In 2007, Cathi Nelson had her lightbulb moment. Cathi Nelson’s friend Maria offered to pay her to help make sense of her photo collection. Her friend said, “And I guarantee there are hundreds of other Marias out there who need this kind of help.” The Association of Personal Photo Organizers was incorporated in 2009. Not only was Cathi’s business booming, but other people were asking her to teach them what she knew. She thought that creating a community of people doing this same work would not only accomplish the educational need, but would support the profession in other ways as well.
(Note: In 2019, the name is changed from “Personal” to “Professional” to include all scopes of organizational work.)