Owner, Pinot’s Palette
Pamela Bartlett, who has lived in the Naperville area for over 25 years and loves painting and interacting with people, has found her perfect line of work as Pinot’s Palette’s Owner and Director of Fun since it opened in Naperville in December, 2013.
“I enjoy seeing our customers having a great time with family and friends and leaving happy with the masterpieces that they have created. I enjoy providing a fun, creative, upbeat atmosphere where our customers can unwind and relax,” said Bartlett, “It truly is a happy place where wine, painting and having fun is good for the soul!”
Every day Bartlett not only works as owner, marketer and operator of the paint and sip franchise, utilizing her networking, business management, people and leadership skills, but also gives back to the community. Pinot's Palette prides itself their "Painting it Forward" program supporting local and national charities. Charities raise funds by hosting fundraisers in the studio as well as receiving donations for free classes and paintings for their local fundraisers throughout the community.
Prior to owning Pinot’s Palette, Bartlett grew up as a military brat moving around up until her father retired in Colorado Springs when Bartlett was in high school. She studied Business Administration at National Business College in Colorado Springs and Colorado Christian University. After college she gained 25 years of experience working in a business environment with experience in marketing, sales, database management and social event management. Her last corporate position was as Director of Sales and Marketing Administration for a healthcare/medical bill review company. She also has held marketing and human resource positions at IBM, The Equitable, Kaman Sciences and Viant (now Multi-Plan).
In the short time since owning Pinot’s Palette, Bartlett has received a number of awards including Naperville Magazine’s Best of Naperville in the Entertainment Division, Glancer Magazine’s Reader's Choice Award for Customer Service, John Greene Realtor’s Circle of Friends award for 2015 Local Business Excellence, Pinot's Palette Smooth Strokes Award for a "smooth" grand opening and Golden Brush Award for top sales.
Bartlett joined the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and started attending Women in Business meetings in 2013. She immediately saw the benefits of networking and getting involved in the Naperville community. Her advice to other women in business: “Find something that you absolutely love, believe in yourself and follow your passion. Always be humble, generous and kind.”
When not working hard at Pinot's Palette franchise, Bartlett enjoys cooking, reading, bible study, workouts, traveling, volunteering and spending time with friends and family, including her 17-year-old son Derek and Labradoodle Rex.
By: Angela Bender, Marketing and Communications Associate, Naperville CARES
Angela Bender was hired at Naperville CARES in February, 2012 as the organization's Marketing and Communications Associate. She joined Naperville CARES with over 20 years of experience in communications, public relations, marketing and writing with employment and clients including Sun-Times Media, First Alert and Checker Motors. Angela holds a degree in Communications from Purdue University. She is also active in Indian Prairie District 204 and St. Raphael Catholic Parish.
Photo by: Sabina Cavalli Photography, a boutique studio in south Naperville that specializes in creating photographic art with you or your favorite people in it. Sabina is a Certified Professional Photographer, has her Masters of Photography Degree and has received top accolades including the Top 10 Imager in Illinois by the North Central District of the Professional Photographer of America (PPA) and National Bronze Photographer of the Year by the PPA. She teaches lighting and posing techniques at PPA affiliates in the Midwest. Please visit her website at www.sabinacavalli.com or call 630-699-2072 for a visit to her studio.