refresh, attendees made their way to the cocktail reception followed by the Dinner & Awards Ceremony hosted by Christofle who generously donated personalized silver trays and silver champagne cooler to awarded to recipients.

Agency award

The 2013 Agency of the Year was awarded to Precise Home Management, with Andrew Lowrey accepting the award.  His commitment to service, staffing and DEMA makes him an excellent choice for this award.  He is a true professional and I’m honored to call him a friend and colleague.

Educator award 2013The 2013 Educator of the Year was awarded to the Alliance of Professional Nanny Agencies (APNA) for their continuing efforts on educating the public and private staffing professionals on the Private Service Industry.  Kim Winblood and Judi Merlin accepted the honor on behalf of APNA.


Vendor award 2013

DEMA was proud to honor Kitchen Trader’s Steve Feldman as 2013 Vendor of the Year.  Steve’s commitment to preservation, customer service and giving back to communities inspired many to take a different look at how they do renovations.  

PSP award 2013

The proud and humorous David Barrie Jr. was named 2013 Private Service Professional of the Year. Many were touched by David’s moving and inspiring acceptance speech. His commitment to his profession, his family and DEMA, made him the perfect honoree for this award.  

Lifetime award 2013The final award of the evening was the DEMA Lifetime Achievement Award.   The most coveted of the DEMA awards, is presented to those individual who have made a profound positive impact on the Private Service Industry and is limited to an individual member who have made a career of providing service to others. This recipent must have dedicated no less than twenty years to the private service industry. This year’s winner served our country for 20 years.   His dedication to serving others makes Darren “Mac” McCleary the perfect honoree for this award. The party carried on well into the night with dancing and merriment.


 Friday                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sunday