February 2015 Kenny B.
The team was excellent, both professional and efficient! The JK team allowed my family to have the best move we have ever had and I have a lot of experience moving around after being in the military for several years and living in multiple states since 2002. -Kenny B.
19 May 2015 // from

When you think about a moving company, you probably think about the folks who actually conduct your move, like the packers, drivers, and warehouse staff. But there are so many other employees “behind the scenes.”

I recently sat down with Brad Van Kleeck, JK Moving Services’ Senior Commercial Account Executive, to better get to know him and his role at JK. Here is a little of what he shared on camera:

 

Here is a little more about Brad:

What is your background? Who is “Bradley Van Kleeck?”

I’m the oldest of 6 children – one brother, two sisters, and two half-brothers.  I was born in Wilmington, DE and raised in Northern Virginia.  I have lived in Loudoun County for the past 20 years and went to Broad Run High School.  I graduated from Virginia Tech in 2004 with a Business Degree in Marketing Management.

What are some of your interests? What do you do in your spare time?

My Interests include playing and watching sports – primarily soccer.  Also, I love traveling and spending time with my family.  Currently in my spare time, which is limited, I spend as much of it as possible with my newborn son who is now 12 weeks old.

What is your current role at JK Moving Services and what got you interested in this line of work?

Currently, I’m a Senior Account Executive for the Commercial Services Division at JK. I got introduced to JK by one of my good friends who worked as a member of the residential moving crew over the summers throughout college. He eventually ended up taking a residential sales position once he graduated.

He always talked about what a great company it was and that there was a sense of ‘family’ and ‘community’ throughout the entire organization and everyone took pride in total customer service.  I was looking to transition careers about a year after I graduated and luckily, JK had an opening in the Commercial Services Division and here I am 10 years later.

To learn more about the people at JK, check out our YouTube playlist where we highlight some of our employees.

14 May 2015 // from

An important part of any moving company’s success is its drivers.  Long distance drivers in particular are frequently away from home, friends, and family for several days – or even a couple of weeks – at a time.  We don’t see them as often as some of our other employees, so we make extra efforts to make them feel valued and appreciated.

We recently built a brand-new, fully furnished bunk house at our Sterling, VA headquarters for our long-distance drivers and their helpers to enjoy for a few days between jobs. We appreciate all of our drivers’ hard work and the tireless hours they spend on the road and we wanted to give them a place where they could feel comfortable and get rejuvenated before heading back on the open road. Fully furnished, the bunk house can accommodate up to eight people at a time.

“The bunk house is an example of how much we value our drivers and their helpers – they are an integral part of the team,” said Karl Holder, JK’s Long Distance Driver Coordinator.

“Just speaking out of personal experience, I started as a long-distance driver in 2010 so I know how important it is to have a comfortable place to stay in between jobs.  Now I’m a training supervisor at JK.  The company wants to help employees grow.”

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JK is actively recruiting local and long-distance drivers, moving helpers, and various other positions. If interested, check out our careers page and submit your application today!

7 May 2015 // from

Each quarter, JK Moving Services selects one of its commercial clients to be awarded the “Commercial Move of the Quarter.”

The honor recognizes and showcases outstanding commercial relocation projects. The award criteria are based on the scope and nature of the move, with an emphasis on projects that have unique components or that helped the client solve a challenge. The award is given to one commercial client each quarter.

JK is pleased to announce its Q4 2014 Commercial Move of the Quarter to Covington & Burling LLP.

Pictured, left to right: Bryan Martin, Account Executive, JK Moving Services, Commercial Division; Shonette Gaston, Director of Administration, Covington & Burling; Sylvia Robbs, Director of Facilities, Covington & Burling

“Covington’s relocation was the largest single commercial move that JK has managed since starting the division in 1996,” said Charles Kuhn, Founder, President and CEO, JK Moving Services. “With this award, we recognize and thank Covington & Burling for their trust and confidence in us.”

JK’s services included moving 1,100 employees – 850 in one weekend alone; relocating office contents, computers and furniture; PC Tech Services; and wire management services to Covington’s newly constructed space at CityCenterDC. JK also assisted 150 of the firm’s attorneys by delivering personal furniture, artwork, and other items from the original space to individual residences. JK dispatched employees, a fleet of trucks, and equipment nonstop for 48-hours to deliver the project within Covington’s required timeframe.

“JK was flexible to our changing needs. We were concerned about needing to move so many employees at one time, yet JK was able to pivot effortlessly. Also, with a myriad of clients around the globe counting on our attorneys and professional staff, we could not afford downtime,” said Sylvia Robbs, Director of Facilities for Covington’s D.C. office. “We were impressed by JK’s professionalism and ability to manage so many services, from traditional packing and storage to the residential deliveries for our partners and attorneys ─ their efficiency and resources created a seamless experience.”

Covington & Burling is the fourth winner of JK’s Commercial Move of the Quarter. The award has previously been given to Cvent, Global Impact and ASIWorks/PSI Family Services.

Please join us in congratulating Covington & Burling for being our Commercial Move of the Quarter.

30 Apr 2015 // from

Over the past 20 years we’ve moved many office spaces and have seen a rise in the trend of “open workspaces,” particularly in companies where creativity and technology are important.

Collaboration is the name of the game; put employees side-by-side and face-to-face to promote productivity and innovation.  Not only that, but it is a way for companies to maximize on space efficiently.

(Buzzfeed Los Angeles office. Picture via archdaily.com)

(Buzzfeed Los Angeles office. Picture via archdaily.com)

An example of an open workspace can be found at a company that is well-known to many – Buzzfeed.  (If you are not familiar with Buzzfeed, it provides shareable news, entertainment, and video to a global audience online.)

While this may be an ideal set up for some companies and employees, for others, this is the equivalent of having to attend a gathering when you have a yearly analysis report due the next day.

The Personality Issue:

One of the greatest things about collaborating with other people is that they each come with their own viewpoints, expertise, and personalities.

Most people can work effectively and happily with others, even those with strong personalities and quirks, if they only have to work with them in manageable doses. Putting employees face-to-face for eight hours a day may change the mood of the employees and ultimately reduce their ability to work productively.

The Concentration Issue:

Personalities aside, most jobs require a certain level of concentration to complete tasks; a programmer working on a complicated code, a journalist overcoming writer’s block, an accountant balancing their books.

Not having the ability to think without interruption could be detrimental to the efficiency of an employee and can ultimately create unhappiness in the workplace.

 

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The Privacy Issue:

Almost every employee at one time or another has taken a private call; whether it was a call to their doctor to make an appointment, to speak to a family member in distress, or to check up on a loved one.

Open workspaces make it difficult to get those few moments of privacy. Those few moments of privacy may be just what the employee needs in order to return to work productively because there is now one less thing weighing on their mind.

The Bottom Line:

According to the Washington Post, a 2013 study found that many workers in open offices are frustrated by distractions that can decrease work performance. Nearly half of the surveyed workers in open offices said the lack of sound privacy was a significant problem for them and more than 30 percent complained about the lack of visual privacy.

While open workspaces may be great for collaboration, employers should also take measures to create private work areas for those employees who need a quieter atmosphere to focus and concentrate.

23 Apr 2015 // from

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Throughout our history, JK has had a tradition of giving back to our community in a variety of ways, from donating our services to employee-led food drives.

Loudoun Youth (LY) is a nonprofit organization established to assist in the development of youth programs and to create leadership opportunities for children in Loudoun County, VA. JK’s headquarters has been located in Sterling, VA since 1993 so we take special interest in opportunities to assist our neighbors.

“For the last two years, JK has supported the annual AOL 5K & Fun Run financially and by donating trucks and crews to assist with logistics on the day of the event. All proceeds from the event benefit Loudoun Youth. This year we’d like to invite others in the community to come celebrate Loudoun Youth’s 10-year anniversary with us,” said Brian McGuinness, JK’s VP of Sales and Business Development who is also on the LY Board of Directors.

“I will be running again this year with Katie Northrop, JK’s Director of Government Services.”

If you would like to support Loudoun Youth, here are the details:

When? Sunday, May 3, 2015

Where? AOL Campus: 22000 AOL Way, Dulles, VA

Fee? AOL 5K is $30 and the Fun Run is $10 (through April 30th)

How do I register? Click here to sign up through their website

17 Apr 2015 // from

At JK Moving Services, we are proud of our sustainability efforts across the company. Each year, we publish a report with the results of our eco-friendly practices. In 2014, we diverted more than 1,187 tons of materials from local landfills.

 

2015 Recycling Infographic

In 2014, JK diverted 1,187 tons of materials away from area landfills through recycle, reuse, re-purpose programs. Click to see a larger version of this image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What type of materials, and how much, were we able to save from landfills?

  • Mixed Paper – 616,870 pounds
  • Metal – 563,120 pounds
  • Corrugated Cardboard – 357,420 pounds
  • Furniture – 465,454 pounds
  • Code 2/Wood – 362,600 pounds
  • E-Waste – 4,220 pounds
  • Mixed Plastic – 4,566 pounds

This year for Earth Day, we want to help you take part in our sustainability efforts. If you are interested in hosting an Earth Day event at your location, JK can provide e-cycling (for computers and other electronics), document destruction (i.e., paper shredding), or hard drive destruction.

Just contact us and we can help organize an event for your company.

We are proud that we were able to divert 2,374,249 pounds of materials away from area landfills through our recycling programs and initiatives in 2014. We look forward to furthering our efforts in 2015!

30 Mar 2015 // from

When you think about a moving company, you probably think about the folks who actually conduct your move, like the packers, drivers, and warehouse staff. But there are so many other employees “behind the scenes.”

I recently sat down with Doug Hatch, JK Moving Services’ Dispatch Manager in our Maryland Division, to better get to know him and his role at JK. Here is a little of what he shared: