The end of the year brings celebrations, memories and manifestations for the year to come. This year, we wanted to recap a few of our favorite moments from 2022.
At Bekins, we strive to be the best mover for our customers day in and day out, but we do a lot of other things as well. From our inaugural Indy Truck Pull, to raising money for charitable causes, and everything in between, Bekins is a staple, not only in the moving industry, but the community as well.
Let’s dive into 2022 and all the cool things we did together.
Bekins Van Lines is a proud supporter of Legacy List with Matt Paxton on Public Television, and we were thrilled to present early screenings of the first episode of Season 3 in January.
On January 14, our corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., hosted local public television members at our office so they could watch the episode early and hear behind-the-scenes tidbits from the host himself, Matt Paxton. The interactive experience immersed attendees into the show, and Matt made them feel like they new the subjects as well.
The following week, we traveled to Cummings Moving Company, our interstate agent in South San Francisco, where the company hosted fellow Bekins agents, real estate agents and special guests to screen the first episode with Legacy List cast member Mike Kelleher, who told attendees all about shooting the episode and shared stories that didn’t make the final cut for the show.
Jan. AOM: Boerman Moving & Storage, Inc., Woodridge, Ill.
Jan. DOM: Patrick Basham, Boyer-Rosene Moving & Storage | Glenn Collins, Boerman Moving & Storage
Our annual Van Line Summit & Awards Gala took place at the end of February, with more than 165 agent representatives in attendance. This event is a chance for agents, drivers and corporate staff to get together, share learning experiences, network and engage in seminars.
One of the favorite sessions from the event was Dr. Elliot Eisenberg’s presentation on what to expect in the economy during 2022. His humor and in-depth knowledge kept attendees engaged and learning. With his more than 13 years of experience as senior economist at the National Association of Home Builders, the Bowtie Economist gave great insight into the trucking industry and how other industries affect our day to day. After all, we’re all in this together.
Feb. AOM: Arpin America Moving Systems, Dallas & Houston, Texas & Edison, N.J.
Feb DOM: Wayne Frederick, Mid Cal Moving & Solutions | Thomas Peregoy, Bekins Moving Solutions | John Schroder, A and P Moving, Inc.
A van line, especially Bekins, has many moving parts. Each year in March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. This year being no different, we focused on the femmes that make moves happen from behind the scenes – those you might talk to, but never see. Recap the experience and meet just a few of the women that make Bekins the top-notch van line you know and love. After all, we know moving.
March AOM: All American Movers & Storage, Jacksonville, Fla.
March DOM: Timothy Pettigrew, Boerman Moving & Storage Sean Yelm, McGuire Moving & Storage
They say April showers bring May flowers… but what flowers would exist if we didn’t recycle?
Bekins loves the three “r” words – reduce, reuse, recycle. That’s why we encourage customers to re-use boxes when they’re able and to think about using things such as pillows and towels to pack boxes, when packing their items themselves.
For 2022, we covered some ways that our van line, and you, can stay green during your move. Check out the blog for hot tips and tricks for sustainable moving!
April AOM: Mid Cal Moving & Storage Company, Stockton & Modesto, Calif.
April DOM: Delroy Kennedy, Direct Lease Driver | Anthony Paluch, Boerman Moving & Storage | Darrel Stinson, White Glove Moving, Storage & Delivery
May is National Moving Month. This year, we focused on celebrating team members from Bekins’ 2021 Agent of the Year with videos highlighting key employees from Bekins Moving Solutions, an interstate agent for Bekins with locations across the country. Applause goes out to the entire team, including leadership, drivers, move coordinators and everyone else involved in every aspect of the moving process!
May AOM: Texas Moving, Midland-Odessa, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Austin & Richardson, Texas
May DOM: James Irvan, Boerman Moving & Storage | Patricia Schilling, Bekins Moving Solutions
Summer is always a busy time, as families wanting to move try to do it before the new school year begins. Each year, we lean on seasonal employees to help with the heavy lifting and extra workloads.
This year we welcomed five seasonal employees and one summer intern at the corporate office. Each shared their skillsets through various departments such as marketing, accounting and facilities. We always appreciate the different perspectives seasonal help brings to our ever-growing business. We’re always looking to cultivate talent. Oftentimes, seasonal employees will become full-time Bekins staff!
June AOM: White Glove Moving, Storage & Delivery, Vero Beach, Fla.
June DOM: Andres Ramos, Boerman Moving & Storage
As you might have gathered, summertime is B U S Y for the moving and trucking industry. With hundreds, sometimes even thousands of people moving, our employees have their work cut out for them. In July, we unloaded roughly 1,030 truckloads. With some trucks taking multiple days to load and / or unload and dispersed throughout the country, this number is impressive!
July AOM: Charles E. Groff & Sons, Inc., Mount Joy, Pa.
July DOM: Phillip Schrepel, Cross Town Movers | James Winne, Maffucci Storage Company | Samuel Artip, Boerman Moving & Storage
August means back to school! We’re proud to support universities and other education entities in relocating new employees. Providing universities, colleges and educational centers with smooth moves across the country, no matter where they’re headed, is one of our greatest joys.
Located in the heart of Hoosier country, our staff loves supporting the university just down the road.
Aug. AOM: SeaCure Moving, Inc., Tuckerton, Manalapan & Voorhees, N.J.
September brings Driver Appreciation Week.
Drivers are the backbone of our organization. They not only drive goods but also direct the loading and unloading of every truck. Each month we name drivers of the month who are then eligible for Driver of the Year.
Throughout the month, we shared videos of each DOY from 2021 across our van line network and highlighted them on social media. From why they drive for Bekins to ways to save money, they spilled all the beans.
Check out an example here.
Our corporate team works closely with drivers in our network across the country to keep you moving. With our longtime VP Operations Ron Borkowski retiring at the end of the year, we searched long and hard for someone to continue his legacy. In September, we welcomed Kevin Miller to the Bekins team as our incoming VP Operations.
Sept. AOM: AMS Relocation, Inc., Burlingame & Campbell, Calif.
Sept. DOM: Juan Alvarez, Cross Town Movers | Daniel Wade, Boerman Moving & Storage
October was stacked with events, van line rapport and education. From our Inaugural Indy Truck Pull, to the Hauling Bootcamp and Sales Training Summit, there was no shortage of networking, learning and fun.
Check out the action from our Truck Pull to relive just one of the experiences from this month.
Oct. AOM: Make A Move, Charlotte, N.C.
Oct. DOM: Kevin Hamlett, Boyer-Rosene Moving & Storage
In the season of allergies, colds and flus, our health is something we often take for granted. Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with good health, which is why we partner with Give Kids The World. This nonprofit based in Kissimmee, Fla., grants wishes to children with critical illnesses across the nation, year-round, giving them (and their family) the vacation of their dreams.
Each year for Giving Tuesday (the Tuesday following Thanksgiving), we help raise funds for their cause. This year we raised more than $9,000 with a corporate match making the total more than $18,000! That makes a huge difference in several children’s lives and provides support not only for the village, but also for the Bekins sponsored attraction, Keaton’s Korral.
Did you miss out on donating this year? Donate through the portal today!
Nov. AOM: Dixie Moving & Storage
Nov. DOM: Robert English, Transtar Moving Systems | Byron Merlos, Boerman Moving & Storage
December is barely here and will be gone before we know it, just like 2022. But don’t worry, we have a lot to celebrate. Not only did we positively impact the community, as well as the moving and trucking industry, but we have several corporate employees retiring at the end of 2022. We’d like to take this time to recognize them for their hard work and years of service.
Included in the list of retirees include:
- Ron Borkowski | VP, Operations
- Karen Carson | Manager, Customer Service
- Marsha Davis | VP, Revenue Accounting
- Rob Weissert | Accounts Receivable Coordinator
Dec. AOM: Sheridan Brothers Moving, Inc.
Dec. DOM: Aristeo Castillo, Boerman Moving & Storage
Bekins is grateful for every customer, employee, driver and agent that keep us moving. Without people like you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we each day of the year. 2022 might be coming to a close, but we’re only moving forward and manifesting the best for 2023. This includes what we can do for our customers and our community. We’re thankful we could recap 2022 with you.
We’re wishing you and yours a safe holiday season and prosperous new year.