For Immediate Release
Broadview, IL—April 26, 2019—National Van Lines CEO & Chairman Maureen Beal has been named one of Crain’s Chicago Business‘ 2019 Notable Women Executives Over 50.
Maureen is the only executive working within the long-distance relocation industry to earn a place on this prestigious list.
“Maureen Beal’s name is synonymous with ‘moving’—and the industry has been the better for it,” National Van Lines President & COO Tim Helenthal said. “National Van Lines employees all join together in shouting, ‘Congratulations!’ ”
Women executives aren’t new, but Maureen’s story is a bit unusual. After all, the moving industry traditionally is male-dominated, from the drivers and moving crews all the way to the C-suite. Like the relocation world she’s called home for nearly 50 years, Maureen’s journey has been a roll-up-your-sleeves, rough-and-tumble experience since her start as a teen National Van Lines switchboard operator all the way to taking the helm of National Van Lines in 1993 after her father’s passing.
“Despite progress, women are still scarce among senior leaders, according to a 2018 report by nonprofit group Catalyst,” Crain’s Chicago Business stated in making the announcement April 25. “Only 4.8% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women, and women account for less than a quarter of senior roles globally.”
Maureen has greatly elevated the moving industry’s visibility by remaining involved in women’s leadership and entrepreneurial organizations. She’s ensured National Van Lines entrenches itself in moving-industry legislative and logistical issues via her prominent roles in many trade associations, including the American Moving & Storage Association.
She’s devoted herself—and encouraged the volunteer might of National Van Lines’s employees—to such charitable causes as Aspire, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital and the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. In addition, National Van Lines and roughly 20 company agents nationwide are proud partners of Move For Hunger. Passionate about consumer protection and maintaining the moving industry’s reputation, Maureen has warned consumers about the dangers of fraudulent movers via numerous public service announcements.
“I’m truly honored to have been chosen as a notable women executive,” Beal said, noting that women comprise 57% of the National Van Lines workforce. “I hope my example will serve to show that women truly have not just a place, but a place of prominence, in the interstate-moving world.”
About National Van Lines
We make moving easy. Evolving from a circa 1900 Chicago pony-and-wagon operation to a 1929 motorized interstate mover to today’s globe-spanning long-distance relocation experts, National Van Lines excels at providing stress-reducing residential/commercial relocation and storage solutions. Whether your move is big or small, we handle it all with nationally recognized customer service, award-winning drivers and unparalleled attention to detail. Our cross-country moving company holds a Better Business Bureau A+ rating.