Who is David Macpherson?
I grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, where I met my wife Alison. After our marriage, Alison and I moved to London, England. In 1985, we then moved to Toronto, Canada, where our son Grant (a JK Moving Consultant) was born. In 1992, we moved again; this time to the States. I had thought Canada and the U.S. were fairly similar, but I experienced huge culture shock when I moved to the States. Everything was very different (except that I could still watch “The Benny Hill Show!” every night!).
I also would say I am a bit of a tech junkie. When I was young, I was a mobile DJ. I would routinely assemble and disassemble all of the sound equipment and lighting, and became very comfortable around technology. I love experiencing how technology can improve our lives and improve processes that would otherwise occupy much of our time.
Alison and I are both dog lovers too. We own two Pomeranians and a teacup poodle.
What are your interests outside of work?
I enjoy cooking. As a kid, when my parents would go out of town I would stay with my “aunt” (a family friend). She was a fantastic cook and would have me help out in the kitchen. My favorite meal is probably steak au poivre. I also make a damn good chocolate mousse.
Boating is also a hobby of mine. Alison and I own a 26” cruiser on the Potomac and love spending time out on the water. Nothing is quite as relaxing.
I also love music. I always look forward to the annual season of Wolftrap concerts, and once won $100 for my karaoke rendition of “500 Miles.”
When did you join JK and what is your role?
I joined JK in March 2005. As Senior Vice President of JK Moving Services’ Global business unit, it is my responsibility to take JK Global to the next level. I am responsible for driving and expanding global shipping and client growth while maintaining the personalized service JK is known for. As one of the leaders at JK, I also have influence on our company culture. I set the tone for the Global team and ensure that we are driven by a desire to provide quality service.
What attracted you to the moving industry?
I guess you can say it started when I was young, working as a taxi driver. I would meet all types of personalities, and I developed strong communication skills. I further developed those skills while working for an American shipping company in London, before moving to Canada, then to the States. My skills and experiences made JK a great fit for me.
What is one of your most memorable experiences?
My son’s wedding was a great experience. Although it took place here in the States ─ at Merriweather Manor in Leesburg, Virginia – it was a very Scottish affair; many guests and the bridal party were dressed in kilts. The landscape was beautiful and the hills in the area were very reminiscent of Scotland.
Another great moment was when I won a contract in Canada for the draw down of all Canadian National Defense personnel in Europe. I was the underdog bidding for a big contract, and coming away with the win was a major milestone in my career.
What are some of your future goals?
This is not necessarily a goal, but I am so happy and looking forward to the birth of my first grandchild!
Other than that, I earned my American citizenship last year, and although I voted in the primary election, I am excited and proud to be voting in my first presidential election!
Professionally, I want to continue to shape the direction and growth of JK Global and JK’s sister company, CapRelo. It has been exciting to watch these both grow over the years.
Today is the first official day of summer (though we like to call it Moving Season). That means that moving companies around the nation are busier than any other time of the year. As you prepare to move, keep the following summer-time moving tips in mind.
1. Avoid the end of the month.
The last week of a month will be the most hectic time for moving companies. Make sure that this date is available before making plans – your moving company may already be booked! Instead, try to schedule your move for the middle of the month.
2. Book your move with as much notice as possible.
Typically, we suggest customers book their move 2-3 weeks ahead. However, with the increased amount of moves in the summer-time, you should book your move one month ahead at a minimum. This will ensure your selected moving company is available for your preferred move date.
3. Stay cool and refreshed.
Moving is tiring; more so when it is hot outside. If you will be moving on a hot day, turn on the A/C, put on lighter clothing, and keep plenty of ice-cold refreshments on-hand.
4. Be wary of heat-sensitive items.
Some items should not be packed, especially in hot weather. Candles will melt in heat just like a candy bar left in a pocket or purse. When packing, always be sure that the items will not be damaged by heat. We have provided a list of items you should not pack.
5. Keep your delivery day clear of non-moving services.
Do not schedule appliance installations, house cleaners, etc., on the day of your delivery. This day is for receiving your belongings and making sure all items were properly transported to your new home. Your movers will be traveling in and out of the home, and will be safest and fastest when they have a clear path in which to operate.
While considering these tips for your move, we invite you to contact JK about a free quote to get you started. We look forward to moving you this summer!
JK Moving Services is pleased to announce that our Human Resources team has received the Dr. J.P. London Award for Integrity!
The award is part of the 2016 Human Resource Leadership Awards (HRLA) of Greater Washington.
“This award honors companies with exemplary initiatives in instilling the core values and principles of the organization throughout its people, encourages implementation and is highly conscious of corporate integrity,” according to HRLA. “These teams aim to share the underlying philosophy with all staff members with an uncompromising vigilance to define, emphasize and enforce the values and principles.”
This is JK Moving Services’ first HRLA team award. JK Vice President of Human Resources, Andrea Bunch, was a finalist for the individual Innovation Award in 2013.
“Our HR team is comprised of devoted professionals committed to developing innovative and creative programs that highlight our core values within our enterprise and the communities we serve,” said Charles Kuhn, Founder, President and CEO, JK Moving Services. “Winning this award distinguishes our dedicated team and the vital role they play to ensure continual education and positive reinforcement of JK Moving Services’ unique company culture.”
Since 2001, the HRLA has served to promote and advance excellence in the Human Resources profession. The 2016 winners were announced on June 7, 2016 at the 15th Annual HRLA Gala held at the Marriot Washington Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.
Summer is almost here! Before we celebrate the arrival of warm weather, let’s take a look back at some of what happened this spring at JK Moving Services.
This post was written by JK Moving Services’ Founder, President, and CEO, Chuck Kuhn.
I recently wrote about rogue movers in response to the case of Carlyn Lucas, who had her items held for ransom after a moving company charged her more than triple what they originally quoted. Cases like this are far too common, so customers need to be sure to properly vet their potential moving companies before committing to any. Below, I offer advice to help you ensure that your moving company is reputable.
Know your payment options
Before you make any commitments, ask the sales representative how much you will be paying (including any factors that are subject to change), as well as when you will be paying. Also, ask what forms of payment they accept (some do not accept checks). You can ask this information during your in-home estimate.
For long distance moves, confirm that your estimate is based on weight. Legally, interstate moves must be based on weight and the moving company’s tariff. Do not accept an estimate based on cubic feet, as those are typically meant for residential and commercial moves.
Know the people
Get names, phone numbers, and emails for all of your points-of-contact. Discuss their roles with them and understand who you should contact for any potential issues.
Get a good idea of who the company hires. Ask the company if their employees are background-checked and drug-tested. You should also inquire about the training employees undergo before they enter your home. For instance, all JK employees are drug-tested, background-checked, and trained in our own training house, all before ever stepping foot in a customer’s home.
Validate your mover
What type of credentials has your potential mover earned? Are they a certified AMSA ProMover? What kind of recognition or accolades have they received from industry trade organizations? For example, JK recently received an AMSA Fleet Safety award and CREBA’s Best of the Industry award.
Be aware of misleading names. Some rogue movers use names nearly identical to professional movers, hoping to fool people who do not realize they are not the same company. For example, a company that wanted to impersonate JK Moving Services might call themselves “J&K Movers.” A good way to confirm that the company is who you think they are is by checking their DOT number. The U.S. Department of Transportation assigns a number to interstate moving companies, and has a tool you can use to confirm the company by its DOT number. (JK Moving Services’ DOT number is 1065394)
Tour the facility
A great way of scouting out a moving company is to tour its facility. You can see how many trucks they have, how clean their warehouse is, and get a general sense of how organized and efficient the company is. This will also ensure you do not end up with a case like Ms. Lucas – recall that her mover’s listed address was a P.O. Box inside a UPS store.
Carlyn Lucas was just one of many victims. The Maryland Attorney General claims 10,000 people contact him about consumer fraud cases every year. While these cases are unjust and the rogue movers need to be held accountable, many of these cases can be prevented by researching moving companies before booking with them.
Know how and how much you will pay ahead of time
Get to know the employees and who you will be in contact with
Validate your mover through industry recognition and certifications
Tour the mover’s facilities