“Valarie Blaes worked with the Office of Facilities Management and Reliability at the Smithsonian Institution on our annual report. Prior to Valarie working with us, we had done it ourselves and it was a rather cumbersome document. Valarie learned about the organization, learned about how we wanted to communicate our plan and offered suggestions which made the finished product significantly improved over our past products, both in terms of written and visual information. She was timely, professional and most importantly very competent with the written word and staying on schedule. I would absolutely recommend her work and will be using her services again.”
Judie Cooper, CFM Associate Director, OFMR Smithsonian Institution
“Valarie really helped me to find viable government RFPs, she knows the industry very well, She is flexible, works hard, and was very patient with me and worked around my timeline. I recommend her to anyone who needs help identifying solid RFPs, writing and consulting.”
Carol Norris, President, BRITE
“Valarie helped us get several proposals ready for submission in a very short turn-around time frame and was very dedicated to seeing the project through even working late into the nights and on a weekend. It was as if she was one of us, very professional and timely.”
Mark Boenke, PE, President, PILLAR, Inc.
“Valarie has been providing website assistance for Buckingham Greenery… She is professional and knowledgeable in her area of expertise. She developed our new website to be more user friendly and mobile ready. The end result is what we wanted. I highly recommend Valarie for website development and social media needs. I appreciate Valarie’s insights and technical expertise to make the website development a productive experience. Valarie is prompt, responsive, cost-effective and solution-oriented.”
Connie Hom, President, Buckingham Greenery
“Valarie, thank you so much for your patience, persistence and attention to detail! When we first got together to discuss this (RFP submission) a little over a month ago, I knew I would have limited time, as my availability was severely limited due to the California assignment, opening of new office/warehouse, etc. I don’t know what I would have done without your assistance!”
“I met Valarie… through a mutual business acquaintance who knew I was interested in development and roll out of a website for Facilities Bullpen. In late summer 2013, I engaged Blaes Communications to begin working with me to develop and launch the website, and it was subsequently launched in October 2013. I felt very comfortable and at ease working with Valarie as she was a terrific listener, extremely responsive to my ideas and suggestions, but also quick to offer advice (such as beginning with a mobile device friendly theme format) and the needed technical expertise. Valarie took the basic business content that I provided and ran with it, minimizing the amount of work I had to do for a successful launch and truly making it a user-friendly and efficient process, which was extremely important as client project workload left me very little time to spend on the effort. Valarie also handled all of the interaction with my domain/web hosting provider and the implementation was very smooth.
Since the launch… I have continued to utilize Blaes Communications to handle ongoing maintenance of the site and am 100% pleased with the attention and urgency with which she has handled website matters for my company. I wholeheartedly recommend her services.
Thank you (Blaes Communications Consulting, LLC) for the wonderful service supporting my company website!”
Rick Hughes, Principal / Project Manager, Facilities Bullpen, LLC
“Ms. Blaes worked diligently to help me get my new consulting company “Branded” with a strong web presence as well asoffered valuable insight on marketing material development. She continues to offer “market conscious” marketing insightas well as keep my website up to date and informative. She has been a great asset to my company’s market presence.”
Belinda Currin, RA, ACHA, CHFM, CHC, NCARB – Owner, Currin Design Consulting
“Valarie did a very nice job for the Richmond Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association). Our website was dated and not real user friendly. Valarie met with the Board several times, offered guidance and suggestions and the end result is wonderful and very user friendly. Great to work with and anxious to get it right.”
Jim Mallon, CFM – Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors, Richmond Chapter of IFMA
“Valarie has been a delight to work with on our website. She is knowledgeable, prompt and efficient. Additionally, she is focused on cost savings and readily recommends alternative options. I would highly recommend her services.”
Bernadette Coleman, Senior Property Manager, Brandywine Realty Trust – Richmond Chapter of IFMA Board Member – Treasurer
“Valarie recently assisted in the updating of the IFMA Richmond website. This was much needed, and Valarie did an awesome job of consulting with the Board throughout the process until the final product was user-friendly, current and professional. Also, she kept the process on schedule. Great to work with, and I would strongly recommend to others. Brian ”
Brian Workman – Richmond Chapter of IFMA Board Member – Sponsorship
“I run a small engineering firm located in Cumberland County, Virginia. I used Blaes Communications to update my website and to create Traffic Signal Plus email addresses for each of my employees. I was assisted by Ms.Valarie Blaes in this endeavor and must say that I was very impressed by her professionalism and willingness to work around my busy schedule. I was pleased with the results of Ms. Blaes’ efforts. I feel that the fee was well worth the results and I would recommend Blaes Communications for your needs.
Traffic Signals Plus, PLLC has a new BLOG on their website to check out for news about their work zone training classes and more, http://lnkd.in/d3dnZ_z. All changes to the site are thanks to Valarie Blaes, at Blaes Communications Consulting, LLC Thank you for all your great work and training with this new addition to www.trafficsignalsplus.com!!””
Earl G. Hughes, P. E. PTOE, Managing Member, Traffic Signals Plus, PLLC
“Valarie designed some business agreements for my Company. She’s very knowledgable in her field, and provides great quality customer service. She really takes great effort and time to understand your needs, and what works best for you and your company. I highly recommend Valarie for the services she and her Company provide. Thank you for a fabulous and detailed job!”
Cheryl Jarvis, Owner and Interior Designer, Designs by Cheryl
“I am confident to recommend Valarie as a first class business marketing consultant. Time and time again, Valarie’s research and assistance with proposals, helped my company pursue and retain valuable clients and projects.
John Rimbey, Supervising Engineer / Senior Associate, Syska Hennessy Group
“Valerie is the best. A true professional and an excellent Proposal writer and social media guru. I recommend her highly!”
Duane Moore, Operations Coordinator – VA, AdvancED
“Thank you Valarie Blaes for working with Engineering and Testing Services, Inc. to design a new and innovative website www.etsva.com and an online social media strategy that includes mobile, linked-in, facebook and twitter. Valarie sets expectations from the get-go and takes a great deal of time up front to understand the role that she can play in maximizing her work with an organization. She is professional, thorough, smart and creative and keeps the process on point and on time. She is trustworthy and straightforward with her proposals and recommendations and we felt that the value of service she delivered was worth the money we invested! We will continue to work with Valarie in other areas to maximize our understanding of the impact our online marketing can have to promote our business and grow revenues.”
Colleen Nabhan, President, Engineering and Testing Services, Inc.
“Valarie got us into Social Media with inventive and creative advice and knowledge of this new way to reach out to our market. We believe her assistance has greatly increased our presence in the professional design services marketplace. We would highly recommend her services to other design professionals.”
William Henry “Harry” Harris, AIA, Owner & President of William Henry Harris & Associates, Inc.
“I’ve been honored to work with communications professionals throughout the U.S. and overseas, and rate Valarie among the best of the best. Her experience and successes reflect her superb abilities, and her positive, focused, sharing and dedicated spirit reflects the best client service measures and qualities…”
Frederick Talbott, Trainer, Convention and Meeting Speaker, Executive and Communications Coach (Nationwide Venues)
“I endorse Valarie! Customer service is priority one. Her work is excellent and she is wonderful about communication… After receiving several web design proposals, I decided to go with Valarie Blaes and I am more than satisfied with her work! I wanted to have the website up and running by the end of the year. Valarie had the work complete more than six weeks ahead of schedule and with fantastic results! Her style, color, and content suggestions produced a professional user-friendly website far better than I had envisioned. Thank you Valarie!”
Daniel List, President, James River Physical Therapy
“Val has helped me on numerous occasions regarding marketing ideas, proposal materials and special events. She is well versed in all aspects of marketing for the design industry including the use of social media.”
Betty Thompson, Office Manager (retired) – Marketing, Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughan Consulting Structural Engineers
“Valarie – Excellent (email blast) newsletter – helpful content, very readable!”
Martha Shotwell, Controller, Koontz-Bryant, P.C.
“I wish I could check “Great Results,””Expert,” “Good Value” and “Creative” too because Valarie Blaes has all of these are attributes. I hesitated before I decided to hire any marketing consultant. Most consultants have their own vision for one’s business or, worse, a model marketing business plan for one’s industry. Valarie works very hard to deliver to her clients a unique marketing plan. As a small business owner, Valarie genuinely understands the obstacles to start-up businesses. She gladly assists small businesses regardless of how challenging the market environment seems or difficult the industry. Through her business, Blaes Communications, Valarie dedicates her efforts to seek out what genuinely sets one’s business apart from the competition. Valarie delivers her products in a friendly, unpretentious and common sense way. Rather than sitting on the side-lines, a small business owner will see that Valarie (Blaes Communications) truly serves as a partner with her clients. I am confident that in the future, I will say to others, “I knew Valarie when…”
Mary Susan Davies, Esq., Attorney, Mary Susan Davies Law Firm
“Valarie helped the Byrd Theatre Foundation publicize its October 2011 fundraising event through Internet and Social Media channels. Her intuition as to what needed to be done and when was spot on. She was responsive and reliable throughout our time working with her, and always set realistic expectations for our organization. Valarie is a skilled professional who would add value in a number of capacities to any organization’s efforts.”
Jaclyn Witthoefft, Board of Directors President, Byrd Theatre Foundation
“I hired Valarie Blaes to conceptualize a flyer for the Another Touch Massage annual subscriptions. She was completely professional, yet personable with this project. She explained the expectations upfront and gained an excellent understanding of the target audience and the purpose of the marketing piece. Valarie is detail-oriented and able to develop unique, stand-out items for your marketing campaign. I was totally impressed with the layout and the text of the “lay-away” flyer developed. I actually wanted to purchase one of the annual subscriptions myself. The colors, design, and the concept was beyond what I imagined when the project began. I will certainly contract her again.”
Elmira Loftin, Director of Operations, Another Touch Massage Therapy
“Very high energy and professional approach to projects with a strong ethics for fairness.”
Jerry L. Walker, Energy Manager, Henrico County, VA
“Valarie brings a very high knowledgable focus to her work and produces on time against tough deadlines as well as she stays with the project or work product to completion even if it means working well past the normal work day to meet a deadline.”
Craig Covey, President, Hening-Vest-Covey-Chenault Architectural Corporation (retired)
“Valarie led a LinkedIn workshop for our networking group. Her program was informative but light-hearted and fun. She made sure to give everyone individual attention and put us at ease.”
Catherine Hart, former job seeker, Employment Transition Center
“Valarie is a pleasure! She is very service oriented, pays great attention to detail, simply wants to get the job done and wants to exceed expectations wherever she is able. Valarie comes highly recommended and we should all be so lucky to come in to contact with people like her!!”
Bert Arens, former Vice President, Special Market Sales, VATEX America, Inc.
“I am very impressed with Valarie’s level of expertise and her passion marketing career. Any employer would be fortunate to have Valarie on their team. I recommend Valarie as an A List Player.”
Kathleen Joyce, Senior Underwriter, Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group (retired)
“Valarie is and has always been a detailed oriented individual who is eager to learn and provide necessary leadership skills to any project or task she is given. She has continued to grow in experience and responsibility over the years and I believe that she would be an asset to any organization.”
Craig Holmes, former Senior Client/Business Development Coordinator, Delon Hampton & Associates, Chartered
“Perceptions can make or break a company in any environment, let alone a fiercely competitive such as the distributed energy industry. Valarie Blaes contributed directly and significantly to INGENCO’s success while serving as their Senior Marketing Coordinator. She did this through results, to wit: won the Henrico County (VA) Landfill Gas to Energy Project, won the North Dade (FL) Development of Landfill Gas Utilization Systems Project, and won the South Dade (FL) Development of Landfill Gas Utilization Systems Project, all during the very brief period that I was there. I had the distinct honor and pleasure of working with this results driven powerhouse of energy, and I was impressed with her mastery of the marketing craft. Managing winning proposals, however, was not Valarie’s only forte. She also produced, published, and distributed INGENCO’s internal company newsletter as well as wrote articles for, and maintained, the company Website. She served as the company photographer and coordinated special events such as open houses and trade shows. Valarie developed and designed marketing collateral and represented INGENCO at industry events. In short, Valarie not only has exceptional talent, but she exploits it to the tangible benefit of her employer. Unreservedly, I recommend Valarie Blaes to any business, corporation, organization, department, or agency looking to increase their business footprint, elevate their bottom line, and enhance their public image.”
Robert Riggan, CCA, SSO, FERO, Branch Chief, Operations/Special Security Programs Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Headquarters (former Facilities Maintenance Manager at INGENCO Distributed Energy) – Retired