IAM-YP Board Candidates
Meet Your IAM-YP Board Candidates
As required by the Association's By-Laws, elections will take place in July for the IAM-YP Management Board. Every two years, the IAM-YP is required to hold formal elections to determine which individuals will serve as Chair and Vice Chair for the next two-year term.
Voting for the IAM-YP Chair and Vice Chair will take place from July 21—August 21, 2020. The winners will be announced at the IAM-YP Members Meeting during the 58th IAM Annual Meeting. If you have questions about the IAM-YP Elections, including how to participate, please email Julia O’Connor at juliao@IAMovers.org.
This year, there is one candidate for Chair and two candidates for the Vice Chair position. Read about their lives and qualifications below, then go and cast your ballots!
Candidate for Chair—Sheena Kiser, Managing Director, SEACORP and current IAM-YP Vice Chair
I began working in this industry in 2004 at SEACORP in an entry level position, and have recently been promoted to the position of Managing Director. My primary responsibilities include managing vendor relations, cultivating industry partnerships, negotiating ocean freight contracts, and supporting SEACORP company operations. I bring a different skill set to the IAM-YP group, working as a NVOCC in the USA and offering ocean freight and drayage services to relocation companies. This expertise in contract and free time negotiation allows me to share my knowledge and offer solutions regarding ocean freight services.
Serving as the IAM-YP Vice Chair, I have been given the opportunity to attend the 2019 IAM Executive Committee Meeting, plan for IAM Conventions, share ideas regarding the future of the YP group, and serve on the IAM Carrier Relations Committee. With these opportunities, I have enjoyed being more involved with IAM and seeing the direct outcome from my work and ideas, and the efforts and contributions of other IAM-YP Members, come to light during the year and throughout the Annual Meeting. This year especially, I have enjoyed participating in YP Virtual Happy Hours and engaging with IAM members.
The IAM-YP group has given me the opportunity to network, learn from industry professionals, and share my insight for the future of IAM. If elected as IAM-YP Chair, I will continue to serve in a greater capacity, get more involved with its members through networking, promote IAM professional development opportunities, encourage IAM-YP philanthropic efforts, and help expand the energy of this group to others and the future of IAM.
Candidate for Vice Chair—Aakanksha Bhargava, CEO and President of P.M. Relocations
As the CEO and President of P.M. Relocations (PMR), Aakanksha leads a small-medium enterprise and one stop solution for mobility needs, relocating clients within India and overseas.
Aakanksha joined PMR when she was 21 years old. She always believed in making her own place and commanding respect because of her own achievements. With Aakanksha’ s vision, PMR is well on its way to executing its ambitious growth plans. Under her leadership, PMR has grown beyond providing world class packing and moving services into creating a complete relocation ecosystem where all services are available under one roof, from immigration to home search, city orientation, school search, utility services, orientation and departure programs. PMR spearheads the organized relocation business in India and has launched new brands and an app to capture the B2C market for relocations.
As a mother and an entrepreneur, Aakanksha has challenged traditional expectations and perceptions. She believes a woman shouldn’t be made to choose between either her passion or her responsibilities as a new mom. She brings her daughter on travel, and has set up an individual baby room within the office to effectively manage and balance her work and motherhood. Her zeal and passion for managing both her baby and work has been an inspiration for many; she advocates strongly for women at work and is a strong advocate of supporting women and young minds and sharing life experiences to create a better world.
Candidate for Vice Chair—Lennert de Jong, Manager European Services at Gosselin Group
You may or may not know me; if not, then I hope we can meet soon! My ‘moving career’ started nine years ago when I finished high school. I didn’t have a plan for what to study and in what direction I wanted to develop myself. A friend invited me to apply for a job as a Move Coordinator, and thought I would fit the profile. Sure, I thought—let’s try this job for a year and then move on with studies. Nine years passed, and it has absolutely hooked me!
Working with a diversity of cultures, combining the most personal and intimate form of logistics together with customer service and lots of industry friends is what makes it amazing for me to work in the moving industry every day. The first time I attended a conference, though, felt daunting; I hardly knew anybody in real life, and had only emailed with a couple of them. A group like the IAM Young Professionals and their teambuilding events acted as a stepping stone for me and broadened my connections tremendously in a relaxed and informal way.
As a member of the YP Management board I hope to also be a part of that stepping stone for the current and new young professionals that join the moving industry, and to assist them with expanding their networks while also working on their professional development.
I have made the phrase ‘Be frugal’ my personal mission, and try to implement it in every action I take. It has nothing to do with cash, but more that we appreciate and use resources sparingly. Our connections and the chances we receive in life are just two examples of them. I hope to be part of a platform where we can continue to learn from each other, be frugal with each other and create synergies for the long term. It is my wish that my positive energy, leadership qualities and analytical view can be of positive impact to the IAM Young Professionals and grow an even stronger foundation for the moving industry, together with the future of tomorrow.