Interview with Mr Charles White, President, International Association of Movers (click)
Charles L. "Chuck" White,
M.Ed., CAE, President
International Association of Movers
IAM Staff Member since January 2005
A former Army brat, as well as a onetime director of sales and operations at a local moving company, Chuck White is uniquely qualified to offer guidance and perspective from the viewpoints of both military customers and the industry.
These days, Chuck interacts with both IAM members and their government partners, applying his firsthand understanding of both at meetings and workshops. He spends a lot of time traveling for the Association, representing and advocating for its members.
Chuck is a football nut and a rabid fan of the NFL, particularly the Dallas Cowboys. He attended college on a football scholarship and was even named Most Valuable Player in the 1977 Hall of Fame Bowl Game. After an almost-successful effort to join the NFL rosters, he became a high school science teacher and football coach. Years from now, after he retires from IAM, he expects to return to coaching high school football. Until then, of course, there’s plenty for him to do as the industry’s relationship with the military continues to evolve.
#MDyerHawaii President/CEO Anthony A. Shipp along with incoming President Charles White of International Association of Movers; supporting hashtag#MoveForHunger 5K race in hashtag#WashingtonDC at hashtag#IAMovers 2018.
Moving Forward, Together
The International Association of Movers represents more than 2,000 companies in over 170 countries. More than movers, these companies are partners and innovators in the delivery of moving, forwarding, shipping, logistics and related services. IAM affiliation increasingly signifies strength, trust, diversity, ethics, reliability and accountability.
Origins of the Association
When the Association was founded more than 50 years ago, the membership of what was then called the Household Goods Forwarders Association of America (HHGFAA) consisted of 18 charter companies, all of whom resided in the United States and were doing business with the U.S. government. A primary motivation to establish HHGFAA was the need for these carriers to have an advocate in Washington, D.C. Most of them were seeking the counsel of lawyer Alan F. Wohlstetter, who had experience in transportation issues. When it became clear his efforts were benefitting an entire industry, Mr. Wohlstetter decided to devote his legal time to forming an association.
The first official meeting of HHGFAA members – called Active (now Governing) members – was held in Redondo Beach, California, at the Plush Horse Inn. The group would meet regularly thereafter, but it was not until two years later that the gathering was formalized as the annual meeting that members know today.
In 1963, membership was opened to all those with an interest in the moving industry, and the first international companies joined as Associate (now Core) members. By 1969, HHGFAA’s 7th annual meeting drew members from 11 countries, and the Association began a decades-long era of growth.
Becoming the IAM
After much research and study, the HHGFAA membership voted in 2008 to change its name to the International Association of Movers (IAM), a name that reflects the worldwide scope of the Association and the environment and industry in which it operates.