Portal - March/April 2021
by Charles L. White, IAM President
I’m extremely excited for this edition of the Portal magazine. South Asia has always intrigued me; this issue will provide insights that allow us to see the region through the eyes of our members, and I look forward to getting a real feel for the wide variety of lifestyles offered in this region. And then, one day, I hope to be able to visit and experience its wonders myself.
The IAM staff is already a month into our preparations for our 2021 in-person Annual Meeting which will be held in Orlando, Florida, on October 13–16. After missing out on our in-person event in 2020 and being forced into a virtual environment due to the pandemic, we’re incredibly excited to once again meet face-to-face with our members. We understand that some of you may be reluctant to travel, but our planning has the safety of our attendees at its heart. It’s our hope that everyone will feel safe to travel and get back to the level of networking that the IAM Annual Meeting has become known for.
We’re also planning to add a virtual element to the conference. This year we are planning this event as a “hybrid” meeting, having learned a great deal from holding a fully virtual conference in 2020. We now understand that some members would like to have the ability for a wider array of employees to be able participate. The virtual aspect of the conference will have a more affordable price point and build “bridges” between the virtual event and the in-person event so that the virtual attendees will get the feeling of actually being there.
Finally, the IAM staff is now considering changes to the IAM governance structure. Except for minor changes, the structure of the IAM governance has been the same since the association’s inception in 1962. Do the current By-Laws and membership structure meet the needs of today’s IAM membership? How can the By-Laws be updated to help us meet tomorrow’s needs? Watch for more information on the staff’s and Executive Committee’s vision; we need your help in plotting the way forward and building the IAM of the future.
Charles L. White
Worst at Fantasy Football
A group of IAM members formed a Fantasy Football (American Football) league last August as a way to have some fun and provide a contribution to the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund. The group included 10 players: Brandon Day (Daycos), Tim Helenthal (National Van Lines), Tony Waugh (DeWitt Move Worldwide), Brian Limperopulos (IAM staff), John Burrows (DeWitt Move World-wide), Chuck White (IAM President), Jacob Pieroni (Central Van Lines), Jim Gaw (Atlas World Group International), Dan Bradley (IAM staff) and Don Goldberg (Gridiron Forwarding & League Commis-sioner).
The league champion was Brandon Day and the last place finisher (pictured with his “trophy”) was IAM President Chuck White. The league raised $1000 USD for IAM’s AFW Scholarship Fund. IAM challenges the membership to form more of these leagues in the fall as a fun way of raising money for the AFW Fund.