One on One: Patty Baker and Nancy Nagrodzki

Among the rules of life are the twin notions that you need to buy things and then you need a place to put the things you buy. Our one on one conversation this month covers those two aspects of life handily.

One on One

Photos by Beau Gustafson

Patty Baker knows exactly how to organize all of the stuff in our lives. She views the skills of organization as the ultimate problem solving strategy. After discovering how something as simple as organizing a sock drawer could make a morning routine flow much easier, she became determined to apply similar order to the rest of her life and then to share her love of organization with other people.

Baker is a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) and an active member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). She has conducted training seminars and has assisted clients as varied as business professionals, relocation companies, and homeowners. Baker is out to bring the thrill of organization to as many lives as possible. She loves hearing a client say, “You have changed my life!”

Baker joined The Amandas, a firm focused on residential and commercial organization, in 2006 after being in the organizing industry since 2003. Prior to organizing professionally, Baker used her organizing skills as a real estate appraiser and a corporate relocation specialist.

Nancy Nagrodzki is the lead buyer for accessories, handbags, and bridge collection (clothing that falls “between” the contemporary and designer collections) at Gus Mayer, the specialty retailer at The Summit. This mother of two and new grandmother has been on the front line of cutting edge retail at Gus Mayer since 2002. Prior to that, her retail experience included many weekends, summers, and school vacations at Pizitz Department Stores.

With each changing season, Nagrodzki’s career allows her to experience fresh, new styles that can be adapted to suit an array of existing wardrobes.  A veteran of the retail industry, Nagrodzki works with vendors all over the country to find beautiful and unique accent pieces, as well as one-of-a-kind bridge clothing items for the Gus Mayer customer. “I love the fact that there is always something new…new colors, shapes, and textures,” she says. “It is also fun to see how new handbags and accessories can update an outfit from previous seasons.

“In order to be a successful buyer, one must be a good communicator, risk taker, and decision maker. A buyer must be able to make decisions and take risks when faced with so many choices at market,” she continues. “It is important to build good relationships with your vendors as well as your sales associates and coworkers. No matter what industry one is in, teamwork is an important element.”


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