Bob Clark to Lead Atlas Canada

Nov 21, 2007

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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.

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"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."

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