Rick Curry, 2018 Hall of Honor Recipient
Rick Curry is a 40-year veteran of the transportation industry. He attended the University of Maryland until drafted into the military in 1967. He returned from service to complete his undergraduate degree, and then received his MBA from Morgan State University in Baltimore while working his first job in the moving business at Davidson Forwarding.
Rick continued his career and served in various senior management positions at North American Van Lines, where he started a new division called “Apartment Movers” which was designed specifically for small apartment moves within local markets and throughout the U.S.
Rick was hired by Global Van Lines to set up an international operation, and subsequently became President of Global Worldwide, allowing him the opportunity to travel extensively visiting many customers and agents throughout the world. In 1997, when The Pasha Group bought Gateways, he became their President and commuted from his home in Southern California to Seattle.
Rick has been involved with IAM (formerly HHGFAA) since the mid-1960s. The first President of the association, Cal Stein, was Rick’s wife’s uncle. Rick has been actively involved on many committees over the years. He served on the Executive Committee for eight years, including a three-year term as Chairman.
During his tenure as Chairman, a change in leadership allowed him to travel to and from Washington, D.C. to manage the Association headquarters office until Terry Head was hired as President. A major political campaign was being conducted by HHGFAA at that time on Capitol Hill, during which Rick brought many members together to visit their congressional leadership. This campaign led to the hiring of the lobbying group, Pace LLP. With the leadership of Mr. Head and the committee, an effort was initiated to increase the membership to the level that it is today.
Rick has served on the Hall of Honor Committee since its inception until 2017, when his resignation from the committee made him eligible for Hall of Honor consideration.
Rick has had the opportunity to work in the military, GSA, commercial domestic and international segments of the moving industry. During his travels throughout the U.S. and around the world, he visited with many IAM members, allowing him to see first hand what they were experiencing; a viewpoint which helped him to formulate his positions on matters for Gateways International, Inc. and the industry in general.
Since his retirement, Rick has somehow found ways to stay just as busy as ever. Currently, he is working with John Day on the IAM Looking Back project, and has already unearthed a treasure trove of information relating to the early days of the organization. He continues to offer his expertise and experience to IAM and remains as Chairman of the Ethics Council, as well as being actively involved with the External Relations sub-Committee.
Rick resides in Riverside, California with Judy, his wife of 50 years. Their son, Rick Jr. and his wife, Amy, live in San Diego, California. Their daughter, Michelle and husband, Yukio, live with their five children in Irvine, California.