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For more than a decade, many in the moving industry and companies planning a move have come to rely on as a steadfast source of best practices. We advocate, and through the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®), teach:

Minimizing the risk of damage to walls, floors, doors and elevators during your move. IOMI® Certified Movers® and Certified Project Managers® learn the best practice methods for installing extensive building protection.

Minimizing the risk of damage to furniture and computers during your move. IOMI® Certified Movers® and Certified Project Managers® learn the best-practice methods for wrapping every monitor, printer, CPU, server, and copier with two layers of anti-static bubble wrap (with the bubbles facing the bubbles) instead of pad-wrapping computers with filthy furniture pads.

Timing is of the essence on your office move. If your mover doesn’t finish the job on time, it can cost your company thousands of dollars of nonproductive downtime. IOMI® Certified Movers® and Certified Project Managers® learn an estimating formula that’s based upon man-hours instead of the unreliable method typically used on household moves that's based on weight.

The IOMI® proprietary estimating formula is uncannily accurate because it factors in not only volume but the unique logistics of both the building you're moving from and to.
CMS adds building security to office moving arsenal
DECEMBER 2, 2011 SACRAMENTO, CA - California Moving Systems has added office building security to its arsenal of competitive tools by completing training in Homeland Security for Office Moves.

Movers and other contractors use trucks and so do terrorists and criminals, who are a more common threat to office buildings and tenant property, and usually just walk in unchallenged.
“Burglaries of computers and
other electronics from office buildings are becoming more of a problem, even with security plans and cameras in place,” said Ed Katz, head of the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®). “California Moving Systems understands the importance of becoming a trusted member of the building manager’s team.”

Developed by IOMI® and an expert in emergency management, Homeland Security
for Office Moves takes a first-responder's approach to preparing moving companies to help reduce office building vulnerabilities by recognizing the warning signs of criminal and terrorist activities.

“Office movers have a special responsibility to safeguard the buildings they work in and assist building security by knowing how to recognize when something isn’t right,” said Katz.

APRIL 1 - 3, 2010 - The offices of California Moving Systems are located on Happy Lane in Sacramento and it seems to fit. Maybe it’s because after 43 years in the business, this family-run moving company is still willing to learn something new.

CMS became the newest IOMI Certified Office Mover when all key employees completed three intensive days of training by Ed Katz and the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI).

Training was held offsite at Rancho Cordova’s magnificent new city hall approximately 10 miles from downtown Sacramento.

Since the day the doors opened with five vans and a 5,000 square foot warehouse, the goal was to grow by offering clients a broad spectrum of quality moving and storage services. Today, their fleet includes 35 modern air ride vans and their facility has grown to 63,000 square feet.

Hard work and dedication to excellence has paid off. CMS earned the coveted Milton Hill Award for Excellence in 2004-2005, the highest award presented by Atlas Van Lines. The company became a stock holding agent of Atlas Van Lines in 1989.

“It was great to see everyone excited and engaged during Ed’s presentation.  This is one of the most
productive classes California Moving Systems has taken.  I believe the results will have a positive and immediate impact on our service,” said Dave Higdon, vice president.

President and CEO Chris Higdon characterized IOMI Certified Office Mover training as “a worthwhile investment”.

Their instructor sees a bright future for his gracious hosts.

“They are going to be so successful. I hope they had as much fun as I did, it was one of the best training sessions I’ve ever experienced,” said Ed Katz, instructor and head of IOMI.
With IOMI Certified Office Mover training in their arsenal, it’s show time at California Moving Systems.

“Can't wait to start booking more business,” Chris Higdon said. Sales Manager Allan Brown confirms the training works.

“We have employed your method on a couple of estimates since the seminar and were successful.”

Looks like Happy Lane is about to meet Success Avenue.
Lyle Dragon,
Ted Soza,
project manager
Robert Gillespie, relocation specialist
Melissa Cope,
customer service
(L-R) Bill Tachis, CFO and Judy Little-Martin, relocation specialist (L-R) Contractors Charles “C.J.” Frank, Issac Johnson and Robert Baker
Chris Higdon, left, president & CEO, interacts with Ed Katz, instructor and head of the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI)
Wes Swain,
Robert Frank,
Maris Theodor Higdon, CPA, assistant controller
Jim Oswald, contractor
Dan Skoglund, relocation consultant, city council member and former mayor of the City of Rancho Cordova, CA
All key employees completed three intensive days of training by Ed Katz and the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI).
Dave Higdon, vice president
Bruce Buckle, relocation specialist
Allan Brown, vp sales
(L-R) Pam Skoglund, billing administrator and Dan Skoglund, relocation specialist
Ron Pate, records storage manager
Attendee Comments

If you think a mover can’t think outside the box, you haven’t met Ed Katz. … He made the training more fun than I thought it would be.
Robert Gillespie, relocation specialist

Ed was very informative, fun and witty.
Lyle Dragon, contractor

I learned how to make a move easier.
Issac Johnson, contractor

Ed is an excellent presenter and he made learning the system easy and fun.
Robert Baker, contractor

I had no idea that I would be excited and looking forward to selling and estimating office moves. Thank you, Ed!
Judy Little-Martin, relocation specialist

Ed is an entertaining and engaging instructor. He made a long training session that was packed with good information fun and informative.
Bill Tachis, CFO

This seminar will take us from ‘boys’ to ‘men’ in the office moving arena.
Jim Oswald, contractor

Thirty years in the moving industry and I still learned something new.

Robert Frank, contractor

California Moving Systems will now provide a better service to its customers by using IOMI’s procedures and best practice methods.
Wes Swain, contractor

This was the most thorough, simple and sensible seminar I have ever attended.  Ed’s training has inspired me to be even more successful.
Dan Skoglund, relocation consultant

A wealth of knowledge and wonderful best practice methods.
Allan Brown, vice president of sales

Ed gave us a competitive edge in our industry.
Bruce Buckle, relocation specialist

Wonderful, informative seminar that will make everyone’s job easier.
Pam Skoglund, billing administrator

Why hire an IOMI®
Certified Mover®?

1. On time for the price quoted

One of the biggest complaints about movers is that they often badly underestimate the cost of a move and then don't finish on time. An International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®)-trained mover learns a formula for accurately estimating cost. By calculating the number of trucks and movers for how long, IOMI® Certified Movers® can base estimates on man-hours, volume, and logistics, and not weight, which household movers typically use when quoting an office move. As a result, the chances of a move completing on time for the price quoted is greatly improved.

2. Minimize risk of damage

IOMI® Certified Movers® learn the latest techniques to minimize risk of damage to furniture and computers, and are trained in extensive building protection to minimize risk of damage to carpet, walls, doors, and door jambs.

3. Minimize downtime

There is a better way! IOMI® Certified Movers® understand that their customers can't afford to shut down operations during a move, and are trained in techniques to keep client employees working. Many IOMI® graduates offer the "boxless" move -- moving the contents in the furniture instead of the contents and the furniture.

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IOMI® Certified Mover®

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