ePortal Oct. 27, 2021

October 27, 2021

In this Issue:

  • Annual Meeting a Huge Success; Videos Available Online
  • IAM By-Laws Amended, New Board Members Elected
  • DAB Group Leadership Transfers to New Management Board
  • IAM Annual Meeting - Government and Regulatory Affairs Recap
  • Wreaths Across America's new partnership ahead of big December campaign
  • CD&R Reaches Agreement to Acquire PwC’s Global Mobility Tax and Immigration Services Business
  • 14 Companies Set To Join IAM on Nov. 1
  • Alleged Debtor List

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IAM holds first industry meeting since beginning of pandemic

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Annual Meeting a Huge Success; Videos Available Online

IAM's 59th Annual Meeting & Expo concluded on October 16, and by all accounts was a resounding success. More importantly than the success of the meeting, IAM demonstrated that our industry can reconvene safely in person again!


Whether onsite or remote, all attendees took advantage of the many IAM Learning Labs, panel discussions, and opportunities to meet with one another. Those who attended in person, in particular, were thrilled to be able to gather face-to-face for the first time since the pandemic began. Watch for the November/December issue of the Portal magazine where we will talk about the Annual Meeting experience in depth.


We will be sending out a survey to capture more information from you and hope you will take the time to fill it out because that will make all our future meetings even better.


If you missed a session you wanted to see, or if you just want to get your contacts' information from your profile, you have until Nov. 15 to and review everything.

IAM By-Laws Amended, New Board Members Elected

During the Annual Meeting, the IAM Governing Members voted to approve amendments to the IAM By-Laws.



Please also join us in welcoming our two new members of the IAM Executive Committee!

Susan Staszewski

Susan Staszewski Joins Executive Committee

Susan was elected to serve as a Governing Member At-Large on the IAM Executive Committee. Her career at National Van Lines began in 1989. Her current position as the Executive Vice President of the International Division includes overall responsibility for all aspects of the business. Over the years, she has assembled an outstanding staff, and the International Division has become a multi-million-dollar revenue source for the organization. Her broad base of experience and strong leadership skills fueled the growth and development of the International Division, which operates autonomously as a separate profit center. Susan previously participated on AMSA’s International Committee and is currently a member of the IAM Government Traffic Sub-Committee.


Chris Lantz

Chris Lantz Elected Chair of IAM's U.S. Domestic Asset-Based (DAB) Mover Group

Chris Lantz Sr., Vice President of Operations, has been with Bekins Moving Solutions for 16 years. He began as an entry-level call center representative and gained experience by working on the trucks, performing moves himself. His current responsibilities consist of managing an international military SCAC, rate filing for both domestic and international SCAC’s, claims, compensation schedules, and safety and compliance. He is responsible for Bekins Moving Solutions, which has 14 brick and mortar moving and storage locations, and BCI Worldwide, a subsidiary that handles major installation projects for casinos and hotels both domestic and internationally, for which he networks opportunities within the DAB Management group when looking for storage locations and delivery opportunities that help drive diversity to branches with good business.


As Chair of the DAB, Chris will serve on the IAM Executive Committee.

DAB Group Leadership Transfers to New Management Board

At the 59th Annual Meeting and Expo of the International Association of Movers (IAM), Oded Carmi of DN Van Lines and Chuck Bailey of Cornerstone Moving and Storage LLC stepped down as founding Co-Chairs of the IAM US Domestic Asset-Based (DAB) Mover Group. Both Chuck and Oded were indispensable in working with IAM staff to identify the services and value proposition required for IAM to attract this essential group of service providers who play such a pivotal role in the industry. IAM is grateful for their service and contributions in helping to establish and lead the DAB Mover Group!


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First IAM-YP Rising Star Awarded

IAM is pleased to announce that Catherina Stier of Harsch, The Art of Moving Forward, has been selected for the first IAM-YP Rising Star Award. Catherina was recognized for this prestigious award during IAM President, Chuck White's state of address to the association during the 59th Annual Meeting & Expo.


IAM-YP Chair, Sheena Kiser (SEACORP) recognized Catherina by remarking that “Catherina has distinguished herself through professional development, networking within the young professional community, and engaging in philanthropic activities impacting the global moving and mobility industry


The IAM-YP community has been active for 20 years, providing young professionals in the IAM membership with opportunities to grow professionally and become future leaders for IAM and the industry. The association is proud of the work this group has accomplished over the years, and it’s fitting that Catherina has been recognized for her work and commitment to the YP community.



IAM Annual Meeting - Government and Regulatory Affairs Recap

Those attending the recent IAM Annual Meeting (both in-person and virtually), learned the latest on a number of transportation-related issues at the forefront of member company interests, at both the U.S. regulatory and U.S. Congressional levels. Highlighted below are some topline takeaways from the meeting discussion.


U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Earlier this month, the U.S. FMCSA for its U.S. Household Goods Working Group recommendations. This process has taken nearly four years, and was connected to a highway reauthorization law () which directed the agency to address a number of potential efficiencies and transparency measures that could be improved between transportation service providers and shippers concerning the movement, process and billing of household goods moves. IAM participated in several of the stakeholder discussions, ensuring a full perspective was incorporated into the recommendations. There will likely be a final proposed rule on the recommendations issued early in 2022, along with a date for implementation of approved regulations.


Legislation to Address a Range of Port-Connected Congestion Issues Gathers Additional Support

Members were also provided an update on (OSRA), which was introduced by Reps John Garamendi (D-CA) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD). While the U.S. ports, similar to ports around the world, contend with unprecedented congestion, freight and movement challenges, OSRA recognizes that many of these issues, while exacerbated, are long-standing and need to be addressed by Congress. IAM is supportive of the legislation, and has reached out to over two dozen offices in support, urging additional Members of Congress to officially join the bill. As of today, 47 Members of Congress have signed on.


More details about these and other items will be available in the upcoming November/December issue of the Portal magazine. If you have questions on any of the pieces of legislation/efforts highlighted, please contact Bryan Vickers with IAM's Regulatory Affairs team at , 703-403-2882.


U.S. to Reopen Land Borders for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers. Foreign travelers who provide proof of vaccination and are looking to visit families or friends or shop in the United States will be allowed to enter, senior administration officials said on Tuesday, weeks after the administration said it would soon lift a similar sweeping restriction on foreigners traveling to the country from overseas.

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Wreaths Across America's new partnership ahead of big December campaign

Nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) has inked an agreement with the International Association of Movers (IAM), whose members have long supported Wreaths' mission by hauling of veterans’ wreaths across the country. The new agreement between the two groups outlines five key elements. These include setting a cadence of regular meetings to share opportunities and develop tools to support each other’s initiatives, encouraging IAM member involvement in helping to move the mission, and sharing the stories of members giving back in their communities.


CD&R Reaches Agreement to Acquire PwC’s Global Mobility Tax and Immigration Services Business

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and PwC today announced an agreement under which CD&R funds will acquire PwC's Global Mobility Tax and Immigration Services business. The business is the global leader in employee tax, immigration, business travel, mobility managed services, and payroll solutions to multinational organizations and their employees.


The Global Mobility Tax and Immigration Services business serves more than 3,000 multinational clients worldwide. It helps organizations manage global talent mobility, while providing personalized, high-quality tax and immigration services to cross-border employees as they navigate compliance issues associated with global employment. The transaction will create a free-standing global platform with more than 5,700 professionals hyper-focused on a seamless cross-border experience for clients, while accelerating investment in technology and new services.


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14 Companies Set To Join IAM on Nov. 1

Every month, IAM publishes . 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.

Alleged Debtor List

IAM keeps a list of companies that have been alleged to have unsettled debts with other member companies. , as it is updated often.



Member News



Meredith Morris Named new Director of Business Development at Cartwright Companies

is thrilled to introduce Meredith Morris as new Director of Business Development. Prior to joining Cartwright, Meredith worked with global organizations for seven years in the relocation management vertical, driving revenue generation and building programs for corporations to support their international and domestic workforce mobilizations.


Meredith, a native Texan, is based in Houston and is a graduate of the University of Houston, where she earned her BBA in Marketing. She is a licensed Realtor and has earned the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) designations through Worldwide Employee Relocation Council. She is also the current Director for the Texas SHRM Global Human Resources Conference and serves on the Board of Directors for Houston Relocation Professionals. Additionally, Meredith is involved with the Houston Human Resource Management Association and provides occasional educational content for North Texas Relocation Professionals.


As Director of Business Development, she will oversee the diversification of the company’s portfolio, playing an integral role in supporting the company’s strategic vision and mission.


Brytor International Moving Opens Branch in Halifax

Brytor International Moving is pleased to announce the opening of their new branch in Halifax, Eastern Canada to meet the growing demands of their customers. With this new location for their office and warehouse, they will be able to expand the reach of their services in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.


LACMA Announces Dates for Its Annual Convention

The Latin American and Caribbean Movers Association (LACMA) will host its Annual Convention in Miami, Florida, USA from March 6–8, 2022. as they are determined.


Premier Van & Storage Joins National Van Lines

National Van Lines is proud to welcome a new addition, Premier Van & Storage of Gilbert, AZ, to their team.


Premier Van & Storage was established in 2019 by owners Harry and Catherine Goldman. This husband-and-wife team both have a long history in the moving industry, and are excited for their company to partner with National Van Lines.


The Goldmans have both dedicated decades to the moving industry, and moving has been a passion for them. They have been very fortunate to have a great mentor in Catherine’s father, Art Haddow, founder and CEO of Premier Van Lines International. Both Harry and Catherine worked for Art for many years, and now they count him as their primary consultant for Premier Van & Storage.


The Goldmans decided to have Premier Van & Storage partner with National Van Lines to provide a better customer experience for their clientele. “National Van Lines stood apart from the other interstate carriers… with a sizable fleet, venerable history and established reputation,” owner Harry Goldman said.



Canal Movers and Logistics Celebrates 20 Years of Success

Panama’s largest international moving company, Canal Movers and Logistics Corp., celebrated its 20th anniversary in August with a special Mass to give thanks for the company’s success followed by refreshments for all its employees.


Canal Movers was founded in 2001 by Walter and Analisa Laffitte and has grown from a humble start-up business, with three individuals working in a small office, into the highly-respected international company it is today.


“We started with just three people in the office,” said Walter Lafitte. “Then, in 2002, Panama’s oldest moving company Kora Transportation—formally Cain Bros—went out of business and we acquired many of its assets, including several trucks and some of their staff. That was real a game changer. I will always be grateful to the LARM board for their help and trust, especially to Richard Darmanin from Capital Transportation for getting me started in the business.”


Today, most of Canal Movers’ work is in the international corporate sector with the majority of bookings coming from agents and the big RMCs. Additional work comes from domestic moving and general cargo.


Canal Movers and Logistics Corp. is now the largest moving company in Panama with 55 staff and a fleet of around 20 vehicles.


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