Movers' Edge, December, 2007

SUCCESS AND SUCCESSION — CAM’S 2007 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Living up to its title, the 2007 Annual Conference was a success. Attendees felt that the content was valuable and were particularly pleased with the Success and Succession seminar hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Another major highlight was Linda Bauer Darr’s presentation on the current status of the moving industry in the USA. All available presentations have been posted to the website. These presentation files are more up-to-date than the information on your memory keys. We ask attendees to complete the evaluation form on the website and fax it to us.

CAM AWARDS

At our 7th Annual Awards Dinner, attendees honoured three prominent members of Canada’s moving community.

  • Founders Award: Paul Kenwood — In presenting the award to Paul’s family, Peter Naylor reminisced about his friendship with Paul and Paul’s contribution to the industry over many years.
  • Distinguished Service Award: Wayne Marshall — Howard Bigham presented the award to Wayne. Wayne spoke about his history as a mover, his participation in CAM and his pride in the moving industry.
  • Innovators Award: Ralph Mueller — Randy Hoyt gave this award to Ralph. In his acceptance speech, Ralph spoke about his company’s operating philosophy, and how he and his staff implement a broad range of moving and transportation services based on innovation and respect for fellow employees and customers.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

At the Annual General Meeting, several members of the Board of Directors retired and new members were elected. Larry Rosenberg thanked Howard Bigham, Randy Hoyt, John Novak and Dave Taylor for their service and contribution to CAM’s ongoing success.

The new board will be as follows:

Executive Committee

  • Chairman: Rick Taylor, Taylor Moving & Storage Ltd.
  • Vice Chairman: Tom Filgiano, Meldrum the Mover Inc.
  • Treasurer: Michael Johnston, Bluebird Alero Moving & Storage
  • Past Chairman: Larry Rosenberg, Bekins Moving and Storage (Canada) Ltd.
  • President: John Levi, Canadian Association of Movers

Directors

  • Cam Carswell, Country Wide Moving
  • Leonard Hoyt, Hoyt's International
  • Doug Kellough, Salmon's Transfer Ltd.
  • Harvey Mueller, Quick Transfer Ltd.
  • Perry Thorne, Greg & Sons Moving and Storage

Larry welcomed the new Board members and handed the reins of the association to Rick Taylor. Rick thanked Larry for his work as chairman and for his service on CAM’s board that began at CAM’s first annual conference in December 1996. Rick laid out a plan for CAM for 2008 and 2009 to increase CAM’s effectiveness and relevance through:

  • Marketing the Canadian Professional Movers course
  • Improving the reporting of referrals, inquiries and complaints to members
  • Assisting the national office in planning the annual conference
  • Continuation of CAM’s program to attract workers to our industry
  • Surveying members on employee compensation
  • Improved communications to non-members on benefits of membership

EMPLOYMENT

We now have the résumés on our website of 600 persons seeking part-time and full-time work. They come from areas across Canada. There are 31 drivers in the listings. More people are being added on a daily basis. If you are looking for new employees, this is the place. Résumé webpage

FLORIDA MOVING COMPANY FOR SALE

CAM has been asked to assist in the sale of a highly profitable moving and storage company in Florida. It’s in the southwest Gulf Coast area. What an opportunity! Think of the tax write-offs when you vacation in Florida! Contact the CAM office to get in touch with the owners.

HOLIDAY CLOSING

CAM’s national office will be on reduced hours during the holiday season. The office will close on Friday, December 21, at 5:00 pm and will reopen full time on Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at 9:00 am.

The CAM office will also be closed on Monday, December 17.

CAM’s executives, directors and staff wish you a happy holiday and a healthy and prosperous new year.