Siracusa Moving & Storage in New Britain, Conn., created this rolling tribute
to the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting.
Photo courtesy of Dan Siracusa
Sometimes, companies make contributions to raise their profile or because it boosts employee morale. Both of those are good reasons to help out. Then there are times when getting involved is heartbreaking, but it's just the right thing to do. That was the case for two AMSA members who helped the young survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy move to their new school.
The Connecticut office of New Haven Moving Equipment Corp. received a call to help with moving supplies. President Roger Levine, one of the sons of founder J. Paul Levine, loaned the school thousands of E-crates, four-wheel dollies and library carts to facilitate the relocation of the school. Levine and his executive team loaded trailers at their facility on a Sunday night for Monday morning delivery to the school.
"Dad taught us to care for those in need," Roger Levine said, "and I did everything I could to help."
William B. Meyer, a United Van Lines agent in Stratford, Conn., provided several tractor-trailers and crews for the actual move of the school's furniture, files and equipment to its new home at the former Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe, about eight miles away. William B. Meyer marks its 100th anniversary in 2015 and has been quietly involved in the community for decades.
"We were happy to help, but we're not looking for any recognition," said Bob Galluci, vice president for transportation services.
Neither of these companies asked for any publicity. They deserve our thanks for representing our industry so well and being there for these precious children, their teachers, their families and their community at such an incredibly difficult time.
Then there was the outreach of Dan Siracusa, owner of Siracusa Moving & Storage in New Britain, Conn. Siracusa was deeply affected by the tragedy and wanted to do something to remember the victims, so he turned a 53-foot trailer into a rolling memorial (pictured above). Custom-wrapped by a local firm, the truck bears a green-and-white ribbon that reads "Sandy Hook Elementary School — 12.14.2012" and a Bible verse spanning the length of the trailer. On the road, the truck has received friendly beeps, flashing lights and waves. While the truck bears no logo or advertisement for the company, an Allied agent, the driver has information sheets to hand out with the truck's mission statement and how to contact the agent to borrow the truck for charitable purposes.
Truckie from the Grand Rapids, Mich., Two Men And A Truck® location visits an elementary school to
promote the Movers for Moms®program and get them excited to begin collecting items for mothers.
Photo courtesy of Beth Kadwell
Two Men and a Truck locations across the country have again held their annual Movers for Moms® donation drive. The campaign collects items and gifts for moms who live in shelters and delivers them around Mother's Day. Last year, more than 100 franchise locations in 27 states participated, collecting 116,000 items for their charities. The Charlotte, N.C., location held its event March 13–May 10, with donations benefiting Florence Crittenton Services. Along with partnering with local schools, businesses and organizations to gather donations, the franchise decided to do something different this year. In collaboration with the NoDa Brewing Run Club of NoDa Brewing Company and their spring Run Fest, Two Men and a Truck collected 450 donations from diaper-clad runners. The Sacramento franchise's donation drive benefited Women Escaping a Violent Environment. The franchise also joined with the Sacramento Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation to collect donations from Realtors and other members in the weeks preceding Mother's Day.
Four Chicago-area pediatric cancer survivors cut the ribbon on the new warehouse space for the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation
AMSA ProMover member Thompson Moving & Storage in Orland Park, Ill., recently offered two moving trucks and storage to the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation to help with the organization's recent relocation. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides toys, gifts and gift certificates to children and teens fighting cancer.
"Moving was grueling, but with the help of Thompson Moving & Storage, the load was lessened," says Treasure Chest founder Colleen Kisel. "We required two 42-foot trucks to get us out the door and into our new, expanded operating and storage space. We are blessed to have Thompson Moving & Storage in our corner."
Every year, AMSA recognizes the best drivers in the moving industry with our Super Van Operator awards. We honor drivers in four categories who stand out above the rest for their dedication and commitment to their customers. We present their awards at our annual Education Conference & Expo, and are proud to share their stories with you here.
2012 AMSA Super Van Operator Rookie of the Year
Clay works for some demanding bosses — his family! A driver for Mayflower Transit agent Armbruster Moving & Storage in Cleveland, Ohio, Clay started driving in 2008 at age 22. He was cross-trained to do packing and loading as well. Within one year, he had been named Mayflower Van Operator of the Year.
Clay had no accidents, moving violations or our-of-service orders in his young career, and is said by his managers that he sometimes actually runs ahead of schedule.
His customers have given Clay a 92 percent or higher score over more than four years, and they say he's polite, efficient, focused, professional, and has good attention to detail and communication skills. He also enjoys helping train other drivers coming up.
His community work involves delivering bins of donated clothing for children in the Cleveland area and he's involved with NBA Cares camp.
2012 AMSA Super Van Operator/Household Goods
Although Joel lives in Arkansas, he ends up spending a fair amount of time on the West Coast as a driver for Alexander's Mobility Services, an Atlas agent in Tustin, Calif.
A 30-year household goods industry veteran, Joel has driven more than two million miles with Alexander's (another one million in trucking before that) but with no accidents, tickets or out-of-service orders at all. He's also worked as a moving services salesman and manager.
Joel has received the Atlas Customer Service Award 14 times and has a perfect customer service rating for the past five years. He also earned the Atlas award for lowest/fewest claims for seven straight years until the program was merged with another award.
He has stopped to help many stranded motorists, change ties and even put out vehicle fires a number of times. He's also been part of Alexander's Make-a-Wish fundraising team.
2012 AMSA Super Van Operator Lifetime Achievement
Joe loves working with people as a household goods mover, and has been on the job for 42 years working for agents affiliated with the same company: North American Van Lines. Today, he drives for Eckert's Van & Storage in San Marcos, Calif.
During his more than three million miles on the road, he's only had one non-chargeable accident. A consistent member of North American's Vanguard Gold fleet (top-performing haulers), Joe has also repeatedly been North American Van Lines driver of the month.
He donates to a range of charities and makes a point of trying to help the less-fortunate he encounters in his travels. But asked about his efforts, he responded, "I don't do things for recognition; I try to do the right thing when no-one is looking."
2012 AMSA Super Van Operator/Special Commodities
Don drives for Mayflower Specialty Flatbed and has been in the moving industry for 26 years. His great driving record includes no accidents or moving violations in the last six years, and the last (small) claim he can remember was 25 years ago.
He says knew he wanted to drive a truck while still in high school but went to college first to get a business degree. Joined Mayflower Transit and switched from moving household goods to special products after almost four years.
As a special commodities driver, Don has had his fair share of interesting experiences. While working for a smaller carrier specializing in high-end art and electronics, he sometimes traveled with armed guards. With Mayflower, he once transported an inert Nike missile to Miami so it could be refurbished and put on display at a former Nike installation near the Everglades.
After a stint at Mayflower headquarters working in fleet management, Don rejoined the van lines' special products division in 2011.
He's been driving with his wife, Theresa, for past 17 years. Theresa has a commercial driver's license, and they operate their truck as a team except for a few months she spends at home at home in the summer.
Among his many Good Samaritan acts, Don once stopped to help a Florida Highway patrol trooper whose cruiser had caught fire.