About Sharon McRill
About President Betty - Sharon McRill, and All Her Betties:
BYLINE BIO: Sharon McRill is owner and president of The Betty Brigade, a relocation and organization company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The company provides moving coordination, and organizing assistance, mostly catering to busy professionals. Laid off from a corporate marketing job, McRill launched The Betty Brigade in 2003, now has a staff of 10. Visit www.bettybrigade.com for more information.
BROADCAST BIO: Sharon McRill (say "muck-RILL") likes to help busy people get things done. Owner and president of The Betty Brigade, an Ann Arbor-based organization and relocation company, Sharon and her team of 10 "Betties" perform such projects as moving coordination, organizing and staging. For more information on The Betty Brigade, visit www.BettyBrigade.com.
FULL BIO: Sharon McRill is owner and president of The Betty Brigade, an expanding personal assistance and concierge company based in Ann Arbor. The Betty Brigade helps busy professionals with moving, home staging, organizing, and handy-man services– virtually anything clients need done but have no time to do themselves.
Laid off from a corporate marketing job in 2003, McRill turned joblessness into an opportunity in the midst of an ailing economy. As a busy professional herself, she'd fantasized about having a personal assistant. McRill has grown her team to 10 members, including professionals in organizing, home project management and staging. She has established a marketing & communications department along with sales & operations, and a regular staff training regimen. McRill recently graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program in Detroit, which focuses on moving small businesses forward.
While growing the business Sharon maintains a focus that the company be a positive force in the community and has worked on joint projects with such groups as The Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity and The Salvation Army. In addition McRill has organized city-wide clean ups for Ypsilanti, Michigan such as “Get Off Your Glass” and the Ypsilanti P.R.I.D.E. Day community event that is sponsored by the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Chamber Foundation. The Betty Brigade is also a champion for the environment and takes an eco-friendly approach to every project, recycling and re-using whenever possible – in fact nearly all of the furniture in the office is second-hand. The Betty Brigade was even awarded the environmental awareness award in 2013 from the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors.
McRill has done scores of television and radio interviews and has been featured in such publications and websites as The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, Crain's Detroit Business, Forbes.com and The Ann Arbor Observer. The Ann Arbor Business Review recently named The Betty Brigade one of the Ten Growing Companies to Watch in Ann Arbor. McRill also won an award from Women Business Owners of Southeast Michigan. In addition, The Betty Brigade was named "Affiliate of The Year" by the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors for 2014.
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About the Betties:
Donald (Don), “Betty’s Go-To Guy”
Don is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a child, he was constantly disassembling his toys to “see how things worked.” Don used his childhood curiosity to develop his skills in home maintenance and remodeling and plays a vital role in the Handyman Division of The Betty Brigade. Don is also a practicing photographer, specializing in portrait photography. When he is not solving the maintenance needs of Ann Arbor you can find him in his studio either meditating or practicing yoga.
Stacy, "Organizer Betty"
Stacy Lis is a business graduate of Central Michigan University, with a major in finance and a minor in economics. After being a stay at home mom for 10 years, Stacy joined The Betty Brigade in the spring of 2012. She's been active in the PTO and her daughters' Girl Scout troop. Before that, she worked in quality control in the mortgage industry. She also had a short stint as the office manager for the Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time, Stacy enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her family.
Teri, “Marketing & Communications Betty”
Teri graduated from Lourdes University with her Master of Business Administration degree in 2016. She joined the Betty Brigade in July 2016 as their Marketing and Communications Betty. She is always looking for new ways to exercise her creativity. She enjoys practicing her photography and likes to spend her spare time with her 3 fur babies, Juliet, Chicken, and Nemo.
Dewana VanDusen, "Sales Development Betty"
Dewana has an Associates Degree in Marketing and Basic Contractual Law from Washtenaw Community College. Worked at Ford Motor Company before they began the big layoffs in 1978, so she knows what hard work is about! She decided to start doing direct sales with Lady Remington Jewelry now Lia Sophia and has been a top sales rep and manager for over 25 years. At the Betty Brigade, Dee is part of the sales team and all around field Betty. She has 3 daughters – Danielle, Desarae, and Deanna and likes to spend her liesure time playing with her grand pup, Kitsune and her 3 grand babies.
Brittney, “One Brilliant Betty”
Brittney is currently enrolled at Madonna University in pursuit of her Bachelor degree in Business Administration. As the Administrative Assistant for The Betty Brigade, she plays a vital role in helping clients. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her nieces and nephews in her down time.
Bernie, “Field Betty- In Training”
Bernie is retired from the Battle Creek Public Schools after 30 years as an administrative assistant. She is married to Michael Ratti and has one daughter, Quinn, who lives in Austin Texas. Bernie has a dog named George and a cat named Casey. When she’s not organizing the problems of our clients she enjoys traveling, golfing and spending time up north.
Marlene, “Field Betty- In Training”
Marlene earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern Michigan University. She held various payroll, project and administrative roles. Born and raised in southeastern Michigan. Married for over 30 years with young adult twins. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family.
Elyse, “Field Betty- In Training”
Elyse has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design. She worked a couple of years at La-Z-Boy before joining the Betty Brigade team.She enjoys sewing and cosplay in her spare time and can be found reading a variety of books and comics. She also have an affinity for travel and writing fiction novels.
Coming Soon: Yael… our newest Betty!
Testimonials and Success Stories
Success Story: If you are overwhelmed by a project, any project, whether it's cleaning out a relative's home, or just need help with your own home; HIRE THE BETTY BRIGADE! Don't hesitate, hire them! They are the most hard working, organized, professional, courteous people you will ever meet. Their "CAN DO attitude" is real. They get the job done! If you need additional resources, they have them. They will contact handymen, movers, house cleaners, charitable donation pick-ups, estate sales companies, whatever you need, they have the contacts to get your job done, quickly and efficiently. They work hard and your job gets organized and done all while being extremely pleasant to work with. Their communication is excellent; emailing or calling to let you know what is going on. They treat your possessions with care and consideration. I can't recommend them highly enough. They're simply excellent in every respect!
Success Story: In early spring of 2011, The Betty Brigade was hired to help a busy family of four prepare for their upcoming move out of state in June. The mom was working 60 hours a week at the U of M hospital. The dad also worked full time. They had two daughters who were ten and thirteen. Both girls were active in after school programs. The entire family was also very involved in church programs. To top it all off, they were relocating for a new position the mom was offered that was requiring extensive pre-move work from her. This family barely had time to keep their home organized let alone prepare for the upcoming move.
When The Betty Brigade came in, they definitely had their work cut out for them. Every room was used to its fullest and in same cases beyond and the plan for the next home was to be on a smaller scale. There was a lot of downsizing to be had. First off, the family had been living in their home for a little over seven years and still had boxes that were never unpacked from when they moved in. In addition, there were some roadblocks put up by the eldest daughter and the dad; neither wanted to get rid of anything. They knew they needed to get rid of things but were having a hard time deciding what was truly important. Through vigilant focus from The Betty Brigade, this family managed to have their home content downsized and ready for showing on the market before the move date; and they were fully prepared to move out in June.
Success Story: In late spring of 2011, a client from Texas hired The Betty Brigade to clear out his deceased parents' very full 3500+ square-foot home. Because the client wanted to be present during our work and was on a tight schedule himself, the team had less than one and a half weeks to empty out the house. This was an enormous challenge, because every room was full of furniture and personal effects. We called upon nearly every resource at our disposal. Our first challenge was to make it possible for the 40-yard dumpster to get into the driveway, as the street was lined daily with parked cars.
The house had three stories, a basement and a two-story garage -- every space was full. The nine bedrooms contained 11 beds. We put ourselves in high gear and brought in several extra Betties to help sort through the house. Over our week and a half there, we completely filled a 40-yard dumpster and started filling a 20-yard one. Wearing knee high boots, we emptied out the packed and very flooded garage. We sorted the household items into categories: sell, donate and recycle. We brought in such vendors as antiques dealers, bicycle dealers, an Ebay seller, book sellers, vintage clothing sellers and a tool seller. Once the vendors had made agreeable arrangements with our client, they took away the items to sell. The family especially in wanted the Boy Scouts of America to have any BSA paraphernalia and the local university's drama department to have their father's World War II military uniform. We had donation trucks come out from two different charities, and they took away scores of boxes of household items as well as furniture not taken by any of the dealers.
After that, we hired a junk removal service to haul away a huge freezer, refrigerator, ac units and tv consoles, and another moving company to move the un-donatable mattresses, boxsprings, sofas and chairs into the dumpster.
Our client and his family were very pleased with our progress and the pace at which we worked. They continue to receive checks as the family's items sell in the various consignments shops. Just one consignment shop has so far sent the client $3800 and still has more to sell.
You can view more written and video testimonials on our website - Betty Brigade Testimonials