Linda Bauer Darr Resigns as AMSA President & CEO
August 8, 2014
(Alexandria, VA) — President and CEO Linda Bauer Darr today announced plans to leave the American Moving & Storage Association, and take over leadership of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA). Upon her departure, AMSA Vice President of Military & Government Relations, Scott Michael will serve as interim President and CEO while the AMSA Executive Committee begins its search for a permanent CEO.
During Darr's tenure at AMSA, the organization has faced many challenges on behalf of the industry, including deregulation and the loss of the collective tariff, a class action lawsuit, battling a negative industry image propagated by rogue operators, and an economic recession driven by the collapse of the housing market that resulted in the closing of many industry businesses.
Under Darr's leadership, the AMSA team has built a strong and stable association providing an expansive array of products and services to members, while enhancing and expanding the industry's advocacy and image efforts. Advances made during her tenure include:
Launch of the ProMover brand, the industry's official certification program for professional, ethical movers gaining accolades from the Better Business Bureau, Angie's List, Consumer Reports and a broad range of industry rating organizations
The strongest working relationship with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in the industry's history
Membership growth from a low of 2,750 to a high of 4,200 members including the agents of all major van lines
Expanded media relations efforts that have positioned the association as a leading expert on the move process and the primary resource for consumer-oriented tools, tips and information on moving
According to AMSA Board Chair, Steve Burns, "Linda has guided this association through difficult times and as a result of her efforts and that of our excellent team, AMSA is stronger today than we have ever been. We wish Linda nothing but success in her new endeavors."
Darr's departure is scheduled for the end of September, following AMSA's Fall Board and Committee Meetings. According to Darr, "this has been the most transformative time in my career and I have been incredibly fortunate to have served this noble industry under the leadership of a supportive and collaborative Board. Our volunteer leadership demonstrated tremendous vision during some very challenging times." As for the AMSA staff, Darr said "this AMSA team has made me proud every day. It was a great honor to work with this strong and nimble group and their never-failing positive attitude of 'We got this!' They are the best in the business."
Scott Michael is well known as an industry veteran, serving in a variety of leadership positions at AMSA over 21 years. According to Burns, "Scott Michael has been a real stalwart in his service to this industry. He is well respected by the entire AMSA team and his industry colleagues. I'm confident he will do a great job for us during this transition for AMSA."