2013 is the year for
CMSA members to consider “Exiting the Comfort Zone,” – which is the
theme for our 95th Annual Convention May 14 through 19 at
the Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara, Calif.
This year’s theme encourages
attendees to think outside of the box and develop new business
relations. To help Mover members in this endeavor, the 2013
Convention will provide up-to-date information on issues affecting
the moving industry, offer new networking opportunities with
suppliers and exploring business diversification strategies for
The Convention kicks off with the CMSA’s Executive
Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday night will be the
Movers and Shakers Reception and Dinner – which is an
invitation-only event for CMSA Board Members, Chapter Presidents and
Committee Members. The Movers and Shakers Reception will be
sponsored by Gateways International,
Inc., and the dinner will
be sponsored by TransGuard General
Insurance Co. of America.
On Wednesday, the CMSA standing committees (Insurance
Committee, Government Affairs Committee, Membership Committee and
Military Affairs Committee) and the Association’s Board of Directors
will convene throughout the day. Attendees are welcome to sit-in and
learn about industry news during these meetings. The registration
desk will open this day, and attendees can begin picking up their
registration packets and event tickets. Convention Exhibitors will
also have an opportunity to set up their booths early between 3 p.m.
and 5 p.m.
On Thursday, CMSA members will showcase their golfing
talents at the Glen Annie Golf Club for the CMSA Annual Golf
Tournament, sponsored by
Pioneer. The golf tournament will start with its shotgun at 9:00
a.m. with a $10,000 hole-in-one prize on the ninth hole, sponsored
by TransGuard General Insurance Co. of America. For
Exhibitors who don’t golf, the ballroom will be open for them to
prepare their booths from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. before the Exhibitors
Thursday night is the highly anticipated Exhibitors
Welcome Reception, sponsored
by New Haven Moving Equipment. The Reception is the
best place for moving company decisionmakers to mingle with
suppliers, and to check out new and returning Exhibitors’ services
and products. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available to
attendees throughout the night.
The Santa Barbara Breakfast, sponsored by
Trans Advantage, will
begin the Friday activities. After breakfast, master of ceremonies
Ben Geissel will start the Friday General Business Session by
welcoming delegates and performing the annual roll call. Delegates
will then hear a motivational presentation about human behavior
impact on your business from keynote speaker
Colette Carlson, founder
of Speak Your Truth, Inc.
is a human behavior expert who delivers business communication
advice to maximize company relationships and revenue.
Carlson has been hired by
Accenture, Microsoft, New York Life, Cisco and PepsiCo to focus
their business strategies. It was after her own personal
transformation that enabled her to change her career path from
administrative assistant to No. 1 sales producer, and eventually, to
becoming the founder of Speak Your Truth, Inc.
CMSA Chairman Rick Hosea
of Crown Worldwide Moving & Storage will share his
impressions of the past year’s experiences with
Steve Weitekamp in
industry matters and visiting CMSA Chapters.
Linda Bauer Darr, president and CEO of American Moving and Storage
Association (AMSA), will inform attendees of the issues and
developments affecting interstate moves.
Sean Edgar of
CleanFleets.net will discuss the California Air Resources
Board (CARB) regulation updates still impacting moving companies
within the state. As an established consulting firm for CARB
regulation, CleanFleets.net continues to advise and update moving
specialists about upcoming deadlines, reporting requirements and
other CARB issues.
Closing the Friday General Business Session, CMSA
President Steve Weitekamp will present intrastate moving
industry achievements in 2012 and the issues that lie ahead in 2013.
Weitekamp will also
introduce the new 2013-2014 CMSA Board of Directors and swear them
Next is the Blue Pacific Luncheon, sponsored by Paul
Joining attendees at the luncheon, a legislative spokesperson will
discuss current events happening in Sacramento affecting the moving
The Military Affairs Breakout Session will follow the
luncheon. Delegates will hear from a diverse group of military move
experts about upcoming policy changes. At the end of the session,
panelists will answer delegates’ questions about the outlook on
military moves in 2013.
In the evening,
delegates get a chance to relax and socialize at the Friday night
off-site event at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center. Attendees will
enjoy a quick shuttle ride, sponsored by
DEWITT Co./Royal Hawaiian
Movers, to and from the center.
There will be a catered barbecue dinner for attendees and
entertainment by Mark Collier, a well-known strolling magician. This
event is sponsored by Kentucky Trailer, Cardinal
Van & Storage Co., Arpin Van Lines, Inc., Atlas Van Lines, North
American Van Lines, Stevens Worldwide Van Lines, Unigroup, Inc.
The American Riviera Breakfast, sponsored by
ECS Refining – ecollective,
will begin the Saturday morning. At Saturday’s General Business
Session, master of ceremonies and former CMSA Chairman Vince
Cardinale will introduce International Association of Mover’s (IAM)
President Terry Head, who will present the current state of
the international shipping market. The IAM represents more than
2,000 companies operating as movers, forwarders and other service
providers in more than 170 countries around the world.
CMSA will also host its Van Line Panel discussion with van
line representatives, moderated by former CMSA Chairman Steve
DeBolt. Delegates will have an inside look into interstate household
goods moving, health of the national account business market and
future DP3 changes. At the close of the panel discussion, questions
will be taken from the audience.
The Convention continues with the Saturday Paradise Awards
Luncheon, sponsored by Champion Risk & Insurance
Services, L.P. and Vanliner Insurance Co. During the
luncheon, CMSA Chapter Presidents will be recognized for their hard
work in leading their chapters and for raising funds for the CMSA
Scholarship fund and Special Olympics. Also joining Convention
attendees are several 2013 CMSA Scholarship recipients who will
receive their certificates and say a few words about how their
scholarships will help them accomplish their scholastic goals. In
addition to granting more than $51,000 in scholarships this year,
one person will be awarded a special $2,000 memorial scholarship,
honoring the life of retired CMSA Manager Patricia Andrews. CMSA
will also present a $5,000 donation to the Southern California
Special Olympics. The finale of the 2013 Convention is the Saturday
night Chairman’s Reception and Dinner/Ball, sponsored by
CDS Moving Equipment. The
night will kick off with the grand prize drawing of the
DEWITT Co./Royal Hawaiian
Movers-sponsored Maui Trip. Only Mover members that have
purchased full Convention registrations and are present during the
raffle are eligible to win (Individual tickets don’t count!).
Next, the 2013-2014 CMSA officers will be introduced to
the membership, and the attendees will celebrate the installation of
Chairman-elect P.J. Welch of Cardinal Van & Storage Co.
Senior Chairman Rick Hosea of Crown Worldwide
Moving & Storage will receive the honorary CMSA lifetime
membership and pass the gavel to the 2013-2014 Chairman P.J.
Welch. In celebration of the newly installed Chairman, delegates
will dance to the music by the Area 51 band.
Join us at the 95th Annual CMSA Convention in Santa
Barbara! Remember: Full registrations that are paid by March 25 will
be entered in a $50 Visa gift card raffle!
To register for the 2013
Convention, please call the CMSA office or visit the convention
kiosk on the CMSA website today!