August 13, 2019

Harbor Stay Retreat Spotlight: NancyAnn Wartman – Usborne Books & More

Since opening our doors in early 2019, Harbor Stay has had the pleasure of hosting some truly inspiring retreat groups. Leaders and change-makers from many facets of the professional world have found success through immersive workshops hosted or attended at Harbor Stay. They come in search of respite, renewal, recreation and relaxation. Each new group arriving with their own unique passion, enthusiasm and dedication for the betterment of their cause.

We’ve been so inspired by these amazing retreat groups, we decided to create a platform to share and celebrate their stories in hopes of inspiring YOU! Every so often, we’ll share the stories of some of these inspiring leaders by showcasing how they were able to build stronger teams through their time spent here at Harbor Stay.

Our first-ever Retreat Spotlight shines light on the story of NancyAnn Wartman, pictured here with Harbor Stay co-owner, Jennifer Johnson.

A native of Taylor Mill, Kentucky, NancyAnn is a Senior Director with Usborne Books & More (UBAM), a direct sales company focused on improving lives and enhancing communities through literacy. UBAM is no stranger to success. They’ve been delivering on their literacy-based mission for three decades, and have been recognized three times by Fortune Magazine as one of America's 100 Fastest Growing Small Companies!
S peaking of success, NancyAnn, a top-level leader with the company, has more than 300 leaders in her downline, each with numerous additional consultants in THEIR respective downlines. After seeing how strategic social media marketing helped take her business to new heights, NancyAnn set her sights on empowering her team to achieve the same growth.

After spending a revitalizing weekend at Harbor Stay with the CinchShare team, she saw an opportunity to bring her team together at the Melbourne, Florida property for some social media training of their own. NancyAnn decided she would host a few specialized social media boot camps for her regional UBAM sales teams, and moved forward in booking multiple retreat dates for the following year.

“Our goal was to provide social media training and an opportunity to strengthen friendships, all while enjoying this incredible place,” Wartman said. “I thought if I could bring them together at Harbor Stay to learn, they’d start by feeling GREAT. When you feel great and are enjoying each other’s company, then the learning is more impactful.”

Harbor Stay serves as a haven for leaders like NancyAnn, and helps teams like hers get on the same page. With on-site amenities including a turnkey conference center, powerful and dependable internet, and state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, it's a setting conducive to hands-on growing and learning.


In addition to all the business basics you’d expect at a retreat facility, Harbor Stay also serves double duty as a luxurious, waterfront estate. The property is packed with the kind of experience-enhancing details you’re used to seeing at top-end hotels.


“Our retreat attendees commented on how nice the little things were, like the big soft towels, the shelves and USB ports on bunks, full kitchen, ice machine, coffee station and all the numerous public areas to collaborate and work in,” said Nancy. “We have leaders who’ve been with UBAM for 20+ years and some who have been here less than a year, Harbor Stay is the perfect place for us to learn and grow together and become a family.”

The UBAM groups NancyAnn brought to Harbor Stay benefited from the experience on several levels. Team morale was boosted. Social media marketing skills were improved. New goals were set and old goals revisited. Missions were clarified, and connections were strengthened.


“Our experience was a GRAND success,” said NancyAnn. “We plan on bringing ‘Socially Connected’ -- our own brand of social media training retreats -- back to Harbor Stay several times a year! Each time I leave, all I can think is ‘I’ll be back!’. Thank you Harbor Stay!”

NancyAnn Wartman

We love hearing stories like these, and are grateful to be part of the growth and continued success of teams like NancyAnn’s.

Ready to see how Harbor Stay can bring your team together? We’re here to help you make it happen! Whatever your group, whatever your goals, our property provides space for you and your team to create, collaborate and grow.

Our goal is simple -- to help you bring out the best in your team!


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