Mark and Tara Piatt Turn a COVID-19 Job Loss into an Opportunity by Launching Caring Transitions of Jonesboro
Mark and Tara Piatt always knew they wanted to work in the estate sale industry, but thought it might be a retirement gig or something they’d do on the side. Then, when the company Mark worked for was hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple found themselves with an opportunity to pursue that dream and own their own business. Now the Piatts are pleased to announce the launch of their new local franchise – Caring Transitions of Jonesboro.
“I always knew I wanted to do something with estate sales and I thought maybe it would be after I retired. When COVID-19 ravaged my company in April, I decided it was time to fast-track that dream,” Mark said.
“I understand the stress of dealing with a transition, especially when you’re grieving a loss or a navigating a major change. Caring Transitions can step back, see the whole picture, create a customized plan and then help put those puzzle pieces together for you. We can lead you from Point A to Point B so you can spend time with your loved ones.”
In addition to estate sales – both in person and online – Caring Transitions can help with decluttering, organizing, packing, move management, unpacking and resettling, cleanouts and more. The Piatt’s team works in Jonesboro, Paragould, Pocahontas, Walnut Ridge, Corning, Piggott, Rector, Trumann and the surrounding areas.
“When my stepfather passed away, my mom was left with more stuff than she could handle alone. I went to visit her in Cincinnati over the summer – and we were still going through his things – and that’s when I found Caring Transitions. First I saw four ads for their online auctions and, as I did my research, I realized that the end-to-end solution Caring Transitions can offer to clients was something my community could use and I’d enjoy. Caring Transitions allows us to make a real difference for people here in the Jonesboro area,” Mark said.
Mark is a veteran who served as an officer in the United States Air Force for eight years during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He worked a corporate job for more than 20 years before launching Caring Transitions. He’s also a member of the American Numismatic Association and has helped with estate sales, auctions and appraisals of coins and other currency. Mark and Tara been active members of the community for 22 years and have volunteered with multiple service clubs and organizations. Mark was a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Arkansas and Tara was a member of Junior Auxiliary of Paragould, serving as PR Chairman for six years.
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