Suddath Acquires Daryl Flood, Inc.

Suddath has announced that it has acquired Daryl Flood Inc. (DFI). The sale, which was effective March 31, 2021, includes all of DFI’s operating companies, including Daryl Flood Relocation Inc., Daryl Flood International Inc., Dependable Relocation Services Inc., Daryl Flood Workplace Services Inc., Daryl Flood Logistics Inc. and VERSA Relocation Inc.

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OMNI Spotlight On… Gerson Relocation

Steve Jordan speaks to Mark Costa-Rising, Group Sales and Marketing Director, AGM Group, about Gerson Relocation: a probationer member of OMNI and a company with a rich history.

It was back in 1961 that Michael Gerson founded his eponymous company. It grew quickly and developed a name and reputation that was synonymous with quality. In fact, during the 1980s, the company was so well known on the world stage that it was instantly recognisable just by its distinctive corporate shade of green: a trade advert, for example, simply needed a verdant splash somewhere on the page to be identified as representing this iconic brand.

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OMNI Spotlight on… Clover Group

Clover Group is the new Probationer member of OMNI in Venezuela.  Steve Jordan interviewed Holly Rincon about the company and the difficulties of doing business in a country suffering from political turmoil.

Clover Group was started back in 1964 by Luis Alfredo Rincon who soon became well known in the moving industry.  Although the company started in the removals business, it quickly expanded to include logistics services.  Today, moving represents only 10% of Clover’s business.

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Mario Martinez

The OMNI Board and office staff wish to express their sincerest condolences on the passing of Mario Martinez, President of Security International Moving in Peru, who passed away on the 4th of March. Mario was a much loved member of the association and will be deeply missed.

The moving industry mourns the loss of Paul Evans

Photo of Paul Evans

Gerson Relocation have, with a heavy heart, announced the sad passing of Chairman, Paul Evans.
Paul has been a friend, mentor, and true inspiration to many throughout his life.
Paul loved the moving industry and was driven by a passion for the business and the people
within.
We are sure you will all join the OMNI Board and office staff in sending condolences and most sincere best wishes to his daughters, India and Charlie, and the rest of his family.
If you would like to share condolences, fond memories and maybe a picture memory please
upload to https://rememberancebook.net/book/paul-john-evans/ and they will be shared with his
family and loved ones.

 

Luis Holst Echeverria leaves Mudanzas Mundiales Mobility

Mudanzas Mundiales have advised that Luis Holst Echeverría, Mobility Manager, is no longer working with them.

“During the 9 years that he worked in the company, he performed first as Quality Improvement Engineer,  before overseeing the pricing unit, until his final appointment as Mobility Manager.” said Carlos José Zuniga, President. 

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Barbara Overbay Promoted to the Role of Vice President of Operations with Aires

Aires is pleased to announce the promotion of Barbara Zuendt Overbay to the role of Vice President, Operations. In this new role, Barbara will have oversight of Aires’ Operations teams globally. She currently manages Aires’ Northeast Region teams; this promotion will increase her responsibility to include all U.S. offices as well as the company’s operations in the EMEA and APAC regions.

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Women in the Trucking Industry

Since its earliest days, the trucking industry has been dominated by men – viewed as the only ones suitable for the “rough and tough” lifestyle, lifting heavy loads and long hours on the road.

This stereotype is becoming a relic as a growing number of women work as professional truck drivers in the United States. In fact, one out of every 10 over-the-road drivers is a woman, according to the 2019 Freight Waves & Women in Trucking Association survey. The American Trucking Association says that over the past 10 years, the number of women truck drivers increased by 68%.

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OMNI Spotlight on… JK Moving Services

Steve Jordan interviews Chuck Kuhn, from JK Moving Services in Sterling, Virginia—near Dulles Airport, to learn about the company he started at just 16 years of age that is now the largest independent moving company in North America.

So, what were you doing when you were 16? Chuck Kuhn was starting a moving company.  I was intrigued to know why.

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OMNI Spotlight on… The Paxton Companies

Steve Jordan puts the spotlight on new OMNI Probationer member Paxton to learn more about the company’s long history in the international moving industry and why it joined the network.

When Fredrick D. Paxton founded a furniture moving business in Washington D.C. way back in 1901 using mules and donkeys as the motive power, he could have had little idea that 120 years later his burgeoning company would develop into the global moving and logistics specialist it is today.

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OMNI spotlight on… Freeline Movers

Freeline Movers – Leading the way in Pakistan

Freeline Movers is OMNI’s new Probationer in Pakistan. Here, Steve Jordan talks to the owner, Alamgir Shah, about Business development, since he started it in 1988.

It was April 10 1988, a memorable day in Pakistan’s history. Just before 10am, an army ammunition depot located in a densely-populated area between twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, exploded. For over an hour the cities were showered by rockets, artillery, mortar shells and grenades. A report in The New York Times following the day claimed that 75 people had lost their lives and a further 850 had been wounded. In practice, the casualty count was likely to have been much higher.

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OMNI Spotlight on— Vinelli & Scotto

Vinelli & Scotto in Italy joined OMNI as a Probationer in 2019.  Here, Steve Jordan talks to joint owner Renata Busettini about the company run by herself and her sister Laura, and it’s somewhat unusual history.

Vinelli & Scotto is an old company.  It was started in 1890 by Francesco Vinelli who soon joined forces with his cousin Scotto and the dynasty was begun.  But although successful, Vinelli & Scotto was not a dynastic organisation.  In fact, with each passing generation, the company was bought by a new owner who passed the company on through the female line.  In this way, Laura and Renata inherited the company from their father, Ottavio Busettini, who bought the company in 1984 having previously worked with Franzosini.  Ironically, as neither Renata nor Laura have children lined up to inherit the business, history is destined to repeat at some time in the future. The company has two locations: Milan and Turin.

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Bobby Bartle Promoted to the Role of General Counsel with Aires

Aires is pleased to announce the promotion of Bobby Bartle to the role of General Counsel. In this new role, he will lead the legal function at Aires by providing legal advice to the entire organization as well as key stakeholders and executives. Among other responsibilities, the position will focus on contract drafting and negotiation with outside parties, ensuring compliance with employment laws for staff, protecting Aires’ intellectual property interests, managing any potential litigation matters that arise, and monitoring government affairs and compliance issues impacting the company or the services it provides. 

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OMNI spotlight on… Kings International

Kings International is the new Probationer member of OMNI in South Africa.  Steve Jordan interviewed Rolf Lamers, the company’s Managing Director in Cape Town, to find out a little more about the company’s past and present.

Kings Transport was originally formed in Cape Town in 1923 by ‘Old Man’ King, as Rolf affectionately refers to him.  At the time the company had a horse and cart and was mainly involved in the moving of sand and commercial cargo in the local area.  He subsequently left the business to his son, Juno, who many in the industry will remember well today.

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OMNI COVID-19 BULLETIN – The Philippines & Indonesia

Gerry Lane looks at the ways in which COVID-19 has affected his businesses and, perhaps, offers a little inspiration as the world changes.

It is the beginning of November 2020 and Virginia and I are spending some time in Sydney, Australia.  The fact is that the Philippines, where we live most of the time, has severe restrictions on movement and, were we there, we would probably be confined to the house.  I think we’ll stay here for a while enjoying the legendary Australian hospitality.

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OMNI COVID-19 BULLETIN – USA

Joleen Lauffer, Executive Vice President at Aires in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, looks at the ways in which COVID-19 has affected her business and lessons for the future.

We have around 600 people working at Aires, so when many of them started working from home early this year we had to work really hard to make sure they still felt connected to the organisation. We did this through regular video communications from our leadership team that allowed us to talk to everyone about what was happening in the company and how our work was impacted.  I think these regular touchpoints really helped get us through the transition phase.

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