Atlas Van Lines promotes Spiehler to senior VP, and McCandless and Schimmel to senior director positions

September 8, 2009

Media Contacts:
Kerri Hart, Atlas Van Lines, 800.638.9797, ext. 2951
Ryan Heath, Hetrick

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Atlas Van Lines, Inc. has announced the promotion of three Atlas veterans. Mark E. Spiehler has been named Senior Vice President of Account/Agent/Claims Services. Jeffery L. Schimmel is now Senior Director of Operations for the Relocation Services Group and Specialized Transportation Group, and Brenda J. McCandless is Senior Director of Claims Services.

"Atlas employs top-level talent and gives them room to grow," said Glen Dunkerson, Atlas chairman and CEO. "Mark, Jeff and Brenda – whose experience with Atlas totals more than 64 years – prove the point."

Spiehler has worked in the relocation industry for close to 28 years, starting as a dispatcher for Atlas in 1982. He was with Atlas for six years, then returned to Atlas as director of agency recruitment in 1997. In 2003, he was promoted to vice president of customer service and then moved into the role of vice president of rating and distribution services. The company combined his two jobs in 2008, giving him responsibility for customer relationships, cargo claims and customer service as well as the rating, invoicing and revenue distribution functions for all of Atlas' interstate business. In his new role he will lead the Atlas departments that are responsible for account invoicing, rating and distribution, sales and marketing, claims and continuous improvement functions.

McCandless joined Atlas in 1980 as a customer service representative, and rose through the ranks as supervisor, manager and director of the customer service and claims department. In her new role, she will oversee all claims services associated with interstate relocations as well as specialized claims handling.

Schimmel has worked for Atlas since 1984, when he was hired as a dispatcher. In 1986, he was promoted to planner and in 1992 to manager of western operations. Schimmel was promoted again in 1995 to director of the relocation services group for region II, which includes states in the South and West regions of the United States. In his new position, he will oversee daily operations for both the household goods and specialized transportation group lines of business.

"Atlas is always looking ahead, and this internal reorganizing prepares us for coming changes in our industry and our company," said Dunkerson. "In addition, these promotions give me the opportunity to recognize professionally three members of the Atlas family for their continuing contributions to our company, our network of Atlas agents and our customers."

Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company that posted revenues of $908 million in 2008. Atlas World Group companies employ nearly 700 people throughout North America. More than 500 Atlas interstate agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate employee relocation and in the transportation of high-value items such as electronics, fine art and new fixtures and furniture. Visit for more information on the company and Atlas agents.