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April 15, 2021

Next Destination: Retirement

  • Atlas Van Lines
  • People

An Evansville native, Steve Hermann kicked off his very successful career with Atlas® Van Lines in 1978 in Household Goods Operations, seizing the opportunity to return to his hometown for work. In 1981, he started as a recruiter in Agency Development. Six years later, Hermann became Director of Commercial Truckload and in 1996 was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Operations. In 2009, he assumed his most recent role as Vice President of Agency Development. Why stick around for so long? “I found the culture and working environment to be top-notch,” Hermann says. “It kept my interest from the type of service we provided to the work I enjoyed most, recruiting Agents for our national network. I will cherish the memories of traveling on the Atlas® plane, attending hydroplane races, and learning the business from great teachers.”

Through the years, Hermann has been a strong contributor as part of the Senior Leadership team at Atlas. “Steve’s wealth of knowledge of the industry and strong relationships will be greatly missed,” said Barry Schellenberg, President and COO of Atlas Van Lines. “His years of service, hard work, dedication, and strong
character have built a legacy and set an example for others to follow. We will be forever grateful for his accomplishments.”

What now? Says Hermann, “Even in my retirement, I am excited to see where Jack Griffin and Barry Schellenberg are taking the company with acquisitions and sound management. As for me, it’s time now to enjoy my large family and grandkids.”

Nancy Priebe, Vice President of Human Resources for Atlas® World Group (AWG), began her journey with Atlas® Van Lines in November 2004 with 25 years of HR experience already under her belt. In her role as Director of Human Resources, she was responsible for development and administration of all HR plans, programs, and policies and ensured compliance with various programs. Just two years later, Priebe was appointed to her current role, taking on additional responsibilities for all AWG companies.

In reflecting on what her time at Atlas® has meant to her, Priebe says, “Being able to grow the HR department to support the AWG organization has been very fulfilling. Over the years we have merged from separate companies with their own benefits plans and policies to a cohesive approach that makes it easier for employees to transfer from one business unit to another. The HR team has also built a robust training platform and has recently rolled out enhanced succession planning and leadership development processes— it is great to see the organization continue to develop its people resources to be prepared for future opportunities.”

Throughout her career in HR, Priebe became a member of various professional societies, including the Evansville-Area Human Resource Association, Inc., the Tri-State Business Group On Health, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), WorldatWork, and the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in Canada. These affiliations only helped to mold her contribution to Atlas.

“Nancy has brought years of valuable expertise to the Atlas team. She is a true human resources professional whose leadership, experience, and integrity has greatly benefited our company,” said Jim McMurray, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Atlas World Group. “Upon her retirement, she will leave with us an impressive career and a stamp of excellence that will continue to be an asset to Atlas.”

“I am grateful to have been a part of the Atlas family and round out my working career with a company focused on growth of the organization and of its employees,” Priebe adds. “I wish the entire Atlas organization—our employees, Atlas Agents, and PVOs—much continued success in the future.”

In her retirement, Priebe looks forward to taking a break from constant technological connection, enjoying the
upcoming spring weather, and eventually tightening up some travel plans once COVID-19 has declined.