Long-time Exec Started with National Van Lines 25 Years Ago
Broadview, IL Jan. 6, 2020—Long-time National Van Lines executive Tim Helenthal has assumed the company’s top leadership role.
Effective Jan. 1, Tim is CEO & Chairman of National Holding Co., the parent company of interstate-mover National Van Lines and National Forwarding Co.
His rise from President & COO is the culmination of a multi-year succession plan announced in 2013. He replaces Maureen Beal, who assumed the helm as CEO & Chairman in 1993 and whose grandfather started National Van Lines in 1929. Maureen retired Dec. 31.
“I suppose there’s never a perfect time to retire, but we did time this transition perfectly,” Maureen Beal said. “Tim’s quarter-century of moving-industry experience, plus his sharp insight, will elevate the National Van Lines brand in consumers’ minds as we navigate an increasingly competitive environment.”
“This is a pivotal period in the moving-and-storage industry,” Tim said. “We’re confronting a nationwide driver shortage while technology is moving us toward driverless vehicles. At the same time, human capital is a tremendously important part of the business—and will remain so indefinitely. We’re also facing challenges with corporations instituting remote-work policies that allow employees to stay put and not hire cross-country movers.”
Tim’s scope extends beyond National Van Lines’s corporate boundaries. He was the International Association of Movers’ Vice-Chairman before his 2017 election to Chairman and two subsequent re-elections. He’s on the Board of Directors for the American Moving & Storage Association and serves on that organization’s Government Traffic Committee. In the military sector, Tim serves on the newly formed Personal Property Executive Working Group created by the United States Transportation Command.
A supporter of the hunger-battling group, Move For Hunger, Tim and his daughter, Lauren, set a Move For Hunger fundraising record by generating $6,721 in donations during the 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon.
Tim lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, Danielle, and has three daughters. He eagerly cheers for the St. Louis Cardinals, especially when they’re up against the Chicago Cubs. He also enjoys running, reading and family time.
He attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL where he received a B.A. in economics in 1990 and an M.A. in economics in 1991.
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