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International Association of Movers elects new Chairman

International Association of Movers elects new Chairman, Tim Helenthal 

Broadview, IL November 16, 2017 – During the 55th Annual meeting of the International Association of Movers (IAM) Tim Helenthal, President & COO of National Van Lines, Inc., was elected to serve as IAM Chairman.

Beginning in 2011, Tim served as a member-at-large on the IAM board. Then in 2014, he was elected as Vice-Chairman of the IAM, serving three consecutive years. Committed to serving the industry, Tim also serves as a member of the Government Traffic Committee and on the Board of Directors for the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA).

Terry Head, President of International Association of Movers (IAM), supports the nomination by stating, “The IAM staff and I are excited to have Tim Helenthal as the Association’s new Chair.  Tim’s previous service on the IAM Executive Committee has allowed us to get know him on both a personal and professional level.  On a personal level, I love the way Tim likes to make a point by way of his wit and storytelling.  Professionally, Tim’s industry knowledge, experience and analytical skills are invaluable.  He comes to the top leadership post at a time when the Association, like so many other entities, is concentrating on capturing, analyzing and using Big Data to move the Association and the Industry forward.”

The Officers of the International Association of Movers consist of a Chair (who serves as Secretary and Treasurer), Vice Chair, four Members-at-Large, and a paid President.  Founded more than 50 years ago, IAM is a global association of movers and forwarders committed to providing customers with the highest level of service available. IAM has a worldwide membership of over 2,000 companies in more than 170 countries and territories.

Tim began his career in the moving and storage industry in 1994 with National Forwarding Company, the sister company of National Van Lines, Inc. He served National Forwarding Company as Vice President of Agency Service for 18 years before being promoted to President and COO of National Van Lines, Inc. in 2013.

Tim’s many accolades include:

  • 2012-2013 – Chairman of the National Defense Transportation Association’s Household Goods Sub-Committee
  • 2013-2016 – Member of the SDDC Surface Transportation Executive Working Group
  • 2017 – Member of the Board of Directors for AMSA


Founded in 1929, National Van Lines is an ESOP-owned enterprise that began in the Chicago area as a horse and wagon moving service and expanded to a nationwide fleet of trucks. The company’s services include residential and commercial moving and storage domestically and internationally. National Van Lines has been designated a Pro Mover company by the American Moving & Storage Association and holds an A+ rating with the BBB.