Who is Phil Wells?
I am from England originally, though being from a military family we moved frequently. The States have been my home since 1980 when I came here on a tourist visa, wanting to do some world traveling before settling into a more permanent job. I ended up getting a job at the Australian embassy. I worked my way up and eventually became in charge of travel and “removals” for household goods, which is how I first became involved in the moving industry.
What are some of your interests outside of work?
I definitely enjoy traveling. I have been grateful to see as much of the world as I have, and I want to see even more of it. Both of my kids are overseas—my son is attending university, while my daughter is working in London—and my wife is from the Philippines. We make a trip to the Philippines every two years to visit my wife’s family, and we try to see our kids as much as possible.
I am a big football (excuse me, soccer) fan. My team is West Ham United of the English Premier League. A great thing about being in the States is that so much more of the sport is televised due to NBC’s efforts to bring English football to Americans. I actually get to watch more games here than my family in England.
I am also a big fan of rock and roll. Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd… The music is just timeless. Though I prefer the classics, I do like when my kids show me some of their favorite modern bands that we can both enjoy.
What is your role at JK?
As Vice President of JK’s International business unit, I am responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, as well as customer service and supply chain management. The prospect of traveling and working with clients around the world is exciting to me.
How long have you worked at JK and what is your most memorable experience thus far?
I have been at JK for about three months now and my most memorable experience was a breakfast event for the drivers. I was very impressed by the camaraderie among not just the drivers, but also JK’s President and CEO, Chuck Kuhn. It wasn’t just being polite and going through the motions—everybody was sincere and truly cared about being part of a team. Everybody was appreciated as equals.
What are some of your most vivid memories?
Definitely marrying my wife, then the births of our two kids. Aside from those, it is probably my trip to Positano, Italy. My wife and I went to Positano for my close friend’s 50th birthday celebration. The ambience of the whole trip was just stunning. The food, the environment, the architecture—everything was just beautiful.
What are some of your future goals?
My wife and I hope to sell our house in Virginia and move into D.C. We would love to be able to enjoy a more urban lifestyle ─ go for walks exploring and discovering new shops and restaurants. Professionally, I look forward to growing the International side of JK by using my various relationships and experience gained through the years to add and secure new suppliers.
While JK Moving Services is primarily known for residential and commercial moving, did you know we offer information management solutions through our Archives team? Today, we’ll discuss the advantages of digital imaging as a way to improve access to your critical business information.
In today’s digitally-connected world, organizations need to access, share, and collaborate on documents and files at a moment’s notice, safely and securely. While JK’s vast warehouses securely store hard copy documents, more and more of our clients require access to their business records instantly. We can deliver this access through high-quality scanning with secure 24/7 accessibility to the image library. Now, you can respond faster to internal or client requests, make better decisions, and have access to the information you need, when you need it.
Some of the benefits of working with JK’s information management system:
- Consulting services – we would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you on a cost-effective solution that works best for you and your business
- Fully vetted employees – background checks, pre-employment drug screenings, post-hire random drug screenings, and e-Verify validation ensures your information is managed by trustworthy, professional staff members
- Training on current regulations and issues surrounding the industry, for example, HIPAA regulations
- Quality control through our production scanning equipment and indexing monitors
- Stringent document management procedures and a secure facility to maintain a chain of custody throughout the process.
JK Archives Team – Consulting Services
Clients can take advantage of our expertise to help determine what is best for their business. We work with each client to customize a solution and find a cost-effective way to store critical business records.
By combining hard-copy document storage with electronic media storage, you can have access to frequently needed documents in an efficient format, while storing less-needed files in hard copy.
Faster Is Not Necessarily Better
With image scanning, many companies are focused on speed rather than attention to detail. While “high-speed” production equipment can scan at a faster rate, it is impossible to control visual quality at the point of capture. Our production scanners operate at a speed that allows a professional operator to visually verify the quality of each document with the naked eye as it is being scanned.
To ensure quality, we have created an indexing process, which we perform in house to eliminate mismatched images. This also provides us the opportunity to conduct a second visual inspection of each image to ensure quality and accuracy.
It is not uncommon for imaging companies to contract portions of the process – like indexing services – to a third party data entry firm. These firms are frequently based overseas, allowing your images to travel around the world day and night, creating potential security fail points.
Our Archives Advantage
We offer customized information management solutions. Our team will work with you to determine your scanning and hard copy records needs based on the following criteria:
- The frequency and speed in which you need to access your records
- Who within the organization needs the information
- From where will they access the data
- Financial benefit or loss potential (e.g., accounts receivable, point of delivery).
JK is a leading information management and storage provider, and with our reputation for excellent service, we welcome the opportunity to demonstrate our imaging capabilities for your organization.
To learn more, visit our JK Records Management page.
Fall is just around the corner, and school will soon be in session. And if you have college-bound kids, it is nearly time to move them into their new dormitory. Maybe you are moving your first child, maybe you are moving your last and are about to be an empty-nester! Regardless of your situation, there are a few tips to ensure an easier move-in.
Plan ahead and get an early start.
Your college student should connect with their future roommate ahead of time to see what shared items–television, mini-fridge, shelves, etc.–they will be bringing, as well as when they will be moving in. Dormitory buildings are often small, so it is a good idea to move in before or after the roommate, not at the same time. Dormitory buildings often do not have air conditioning (pack a desk fan!), so plan to move in the morning to avoid working in the mid-day heat. You should also make sure your college-bound kid’s dorm does not ban certain items, such as microwaves or candles. Parking and elevator lines may also be a nightmare midday, as many parents are trying to move their children in as well; arriving early has its perks!
Sort it out.
Sort items into essentials and non-essentials. As previously noted, dorm rooms are often small, so leaving the non-essentials at home is key to eliminating clutter in the new space. When unpacking, make sure items such as candles, aerosol sprays, and certain electronics are unloaded first as these items can melt, explode, or suffer damage from the extreme heat of being locked in a car.
Resist shopping right away.
It is typical for college-bound teens to stock up on various supplies before moving into their new dorm. However, it might be best to wait. Often, you’ll end up buying things you don’t need or that the roommate already has. This is why planning ahead is so important–knowing which roommate can bring typical shared items makes it much easier to compile a shopping list. Wait until your student has settled in with their roommate so that they have a better grasp of which items are actually needed. Consult resources such as Bed Bath & Beyond’s campus checklist to see what you may or may not need heading into the new school year.
Moving into college can be a stressful experience, but by scheduling and preparing a college-bound move ahead of time, you and your family can save money, headaches, and time. We wish you and your child a stress-free move and a successful school year!
In Part 1 of our apartment moving tips series, we covered general tips about planning a move in or out of an apartment. Today, we’ll review specific considerations about elevator use and loading docks (typically found in high-rise apartment buildings).
- Once you know your move in/out date, promptly reserve the elevator and loading dock and obtain a parking permit.
- In some urban areas, you may need to block part of the street near or in front of your new building for the moving truck. By contacting your local municipality or police precinct at least a week prior to the move, you can secure a parking permit, which must be posted 72 hours in advance of the move date to be enforced.
- For long-distance moves in particular, reserving the loading dock is essential. Interstate moves typically involve a tractor-trailer, and the mover will require access to the loading dock for such a large truck.
Timing is everything.
Many buildings have specific start and end times for elevator and loading dock use, so make note of when you can begin your move. Some buildings will strictly enforce these times, stopping a move in the late afternoon whether your move is complete or not. Your mover will then have to return your belongings to their warehouse, adding additional transportation and storage fees to your bill. This is why it is crucial to notify your mover of the time window provided by your property manager.
Visit the property ahead of time.
Check out the elevator and stairs at your new building prior to the move. Some elevators are smaller and can carry less weight than others and can lead to moving crews having to take the stairs with larger items. If you are not sure whether the elevator is too small, have your moving consultant view the elevator prior to the move as well, so they can assemble the right crew for the job.
Conduct a final inspection of the moving truck and loading dock area before the crew leaves to ensure none of your belongings have been left behind.
We hope our two-part series on apartment moving has been helpful. Follow these tips and advice, and you should enjoy a smooth experience on moving day!
Move in day is approaching, and maybe you’re moving into your first apartment or maybe you’re an “old hand” at this. Regardless of the situation, there is a misconception that moving into an apartment takes less time, costs less, and in general is less of a hassle. The reality is, movers may need more time with an apartment move.
The elevator is king.
- In any apartment move, the elevator controls the pace. The speed, size and weight limit of elevators plays a pivotal role in how quickly an apartment can be moved.
- Not only will the elevator slow down the process of an apartment move, but in the case that an item is too big for the elevator, the movers may need to use the stairs.
The property manager knows all.
- Certain buildings require a security deposit to reserve the elevator and loading dock; ask the property manager about the building’s policies.
- There may be restrictions on which days of the week residents are allowed to move in. Check with your rental/leasing office or property manager to make sure you’re moving in on a day that isn’t restricted.
- On top of days that you’re allowed to move in, find out what day the trash is collected for your building and schedule around that day. If the crew is blocked by dumpster trucks it can cause delays and subsequently cost you more money.
Protecting your new building.
- Your property manager may request a Certificate of Insurance (COI) from your mover in the case there is damage in public areas. Make sure to ask your mover if they are insured prior to the move.
- Some buildings, higher-end residences for instance, have certain requirements to ensure that public areas are properly protected. This may include the use of building protection materials more suited for commercial moves. Check to confirm the requirements.
Small details add up.
- One final tip, don’t forget on-site storage in your building. Certain apartment buildings have storage “cages” for each unit in the basement and can be a good use of space for unused items. These “cages” should also not be overlooked when moving out.
In summary, it is a great idea to talk to your property manager and rental/leasing office well in advance of your move, so that you and the movers are properly prepared on move day so that you may enjoy a worry-free move!
This is Part One of our two-part series on Apartment Moving Tips. Click here for Part Two!
Every quarter, JK Moving Services selects one of its commercial clients to be awarded the “Commercial Move of the Quarter.”
This 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 award its Q1 2015 Commercial Move of the Quarter to The George Washington University.
“The university’s relocation was a terrific example of the importance of extensive, professional training and established operational methods. This project involved moving laboratory equipment, many of which were irreplaceable pieces. We were pleased to earn the trust of the university’s Operations and Facilities teams, as well as the professors whose life’s work we were moving,” said Charles Kuhn, Founder, President and CEO, JK Moving Services. “With this award, we recognize and thank The George Washington University for its confidence in us.”
JK’s services included consolidating 12 different locations into the university’s recently constructed Science & Engineering Hall, a 500,000 sq. ft. teaching and research center. Additional work included moving 10 unique scientific instruments built by university professors and graduate students, several of which required rigging to move them due to the enormous size. JK was also responsible for moving approximately 100 lab spaces, glove boxes with sensitive chemicals, tanks and chambers, optical tables, air compressors, lab equipment, and microscopes.
“To say that this was a high-stakes relocation is an understatement,” noted Ayana Moore, Business Analyst and Manager, The George Washington University. “Our professors were deeply concerned about the safety of the equipment and materials that they had spent a career developing and building. The team at JK put our minds at ease and worked hand-in-hand with our staff to ensure the safety of these sensitive items.”
The George Washington University is the fifth recipient of JK’s Commercial Move of the Quarter. The award has previously been given to Covington & Burling LLP, Cvent, Global Impact, and ASIWorks/PSI Family Services.
Please join us in congratulating The George Washington University for receiving the Move of the Quarter award.
(Editor’s Note: Kyle Smith is an intern in our Marketing Department. Today, he shares perspective on participating in a summer college internship program. Stay tuned for more in this series.)
For the 40 million Americans that move annually, about 13 percent move their residences in the summer months. That equates to more than 5,000,000 people moving every summer! To support this productive time of year, JK Moving Services employs college interns every summer. We’d like to introduce you to some of our talented interns.
Please meet Misheel Davaatseren, one of our finance department interns. Misheel is originally from Mongolia, but calls Arlington home now. Misheel currently studies at George Mason University as she pursues an accounting degree. Misheel loves to travel, read, play tennis and is an avid soccer fan.
Since arriving at JK, Misheel has spoken highly of her mentors. “My supervisor is awesome and so are my co-workers; they’re always willing to help me. They’re so patient and will teach me anything step-by-step,” said Davaatseren.
Day-to-day activities, such as completing invoices, transactions and refunds, keep Misheel quite busy. “The real life work experience here is something you don’t get at school. In some of my classes, the information didn’t click with me, but doing the work hands-on helps make sense of what I learned in class,” said a smiling Davaatseren.
Misheel aspires to become a forensic accountant and help prevent fraud and embezzlement. She would also enjoy having a career where she is able to travel often! We’re excited to have Misheel Davaatseren as a member of Commercial Services accounting team!