ePortal Newsletter March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020

In this Issue:

  • IAM Requests $187 Million USD in Relief Funds for Moving Industry
  • Charles White and Tim Helenthal Talk Coronavirus Industry Impact on Love and Relo
  • IAM's COVID-19 Information Page
  • How to Reach IAM Staff During the Pandemic
  • French Ports Stressed; Backlogs May Occur
  • Personalize Your Profile in the IAM Mobile 24/7 App
  • Canceled Industry Meetings
  • Alleged Debtor List Updates
  • IAM Here 2 Help: Moving Companies Respond to Tennessee Tornados
  • Donald Goldberg of Gridiron Forwarding Co. Appointed Fundraising Chair of AFWSF

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COVID-19 Industry Update; Alleged Debtor List; Canceled Industry Meetings

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IAM Requests $187 Million USD in Relief Funds for Moving Industry

In response to DoD’s travel restrictions on military personnel, and the impact to household goods providers, IAM and AMSA are jointly working on efforts to request $186,600,000 million in COVID -19 financial relief.


If relief is not granted, IAM members who provide dedicated resources and capacity to service DoD moves, the family companies who serve the military could go bankrupt, resulting in hardship for them, and decreased capacity when normal operations are restored.

Charles White and Tim Helenthal Talk Coronavirus Industry Impact on Love and Relo

Charles White, President of International Association of Movers, Tim Helenthal CEO of National Van Lines/National Forwarding, and Oded Carmi, CEO of DN Van Lines, discuss how COVID-19 is affecting the moving industry. What are companies doing to mitigate the spread? How are volumes being impacted? What strategies should clients and companies employ? What are the long term effects?

IAM's COVID-19 Information Page

to address issues dealing with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, especially as relates to our industry. It is a living document and is being updated frequently. You can find the page at http://iamovers.org/covid19. It is also available in the IAM Mobile 24/7 App. Contact if you have a useful resource others could benefit from.

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How to Reach IAM Staff During the Pandemic

IAM staff are exercising the principles of social distancing and some staff have self-quarantined during this health crisis. However, we are all still available by email and phone. Those who are working from home have forwarded their office phone lines to their home or cell phones. If email is not sufficient and you need to speak with a specific person, calling their direct line is the best option. You can find direct lines by selecting names on the .

French Ports Stressed; Backlogs May Occur

IAM has received reports of extra detention and demurrage in France due to problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The country is experiencing delays as it deals with managing the spread of contagion, as well as workers not consistently being available. If you have news about how your area is affected by this pandemic, please so we can make it widely known.

Personalize Your Profile in the IAM Mobile 24/7 App

A number of members have asked us how to make their profiles in more robust so they can stand out and so people can recognize them. This is an easy process and very important to get the most out of your app and Annual Meeting experience.


First, open the mobile app and select the round “menu” button at the bottom. Then select your name under the IAM logo. Note - if you are not logged in or need to reset your login information or start a new account, select the same spot. It will say that you are not logged in. Just follow the instructions. Next, select either Profile Information or Social Networks. There, you can add relevant information such as your company, a photo, and more. Stand out from the crowd!

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Canceled Industry Meetings

IAM is receiving word that a number of industry meetings are being canceled. We are updating as soon as we hear of closings. Here is what we know has been canceled so far:

  • 45th Annual Dispatchers Convention - CANCELED
  • FIDI Annual Conference - CANCELED
  • 2020 EuRA International Relocation Congress - CANCELED
  • 2020 Young Movers Conference - CANCELED
  • 2020 OMNI Conference - CANCELED
  • British Association of Removers (BAR) Meeting - CANCELED

If you know of other meetings that are canceled, please email .

Alleged Debtor List Updates

IAM has been expelling members that were on for an extensive period without resolution. In addition, to report misuse of the IAM brand and logo fraudulently. Check the Alleged Debtor List frequently, as it is updated often.

IAM Here 2 Help: Moving Companies Respond to Tennessee Tornados

In what feels like a lifetime ago, IAM responded to requests from our partners at and two weeks ago to provide relief to the local community in Nashville, Tennessee. Special thanks to Mark Duke from Apex Moving and Storage, Brandon Cooley from Alexander's Mobility Services, and Owen Vance from Guardian Moving Systems for their help.


Looking ahead, IAM is working with our partners like Move for Hunger and ALAN to see if there are additional ways in which the unique assets and resources of the moving industry can be deployed to assist at this critical moment. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions on how the moving industry can respond in this time of need.

Donald Goldberg of Gridiron Forwarding Co. Appointed Fundraising Chair of AFWSF

Donald Goldberg, President and Head Coach of Gridiron Forwarding Co., Inc. of East Brunswick, NJ was recently appointed by IAM as the Fundraising Chair of the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund (AFWSF). Prior to starting Gridiron Forwarding in 1995, Mr. Goldberg had grown up in the industry by assisting with household goods deliveries for his father’s company starting at age 14. Mr. Goldberg then went on to attend Northeastern University in Boston where he majored in Transportation and Logistics. Gridiron Forwarding Co., Inc. is now a leading provider of relocation services for the US Department of Defense, Department of State and for commercial and corporate clients.


Thank you Donald Goldberg for your dedication to this important cause. We know you will be successful and look forward to your leadership!



Member News


Aon to combine with Willis Towers Watson to accelerate innovation on behalf of clients

Aon plc and Willis Towers Watson today announced a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock transaction with an implied combined equity value of approximately $80 billion.4


“The combination of Willis Towers Watson and Aon is a natural next step in our journey to better serve our clients in the areas of people, risk and capital,” said Willis Towers Watson CEO John Haley. “This transaction accelerates that journey by providing our combined teams the opportunity to drive innovation more quickly and deliver more value.”

New Ownership for Irish Relocation Services Ltd.

Former IrishRelo owners acquire the corporate and intra-Europe moving services businesses as Dwellworks focuses on delivering destination and corporate housing services in Ireland


Dwellworks LLC, the leading provider of global destination and housing support services for workforce mobility has announced the sale of its Dublin-based global removals business, Irish Relocation Services Ltd., to William Tighe and Paul Coy. Mr. Tighe and Mr. Coy were previous owners/investors in the business with long and successful histories in global removals and relocation services. In announcing the agreement, Bob Rosing, CEO, Dwellworks noted, “We acquired the removals business when we expanded our destination services capabilities into Ireland in 2017. That’s our core business and this sale allows the moving business to be back in the hands of these very capable operators. We’ll redouble our attention to the destination service and corporate housing businesses that we have in Ireland and many parts of Europe. And we are excited to partner with William and Paul on helping each other’s business grow when and where we can.”


The Irish Relocation Services Ltd. brand, known to the industry as IrishRelo, and logo will be retained by the moving business. Dwellworks will continue to operate destination and related services in Ireland under its global brand. William Tighe observed, “With thanks to Bob and Dwellworks, Paul and I are delighted to once again have the opportunity to guide IrishRelo as we start the new decade celebrating our 37th year in business. Along with Michele Preshaw, Lynda Rafferty and the rest of our hugely experienced team, we will continue to expand our end-to-end Intra Europe Moving service and range of Corporate Moving Services throughout Ireland and Europe to the benefit of our valued clients and partners worldwide. We appreciate their confidence in us, and we will continue to make every effort to provide a rewarding relocation experience by delivering exceptional service at a fair price. There are certainly exciting times ahead, and we're thrilled to be part of them!"

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