"This is a great company," says Jack. "Sometimes we fail to fully appreciate all Atlas has accomplished and how fortunate we are to have access to such tremendous resources. Atlas is truly a leader in the industry."
The new President and COO of Atlas Van Lines brings a well-rounded perspective to his assertion. Jack joined the relocation industry in 1995 as vice president of network development with Allied Van Lines. Subsequently, he managed the sales, marketing, and agency development efforts at Allied International. He gave up a senior position in business development at Bekins Van Lines to join Atlas in 2008.
As President and COO of AWG International, Jack led the company back to profitability by challenging people to excel and by emphasizing partnerships with Atlas agents. He also brought a fresh supply of creative thinking. In 2009, he piloted a bold initiative to license the Atlas brand in selected international markets.
Jack grew up in Brantford, Ontario, with a passion for lacrosse and hockey. He credits his parents with instilling a work ethic that has been fundamental to his success. He recalls when, at age 10, he wanted a mini-bike, his dad told him to save his money and he might be able to buy one. So Jack went to a neighborhood store and asked for a job.
"They told me if I showed up every morning and picked up the trash around the parking lot, they'd pay me 50 cents," recalls Jack. "So, every day before school I was out there picking up trash. And I saved enough to buy the mini-bike."
Besides a work ethic, Jack sees two keys to success in the corporate world. "One of them is integrity. When you say you're going to do something, you have to deliver on your commitments. The other thing is building relationships with people. The van line and its agents need to function as a cohesive group. Trust is paramount."
"Jack has done excellent work for Atlas with our three international business units and he will apply that same expertise to our domestic van line business," says Atlas Chairman and CEO Glen Dunkerson. "His experience has given him both a global perspective of our industry as well as an intimate knowledge of its nuts and bolts, and that's a winning combination as we head into 2010 and beyond."
Jack is a member of the International Association of Movers, American Moving and Storage Association, Southern California Relocation Council, Employee Relocation Council, and Society of Human Resource Management. He and his wife, Carolynn, have two children: Courtney, 21; and Jack, 19.