U.S. DAB Digest Feb. 8, 2021

February 08, 2021

In this Issue:

  • Inside Peek at U.S. DAB Task Force (TF-DAB) Efforts
  • U.S. DAB Member Jeanette Homan to be Featured in IAM Learning Webcast
  • Not an IAM Member Yet? You Could be Losing Business!
  • US Government & Military Affairs Update - Feb 10, 2021
  • 45th Annual Dispatchers Convention: March 25-27
  • Ask a DAB
    • PPP Round Two
  • Walkboard Wisdom
    • Staying The Course Through The Pandemic
    • Cornerstone Moving & Storage President & CEO Talks Customer Service

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TF-DAB Continues Forward Progress; Jeanette Homan to be Featured in IAM Learning Webcast

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Inside Peek at U.S. DAB Task Force (TF-DAB) Efforts

For many of our DAB movers engaged in the Department of Defense household goods program, January was a busy month. DAB movers that are also DOD approved TSPs participated in the first round of DoD’s annual rate filing, and 2021 rate cycle business rules review. But that hasn’t stopped the overall TF from moving forward on a number of efforts. Beside the TF’s January meeting, a number of TF subgroups have met to move the DAB-focused efforts forward in anticipation of February’s overall TF meeting.

  • One of the TF-DAB Co-chairs is the newest member of IAM’s Executive Committee (EXCOM), and during a January EXCOM meeting, used his newly elected position to raise awareness of TF-DAB efforts - a direct voice from TF-DAB to IAM’s Executive leadership.
  • The DAB Membership Subgroup is working on recommendations for how IAM member companies can “join the DAB” and what that DAB membership entails.
  • The DAB Events Subgroup is working on two potential DAB-hosted webcasts on topics of interest to DAB movers. Once announced, any company, whether IAM affiliated or not, will be able to participate.
  • The DAB Newsletter Subgroup finalized the January and February DAB Digest newsletters, and is coordinating March’s addition.
  • The DAB Advocacy Subgroup has met twice to develop advocacy goals and objectives they believe will be important to give DAB movers a voice in their future.
  • And the DAB Training & Professional Development Subgroup discussed potential training goals and requirements that might be added to .
  • IAM featured the U.S. DAB effort in their most recent Moving Trade Periodical, the Portal Magazine.

U.S. DAB Member Jeanette Homan to be Featured in IAM Learning Webcast

Jeanette Homan, General Manager of , will be on an IAM Learning panel discussion called , scheduled on Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. EST. Business owners plan and organize the day-to-day operations of their companies. The tasks of an owner include defining their business and financial plans, mentoring staff, and promoting their brand or service across the industry, to name just a few. This session will bring together a panel of successful women business owners to share their stories on how they got started, obstacles they faced along the way, and their secrets to success.

Not an IAM Member Yet? You Could be Losing Business!


To consider your company for membership, IAM requires your company to have a minimum of one year in business, and the following items:

  • The completed
  • Sponsorship letters from two current IAM members stating that they are recommending you for membership, on sponsoring company’s letterhead, signed by a company official
  • A copy of current country/state/province business license or registration and, if applicable, tax ID number
  • Payment of membership dues

*The one year in business requirement does not apply to Supplier members.


After receipt and verification of these items, for 30 days for IAM members to review. After that, your company will become an official IAM member, unless we receive member comments or information that necessitate further evaluation. Also, .

US Government & Military Affairs Update - Feb 10, 2021

Join Chuck White, IAM President and Dan Bradley, IAM Director of Government Affairs for . Dan and Chuck will be joined by Megan Harless, a veteran who is now a free lance writer, blogger and owner of Military Spouse Chronicles, where she share she experiences of living the military lifestyle from the spouses perspective, and an outspoken advocate about PCS reform for military families.

45th Annual Dispatchers Convention: March 25-27

Are you missing the chance to connect and network beyond a computer screen? is ON in 2021 and Apple Moving is hosting! Shoot 18 on the Roy Kizer course, enjoy brunch on Lady Bird Lake, tour a distillery, close some deals in the conference room, and get updated by IAM on the latest industry news. Get those flights booked, get registered and book your hotel for a great time in Austin, Texas March 25-27.


Please consider becoming a sponsor for this event as well. Your company name will be listed in the program book and you will receive recognition during the convention. These funds will enhance all the little extra details needed to make this a great event and are much appreciated. Please direct your questions to or 512-452-0399 x202.


Sponsorship levels are:

Silver – $100 , Gold – $250 , Platinum – $500 , Diamond – $1000


Ask a DAB

PPP Round Two

I heard that the government is providing second round of Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans that are forgivable. What do I need to know in order to participate?


The second round of PPP, widely referred to as PP2, started in early January. The government funding for this program is limited, so it's important to act quickly. Below are some informative links that will guide you through the process:

Do you have a question that the U.S. DAB group could help answer?


Walkboard Wisdom

Staying The Course Through The Pandemic

By Oded Carmi

Business leaders are charged with the responsibility to constantly monitor the changing business environment and chart the course with corrections necessary to keep their organizations stable and growing. This requires evaluating the business landscape to understand the changes currently taking place and assessing how these changes affect business conditions in the present and going forward.


Never has there been a more challenging period than now as businesses throughout the country and the world are confronted with the difficult and critical shifts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Never has the expression “stay the course” taken on a more significant meaning to owners and leaders of mid-sized businesses who have decided to stay put and brave the odds.

Cornerstone Moving & Storage President & CEO Talks Customer Service

in which he talks about customer service, the different kinds of customers you might have, and his innovative method of hiring that nearly eliminates the need for a job application.

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Member Spotlight

Oded Carmi

Oded Carmi is the President and Founder of , a well-established moving & storage company focusing on high quality residential, commercial, international, office, and DoD relocation services nationwide. The company is headquartered in Northborough, Mass., with locations across the eastern seaboard. Currently serving on the Executive Committee of Both IAM and ATA-MSC, as the 1st Vice President of the MA Movers Association, and as Co-Chair of US-DAB, Oded is very passionate about advocating for betterment of the industry at large.

Chuck Bailey

Charles “Chuck” Bailey has been in the moving and storage industry since the mid-1980’s. Chuck, with his wife Brenda are currently the owners of , located in Fredericksburg, Va. He began his career as a dispatcher for an Allied Van Lines agent. This is where he learned about Department of Defense, corporate and COD household goods moves, and managed major office relocations.


In 1991 he went to work as a Local Operations Manager for Hilldrup Moving and Storage, where he was responsible for all local operational functions. He was promoted to General Manager of the Orlando, Fla. branch, where he spent the next three years.


At the end of 1996, he accepted the position of General Manager for Executive Moving Systems. He oversaw all functions, administrative and operational. He managed several DoD SCACs, becoming extremely familiar with the DoD personal property program. He also oversaw the Department of State contract, commercial office relocations, corporate/COD sales, and service provider relationships.


Chuck and his wife created Cornerstone Moving and Storage in 2013, and it has grown more than 15% per year. He continues to be very involved in our industry, IAM, and other associations. He is on the IAM Ethics Council, a member of IAM Agent Advisory Committee, and Co-Chair of IAM US Domestic Asset Based (USDAB) Task Force.

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