Meet David Macpherson, Senior VP of JK’s Global Business Unit

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David teaches the bride’s family how to properly pronounce Macpherson

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.”David Macpherson JK Global

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.

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The Macphersons celebrate their U.S. citizenship.

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