IAM Announces 2012 Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund Recipients

October 11, 2012

For Immediate Release
Contact: Janet Seely
International Association of Movers


International Association of Movers Announces
2012 Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund Recipients

Formal announcement made at IAM’s 50th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC (National Harbor, Maryland)

October 11, 2012 (Alexandria, VA) – With nearly 2,000 attendees gathered on the second day of the International Association of Mover’s 50th Annual Meeting on October 11, the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund Committee named 10 individuals who each were awarded $5,000 scholarships in 2012.

The Fund honors IAM’s general counsel emeritus Alan F. Wohlstetter, who in 1962 proposed forming the Association and authored its by-laws.

“In recognition of the tenth anniversary of the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund, the decision was made to increase the number of scholarships awarded this year to ten, and we are pleased offer the scholarships to these well-qualified candidates,” said Terry Head, president of IAM. “Each year, we receive applications from all over the world, and this year’s awardees hail from five different countries – Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Nicaragua, and the United States.”

2012 AFWSF Recipients

Ian A. Bloom enrolled at the University of California, Santa Barbara – College of Creative Studies in 2010 and as a freshman began taking graduate level courses in mathematics and IT/computer science. His goal is to achieve a Masters Degree in Mathematics. Since 2007, Bloom has gained experienced in the moving industry at Priority Moving in San Diego, California, performing customer service, preparing quotes for international moves, assisting in packing and crating for international moves, and more. Ian Bloom is also a karate instructor, National Merit Scholar, and volunteers in his community. He is the son of Bryan Bloom, president of Priority Moving.

Chun Ting (Jacky) Chan is a full-time employee of Crown Worldwide, currently working as assistant logistics manager and participating in the overall development of Crown Logistics. Mr. Chan’s career objective is to use his knowledge of logistics concepts and computer technology to become a leader in the logistics field. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Business Administration program at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. To further broaden his relationships in the industry, he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He gained international experience through employment in Melbourne while an undergraduate and project work in Shanghai for Crown.

Mario Cruz, an employee in the general management department at Transcargo Ltd. in Managua, Nicaragua, is enrolled in the Post-Graduate Exports Management Program at the Centro de Exportaciones e Inversiones (CEI). There his coursework includes Competitive Advantage in Exports Management, Transportation Contracts, and International Transportation and Multimodal Cargo Systems. Mr. Cruz is also a volunteer firefighter in the Nicaraguan National Fire Brigade, and teaches courses in political science and philosophy, and international cooperation and project management at two local universities.

Elad Gur-Arie has worked in the industry since 2003, and is currently relocation manager at Transclal Fine Arts Ltd. in Lod, Israel. Mr. Gur-Arie plans to attend Open University in Israel to pursue a Bachelors Degree in general sociological studies, as well as Chamber of Commerce College to pursue such studies as classification and evaluation of commodities and dangerous goods handling. Recently attaining his Customs Broker certification, he has provided assistance to IAM in updating Israeli Customs Regulations for the IAM Shippers Guides.

Courtney Hall, of Chipley, Florida, USA, plans to apply her tuition assistance to coursework at the University of Florida. She will study toward a degree in Business Administration, specializing in International Business, and hopes to obtain a job in the international division of the horse racing industry, where horses are bought, sold, bred, raced – and transported – all over the world. Her coursework will include international trade, operation and supply chain management, and distribution and transport packaging. Ms. Hall is the daughter of Adam Hall, vice president of the International Division of Coleman World Group, Midland City, Alabama.

Lauren Hall learned more than she had hoped for through high school math and business courses – she found that she so enjoyed problem solving and working with numbers that she wanted a career in business. Enrolled at the University of Florida (USA), she plans to first earn a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, then a Masters in Business Management, which will set her on a course to obtain a management position with a multinational corporation. She hopes to one day become CEO of such a business. Ms. Hall is the daughter of Adam Hall, vice president of the International Division of Coleman World Group, Midland City, Alabama.

Kristen Hann took a position at Total Military Management (TMM) in Jacksonville, Florida (USA) immediately upon completing her undergraduate degree in International Business. Working in transportation and logistics at TMM spurred her to go back to school and pursue a Masters in Business Administration at the University of North Florida, with the goal of advancing her career in the international logistics field. Ms. Hann has studied abroad in Peru and Turkey, and hopes to create relationships globally through networking at school and at work.

James Robelotto, son of Mark Robelotto, U.S. liaison for Wonjin Transportation Co.,Ltd, in Torrance, California, grew up in and around the moving and forwarding business. It was such an influence in his life, he says, “it seems very natural for me to begin a career in that field.” Majoring in international business and finance at California State University, Long Beach, Robelotto plans to complete his education and pursue a future in logistics. In the meantime, he works as needed at Wonjin during school breaks and summer vacation.

Jessica Rothemund, a human resources professional, has been employed by Crown Worldwide in Australia for nearly three years. She is embarking on a Master of Human Resource Management degree at Charles Sturt University, Australia, and believes that advancing her education in this field will add value to her employer and to the wider relocations and removals industry through support and development of staff.

Barbara Savelli is pursuing her degree at the University of Rome while also working full time as international sales manager at Italian Moving Network in Rome, Italy. The recipient of two previous scholarships from the AFWSF, she appreciates the opportunity to immediately put into practice at work the new theories she learns through her studies. Ms. Savelli has completed exams for consumer’s law and commodity resources with highest marks and is looking forward to completing marketing and enterprise organization exams by the end of 2012.


About the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund: Launched in 2002, the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund is the cornerstone of the International Association of Movers (IAM) scholastic assistance initiative. The fund is named after distinguished founder and General Counsel Emeritus Alan F. Wohlstetter, and benefits the employees of IAM member companies and their dependents, as well as those with a Student Membership in the Association. For more information on the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund and how to apply for tuition assistance, go to www.afwscholarship.org.

About the International Association of Movers: The International Association of Movers (IAM) is the moving and forwarding industry’s largest global trade association. With more than 2,400 members, it is comprised of companies that provide moving, forwarding, shipping, and related services in 176 countries worldwide. For 50 years, IAM has been promoting the growth and success of its members by offering programs, resources, and unparalleled networking opportunities to enhance businesses and brands.