The Next Generation of Leaders in the Moving & Storage Industry Advances from the Leaders Program

Graduates Get Knowledge & Skills They Need to Achieve Success from the American Moving & Storage Association

March 29, 2017

Alexandria, VA — Nearly 20 future leaders of the moving and storage industry have gained the knowledge, skills and tools they need to succeed by graduating recently from The Leaders Program, offered by the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA). The graduates were recognized for their achievement during the AMSA 2017 Education Conference & Expo. Graduates included:

  • Mike Apers, Gentle Giant Moving & Storage, Somerville, Mass.
  • Jose Avellaneda, New World Van Lines, Burlington, N.C.
  • Jarrett Bayliss, Connors Bros. Moving & Storage, Williamstown, Mass.
  • Lisa Cary, UniGroup, Fenton, Mo.
  • Kevin Foley, Connors Bros. Moving & Storage, Williamstown, Mass.
  • Krystal Gallotto, Gentle Giant Moving & Storage, Bolton, Mass.
  • Katie Gehrke, Stevens Worldwide Van Lines, Saginaw, Mich.
  • Nael Hammad, New World Van Lines, Sterling, Va.
  • Ganna Hasson, Rapid Moving & Storage, Falconer, N.Y.
  • Brian Hasson, Rapid Moving & Storage, Falconer, N.Y.
  • Alexander Herrera, Armstrong Relocation, Memphis
  • Chris Ivy, Stewart Moving & Storage, Jacksonville
  • Tanner Johnson, COVAN, Hammond, La.
  • Michael Lampe, North & South Logistics, St. Louis
  • Colton Rickard, Big League Movers, Memphis
  • Michael Shellman, Browning Moving & Storage, Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Robert Wright, Stewart Moving & Storage, Jacksonville

Former program graduates have gone on to run successful companies, taken leadership roles within the association, or served on the AMSA Board of Directors. According to AMSA President and CEO Scott Michael, a Leaders Program graduate, “In addition to identifying and developing a core group of up and coming leaders, this program benefits the industry by creating loyal, committed, well-informed and well-connected members who can make a positive impact on their peers, companies and communities.”

“I truly had a great experience participating in the 2017 AMSA Leaders Program. I made some great contacts with some very smart people in this industry and I now have some valuable resources I can use to help me as I continue my career,” said Chris Ivy from this year’s graduating class.

“By taking the time to learn and understand their own leadership and communication styles and decision-making ability, our Leaders Program graduates are better equipped to lead teams of diverse individuals,” said AMSA Director of Training and Certification MaryScott Tuck, who graduated from the Leaders Program in 1991 and who oversees the program each year.

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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 and