* Volume 1 * Issue 1 *
The Newsletter * January 2007 *
Just like many of you, we are off to a ‘fresh
start’ in 2007. If you’ve been reading our
newsletter for a while you know that we
changed our name from ‘Wilson-Gray’ to
‘Canton Street Inc.’ at the end of 2006. This
change was just one of the many to be
announced in this newsletter. Did you make a
New Year’s Resolution this year? We did! In the
spirit of starting fresh in the new year we have
decided to let Canton Street Inc. naturally
evolve to become a FULL SERVICE
SOLUTIONS PROVIDER for the household
goods moving and storage / relocation industry.
What does this mean to you? It means that Above is our new logo.
Canton Street can take you wherever you want Special Thanks to Jodie Genet for working
to go. Read on and you will see what we mean. with us in developing our new logo.
Thanks for your continuous support,
Kurt Wilson, Rick Herbison, Julie Smith, Jim
Burns, and Larry Muratore
WHAT IS CANTON STREET?
Canton Street Inc. started as a small recruiting firm specializing in the moving & storage industry. As
the company grew, we became not only the largest recruiting firm specializing in the moving industry,
but also the most diverse. In 2006 we added our Business Brokerage division as a response to your
needs. Now in 2007, we are further responding to your needs by offering the following divisions:
• RECRUITING DIVISION will continue to work with the best companies in the industry to
recruit the best candidates in the industry and bring the two together for the purpose of
permanent placements to enhance our client’s companies and our candidate’s careers.
• MARKETING & ACQUISITIONS DIVISION will continue to help owners of moving
companies/warehouses list their properties for sale while also working with qualified buyers to
find new properties and complete the sale.
• BUSINESS SERVICES DIVISION is an all-new division that will work with your business
to achieve your objectives. Our industry-experienced consultants will work with you as much or
as little as you need, even on-site, to help you with strategic and business planning.
• THE CAFÉ is a place where people can meet without the assistance of a recruiter. This online
job board will allow companies to post their positions for a cost. In turn, candidates browsing
through The Café can view these postings and get in touch directly with the company.
• RESOURCE CENTER – This is a new place on our website where you can find ideas and
information on many different topics whether you are a candidate or client.
• NEWSLETTER – Our National Newsletter is subscribed to by nearly 7,000 professionals in
the industry and read by many more. We publish only information that has been verified as
true and accurate. For your convenience we have upgraded our newsletter to a PDF format
allowing you to print it, save it, and share it with others.
• WEBSITE – Our all new website can be found at www.canton-street.com
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…And without further adieu we will move on to the content you are accustomed to
seeing in our monthly publication…
Congratulations to Steve Stapleton for being
RIPPED FROM THE appointed Vice President, Global operations by
HEADLINES! Primacy Relocation. He will be based in the
Announcements Awards and Honors Memphis Headquarters and develop procedures
for efficient delivery of services to clients and
A special farewell and congratulations goes out to
Tom Nelson on his retirement. After 50+ years
of service in the moving industry, Tom spent
2006 as his last year with Barrett Moving
Congratulations to John Flanagan, Manager of (formerly Otto Nelson & Sons Moving).
Quality, Safety, and Fleet Services at Stevens Happy retirement to you Tom! We will miss you!
Worldwide Van Lines for being selected to
serve on the board of AMSA’s Safety Management Steve Adams has been hired by Berger Allied
Committee. as the Director of Marketing. Steve has a
Bachelor’s Degree from Macalester College and
Jim Stamm has been promoted to CEO of an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Prior
Atlas World Group. For those of you that don’t to joining Berger, Steve was a sales and
know him, Mr. Stamm joined Atlas in 1987 as the marketing consultant for an IT services company
President of Atlas Van Lines’ Specialized he founded in 1997.
Transportation Group. He was named
President and COO of Atlas Van Lines in 1999 Anthony Waugh, a resident of Indianapolis and
and President and COO of Atlas World Group formerly the VP of Mayflower International
in 2004. After nearly 40 years with Atlas, Mike and more recently the CEO of Global
Shaffer will be stepping down from the position Silverhawk has recently written an award-
of CEO as he approaches retirement. Mr. Shaffer winning book titled “Issi’s Tales.” Visit
will remain Chairman through 2007. http://www.anthonywaugh.com/ for more info.
Congratulations to Jim Stamm!
Congratulations to Jeff Nadeau as he joins
Gerald Hoff and Mary L Wigger have been Covan/Coleman American Allied as the
named Man and Woman of the Year for 2006 by General Manager for their San Diego, CA office.
UniGroup Inc. Hoff is a Senior Application
Developer who has held progressively responsible Congratulations to Rick Westervelt as he joins
positions with the company’s IT department since McCollister’s in Florida as a Sales Manager.
1996. Wigger started with UniGroup in 1979
and has held progressively responsible positions Congratulations to Stan Aikman as he joins
in the company’s treasury department before McCollister’s as a Regional Manager presiding
being named to her current position of Analyst in in Southern, California.
Treasury Services. Way to go Gerald and Mary!
Congratulations to Rich Matusz as he joins
Frank Watson III, President of Charlotte Atlantic Relocation in Phoenix, AZ.
Van & Storage (agent for Mayflower Transit),
has been named the 2006 recipient of the James Congratulations to Kathleen Zollner,
T. Dorman Award by the North Carolina Movers CRP,GMS, for being appointed Director for
Association for recognition of “outstanding Inventory and Supplier Services by Primacy
service to the NCMA’s.” This is the highest honor Relocation. She will be based in the Chicago
given by the association. Congratulation Frank! Regional office.
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Atlas Van Lines has been named a family Shaheen Moving & Storage, an agent for
friendly employer for the third time in 5 years. Mayflower Transit in Canton, OH, has acquired
Atlas received the “Family Friendly Health and Shamrock Moving & Storage (also an agent
Benefits Award” for 2006 after its’ health, 401K, for Mayflower) in Cleveland, OH. This acquisition
retirement, education assistance, personal & will immediately double Shaheen’s hauling
professional development programs, and capacity.
opportunities for recreation and team events were
examined. With 453 employees, Atlas received Primacy Relocation has acquired
the award in the “medium-sized” category. Foursquare Relocation. This will increase
Primacy’s Europe, Middle East, & Africa business
Bean Moving & Storage Inc. of Hattiesburg, unit revenues by nearly 40% and will add 35+
MA, Reads Moving Systems of Carolina relocation professionals to the Primacy team.
Inc. of Summerville, SC, and NMS Moving
Systems Inc. of Oxnard, CA were awarded for Target Corporation has named Primacy
being Atlas’s top three agents in military Relocation as a “Vendor of the Year.” This
sales. award recognizes Primacy for exhibiting
advanced business tactics and exceptional
Harkins Moving & Storage in Sumter, SC, leadership. Primacy was specifically noted for
agent for Atlas Van Lines, has been purchased by their active role in Target’s policy development
Brady & Mike Anderson. and overall services to Target Associates.
Atlas Van Lines announces new additions to Atlas Van Lines has awarded 13 of its agents
their family. Peoples Warehouses Inc. of with the New Millionaire Club Award, which
Klamath Falls, OR (president Vince Wachter), recognizes agents whose sales hit or surpassed a
Campbell Moving & Storage of Fort Walton new million-dollar level. These agents are:
Beach, FL (president Bob Campbell), and All • J.W. Cole & Sons of Detroit, MI
Pro Moving of Grand Junction, CO (president • Ace World-Wide of Fallsington, PA
Tammy Jaudon) have now joined Atlas Van • Atlantic Relocation of Houston, TX
Lines and are a part of a network of nearly 400 • A. Walecka & Son of West Wareham, MA
agencies and affiliates representing Atlas • Able Moving & Storage of Manassas, VA
• Suncoast Moving & Storage of Fort Myers, FL
• Security Relocation Group of Raleigh, NC
Crown Worldwide has announced that
Crown Los Angeles has been honored with the • Ace Relocation Systems of Orlando, FL
2006 Silver Medallion Sales Award from • AAA Pro Moving & Storage of Tucson, AZ
Wheaton World Wide Moving Company • Avatar Relocation of DeBarry, FL
for its high level of sales achieved during • Security Relocation Group of Charlotte, NC
Wheaton’s 2006 fiscal year. • American of Virginia Inc. of Waynesboro, VA
• Bekins Northwest of Tacoma, WA
Crown Worldwide also announced the
Crown New York has been honored with the Suhr Transport, A Mayflower Transit agent
2006 Bronze Medallion Sales Award from based in Great Falls, MT, recently received a
Wheaton World Wide Moving Company prestigious “Green Arrow Award” in the non-
for its high level of sales achieved during temporary storage category form the Surface
Wheaton’s 2006 fiscal year. Deployment & Distribution Command of the
The top 3 Atlas agents for government sales were: Department of the Army for superior
• Mitchell Moving & Storage of Seattle, WA performance in the areas of inspection reports,
• Weleski Transfer of Tarentum, PA claims, complaints, suspensions, and overall
• Atlantic Relocation of Indianapolis, IN service.
*** Do you know of any other news within the Moving Industry that we missed? If so, please e-mail us at
MoversNewsletter@Canton-Street.com and let us know so we can post it in next month’s issue! ***
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Towards the end of the year, people are often touched by the
“Holiday Spirit” and prompted to take action to make a difference
in the lives of others or in their community. Here are some of the
ways that you found to give back to your communities.
Bekins Van Lines recently presented a check in the amount of
$50,315.00 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland
and Northwest Indiana. Every year at their national Convention, Bekins Van Lines Selects a local
charity to sponsor. This year, they held a ‘Live Auction’ to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.
During the auction, many items donated by Bekins agents and business partners were auctioned off,
including sports memorabilia, electronics, and a 53-foot Kentucky Trailer. The Bekins family opened
their hearts and their wallets and raised over $50,000.00 for charity.
Jack Treier Moving & Storage, a United Van Lines agent in Lancaster, PA, transported 2,000
pounds of instruments and uniforms for Pennsylvania students who participated in the Universal Star
Performance Program at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. Jack Treier donated its moving expertise
and helped to turn dreams into reality for the band members. Jack Treier provided a truck and driver
to handle the big move to FL. The driver, Michael Radzik, spent 5 days on the road as part of the band
family to help make possible what may be the highlight of many of the band members’ musical
A. Mrazek Moving Systems, an agent for United Van Lines in St. Louis, MO, donated
transportation of $16,000.00 worth of toys given by St. John Vianney High School and Ursuline
Academy. The two high schools challenged each other to see who could raise the most money for US
Marine Corps Toys for Tots. With the money raised, students from both high schools met at a ‘Toys R
Us’ in Sunset Hills, MO to purchase toys. A. Mrazek Moving Systems offered to transport the
donations to the collection site in Kirkwood, MO free of charge.
The Kloke Group, an agent for United Van Lines in Manassas, VA, helped their community with 2
major charitable events. The Boy Scouts conducted the largest local food drive by collecting canned
goods from people in the community, boxing them, and placing them on skids. Kloke delivered nearly
20,000 pounds of food to the local SERVE food closet. Kloke also donated the use of a 53-foot trailer
to transfer toys for underprivileged children.
Barrett Moving of Minneapolis – St. Paul donated 165 toys, gift cards, and gifts for infants,
children, and teens to the Toys for Tots Program. These donations were contributed by the associates
of Barrett Minneapolis – St. Paul. Associates put together a program, ran a bingo contest that raised
cash for donation, and arranged for a Barrett crew to deliver the toys to a drop-off spot.
Primacy Relocation showed its commitment to the ongoing fight against breast cancer during this
year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Worldwide, approximately 40 percent of Primacy’s staff
participated in events in cities such as Memphis, Dallas, Omaha and London. In Memphis, Primacy
formed the largest corporate team with 115 participants. This is the second consecutive year that
Primacy has participated in events organized by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
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Denver, & Colorado Springs, CO (2 locations!)
• Denver revenues are at $680K
• Colorado Springs is newly established
• Warehouses are 28K and 18K square feet
• Property is valued at $450K
• Facilities can be sold together or separately
• Price: To be determined
• Sales Revenues of $2 Million
• Warehouse is 20K square feet
• Parking for 38+ trucks
Larry is our resident M.A.D. Man. • Warehouse valued at $1.5 Million
That’s right – he is the Division leader of • Price: To be determined
our Marketing & Acquisitions Division.
Here is what he has to say. Southern, CA
• Sales Revenues of $3 Million
Dear Readers, • Warehouse is 70K square feet
We have a number of buyers asking • Includes Records Storage, Document Destruction,
us about Record Keeping and Storage and Commercial Storage
Companies only. If you have this type of • Long time established ownership
business and want to sell, please contact • Price: $2.3 Million
us and let us market your business. We
can do this quickly, quality, and Mount Kisco, NY
professionally. • Sales Revenues of $5 Million
Remember, you can always go to our • Warehouses of 15K and 5K square feet (leased)
web site and see what we currently have • Founded over 50 years ago
for sale. Please feel free to call me any • Ranked #1 Nationally in Quality Services by Allied
time to get more details about what we customers
have on the market. I look forward to • 2005 cash generation was $766,000
hearing from you soon.
• 2005 storage revenues were $280,000
Keep on Truckin,
• National Account Sales are up 37%
• Price: $2.5 Million
If you would like further information on Ohio
any of the properties you see here, please • Sales Revenues of $1.2 Million
contact Larry directly at:
• Warehouse of 25K square feet (great lease)
(800) 269 – 9153 x 2 (office) • Established for over a century
• Experienced &profitable drivers and movers
(404) 213 – 9875 (cell) • Price: $375,000.00
• Sales Revenues of $2 Million
• Warehouse of 50K square feet
• Property Valued at $1.2 Million
• 2+ acres included
• Price: $2 Million
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A NEW NAME
BDS Worldwide Inc, a St. Louis- United Van Lines has released
based specialized transportation their 2006 Migration study.
company has unveiled a new United has tracked shipment
identity and a new name: Titan patterns annually on a state-
Global Distribution Inc. by-state basis since 1977. For
Titan specializes in 2006, the accounting is based
transportation, warehousing on the 227,254 interstate
household moves handled by
and equipment and fixture
installation. The company
SIRVA United among the 48
resulted from the acquisition of REPORTS contiguous states, as well as
the assets of Bekins Distribution Washington, D.C. In its study,
Services Co., by an Atlas World
SIRVA is reporting preliminary United classifies each state in
Group subsidiary in February results for the Six months ended one of three categories: “high
2004. Titan’s president is DanJune 30, 2006. They announced inbound” (55% or more of
Kelly. He states, “Our new a preliminary loss from moves going into a state); “high
identity better reflects what continuing operations of $37.6 outbound” (55% or more of
customers receive when they million as compared to a moves coming out of a state);
choose Titan.” The brand preliminary loss of $60.1 million or “balanced.”
alignment with Atlas was the for the six months ended June High Inbound States include:
final step in positioning Titan to
30, 2005. Revenues were NC (64%), OR (62.5%),
live up to its potential as an$1,775.3 million for the six SC (60.6%), NV (59.9%),
industry powerhouse. months ended June 30, 2006 as ID (59.3%), NM (57.9%),
compared to revenues of DC (57.9%), AL (57.7%),
UT (56%), SD (55.9%)
MARK YOUR $1,679.4 for the six months
ended June 30, 2005. Revenue TN (55.8%), AZ (55.4%),
CALENDARS was at an increase of $95.9 ID (55%), CO (54.7%),
TX (54.6%), WY (54.4%)
million or 5.7% for the first six
months ended June 30, 2006 as KY (52.9%), GA (53.9%),
High Outbound States Include:
compared to the same period in
MI (66%), ND (66%),
2005. Service revenue was
NJ (60.9%), NY (59.9%),
$944.2 million for the six
IN(58.2%), PA (57%),
months ended June 30, 2006
LA (56.4%), OH (55.8%),
compared to $945.5 million for
IL (55.7%), MD (54.1%),
the same period in 2005. The
WI (53.9%), CT (52.4%),
decline in service revenue was
Jan 15 – 17: ProMat 2007 CA (52.4%), MO (51.8%)
driven by lower shipment
Material Handling & Logistics Further information on this
volume in the Company’s
Show & Conference – study can be found at the
Moving Services North America
McCormick Place South Chicago segment, which more than offset United Van Lines web site.
the impact of an increase in
Feb 25 – 28: UniGroup fixed fee closing within the
Learning Conference – Company’s Global Relocation
Renaissance Hotel / America’s Segment. As required by certain
Center – St. Louis, MO covenants in the Company’s
credit facility, the Company
Mar 6 – 7: ERC 2007 Global expects to report preliminary
Workforce Summit: Focus on results for the nine months
the Asia-Pacific – Shanghai, ended September 30, 2006 by
China January 31, 2007.
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At the end of 2006, Canton Street employees spent a full week together in our Atlanta, GA
headquarters to brainstorm for 2007. Here are some pictures of us from that week while we spent
countless hours making decisions on our new name, our new logo, our new website, and our new
direction in becoming a Full Service Solutions Provider to the Moving & Storage Industry.
Julie, Rick & Jim meeting Sharpening our skills on Rick, Jim, and Julie put
in the conference room to our new state of the art together a plan for
discuss our new logo software system by using Canton Street’s new
our BIG screen computer website
Kurt talks with the Rick and Larry review data Kurt & Larry talk about the
Secretary of State to have to prepare for a meeting direction for our Marketing
our new name approved & Acquisitions Division
Julie, Rick, Kurt, Larry, & Jim Our Christmas Dinner at ‘Bones’
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WELCOME TO CANTON STREET!
After much planning and preparation, this is what we came up with. While in the past we served as
only a recruiting firm, we are now able to serve the moving industry in many other ways. We hope
that our growth as a company will be able to accommodate the comprehensive consulting needs of the
household goods & relocation industries. As you can see below, Canton Street will take you wherever
you want to go.
Recruiting • Accepts job orders and searches from client companies
• Recruits for experienced and successful candidates
• Presents qualified candidates for consideration
• Schedules interviews, provides feedback, and checks references
• Mediates the hiring process by working with clients and candidates from
start to finish resulting in permanent placement
Business • Provides a variety of consultative services to help businesses achieve
• Comprehensive group of many consultants ready to travel as needed
• Will help you identify your strategic advantages, using the latest
management techniques, to realize the full potential of your business
• Can help with such things as improving productivity, the effective integration
of people and technology, corporate objectives and strategy, structure and
staffing, preparing and implementing development programs, improving
revenue and profitability, increasing cost effectiveness, introducing new or
better management techniques such as information technology, personnel
incentives, asset management, and re-engineering, planning and controlling
the execution of projects, introducing quality assurance programs, turning
around a fall in sales, reversing a decline in productivity, improving cash-
flow and more.
• Will work on-site with you as much as needed
Marketing & • Will list any moving company, warehouse, records storage facility, etc. for
• Will work with any qualified buyer to identify new opportunities
• Strategic planning through assessing a buyers or sellers specific needs
• Paid only at the close of a sale
• 100% confidential, professional, and reliable
The Café • On-line job board posted exclusively on our website
• With over 7,000 readers of our newsletter, thousands of industry
professionals browse through our site each month
• Your job will be posted upon receipt of payment and potential candidates will
respond directly to you, by-passing recruiter involvement
Resource Center • On-line and ever changing to include the latest information regarding the
industry, and ideas about going through the job change/hiring process
Newsletter • Free monthly publication packed full of information
• Available to advertise your news and announcements for free
• Now in Adobe PDF format for easy printing, saving, sharing, and viewing
Website • www.canton-street.com
• All new site, packed full of information about Canton Street, our services,
and our stories including bios on all full time personnel
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CURRENT JOB OPENINGS!
CLAIMS New Jersey, Alabama
COORDINATORS Virginia, New Jersey (several positions in both locations)
GENERAL MANAGERS Alabama, California, Florida, Texas
OPERATIONS MANAGERS Alabama, New Jersey, Illinois, California
DISPATCHERS Georgia, Illinois, Virginia
SALES: THIRD PROVISO California, Colorado, Georgia, Texas
SALES: COD Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington DC, Oklahoma
SALES MANAGERS Massachusetts, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina, Texas, Indiana
SALES: NATIONAL Florida, New Jersey, California, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, Missouri,
ACCOUNTS Texas, Washington DC, Minnesota, Oklahoma
SALES: O&I Oklahoma, Virginia, Illinois, California
For a more detailed description of any of our jobs, call one of our consultants at 800-269-9153 or visit
our website at www.canton-street.com and visit the “open jobs” section in our “Recruiting Division.”
Visit our website to browse through jobs, submit a resume, or apply for a position online.
Please note that the above list is only a partial listing of the positions we are working on and has been
kept vague for confidentiality purposes.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU SOON!
Recruiting Division Marketing & Acquisitions Division
Larry Muratore x 2
Rick Herbison x 1 firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Services Division
Kurt Wilson x 3 800-269-9153
email@example.com Jim Burns x 5
Julie Smith x 4
firstname.lastname@example.org The Resource Center
CafeJobs@canton-street.com The Newsletter
Thanks for reading our January 2007 Newsletter.
This has truly been a work in progress and we look forward to your comments, questions, and
concerns. We would appreciate any feedback you can give us on your thoughts regarding the many
changes we have made for 2007 as well as feedback regarding the new format of our newsletter.
Please e-mail us at MoversNewsletter@Canton-Street.com
If there is anything you would like us to mention in our next newsletter, please let us know!
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