Portal - March/April 2021

Industry News


Turgay Üstel

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With great sadness, we announce the loss of the founder and General Manager of DTN International Movers,Turgay Üstel, on December 12, 2020 due to heart failure while under the COVID-19 treatment in the hospital. He made an great impression on everyone he met, and his family and colleagues wish to share a moment of appreciation for a joyful life taken too soon. He was a light in this world, which now we carry within us in our own lives.

His DTN family and as his son find solace in knowing that he is in a better place and resting in peace, and that he will be never forgetten. In his spirit, all who knew him will continue on the path he opened and will be stronger by following his legacy with the feeling of his support on each one.

Wladimir Alvares de Melo

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With great sorrow, we regret to inform the death of our dear friend and colleague Wladimir Alvares de Mello, President of Metropolıtan Transports S.A., Brazil, on January 29, 2021.

We express our most sincere condolences for this irreparable loss to his children; Pedro, Thiago, Nicolau, and Cristina Mello; his wife, Marta Mello; as well as to all the Alvares Mello family, and Metropolitan Transports family.

We raise a prayer on his behalf; may the Lord grant him eternal peace and provide his family with the necessary strength to overcome this difficult time.

Michael Cartwright

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The mortal world bid farewell to a true original recently when Michael Cartwright passed of natural causes at home surrounded by his family. While we grieve his loss, we are grateful that his long suffering is over.

Mike began his 60-year career at the company founded by his parents in 1934. From its humble beginnings at the end of the Great Depression, The Cartwright Companies has evolved from a domestic moving company into a global operation with 14 entities managing 12,000 international and domestic relocations annually and employing up to 130 full-time and seasonal employees servicing the United States military and several federal agencies, as well as private and corporate customers.

Mike was thrust into leadership of the company at a very young age following the premature deaths of his two older brothers. He proved capable, and with his brother Tom at his side they managed and grew the company over a 40-year period. Mike’s sister Vivian was instrumental as well, managing human resources and the office for many years. Upon Tom’s death in 2003, Mike took a less active role delegating daily operations to the third generation of sons. Mike retained his CEO title, however, and was an active employee to the end. When not wintering at this home in Palm Desert, California, Mike still came into the office daily and never surrendered the corner office.

The international aspect of the company allowed Mike many travels and he visited Europe, Asia and Africa during his lifetime, where he accumulated even more friends around the world. His generosity was profound, and his optimism, spontaneity and sense of humor were infectious. If you met him, you were his friend.

Mike loved to laugh and was always ready with a joke or a story and he could own a room with his natural charisma. He was also famous for being the most impatient person alive and nothing could happen fast enough for him.  His family and friends have many hilarious stories of his antics surrounding having to wait for anything.

A private service was held for family at noon on Friday, February 5.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Wayside Waifs animal shelter, which was one of Mike’s favorite of many charitable causes.