40Below, AMSA's Young Professionals Group
40Below is a networking group for AMSA members that are under the age of 40. We exist to help one another grow within our careers and to help give voice to the future leaders of this industry.
1. Education: 40Below members will learn industry best practices, learn new techniques, and how to better themselves and their careers through Lunch & Learns, the mentoring program and other events;
2. Support the community by hosting an annual chariety event;
3. Innovation: 40Below provides a comfortable environment to discuss issues and challenges members are facing within their own companies and the industry.
40Below hosts a Lunch & Learn month that is presented by the members. 40Below members choose the topics and AMSA staff along with 40Below officers facilitate the discussions via GoToWebinar with live webcam and Powerpoint functionality. This is an opportunity to support and learn from one another while gaining friendships and a professional network. As a 40Below member, you will receive calendar invites to attend all Lunch & Learn webinars.
Upcoming Lunch & Learns
*Schedule is subject to change — May 2017–August 2017: No Lunch & Learn meetings during peak season
September 13, 2017: Managing People Who are Older Than You: Ben Cross from University Moving & Storage
October 18, 2017: Virtual Consultations: Rebekah Hill & Natalie from Crown Relocations
November 8, 2017: Military Part 1: Struggles and Challenges of the Carrier: Michael Wilson from National Forwarding Co. Inc. & Oded Carmi from DN Van Lines
December 13, 2017: Military Part 2: Struggles and Challenges of the Agent: Michael Wilson from National Forwarding Co. Inc. & Oded Carmi from DN Van Lines
January 17, 2018: Exit Strategy When Selling a Business: Sunny Singh from Forward Relocation LLC
Interested in presenting in front of your 40Below peers? Please contact Event Coordinator Officers: Brittany Cochran or Rebekah Hill to schedule a date to present on a Lunch & Learn. Mentors are welcome to present as well!
*Links to participate in 40Below Lunch & Learns will be sent out via email to all current 40Below members
Blogging 101: How to Attract Readers and Win Customers — Presented by Jenna Weinerman, Updater
Obtaining, Reporting, and Actioning Customer Feedback — Presented by Rachael Fischer, Marketing Manager of Olympia Moving & Storage
Virtual Surveys and Virtual Quality Control Visits — Presented by Daniela Alpert, Director of Executive Mobility of Budd Van Lines
This mentoring initiative is a structured experience between an AMSA member who is an indutry veteran and a 40Below member. Once members have progressed beyond the 40Below age requirement they will become eligible to apply for mentor status. Mentors and members will meet quarterly, and after the final wrap-up meeting, members will be matched up with different mentors.
As a mentor, your job will be to help give direction, advice, and be someone that your 40B can come to with questions. It is up to you and your 40B to come up with dates for sessions on a quarterly basis. We encourage mentors and members to attend AMSA conferences. This will provide both parties with a time to meet in person and get to know one another. The sessions can include topics of your choosing. We recommend that your first session should include learning about one another and what areas or topics you both would like to touch base on. If you are unsure what to talk about, here are a few examples:
Marketing in the moving industry
Dealing with rogue movers
To continue education or not
How to manage/lead
Participation in the 40/40 Project is not required, but is recommended. The relationship between mentor and 40Below are mutually beneficial. While the 40Below member gains inside knowledge and learns from the expertise of a seasoned industry veteran, the mentors also learn from these young professionals. 40Below members have the insights of the millennial mind — how they operate, what technology and social media is being used and how best to market out to this group of people who are very different from the baby boomers.
For any questions about the mentoring experience, contact Mentor Coordinator Officers Mary Paxton Livengoodor Chad Queeney.
40Below is focusing on getting industry companies more involved in their community, including charitable work with organizations such as Move For Hunger or other groups that can help foster community involvement. Every year at AMSA’s Annual Education Conference & Expo, members will be encouraged to participate in a charitable event. There will be live news coverage and pictures taken for public relations and marketing efforts.
While 40Below is not an action committee, we understand that many of our members are seeking ways to make a difference in their industry. At AMSA’s 97th Annual Education Conference & Expo in New Orleans, 40Below members will be given the opportunity to participate on a panel to discuss a major industry issue in front of hundreds of conference attendees including industry leaders. For all 40Below events happening at the 2016 conference, click here.
The membership fee is purposefully low as to not be a deterrent to participation. Membership dues are $75 annually and cover the cost of 40Below social events at the Annual Conference. There is no fee for mentors.
40Below members are encouraged to attend AMSA’s Annual Conference. 40Below annual events occur such as the charity event, 40Below members only dinner with special guest speaker, possible 40Below led-panel during the education sessions, and networking events. In addition, whether you are a mover or an industry supplier, there are education sessions to benefit everyone.
Age requirements: if you have been in 40Below or are just now joining, you are welcome to stay with us until you are 42. However, 42 will be the official cut-off age. If you would like to then become a mentor, and you meet the requirements, you are more than welcome to be.
Benefits of 40Below include ensuring that the next generation of leaders is well-rounded, well-trained, and well-connected with colleagues who can help navigate the inner workings of the moving and storage industry.
Member companies sponsoring 40Below participants will also benefit from the insight, training, and contacts developed. Mentors will benefit by gaining an in-depth understanding of the mindset, expectations and unique characteristics of the next generation of movers. The individuals participating in the program will gain knowledge of the industry, have access to association and industry leadership, training from industry and business experts, networking opportunities and opportunities to develop and refine leadership and business skills.
In addition, 40Below and the 40/40 Project will provide the association with insights and perspective as AMSA develops new programs, training and certification, and other service offerings.
View the 40Below Roster Here
Chair Thomas Bailey — ReloTrans Auto Relocation — firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Chair MaryBeth Tomes — Kentucky Trailer — email@example.com
Staff Liaison Stephanie Elko — American Moving & Storage Association — firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachael Lyons — Olympia Moving & Storage — email@example.com
Eleese Elliot — Mover Dudes, Inc. — firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Paxton Livengood — Paxton Van Lines — email@example.com
Chad Queeney — Hampton Roads Moving & Storage — firstname.lastname@example.org
Brittany Cochran — ReloTrans Auto Relocation — email@example.com
Rebekah Hill — Crown Relocations — firstname.lastname@example.org