Bekins Van Lines received the New Jersey Warehouse & Movers Association (NJWMA) 2023 Associate Member of the Year Award at the group’s 54th Annual Convention at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, N.J., last week.
The award is earned each year by the NJWMA associate member who best demonstrates the following criteria:
- Involvement with Association meetings & programs
- Recruitment & promotion of Association
- Local community services performed
- NJWMA member for at least 5 years
“We’re thrilled to accept the NJWMA Associate Member of the Year Award,” said Mark Kirschner, CEO of Bekins Van Lines. “Our interstate agents in New Jersey are professionals in every sense of the word, and it’s their investment in and passion for their state association that allows the van line to get so involved on the state level.”
Kregg Boreani, Director of Agency Recruiting at Bekins, accepted the award for the van line at the conference.
BEKINS NETWORK & NJWMA
Many Bekins agents serve on the board of directors of the NJWMA, offering their time and talents toward the group’s goals to build consumer confidence in the New Jersey moving industry, uphold ethical guidelines, and educate consumers on the dangers of rogue movers and the importance of hiring properly licensed movers.
Karen Mantzouranis, President of Main Street Movers, an interstate agent for Bekins Van Lines based in Berkeley Heights, N.J., is the Acting President of the NJWMA.
“When I was new to the moving industry, NJWMA was a valuable resource and an integral part of my learning and development,” said Mantzouranis. “Currently what I appreciate most about NJWMA is the advocacy and support they demonstrate for licensed movers and their targeted campaign to inform and educate consumers on the value of working with reputable companies.”
Bekins agent SeaCure Moving, Inc., has been involved with the NJWMA for decades and recognizes the organization as an integral part of the New Jersey moving and storage industry. Tom Kilduff, longtime moving consultant at SeaCure, which has locations in Tuckerton, Manalapan and Voorhees, N.J., is the Chairman of the NJWMA Board of Directors.
“SeaCure Moving is incredibly thankful to be a part of the NJWMA, as they serve as invaluable guide, educator and support system,” said Tara Dixon, Vice President of SeaCure. “They are a beacon in the storm of a volatile industry within a challenging state to operate, and an advocate for consumers and legal movers.”
Transtar Moving Systems, an interstate agent for Bekins in Moorestown, N.J., considers the state moving association to be key to a moving company’s success.
“[The benefit of NJWMA is in] always having someone to turn to for guidance related to our industry, regulations, laws and how to stay in compliance,” said Wayne Lobascio, President of Transtar Moving Systems.
The president of another Bekins agent, Cindy Myer of Ridgewood Moving Services in Mahwah, N.J., served as the first woman president of the NJWMA Board of Directors in 2016.
“With a long and storied history in New Jersey, Bekins Van Lines and its interstate agents have served the industry and consumers in the state well,” said Kirschner. “The van line is grateful to the NJWMA for recognizing our network’s hard work for families and businesses in New Jersey.”
The NJWMA was organized by licensed movers in 1969 to promote professionalism among movers, to serve as the voice of the moving and storage industry in New Jersey in all matters that unite the industry, to offer education and training programs for movers and their employees, and to educate consumers on the importance of hiring properly licensed movers.