International Association of Movers Announces 2013 Hall of Honor Inductees

August 01, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Janet Seely
International Association of Movers


International Association of Movers
Announces 2013 Hall of Honor Inductees

August 2013 (Alexandria, VA) – IAM is pleased to announce that the following distinguished individuals have been selected to enter the Association's prestigious Hall of Honor, recognizing their dedicated service and contributions to IAM and the Industry.

Don Collins was 12 years old when he made his first trip on a moving van in 1950 with his father, who was an agent for Clipper Van Lines (Wheaton Van Lines today). Thus began his long career in the industry. Through the years he graduated college, married, and spent many years as a long distance driver. In 1967, he purchased his first company; ten years later he purchased The Viking Corporation in the US Virgin Islands. During the next 35 years Don served HHGFAA/IAM members, first as the representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, and later as the Associate (now Core) Members Representative on the Executive Committee. Don sold The Viking Corporation in 2011 and retired, but the moving industry is definitely in the Collins blood: Two of his sons - Dale and Don II - are in the industry.

Heather Engel became acquainted with the International Association of Movers (then HHGFAA) in 1997, during her first annual meeting in Reno, Nevada. Two years later she teamed up with Michael Gilbert of Southern Winds and George Cooper of Australian Vanlines to create the Association's young professionals group - YP-35 - known today as IAM-YP. She served as the YP-35 Vice Chair from 2000 until 2004, when she took the reins as the first president of the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund. Heather also served on the IAM Commercial Affairs Committee for three years, from 2007-2010, but her heart is with the AFWSF. She assists in fundraising and in selecting scholarship awardees, and considers it an honor to be involved with the program. \

Jan Moore spent the first 19 years of her life moving as a member of a military family, and the next 42 years working to move military families. She always felt that her personal experiences helped her relate to the challenges of those families undertaking a move. A staunch supporter of HHGFAA/IAM, Jan served on several committees for more than 10 years prior to being elected to the Executive Committee in 2002, where she served another 10 years. She was chair of the Claims Committee as the industry was transitioning from the "per pound per article" valuation to the Full Replacement Value procedures, a time of "huge adjustment for all of us," she says. Now retired, Jan is devoting her time - and executive management skills - to several charitable organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor and the San Pedro Peninsula Cancer Guild.


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