Moving Industry Mourns the Loss of Atlas Van Lines Agent Milton M. Hill

January 17, 1996

EVANSVILLE, (Ind.) -- Moving industry giant Milton M. Hill has died. Hill, President of Alexander's Moving & Storage, one of Atlas Van Lines' largest agents, died January 10, 1996 from complications following surgery. He was 57 years old.

Hill spent his entire career in the moving industry. Throughout his 37 years, he was associated with Alexander's Moving & Storage, working his way through the ranks to eventually head what has become the largest multi-agency combination of companies within Atlas Van Lines.

Under Hill's leadership, Alexander's Moving & Storage grew from a single company in Orange County , Calif., to one with operations in Tustin, San Diego and Hayward, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Baltimore, Md.; and Nashville, Tenn. In the past thirteen years, the company has gone from just below $2 million in revenues, to 1995 revenues of more than $27 million, with over 250 employees.

"Atlas Van Lines owes a great deal to Milt Hill," said Norman Gee, chairman and chief executive officer of Atlas World Group, the holding company for Atlas Van Lines. "He was constantly looking for new and better ways to serve customers; never satisfied with the status quo. His dedication to total quality service has been instilled throughout all of Alexander's operations. His demand for nothing short of excellence has served, and will continue to serve, as an example for Atlas Van Lines and the entire moving industry."

Alexander's Moving & Storage became an agent of Atlas Van Lines, Inc. in 1982. Hill was a member of the Agent Acquisition group that reacquired Atlas from Wesray, Inc. in 1989, making it an agent-owned, agent-directed van line. He had been an Atlas Van Lines volume director since 1988. As a seven-year member of Atlas' executive and finance committees, Hill played a major role in guiding and shaping the direction of Atlas Van Lines, the nation's fifth largest carrier of household goods.

Born in Clearwater, Nebraska, Hill moved to California at an early age. During the late 1950s, Hill served as a member of the United States Navy. He was active with the American Movers Conference and the California Moving & Storage Association. He was also a strong supporter of the San Diego Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Hill is survived by his wife, Gerri Hill; his son, Donnie Hill; his daughters, Rhonda Hill and Linda Hill Sciarra; his mother, Alice Clark; and his sister, Shirley Frank.

With its world headquarters in Evansville, Indiana, Atlas Van Lines is a transporter of household goods and special products through some 600 agents across the U.S. and Canada, and nearly 1,000 worldwide.