One of the great things about working with the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame is that we get to do things like this! Click on the link below to see the video!
Come join the fun!!!
During the 6th annual Monster Drawing Rally, SPACES will turn artists’ private studio practices into public performance. Over 100 of Cleveland’s freshest artists will create new artworks on the spot, with materials provided by SPACES. When the drawings are completed, they will be hung on the walls for purchase at $75 each.
A family-friendly fundraising event, we’ll also have the Li’l Monster & Teen Wolf Drawing Rally, where families can make their own drawings with provided materials and hang them on the walls of the SPACES gallery.
$5 ticket includes admission to the Monster Drawing Rally; participation in the Li’l Monster Drawing Rally for kids, and Teen Wolf Drawing Rally for bigger kids; non-stop tunes by djMcLovin; cash bar; yummy food provided by the TOUCH Supper Truck; and a spin on the Blick Art Materials Prize Wheel. We’ll also have a raffle for incredible prizes from some of Cleveland’s most exciting merchants.
Today is a very special day ! Wood-Lee International Art Handler is now 5 years old. When Woody and I decided to brand the art handling portion of our business we really did not know what to expect. Art Handling has always been a part of Berea Moving but we wanted to tell the world that we “are” an art handling company. And so it is born “Wood-Lee” Thank-you to our amazing team and our wonderful customers for all of your trust.
- Berea Moving is 55 years old
- Woody and Lisa have worked for the company for 40 years
- Woody and Lisa have owned the company for 10 years
- Wood-Lee is 5 years old
We have come a long way these past years, and we hope to continue doing great things. Let us all make 2016 our year!
Three new members join the SPACES Board of Directors
SPACES’ Board of Directors appointed three new members at its December 15th meeting. Joining the board are Lisa Holly, Eric Rippert, and David Tarditi. “All three of our new Board members bring the kind of enthusiasm and advocacy for the organization that has always been prevalent on the SPACES Board,” said Christina Vassallo, SPACES Executive Director.
Lisa Holly, President & CEO of Berea Moving & Storage and Wood-Lee International Art Handler, has been a longtime supporter of SPACES. In 2011 her company donated to SPACES the transportation of Steve Lambert’s Capitalism Works for Me! sign across town. Berea Moving & Storage was also essential to the success of William Pope L.’s SWAP project, Pull!, by storing the truck for 14 months in its climate-controlled warehouse, giving it a full tune up, reconstructing elements of the pull bar, and recruiting participants from its staff.
Eric Rippert is a visual artist working with photography to create beautiful, yet often unsettling imagery intended to stimulate collective memory while asking the viewer to help complete a merely suggested narrative. He has shown his work internationally, with solo exhibitions at Maria Neil Art Project, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (now MOCA Cleveland) and Progressive Art Collection, along with curated shows at Cleveland Museum of Art, Minnesota Center for Photography, Erie Art Museum, and Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary. Eric’s work resides in the permanent collections of Cleveland Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Progressive Art Collection and Cleveland Clinic, as well as a permanent site-specific artwork for the Cleveland Innerbelt Project Mural Art Program. He has been an ardent supporter of and collaborator with SPACES, having contributed to numerous annual benefits and participated in SPACES projects, including Plum Academy (2009), Experimental Music & Massage (2011), and The Vault (2011 & 2014).
David Tarditi is an accomplished executive and business leader who identifies teams and business models that have the opportunity to disrupt the markets they serve. David leads and creates executive teams by clearly defining a business strategy and model that allows them to focus on the tactical execution of financial, operational, sales, business development, marketing, and product development activities to take a commanding position in their marketplace. His insights and guidance are critical accelerators in the growth and transformation of a business, leading to significant value creation. As the new Treasurer on the SPACES Board of Directors, David will work with staff and board to establish financial objectives and foster growth for the organization.
An interview with Lisa Holly, President of Berea Moving & Storage and Wood-Lee International Art Handler
Just how do you stay in business for over 50 years? Tune in to this podcast with our very own Lisa Holly who talks about the twists and turns of small business survival, how to master the art of networking and mapping your way on the yellow brick road.
Click this link to listen: http://bit.ly/1yVaO52
In American Express‘s 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, Ohio’s 259,600 companies helmed by women earn the state the ranking of ninth in the nation. Per the US Census Bureau, nearly 30,000 of those female-led firms are here in Cuyahoga County.
While women gravitate to all sectors of the business community, there is something particularly satisfying about a lady boss in a machine shop or other nontraditional field. After all, there’s a little love for Rosie the Riveter in all of us. Fresh Water sat down with some lady leaders in places where you don’t usually find them to get an insider’s glimpse of this unique Cleveland girls’ club.
Say Berea Moving and it’s likely to evoke an image of burly men in thick coveralls pushing two-wheeled dollies.
You’ll probably spot that activity at the company, which is located in the Puritas Longmeade neighborhood. After all, Berea handles its share of conventional moving jobs. But they also handle unusual items such as Janis Joplin’s Porsche, a 2,000-pound pizza oven, cell phone towers and the personal effects of the country’s military personnel as they move from place to place. And all of this activity takes place under the watchful eye of President and CEO Lisa Holly, who sticks close to the action.
When Ardella “Dell” Melton established Berea Moving & Storage in 1961, she didn’t anticipate that the company would one day serve high-profile clients including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Orchestra and NASA. Dell was simply focused on starting a profitable business in a male-dominated industry.
She enlisted the help of her husband, Willard Melton Sr., a Cleveland police officer who moonlighted at Berea Moving, and their children, Lisa and Willard Jr. (Woody). Business was steady but not always profitable for the company, which evolved from residential-only to military and commercial moves. In 1997, Dell filed bankruptcy. The family worked hard to pay back the company’s debt, but had not yet succeeded when Dell passed away in 2006. With no succession plan in place, the company’s future lay in the hands of Dell’s daughter, Lisa Holly.
“I was inspired by my mother’s drive to build this business yet I knew I needed buy-in from every employee if we were going to make a go of this. I asked the question ‘Quit or fight?’ We decided unanimously to fight. It was a defining moment for all of us,” Lisa shares.
Marcia Pledger, The Plain Dealer
Lisa Holly and Woody Melton, president and vice president of Berea Moving & Storage, said their biggest mistake was not working on a succession plan sooner at their family-owned business. It took a tragedy for them to realize they were in over their heads.
The Company: Berea Moving & Storage, founded in 1960, is owned and operated by siblings Lisa Holly and Woody Melton. The Cleveland company started out as residential moving business but now specializes in moving items for corporations, fine arts institutions and medical facilities.