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LOUIS LE ROUX ON RETIREMENT

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Louis Le Roux is retiring. Steve Jordan caught up with him for a chat to find out why.     It’s close to 40 years since he joined the South African international moving industry, but now Louis Le Roux is retiring. He will be leaving behind the industry that he loves but will now have much more time to spend with his wife, Linda, and to enjoy new pastimes that his dedication to his work has denied him so far. He’s really looking forward to it.     Louis started in the industry in 1976 when, having left university, he felt he should get a job. He answered an advertisement in the newspaper placed by Gerry van Graan of Stuttafords who was looking for an assistant. Although he had other interviews lined up, Louis didn’t even bother going. ”There was just something about it that I liked,” he said.     At that time Stuttafords was very heavily involved with domestic moving but there were only a handful of international specialists...

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ROB CHIPMAN ON BECOMING FIDI PRESIDENT

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    Rob Chipman is CEO of Asian Tigers in Hong Kong and, in April, became FIDI President. The day after his inauguration, Rob made time to talk to Steve Jordan about the presidency, its challenges and how he feels about leading the organisation.     “It really is humbling and daunting,” said Rob, as he sipped his first coffee of the day in the breakfast room of the FIDI conference hotel in Cape Town. “I know it’s a cliché, but that’s the way it makes me feel. I look at many of the members and think they know a lot more than I do, they have been in the industry longer and have been more commercially successful.” Rob is also greatly honoured to be FIDI president. “It gives me chills just thinking about it.”     What did he mean by ‘daunting’? Rob chooses his words carefully. When I ask a question he doesn’t answer immediately. He thinks about it. That’s not because he’s...

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JOHN MASON INTERNATIONAL ENJOY A FAMILY DAY OUT AT CHESTER ZOO

  Staff and their family members enjoyed a day out at the award winning Chester Zoo on Saturday 6 June. The family day out was in response to feedback from an employee engagement survey where members of staff were encouraged to put forward suggestions for the company. A summer family day out was a popular suggestion and will now become an annual event.   Picture: John Mason International staff at Chester Zoo   

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LUKE HUMPHREYS PROMOTED AT GRAEBEL

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Luke began his career at Graebel Relocation as a U.S. domestic customer service coordinator in 1992. Since joining the company he has served in various roles such as: business development representative, regional operations manager, general manager, and most recently, senior director in global operations. His career path led to relocations across the U.S. and has included management positions in Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Since 2009, Luke has been based in the Graebel world headquarters in Denver. Ron Dunlap PhD, chief operations operator and chief information officer of Graebel Companies said that Luke had the necessary skills to lead the company’s forwarding operations in the region.  “This promotion comes as the Graebel Relocation strategic vision is focused on becoming the global relocation and mobility supplier of choice, and employer of choice in our industry,” he said.  “I am confident that Luke Humphreys will lead our team to a successful...

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JENNIFER MURR BECOMES GM FOR AIRES IN HOUSTON

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  Jennifer Murr, has accepted the new position of General Manager of AIReS’ Gulf Coast Regional Office in Houston, TX. Jennifer will be responsible for the overall operation and profitability of the office, which includes both sales and operations teams.     Jennifer started her career with AIReS in May 1997, and recently celebrated her 18th anniversary with the company. She began as an Account Coordinator for international household goods forwarding, and was one of the company’s first Program Managers.    Over the years, she has held various transferee- and client-facing roles, including Account Coordinator/Relocation Specialist, Program Manager, Program Manager Team Lead, Business Process Manager, Director of Consulting Services, and most recently, Director of Client Services. In addition, Jennifer has served the role of Client Services Manager and Account Manager for key AIReS customers.   “After spending some time in Houston and Dallas...

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JOHN MASON ON THE CHESHIRE RUN

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John Mason International’s Maintenance Manager Pat Reilly and his daughter Victoria recently took the company’s vintage truck on The Cheshire Run: a 90-mile classic commercial vehicle event held every April. This year there were 82 historic trucks, the oldest being a 1930 Ford Pick Up truck.    The run started in Lymm and took a scenic route through Cheshire, taking in Delamere Forest and ending in Warrington in the north west of the county.    Pat said, “It was a great day for the local community, there were many interesting vehicles present including historic fire engines and unique commercial vehicles.”    The John Mason vehicle is a 1960s Leyland Comet, which was previously used as a removal vehicle by the company before being converted to a break-down truck. It was then loaned to a British transport museum and later entrusted to enthusiast care before being re-acquired by John Mason International.    The historic...

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CROWN-ARMSTRONG SHIPS DONATED GOODS TO SAN SALVADOR

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Crown-Armstrong International has recently shipped a container of donated goods to San Salvador. The consignment is part of a cooperation between the company and Father Frank’s Kids that ships donated goods to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) homes in Central and South America. The donated goods are gathered through donations of clothing, medical provisions and other critical supplies given by parishioners of St. Isidore Church in Danville, CA. These items are carefully packed by a team of volunteers led by Tori Ferrante’s wife Ann. Once packed at the church facilities, the goods are shipped to one of four orphanages run by the global organization (NPH). Since 2005, Orphanages in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have received 1-2 containers per year from Crown-Armstrong and Father Frank’s Kid’s.    This latest container being shipped to El Salvador comes with a special request for workshop tools. Parishioners donated a welding machine,...

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24,000TEU VESSELS ON THEIR WAY

According to Lloyds Register the current build of 20,000TEU vessels could be left behind in the clamour to build the biggest vessels.  24,000 TEU ships are already planned.   Full story here    

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