You might say Bob Clark, incoming President of Atlas Van Lines Canada, learned
the business "from the road up."
Bob started as a van operator and sales person with a small agency in 1979. Since
then, his experience has touched every facet of the household goods industry, including
agency ownership and serving as an executive with a competitor van line.
Throughout, Bob has built his career as a "people person." And he still
maintains his professional van operator qualification, a credential that testifies
to his passion for customer service and the business basics that are essential to success.
"I'd rather get behind the wheel of a van than play golf," says Bob.
"Besides, I'm a much better van operator than I am a golfer."
In 1993, after a meeting with President Doug Auld, Bob proposed the creation of a
new job position. Atlas CEO Norm Gee approved of the idea, and Bob took responsibility
for leading Atlas Canada's business development efforts. His first program,
"Selling for Excellence," defined a system to support and strengthen the
Atlas Canada agency network.
"Throughout the past 14 years, Atlas Canada has developed an excellent sales
and agency representation," says Bob. "A lot of hard work and cooperation
among our agents have helped us become Canada's largest and most successful van line."
Bob has earned the support and confidence of senior Atlas executives in Canada
and the U.S.
"The Canadian moving industry is not without its challenges, so there is a
great deal of work to do," says Atlas Canada President Doug Auld. "Clearly,
Bob has a deep appreciation for all of the stakeholders that are connected with relocation.
Bob will now have an opportunity to channel his energy towards taking the actions
required by Atlas to remain the industry leader in Canada."
"Bob's enthusiasm and job experience will enable him to continue to take
Atlas Canada forward with new accomplishments," says Atlas Van Lines President
and COO Glen Dunkerson.
"Our agents are what makes us successful. Bob understands this and will work to
enhance our relationship with the Atlas agents, both in Canada and the U.S."
"I'm confident in Bob," says Atlas Chairman Mike Shaffer.
"He has a solid background in the industry and with Atlas, and he knows the business.
I believe he'll do a good job."
"Atlas Canada has confronted major challenges in the past and, thanks to
teamwork between our agents and the van line, we have overcome them," says Bob.
"Certainly we'll face more challenges ahead. I'm confident through teamwork and
experience we will continue to enjoy a successful future together."