Have you been put in charge of the move?
We have interviewed successful move coordinators across the country!
If you're managing your company's move, chances are that you're a first-timer. MoveMyBiz spoke with seasoned move coordinators from businesses of all types and sizes. They’ve experienced the relocation process firsthand and shared their insights, triumphs, and missteps to help newbies like you plan a more successful relocation. So don't stress--it's going to be a great move!
We interviewed Terry Shuda, Move Coordinator!
Terry Shuda is the office and regional manager for Philadelphia-based law firm, Marshall, Dennehey, ...
Move coordinator experiences: Nicole Krelovich of MagneticPix
Nicole Krelovich, CEO and founder of MagneticPix, has moved up in the world. She has also moved right, left, and everywhere in between. In her 12 years with the marketing firm KLM Onsite Solutions she managed up five different office relocations. While the moves did get easier from practice, each office relocation came with individual issues and a little drama. Her move preparation time ranged from six months to only 45 days.
“The first thing I would do before even looking at space is get a leasing agent,” explained Krelovich. “You’re not paying anyone to h...
Move coordinator experiences: Doug Alvarez of Epicor Software
Many employees who are given the dreaded role of moving coordinator have never orchestrated an office relocation in their lives. Often, they have no idea where to begin or where to seek advice. Knowing I would be one of those overwhelmed, frantic, and probably retirement-longing moving coordinators, I sat down with an expert to learn how to avoid the most common and most devastating moving blunders.
“My role,” Doug Alvarez, Real Estate Facility Senior Manager for Epicor Software, explains, “Is to keep the company infrastructure running. I support the growth and adjustments of the company by managing its...
Move coordinator experiences: Elyse Avella of Engineer Consultants Global
Elyse Avella works in Office Administration at ATKINS Engineering Consultants and had a crucial role in her company’s November 2011 move which relocated about 50 employees in the San Diego region. “We actually combined two offices—one in North County and one in Kearny Mesa. Basically, the company wanted to find a more central location between the two areas because half of our employees live in each respective region, and we wanted to make the commute for our employees more equal.”
One of the crucial points Avella learned from her...
Move coordinator experiences: Mary Stewart of WorleyParsons
Mary Stewart is an office manager for WorleyParsons in Calgary, Alberta. “I wear many hats, but I was on the team responsible for relocating our office within a ten kilometer range.” Stewart’s company relocated largely due to the age of the building which made wiring and tech updates more difficult. “We had an opportunity to move into a brand new building that had much better parking, so we took advantage of that,” explains Stewart.
Like all successful move coordinators, Stewart began working with her team to plan the relocation early, a yea...
Move coordinator experiences: Brenda Langston of Western Construction Services
Brenda Langston works in the construction business, but she still experienced just how overwhelming an office move can be when she headed up her company’s major office relocation. Western Construction Services, Inc. is a commercial general contractor specializing in tenant improvements, remodels, and the renovations of hotels, restaurants, retail, and office buildings. “We moved from a 16 year old, single tenant, two story, industrial-type building with a huge yard to a brand new office space,” Brenda explains. “As the Controller and Office Manager, I was in charge of moving all interior furnishings (computer an...
Michael Henretty: a move coordinator keeps you sane
What is a move coordinator?
Most relocating businesses appoint an internal project manager or team to coordinate the complex and time-consuming move process. While there’s no substitute for dedicated personnel to facilitate an office relocation, larger companies may also benefit from hiring an external consultant to help select and manage various services. We spoke to Michael Henretty of RHJ Associates to learn more about the role of the move coordinator.
“The overall relocation process can be very simple if pr...
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