ePortal Newsletter Dec. 4, 2019

December 04, 2019

In this Issue:

  • Consolidation in the Moving Industry: What Are Your Burning Questions?
  • Annual Dues Notices Sent
  • Ebru Demirel Joins the Hall of Honor Selection Committee
  • Bentzel wins Senate confirmation to maritime regulatory post
  • IAM to Sponsor 2020 Young Movers Conference
  • 143 New Members in 2019 - Where They are

IAM ePortal Newsletter

Consolidation in the Moving Industry: What Are Your Burning Questions?

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Consolidation in the Moving Industry: What Are Your Burning Questions?

Every week, it seems there another merger or acquisition in the business. To explore this topic further, IAM’s Brian Limperopulos will be hosting a podcast with industry experts and , along with IAM President to discuss this trend and how it impacts our industry and your business. Let us know what questions you have by emailing Brian at . The podcast will be recorded next week and will be available for listening on shortly thereafter.

Annual Dues Notices Sent

IAM's Membership Team sent out dues notices early this week. Some members have already paid, and we appreciate their diligence and zeal. The membership year starts on Jan. 1. Please if you have any questions or have not yet received an invoice.

IAM Learning

Ebru Demirel Joins the Hall of Honor Selection Committee

Ebru Demirel recently joined the Hall of Honor Selection Committee. Ebru is President and Partner of her family company, Asya International Movers, based in Turkey, where she has been working for the last 26 years. She has extensive experience in international moving and relocation services. In 1996 she started Bedel Mobility Solutions to offer immigration and relocation services for clients in Turkey and she has been the CEO of Bedel since then.


Ebru has served on FIDI's Board since 2013 and became the President of the Association in 2019 during the Annual Conference. Ebru also takes different roles at the International Fine art Movers Association (ICEFAT) and served as a member of the Standards Committee for helping in developing standards for fine art movers. She is also on the Board of Trustees of a nonprofit association that supports young and talented people with college scholarships. She lives in Istanbul, is interested in long distance running, both marathons and ultra-trails.


Thank you Ebru for volunteering!


In addition, Ella Helder recently stepped off this Committee after more than 10 years of service. Thank you, Ella, for all you have done for the committee and for IAM!

Bentzel wins Senate confirmation to maritime regulatory post

New FMC Commissioner Carl Bentzel fills the fifth and final slot on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), which oversees the import and export of used HHGs / PEs in the US.

IAM Mobility Exchange

IAM to Sponsor 2020 Young Movers Conference

IAM is pleased to announce our participation as a sponsor for the 2020 Young Movers Conference, May 28-30 in Dublin, Ireland. The 28th edition of the European-based conference is appropriately named “Moving Conversations” as the moving industry continues to adapt to the many changes it faces. IAM is excited to be a part of the substantive conversations and collaborations that provide a pathway to success.


Over the course of three days, the YMC brings together young movers to provide networking opportunities, seminars, and group activities that will provide lasting memories among a dynamic group of participants.


The deadline for the early bird registration rate is February 1st, 2020. IAM looks forward to seeing you there!

143 New Members in 2019 - Where They are

IAM had 143 new companies join in 2019. They came from all over the world - six continents and 70 countries. Thank you and welcome to our new members, and thank you to all our members - all of you help grow the association and help keep it a strong resource for all!



Member News


Arpin International Group Honored with Sterling Lexicon Gold Award for Service Excellence

The Celebration of Suppliers ceremony by Sterling Lexicon was held on October 15, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. Over 250 relocation professionals attended the event. There, Bridget Ritchie, Arpin’s Vice President of Global Business Development – Corporate Accounts, proudly accepted the Gold Award for Service Excellence on behalf of Arpin International Group.

Crown’s New 2020 Fleet Additions

Crown Worldwide Moving and Storage, LLC has recently expanded its local fleet to include 13 new 26-foot bobtail trucks. This updated fleet is now more fuel efficient, has GPS tracking and has been branded with new Crown-Armstrong graphics specific for the business divisions they were built to serve.


“This is an important investment for our company,” says Tori Ferrante, Crown’s President & CEO. “We take pride in the equipment we have on the road. Additionally, the operational efficiencies of our new fleet have helped drive overall costs down.”


These 2020 trucks come customized with low profile Morgan bodies for commercial work and high cube bodies for the household goods division. All trucks are outfitted with 3500 lb. liftgates and fuel efficient- carb compliant Cummins engines.

Stevens Receives Award from ARC

Lisa Beranich, representing Stevens, was pleased to accept the Accountability Award from Director/Founder William Mulholland of American Relocation Connections at their first annual conference in Puerto Rico on Nov. 14. The accountability award reflects Stevens commitment to ARC, the relocating employee and family. As such, Stevens and ARC must embrace a culture of accountability to ensure that we are truly supporting the large obligations that our clients and transferees entrust us with. We are honored to accept this award and be a continuing partner to ARC and their relocating transferees.

Team Relocations Rebrands to SIRVA

as of 1st January 2020! Follow SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving and visit sirva.com for all our future updates.

Gerson Relocation welcomes Melanie Winkworth as Client Services Manager

We are delighted to announce that Melanie Winkworth has joined the Gerson Relocation Client Services team.


Her role focuses on supporting Corporate HR and Global Mobility departments to help manage their international employee relocation programmes.


Melanie’s moving and relocation operations experience, coupled with her excellent account management and leadership skills, make her an ideal fit to support Gerson Relocation’s clients. Melanie leads a talented team of international relocation and move management experts.

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