ePortal Newsletter: July 5, 2023

July 05, 2023

In this Issue:

  • Announcing the 2023 IAM Hall of Honor Inductees
  • IAM Annual Meeting – See the Schedule of Events!
  • Top Five News Stories You Might Have Missed
  • More Funding To Support the Professional Development of the International Moving Industry
  • IAM's Brian Limperopulos Earns Prestigious CAE Designation
  • Get Involved with the IAM Leadership Alliance Council
  • IAM Podcast: Meet Verena Goetz
  • U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Previews Spring 2023 Regulatory Actions
  • Stand Out from the Rest as an IAMTrusted Moving Company
  • Upcoming Industry Events
  • IAM Membership Updates

Announcing the 2023 IAM Hall of Honor Inductees

Steve Lewis


Voerman International

Jim Putt



Steve Weitekamp

California Moving & Storage Association

Each of these individuals has had a profound impact on our industry. Please take a moment to honor these individuals for their contributions and their selection for this prestigious award. IAM will publish their biographies on the IAM website at the earliest opportunity and in the next issue of the Portal.


IAM will celebrate these individuals at the Hall of Honor Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon at the IAM Annual Meeting & Expo. We encourage all Annual Meeting registered attendees to join us for this session. If you have not signaled your intent to attend this session during the registration process, please contact iam@mmsmeetings.com so that we can plan for your attendance.


The Hall of Honor was established in 2008 to pay tribute to those Industry leaders whose careers reflect exceptional and distinguished service to their companies or the Association, or who have worked to elevate the Industry as a whole.

IAM Annual Meeting – See the Schedule of Events!

The Annual Meeting will feature a stellar lineup of speakers and panelists to address current and future issues that impact your business. This year, we have circulated a preliminary agenda earlier than usual to give you more time to plan your meetings around sessions you don't want to miss.


See the webcast IAM hosted on this year's agenda


Review the preliminary conference agenda today to select the learning labs and special sessions you wish to attend. Refer back to it often as you plan your business meetings to get the most out of your Annual Meeting experience and stay up to date on any updates to the agenda. Download the Schedule-at-a-Glance as well for easy reference.


Get Your Visa

Visit the Government of Canada website for official information on entry regulations and to check if you need a visa. The visa application process can take months, so don't delay. We strongly recommend applying for your visa as early as possible so you can avoid last-minute complications. If facing issues with the application, please reach out to us for assistance at membership@iamovers.org.


Exibitors: Get Your AV Set Up for Your Booth

We are excited to announce that CCR Solutions will be the preferred Audio-Visual partner from IAM 2023. CCR looks forward to servicing your Audio Visual and Technology requirements for your tradeshow booths. The advance rate applies on all orders received on or before JULY 28.

Secure Your Spot Today | Exhibitor Floor Plan | Attendee List | Prospectus
*Attendee List Passcode: Toronto61


Please contact IAM's Matthieu Odijk at matthieu.odijk@iamovers.org with questions about the IAM Annual Meeting and Expo.

Top Five News Stories You Might Have Missed

More Funding To Support the Professional Development of the International Moving Industry

The Industry Training Program just got another $22,500 approved by the AFWSF Board for ITP scholarships. That’s 45 more ITP scholarships ($500 each)! Since the program's start in 2021, we have awarded 110 ITP scholarships. Will you be the next awardee? Learn more and apply today!

IAM's Brian Limperopulos Earns Prestigious CAE Designation

Congratulations to IAM Vice President Brian Limperopulos, who earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, which is the marker of a committed association professional who has demonstrated the wide range of knowledge essential to manage an association in today’s challenging environment. It is the highest credential in the association industry. Brian joins Chuck White and Carl Weaver in this achievement.

Get Involved with the IAM Leadership Alliance Council

The Leadership Alliance Council is thrilled to share member engagement opportunities that await you.


This September, the Council will host a webinar moderated by Mark Gray from Movers Search Group. Through IAM Learning, the webinar will spotlight those "invisible champions" who work tirelessly behind the scenes to contribute to their company's success. If you have someone on staff that meets this description, please contact Julia O'Connor to be considered for the upcoming panel. 

Additionally, the Leadership Alliance Council and the Leadership Learning Committee have openings! The Council formed three years ago, aims to foster leadership within the IAM Membership through initiatives like leadership training, webinars, and the Excellence in Leadership Award. The Learning Committee reviews the curriculum, promotes the Training Program, and engages with current program attendees.


For more information, please get in touch with the Chair of the Leadership Alliance Council, Georgia Angell, for more details.

IAM Podcast: Meet Verena Goetz

IAM's Verena Goetz recently spoke to Carl Weaver on the IAM Podcast about her background, the moving industry, living in Guatemala, her many "pet" dogs, and more. She is a vibrant, dynamic person and we are excited to have her on board.


If you are a regular podcast listener, note that Stitcher will be going away soon, so you will need to start using a different streaming tool. You can always find us on Spotify, among other locations.

U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Previews Spring 2023 Regulatory Actions

Several initiatives building off earlier comment periods and stakeholder processes


Earlier this month, the FMCSA released their Spring 2023 Regulatory agenda, previewing timelines for key regulatory actions for the remainder of the year and beyond. While other actions will be taken by the agency, the agenda focuses on the most impactful to industry and stakeholders, as measured through compliance time and estimated costs.

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Stand Out from the Rest as an IAMTrusted Moving Company

Stand out with the IAMTrusted Moving Company (ITMC) designation. Backed by a strict adherence to the IAM Code of Ethics and powered by the IAM Issue Resolution System, this innovative program assures prompt and fair resolution of issues raised against any company who has the badge on the IAM Mobility Exchange (IAMX). The first phase of this initiative deals with member-to-member issues and this will build the foundation for a future phase focused on moving customers.

This is needed more than ever as rogue operators continue to scam unsuspecting customers. See the recent articles on moving scams in the US below.

Portal Magazine

In every issue of the Portal, we invite our authors to share their experiences, success stories, learning experiences, and vision with others in the moving and forwarding industry. In addition to our regular columns, feature articles for each issue are united by a central theme.


The theme: "Think globally, act locally" chosen by the IAM-YP Management Board encourages considering global consequences and making a positive impact in local communities.


Submit your story today for the upcoming edition of the Portal Magazine. Contact Portal Editor Will Kohudic if you have any questions or want to send him your article.

Upcoming Industry Events

Is your calendar up to date? See IAM's Events Calendar to stay abreast of the various conferences and industry meetings. Want to add an event? Contact IAM's Carl Weaver.

IAM Membership Updates


Member News

M. Dyer Global Named 10th Best Place to Work in Hawaii

From LinkedIn:

M. Dyer Global was recently named among the best medium-sized companies to work in Hawaii by Pacific Business News. See their certificate.

Alfa Mobility presents Pamica Group as the new owner

Alfa Mobility has undergone an impressive journey of growth in recent years and has clearly established itself as the leading player in the field of moving and relocation services in the Nordic region. To continue the successful development and take the next step in the company's growth, Alfa, along with former owner MIDAQ, introduces Pamica Group as the new owner.


"We look forward to taking Alfa Mobility to the next level in our development together with Pamica. Pamica's model includes close partnerships with management in their owned companies, which means that we at Alfa will receive strong support and new opportunities for expansion and further strengthening our position as the market leader in the Nordic region," says Annika Roupé, CEO of Alfa Mobility.

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Chris Contos to Assume the Role of Aires Manager, International Household Goods

Aires is pleased to announce that Chris Contos will assume the role of Aires Manager, International Household Goods on July 1, 2023. Contos, who currently serves as Manager, Operations for Aires’ Central Regional Office, will bring many years of previous household goods experience to the role.


In this position, Contos will manage Aires’ international household goods partnerships and procurement process to achieve the highest levels of service. He will focus on maintaining strategic partner relationships, negotiating contracts & discounts, and implementing systems for monitoring performance, assessing risk, and responding to issues with Aires’ independent partner network.

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Beltmann Celebrates 100 Years

Three generations, 16 locations, and 100 years of business later, there’s a lot to celebrate at Beltmann this year! What started as a single-location business in Iowa has grown into one of the largest moving companies in the country. As we reflect on all that we have accomplished over this past century, we want to thank all our employees for making this milestone possible and all of our customers for trusting us to be a part of their monumental moves. We look forward to servicing America for 100+ more years!

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