ePortal Newsletter Jan. 20, 2020

January 20, 2020

In this Issue:

  • Upgrades to the IAM Mobility Exchange: Improved Search Capabilities and IAM Member Enhancements
  • Alleged Debtor List Updated; Members Canceled for not Paying Dues
  • AFW Scholarship Now Accepting Applications
  • Matthieu Odijk Joins IAM Membership & Programs Committee
  • What is Moving and Mobility Like in Africa Today?
  • Only 9 days left to register for the Young Movers Conference (YMC) at the early bird rate
  • January's Prospective Members: Where They Do Business

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Alleged Debtor List Updated; Scholarship Deadline May 1

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Upgrades to the IAM Mobility Exchange: Improved Search Capabilities and IAM Member Enhancements

IAMX users can now segment searches by the type of company they are looking for: Moving, Relocation, Freight, or Industry Partners. This can make it easier and quicker to find the exact company or service provider you are looking for. We know you are busy, but finding the right business partner has never been quicker.


In addition, when you find the company you need, you can quickly see if they are also IAM members. There are also visual indicators to show good standing. A green check mark next to IAM indicates that a member has paid their dues. The orange check mark indicates that the member has not yet paid.

Alleged Debtor List Updated; Members Canceled for not Paying Dues

Review the to ensure you are working with other IAM Members who are creditworthy. The list has recently been updated to show which companies formerly listed as Alleged Debtors have had their memberships cancelled by IAM this month.

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AFW Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

The Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund (AFWSF) is the cornerstone of the International Association of Movers’ scholastic assistance initiative. Named for distinguished Association founder and General Counsel Emeritus Alan F. Wohlstetter, the fund benefits the employees of IAM member companies and their dependents, as well as students. The AFW Scholarship Fund awards scholarships of US $5,000 each to students who are pursuing degrees in logistics and transportation. The application deadline is May 1.

Matthieu Odijk Joins IAM Membership & Programs Committee

Matthieu Odijk is a 39-year-old Director of Business Development at MF Interlogistics, Denmark’s up and coming moving company, with 15 years of experience in the moving industry with an educational background in facility management.


Matthieu is married and found his partner at one of the well-known conferences. He has 2 kids at the age of 1.5 and almost 6, who have appeared in many of his social media postings.

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What is Moving and Mobility Like in Africa Today?

It’s been nine years since the Portal magazine focused on Africa, a continent rich in opportunities, challenges, risks and rewards. During that time, the mobility industry has experienced tremendous growth in the midst of political, cultural, and economic change—and IAM member companies have risen to the occasion.


Your company operates in Africa, and our readers would love to know about your experiences, which is why we invite your contribution to the March/April issue of the Portal.

Only 9 days left to register for the Young Movers Conference (YMC) at the early bird rate

IAM is joining forces this year with and the YMC Organizers at to host the in Dublin, Ireland from May 28 – 30.


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.

January's Prospective Members: Where They Do Business

Every month, IAM publishes a list of . This is the list of your new potential business partners brought to you by IAM. Click on the map above to get a better view of where your new prospective colleagues are.



Member News


Vanpac GroupAsia People News: Alvin Ong

Vanpac GroupAsia welcomes Alvin back to the Removals Industry after 7 years away. He has been appointed General Manager / Network Director for Vanpac and will be based in HQ Singapore.

In his revised role, effective from 1st December 2019, he will work closely with Ricky Chng (Group’s President) to lead the development of the Vanpac GroupAsia network across the 15 locations in Asia.


Alvin shares a little about how he is feeling on his first day back at Vanpac:


What are you looking forward to upon returning to the industry?

Having been in the industry for over 12 years before I left, I have definitely made many friends. I’m excited and am looking forward to reconnect with them once again, catch-up on lost times and continue the working relationships and banters that we used to share. The warm welcome that the Vanpac team gave to me today definitely warmed my heart and I look forward to the same support that they had given me previously to help in our quest to bring Vanpac to the next level. I had gained invaluable experience during my time away and I look forward to sharing my experience with the team.


What has changed in your personal life since?

My personal life used to revolve around my wife, Karen, previously but now our lives revolves around a pair of 5 year old twins and a 2 year old boy. The kids have been a major change in our lives, bringing along a whole new meaning to evenings, weekends and holidays! The immense joy that they have brought to our lives is indescribable.

Chuck Kuhn of JK Moving Services bought another farm, this one from the co-founder of Cisco Systems

Chuck Kuhn, founder and CEO of Sterling’s JK Moving Services, has bought a 305-acre farm near Purcellville from the co-founder of Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO).


Kuhn’s affiliate, Jubilation LLC, acquired Jubilation Farm from Sandy Lerner for $4 million, according to public records. Jubilation is adjacent to Kuhn’s Egypt Farm, home to the JK chief’s expansive house, 18-acre competitive clay pigeon course, archery, pistol and rifle ranges, his helipad and a working farm.

Matson unveils newest container ship in its fleet (and it’s massive)

Matson Inc. unveiled the new Lurline, a $250 million, state-of-the-art container ship on Saturday. At a length of nearly three football fields, it’s the largest ship in Matson’s fleet, but it’s also the cleanest from an emissions standpoint.

Peggy Smith Joins Shyft

Mobility-focused tech and software company Shyft just added the exceptional industry expertise of Peggy Smith SCRP, SGMS-T to its leadership team. Peggy has joined the company as Chief Strategy Officer. Alex Alpert, CEO and Founder of Shyft, said.


As Shyft CSO, Peggy's portfolio will include strategic planning, communications, high-level partnerships, and special projects. "My career has been all about driving growth and creating future relevance; finding mainstream and niche markets and designing organizational responses, solutions and products in these emerging markets," Peggy said.

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