IAM Young Professionals
“Leadership Through Innovation” is the slogan for the IAM Young Professionals (IAM-YP), a dynamic group of young household goods industry professionals that came together in 2000. With the goal of advancing industry knowledge and fostering the growth of future leaders in our business, IAM-YP is the voice of the next generation within the Association.
The IAM-YP group has grown larger and stronger with each passing year. These individuals have furthered the effective use of social media and Web technology, adding a new dimension to IAM’s presence and leadership in the industry. Furthermore, IAM has taken steps to diversify its leadership structure by bringing at least one YP into each of its standing committees, lending a fresher perspective to proceedings while exposing the next generation to the leadership challenges faced by the Association.
Maria Andrea Rodriguez currently represents the second generation at ABC Cargo Logistic S.A.S, a Colombian company founded 28 years ago. She graduated as an industrial and systems engineer and then decided to move back to Colombia and apply her knowledge at the family business.
During her tenure at ABC she has gone through a learning process, working in different areas of the company such as customer service, sales, freight forwarding, moving and relocation. She currently is president of the company.
With Spanish as her native tongue and being fluent in English, she acts as a translator in different work-related environments, allowing her to advance in her career by learning during her translation experiences.
Her studies abroad have been a strong driver that she has come to utilize in her daily work. Her experiences while living in the United States and China have been a key factor in the launch of ABC ́s most current line of service: relocation. Furthermore, she obtained her GMS-T certification with the Worldwide ERC association.
“I have had the opportunity to travel around the world to attend different conventions for relocation, moving and freight forwarding,” says Maria, “giving me the chance to meet people all over the world who have become not only my allies but also some of my close friends.”
Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund
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The Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund awards $5,000 scholarships to assist the employees of IAM member companies and their dependents with college tuition. This benefit is also available to Student Members of IAM.
IAM-YP membership is open to those individuals who are employees of IAM Members and who are 39 years old or younger when they first join the group. An IAM-YP member who turns 40 will be permitted to remain in the group until the conclusion of the current fiscal year.
To join the IAM-YP, fill out the membership form and click submit. You will be contacted by IAM staff.