Administration Newcomers Think "Beyond the Box"

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Obama administration newcomers manage their relocation efficiently through Beyond The Box, a Washington, D.C.-based relocation and design firm.

Our team is highly experienced. We're remarkably organized and efficient, but we've managed to balance our 'well-oiled-machine' approach with creativity, humor and warmth. Our clients enjoy working with us - and they really enjoy having us shoulder the responsibility of these high-pressure moves.

The Washington, DC-based relocation and design firm, Beyond the Box, recently helped three Obama administration newcomers manage their moves to the Nation's Capital, enabling them to hit the ground running in their new positions.

Lee Satterfield, Deputy Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State, Edward Synakowski, Associate Director, Office of Fusion and Energy Services, U.S. Department of Energy, and Robert Bleimeister, Director of Business Strategy, Office of Under Secretary of the Army, each faced a long-distance move in order to answer the administration's call to service. Beyond the Box managed the "welcome to Washington" side of the move, overseeing myriad details from unpacking to the complete set up of their clients' new homes. Bob Bleimeister, who returned to his former Washington residence after living in New England for three years remarked, "Beyond the Box was brilliant. They made returning to our home a stress free adventure. We walked in at the end of the day to a home that looked like we'd never left it."

In less than one year, Beyond the Box has established itself as one of the Washington area's highly sought-after executive relocation specialists. CEO Suzanne Windle attributes their success to several key factors, "Our team is highly experienced. We're remarkably organized and efficient, but we've managed to balance our 'well-oiled-machine' approach with creativity, humor and warmth. Our clients enjoy working with us - and they really enjoy having us shoulder the responsibility of these high-pressure moves."

Beyond the Box offers a broad range of relocation and design services. Senior team members will meet with clients in their home or office to evaluate moving needs, inventory and "edit" existing possessions, develop a design roadmap/space plan for the new home, and integrate existing belongings with new acquisitions.

On moving day, the company meets the moving van to supervise offloading, then unpacks and disposes of cartons, arranges furniture and accessories, sets up kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, organizes shelves and closets, and hangs artworks and decorative items. "Our goal is to take the client from 'move-in' to 'lived-in' all in no time flat," explains Windle. Energy Department's Edward Synakowski, who has faced multiple cross country moves in the last few years and knows only too well the frustration of acclimating to a new job in a new city while trying to settle a family and a new home, proclaims, "We'll never do it alone again."

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