Atlas Forum on Moving Draws Diverse Crowd

April 9, 2000

(EVANSVILLE, Ind.) -- Atlas Van Line's 33rd annual Forum on Moving this spring brought together some 500 people who work in the household goods moving industry, provide a service that supports the industry, or employ the relocation industry to move their corporate personnel.

Atlas Van Lines each year invites service providers, Atlas agents and customers to the two-day forum, held for many years at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago. At the Forum, participants exchange experiences and ideas, air problems and concerns, and strengthen relationships with counterparts. Topics of this year's workshops included corporate relocation policies, the family's concerns when moving, and strengthening customer/carrier relations.

The Washington Post's Bob Woodward, famous for revealing the Watergate Scandal as a young reporter in the 1970s, addressed the Forum audience with his views on presidential politics. Keynote speakers also included Jim Cathcart, author of "The Acorn Principle," and Connie Podesta, a psychologist/comedienne who specializes in human resources. Artist Denny Dent brought the crowd to its feet with live-action portraits set to music.

The Atlas Forum on Moving, still the only of its kind, was first held in Evansville, Indiana, in 1968 in order to integrate company traffic managers more effectively into the process of relocating their employees. The focus of the event and the diversity of those who attend have expanded over the years. Representatives of every major van line have spoken at the Forum through the decades, as have a number of dignitaries such as Henry Kissinger, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.

"The Forum has been a valuable resource in our industry for many years, and we are proud of that," notes Steve Mumma, Atlas senior vice president, Marketing & Agency Services. "I think it's fair to say that the Atlas Forum has played a significant role in upgrading business relationships within the relocation industry and in raising the bar on overall quality standards within the moving industry."

Each year, the results of the Atlas Corporate Relocation Survey are released at the Forum on Moving. This year's relocation survey - also the 33rd annual - revealed corporate trends in elder care assistance, the reasons employees turn down job transfers, and demographics on the average transferee. The complete survey is posted on the Atlas Web site, To receive a printed copy, call Atlas Corporate Communications at 800-638-9797.

With its world headquarters in Evansville, Ind., Atlas Van Lines is a major transporter of household goods and special products through some 600 agents in the United States and Canada and more than 800 worldwide. Atlas is the nation's third-largest carrier of household goods and ranks fourth-largest overall.