A Message from the "Godfather of Staging"

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Apparently….. When Linda was at the RESA convention earlier this month, she accepted an award on my behalf and promised the crowd that I would be filming a video acceptance when she got back home.  Seems as though when you have surgery on your eyes, which happened to me, they don’t want you to fly for a while because of the pressure, so I could not make the trip.  So as promised here is my acceptance of the RESA Spouse of the year award.  I also understand that a new nick-name was bestowed upon me by Shell Brodnax upon giving the award to Linda, “The Godfather of Staging” Thank you Shell and here’s to hoping that you are always the one “Making offers that they can’t refuse”.  Before you watch the video, I would like to say a few words about the other two competitors for spouse of the year.  John Marro, which I have known for some years now and Howard Morgan who I meet last year, are just like me in that they are very supportive of their wives and their businesses.  It was a real thrill for me to be named part of this group.  All of us are very devoted to our spouses and take on whatever tasks we can so that our wives have more time to go out and do the magic that they do best.  To our wives, Linda Barnett, Melissa Marro and Carol Morgan, on all of our behalves, Happy Valentine’s day. 

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Gary accepting his spouse of the year award from the Real Estate Staging Association, 2012 Conference, Las Vegas.



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Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

Gary -- you're the best -- right up there with every other spouse that's still married (happily) to a home stager with inventory.  I, like Linda, are among the lucky ones!

Feb 13, 2012 12:45 PM #1
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Happy Valentine's Day, Godfather!  Congratulations to you, the other nominees, and your lovely wives!

Feb 14, 2012 03:11 AM #2
Leslie Godbold
WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio - Asheville, NC
Motivation Speaker, Radio host "Positively Living"

A great acceptance speech!Congratulations on a well deserved award!


Feb 16, 2012 07:14 AM #3
Marianne Cherico
Interiors by Marianne Cherico - Foxboro, MA
Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Gary.....Congrats!!!! I too have a wonderful husband who helps me all the time (when he is not working at his job 6-7 days per week) Actually ,sometimes staging a vacant is our time together! It is so nice to see husbands like you who support your wives in their careers. I met Linda at the Conference and she is a doll. I am goingto be taking her webinar on Team Building. Congrats Again!!!!!

Feb 16, 2012 08:48 AM #4
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