H. Daniel McCollister Honored with MSI Lifetime Achievement Award
May 4, 2020
ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Moving & Storage Institute (MSI) has honored Dan McCollister, president of the McCollister Transportation Group, an agent for United Van Lines in Burlington, N.J. and Chairman Emeritus of the UniGroup Board, with the prestigious MSI Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service. He earned accolades for encouraging collaboration throughout the organization by advancing customer service initiatives, enhanced technology and the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) for drivers.
From a young age, McCollister knew moving was in his blood. During his final speech as UniGroup chairman he said, “I remember as a young boy watching my dad, counting the days until I could go to work with him. In high school, I used to cut class to go help out on the trucks. I worked hard to learn about the family company because I was fascinated with the trucks, the people and everything about the moving business.”
The hard work paid off. After nearly 75 years in business, McCollister’s is still privately held and he serves as the principal operating officer. The company has approximately 1,000 full-time employees throughout 16 full-service facilities across the country. Over 500 corporations and hundreds of clients have utilized McCollister’s for their specialty transportation and logistics needs, and families and military customers have relied on McCollister’s for decades.
McCollister was the inspiration behind UniGroup’s MoveRescue program, which became an industry standard in providing counseling and remedies for consumers who have been victimized by unscrupulous companies. These scam artists were difficult to find, police and stop. MoveRescue provided a nationwide program on a large-scale providing relief for consumers that government agencies could not.
Under his leadership, UniGroup Information Technology refocused its efforts on providing agent- and customer-centric solutions quickly and released new technology to help agents reach more customers and van operators work more efficiently. This includes Quotes-To-Go®, which allows agency sales representatives to offer customers real-time pricing, side-by-side moving quote comparisons and eAcceptance to start the move process without printing paperwork.
McCollister and McCollister’s Transportation are active in the local community, having assisted a number of organizations throughout the years including Habitat for Humanity, City of Burlington Housing, YMCA and the Home for Aged Women.
“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.
Through the years, Dan not only spent time and energy growing his family business, but he was a driving force behind transforming UniGroup into a successful enterprise. “Dan’s dedication to UniGroup and passion for his work were apparent as he always kept in mind customer needs and expectations, while consistently pushing for change and innovation, said UniGroup President and CEO, Marc Rogers. “We are extremely proud of Dan for receiving this award, not only because of his leadership and long-standing influence, but because of his desire to transform the transportation and moving industry.”
At a UniGroup event honoring his dad, McCollister’s son Danny summarized McCollister best, “He is extremely kind and caring. He has a respect for tradition, while still being able to embrace the new. He is a charismatic leader, that lives to inspire others to succeed. Dad truly is cut from the cloth of a by gone era … He worked hard for family. Not just his family, but every family that worked for McCollister’s. He was putting the needs of others in front of his own, to ensure the continued success of our organization.”
Under different circumstances, McCollister would have been recognized at AMSA’s 2020 Education Conference & Expo, but the event was cancelled. An in-person award ceremony with John Becker, AMSA’s Interim President, is planned when travel is deemed safe again.
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. AMSA has approximately 4,000 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 Moving.org.