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Member Name: Barbara Stohlman
When and why did you decide to start your own company?
Had you asked me ten years ago what a transition services company was I wouldn’t have been able to answer you but, because of my own personal experience, I started OHCIH, LLC. In 2011 my mother passed away from Alzheimer's. Four months later my father passed. Trying to settle their estate became a nightmare. How do you get rid of all the stuff? What needed to be auctioned, donated or recycled? As certified move managers we are held accountable to a strict code of ethics by the National Association of Senior & Specialty Move Managers known as NASMM. We also hold a Home Specialist Aging in Place certification.
How does your business serve the local community?
Our tagline is “taking the stress out of the transition.” We provide a variety of customized concierge services that include estate organization and relocation, packing and unpacking of household items, organizing and sorting, item distribution, staging services, realtor relations, space planning, and the list goes on. We are here to serve.
Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession.
If there is one that comes to mind it would be finding a very special pearl necklace. OHCIH was hired by a daughter to clean out her deceased parents’ home so that it could be sold. The daughter had looked high and low for the pearls, but couldn’t find them. When OHCIH arrived, we found them. You see, the pearls were something borrowed and the daughter wore them on her wedding day. There are a lot of things we find that are forgotten about or that siblings never knew their parents had. Everything from cash to deeds to safe deposit keys. We have even found gems taped behind a desk drawer.
Tell us about your experience with the HGBA. How has it supported you in your local business?
I appreciate the friendships we have forged. I’ve been a member for more than three years. It’s such a friendly and supportive group.
What are the top three business tips and tricks can you offer other professionals?
1) Never ask your employees to do anything you yourself wouldn’t do.2) Never underestimate the power of prayer.3) Be willing to change.
Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town?
I’m originally from Massachusetts. In 1981, I was asked to open a personnel recruiting company in Falls Church. Always thought I’d be a metropolitan type person. But no. I love this area.
What is your favorite season in this area, and why?
When I was younger I would have said fall. Today I enjoy the warmth of spring and the sun on my face.
What are some hobbies you enjoy?
Being outdoors, gardening or bird watching and then there is scuba diving.
What is your favorite restaurant?
So many to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one. I’ll go with Best Thai Busaba.
Are you involved with any nonprofits? If so, which one(s) and why?
I’m involved with the Alzheimer’s Association as my mother passed away from it. For the last seven years I have co-facilitated an Alzheimer’s caregiver support group that meets monthly in PW. Presently I’m also involved with Gideon’s International and the Paralyzed Veteran’s Association.
What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession?
I started working when I was a freshman in high school, but my most interesting job was with American Cyanamid. I was just out of college and working in their Shulton division which acquired The Jacqueline Cochran fragrance CIE. Candice Bergen was hired as the spokeswoman and I had the pleasure of meeting her and indirectly working with her. Her signature saying for CIE was, "I can wear it when I'm Miss Bergen...I can wear it when I'm Candice...or when I'm just plain Candy."