Longtime Greenwich, CT residents and best friends, Crissy Robinson and Serena Bechtel’s personalities have always complemented each other. Their backgrounds in fine art, business, upscale auction houses, and organization combine to create the perfect storm of skills for Above and Beyond decluttering and move management services.
“I’ve always been a details person,” says Above and Beyond co-founder Crissy. “I like making sure that every task is complete from start to finish. I love lists! I’ve learned a lot from my Mom, who is super organized and likes everything in its proper place.”
Crissy, a self-proclaimed people person, enjoys helping people solve problems and offering personalized attention and care to each client at Above and Beyond. Moving and decluttering are deeply personal times, and making sure clients feel comfortable, heard, and happy with the process is a top priority at Above and Beyond.
In addition to offering top-notch customer service, Crissy’s background in art and at auction houses has proved to be an invaluable asset.
“When my parents downsized, it was educational to assist with the different stages of their move, from decluttering to organizing the boxes,” Crissy says. “The process went very smoothly and, with knowledge from working at auction houses, I was able to provide objective advice when it came to donating or distributing their possessions.”
Crissy graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Art History and received an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College. Crissy worked in Business Development at Sotheby’s Auction House.
Above and Beyond co-founder Serena has an in-depth knowledge of the art world and her first-hand moving and decluttering experience helped spark the idea for Above and Beyond.
“My parents had been in the same house for 46 years,” says Serena. “It was crammed with not only my parents’ possessions, but my grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ stuff. My mom realized a few years ago that she needed to go through it and I offered to help. We didn’t get very far because we both were far too emotionally attached. We needed an independent person to come in and help us make the tough choices.”
From this experience, Serena realized how invaluable it is to have a kind, thoughtful outside expert assist with emotional transitions such as moves and decluttering. As she likes to say, "Having an intermediary advise us literally saved our relationship and got the job done.”
Serena has an impressive resume in the academic and art worlds. She graduated with a BA in History from Yale University and an MA in the History of Decorative Arts from Parsons School of Design/Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Serena worked in the Education Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, was the Director of Membership at The Autry Museum of Western Culture, worked at Doyle and Sotheby’s Auction houses, and was most recently a decorative arts appraiser with O’Toole-Ewald Art Associates.