Tim Hughes of MSS Honored with Moving & Storage Institute Lifetime Achievement Award

March 27, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Moving & Storage Institute (MSI) has honored Tim Hughes, founder, president and CEO of Movers Specialty Service (MSS) in Montgomeryville, Pa., with the prestigious MSI Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service. He earned accolades for a legacy of service to the industry as well as a culture of innovation, quality and excellence within MSS.

Hughes started MSS out of his one-bedroom apartment in 1978. He was the first in the industry to consolidate separate service providers into a one-source solution for customers, which contributed to industry growth and impacted the customer experience in a positive way. Hughes’ commitment to the mover experience has been demonstrated by MSS’s long-standing relationship with the American Moving & Storage Association. In 1997, he was elected to the Board of Directors, the first supplier to serve in this position..

In fact, the association presented the first-ever Summit Award for supplier excellence to MSS in 2009 and again in 2014, making the company the first industry supplier to be twice honored with this award. MSS is also a key supporter of Move For Hunger, which collects non-perishable food items to deliver to food banks. Hughes himself contributes financially to scholarship programs at more than two dozen schools throughout the region, and he supports Variety – The Children’s Charity, which helps enrich the lives of children and young adults with disabilities through social, educational and vocational programs.

Hughes also supports local educational, environmental and health organizations like Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum, the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, where he serves on the board, the Fox Chase Cancer Center, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he serves on their foundation’s board. He also serves on the Union League of Philadelphia Foundation Board and the LaSalle College High School Board of Trustees. Finally, MSS is the largest provider of third-party services to military families, and the company donates a portion of every military move to the Travis Manion Foundation, dedicated to empowering veterans and families of fallen heroes.

“The Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service is presented each year by the Moving & Storage Institute to an individual who has demonstrated leadership, professionalism and integrity both within our industry and in their community. This is undoubtedly the highest honor that we can bestow upon one of our peers within the industry,” said Jack Griffin, MSI Board Chair.

“We at MSS are extremely proud of Tim and believe this to be a true validation of his years of leadership,” said Tim Hughes, Jr., vice president of strategy and marketing at MSS. “It’s an incredible honor for our company. We are thankful for our association with the American Moving & Storage Association, and for our loyal partners who have been on this journey with Tim throughout all these years.”

Hughes was honored during the AMSA 100th Annual Education Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas. For more information about AMSA’s awards visit Moving.org.


The American Moving & Storage Association, home of the ProMover certification program, is the national trade association representing the nation’s moving and storage companies, which provide household goods moving services, specialized transportation for sensitive freight such as computers and trade show exhibits, and warehouse storage services. The association has approximately 3,500 members, including domestic and international companies and industry suppliers, and supports programs and activities that promote consumer protection, professional development, safety, and operational efficiency. Find out more at ProMover.org and Moving.org.