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GRAEBEL ANNUAL RELOCATION ALLIANCE CONFERENCE

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Graebel is hosted its 14th Annual Relocation Alliance Conference on 13/14 October 2014 at the company’s world headquarters in Colorado. 150 Relocation industry executives that include 90 Graebel Alliance Partners from 39 countries attended the leadership meetings and educational sessions for this year’s conference called, ‘Aligned in a Rhythm of Success’.     The event included the Graebel Relocation Alliance awards ceremony at the Denver Art Museum to honour outstanding global relocation and mobility services for the past year. This year’s winners are:   •Consultant Choice Award (Relocation): Dwellworks, LLC •Consultant Choice Award (Removals): hasenkamp •Superior Quality Achievement Award (Relocation): ABODA •Superior Quality Achievement Award (Removals): Grospiron International •D.A.V.E. award  (the Distinguished Alliance Member of Value & Excellence that is in honour of Graebel Companies, Inc.,...

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GRAEBEL SELLS ITS VAN LINE AND US MOVING CENTRES TO PETERSON HOLDING COMPANY

On 15 October 2014, Graebel Companies, Inc. announced that it entered into a formal agreement regarding the sale and acquisition of Graebel Van Lines, Inc., and the U.S. moving and storage operations of Graebel Movers, Inc. The announcement also said that the two business units will be acquired under the Petersons’ newly formed holding company Graebel Vanlines, LLC. This comes as the Petersons, founders of All My Sons Moving & Storage, will independently own and separately operate the interstate carrier and coast to coast moving and storage entities from their other holdings. Terms of this agreement will not be disclosed. Interviews will be scheduled with the Graebels and the Petersons after the transaction has closed.   David Graebel (Chairman) started the business in 1950 with just one truck.  Today, Graebel Van Lines, Inc., and Graebel Movers, Inc, the largest wholly-owned carrier and moving and storage network in North America, performs household goods and commercial...

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PAUL KLIEN INDUCTED INTO IAM HALL OF HONOR

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Paul Klien was the President of FINK in Brazil and one of the founding members and the first president of LACMA (Latin American & Caribbean International Movers Association).  In the early 1970s he founded the Brazilian Institute of Financial Executives with the aim of bringing Brazil into the rank of developed nations and was instrumental in the modernisation of the country.  He died in March 2012. Receiving the honour on his behalf Laura Ganon, the CEO of FINK thanked the IAM committee and the LACMA board that continues Mr. Klien’s vision.  “He had always been an inspiration to all of us,” she said.  “He told us that everything we do we must do with ethics, quality and respect.”   Photo: Laura Ganon

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CLEARANCE DELAYS AT BRAZILIAN PORTS AND AIRPORTS

G-Inter has advised that in future all shipments arriving at the following Brazilian ports and airports will be inspected by Customs:   - Rio de Janeiro Port; - Sepetiba Port; - Itaguaí Port; - Rio de Janeiro Airport (GIG);   This action has been announced after artwork shipments (shipments with artwork only) were declared as Household Goods by local Moving Companies. This means that customs clearance may take longer than usual. G-Inter is doing all it can to minimize the impact of this action however the situation is under the control of Brazilian Customs.    

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STEVE SMITH PROMOTED AT GRAEBEL

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Graebel has recently announced that Steve Smith has been promoted to vice president of operations of Move Management, Inc. In his new role, Steve will be responsible for the company’s global air, ocean and surface move management operations and will oversee its car carrier and specialised removals services.   Steve has 35 years of experience in the industry and has been with Graebel since 2011.  His broad background includes US domestic and international moving and storage and logistics, office relocation and commercial workplace services, and supply chain management. He has held business development and executive management positions in operations throughout his career. Previously he was with Mesa Systems, Inc., Slater Transfer & Storage and Bailey's Moving & Storage that are both agents of Allied Van Lines, and the LDS Church in Salt Lake City, UT.   Steve completed his FIDI Academy international training courses in 2013 and courses in business management...

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JOHN MASON BAKES OFF FOR MACMILLAN

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The John Mason fundraising team held a company Bake Off for the Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September 2014. A total of £180 was raised by the Bake Off and a raffle. The winners of the Bake Off were Richard McAleese with his caramel chocolate éclairs which won the taste category and Mike Dann who won the presentation category with his butterfly chocolate cake.    Photo:  Princess Cup Cakes  

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BUSINESS AS USUAL IN HONG KONG

Asian Tigers Hong Kong have advised that despite the distruption in the city caused by pro-democracy protestors, the city remains safe and the company’s services are continuing without disruption. Tens of thousands of people have been blocking streets in several areas. The protesters want Beijing to give Hong Kong a free vote for its next leader, something Beijing has rejected. The disruption is expected to get worse ahead of Chinese National Day on 1 October. Asian Tigers recommends that transferees refer to the radio and government announcements for official updates on this link.  All queries should be addressed to Shuba Narayanan

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ELIZABETH KOCKEN PROMOTED AT GRAEBEL

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Elizabeth Kocken has recently been promoted to the position of global talent management director for Graebel.  She will now be responsible for the implementation of the company’s international talent management and programmes.   Elizabeth has been with Graebel for five years and has been steadily promoted within the human resources team having started as a human resources generalist, then senior human resources generalist. Most recently, as the global human resources manager she has been instrumental in the design and expansion of cost-effective global talent management programs in the Graebel regional centres in Prague, Singapore and Shanghai.   Elizabeth has 10 years’ experience in human resources and holds the Global Professional in Human Resources® (GPHR) certification and Global Mobility Specialist® (GMS) designation. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.        

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