Celebrating International Women’s Month

In honor of International Women’s Month, we’ve asked several women within our Blackman community to share their stories, both personal and professional. These women, along with many other women in our organization, have made exceptional achievements within our industry and beyond. We look forward to sharing their stories with you!

Annie Panico, Sales and Design Consultant 

How long have you worked at Blackman? I’ve been with Blackman for 18 years.

Why do you enjoy working at Blackman? I love the thrill of designing beautiful kitchens and bathrooms!  My mother taught me the important lesson, that it was better to wait to find just the right piece than to waste your money on something you would want to replace. I love my job because I enjoy doing things for other people and making other.people happy. Everyone who designs knows the great rush you get when you see the final before and after pictures and how happy  the clients are with the beautiful end results in a space and room that you helped create!

What is your greatest accomplishment ? Watching my daughter one day become a Doctor!

What is one thing you do for yourself every day or frequently? I meditate or take time to listen to music to relax my mind and soul.

Is there a woman in history or your life who inspires you? Marie Curie won two Nobel Peace Prizes – in 1903 and again in 1911 – but that doesn’t mean her male contemporaries gave her an easy time. To the contrary, she battled sexism throughout her entire career. Not only did Marie Curie’s research contribute to the development of x-rays in surgery, her tenacious spirit set her apart from her male peers. ‘Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.’- Marie Curie 

What is one bit of advice you would give to other working women? Strive to be your best in all you do! You may not feel up to par on busy days, however if you believe you can achieve you will succeed!

Diana Desiderio, Branch Manager, Wantagh

How long have you worked at Blackman? I’ve been with Blackman 30 years on February 29th. 

Why do you enjoy working at Blackman? Working at Blackman has given me the opportunity to help people find solutions to serious problems, such as no heat or hot water. Additionally, aiding clients in the bathroom and kitchen design process gives me the opportunity to make dreams a reality.

What is your greatest accomplishment? Helping people and animals in need, whether it be Superstorm Sandy victims or abused or neglected animals. That gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

What is one thing you do for yourself every day or frequently? Give thanks to God for all of my blessings.

Is there a woman in history or your life who inspires you? My mom, she was a strong, courageous, independent woman for 80 years of her life!

What is one bit of advice you would give to other working women? Be true to yourself, no matter what and always follow through

Brooke King, Sales and Design Consultant 

How long have you worked at Blackman? I’ve been a member of the Blackman team for 2 years now.

Why do you enjoy working at Blackman? Working at Blackman gives me the ability to work in a beautiful showroom and help homeowners create the kitchen and bathroom of their dreams.

What is your greatest accomplishment ? Graduating Penn State, Smeal College of Business ‘13.

What is one thing you do for yourself every day or frequently? I start my day with positive thoughts like listening to a podcast or watching a motivational YouTube video.

Is there a woman in history or your life who inspires you? My most recent inspiration comes from Joe Rogan’s podcast featuring Danica Patrick. The feature motivated me to dare to be different!

What is one bit of advice you would give to other working women? Don’t think of yourself as a woman in the workplace, think of yourself as a PERSON.  OR to achieve greatness, you have to do what others won’t do.

Nancy Gargiulo, Assistant Manager

How long have you worked at Blackman? I have been working at Blackman for 22 years.

Why do you enjoy working at Blackman? I believe in our reputation and take great pride in being a member of our terrific staff.

What is your greatest accomplishment?  My two boys who impress and motivate me on a daily basis.

What is one thing you do for yourself everyday or frequently? I love taking a few moments every day to let loose and dance.

Is there a woman in history or your life who inspires you? I believe that all women are inspirational in one way or another. We must strive to embrace the unique perspectives each of us has and continue to inspire and learn from each other.

What is one bit of advice you would give to other working women? Don’t give up and believe in yourself, even during the moments when others may doubt you.

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