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WHAT'S NEW AT AMSA Advocacy Highlights Fall Board and Committee Meetings JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2014 Direction 18 Nearly 80 AMSA members gathered in Washington, D.C., in September for the annual fall board of directors and committee meetings. The three-day event included the annual visits to the offices of key senators and representatives, where our members urged them to strengthen federal consumer protections against rogues and to require compliance with federal household goods regulations by container companies brokering moves. Members also urged elected officials to push forward with increased multiyear highway funding and retain the personal federal income tax deduction for moving expenses. At the board meeting, it was announced that Camille Campbell, Linda Darr's executive assistant, was chosen as AMSA's 2013 Employee of the year. "Camille has proven herself invaluable to not only me but to our entire office day in and day out," Darr said. "We salute her for her tireless efforts." In committee action: The Driver Recruitment and Retention Committee (DRRC) focused on the Registered American Moving Professionals (RAMP) program. RAMP is being restructured, and we will look for ways to take the curriculum developed for driver training and make it available more broadly in the industry. The committee has also called for research to identify and measure the significance of each of the key factors causing movers to have problems finding qualified drivers to help set Photo courtesy of Wayne Whitaker CAMILLE CAMPBELL NAMED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AMSA members gather for the annual fall board of director and committee meetings in Washington, D.C. the direction for industry efforts to address this big challenge. In the interim, RAMP will take a five-part spoke approach. The first spoke is research, promotion, recruitment and best practices for drivers. The second and third spokes are education and certification; the fourth spoke is retention and recognition of the drivers; and the final spoke is funding for workforce issues. The DRRC requested funding from the Moving and Storage Institute for research; the board requested more information about what results are expected and how funding would be used. The Communications Advisory Committee is focused on bringing the ProMover message to the agent level. The committee will submit a detailed plan in February for accomplishing this objective. Support for the RAMP program is also part of this effort to promote the industry as a profession. The Education Committee is working to offer continuing education credits for AMSA programs through George Mason University in Virginia. The committee is also looking at specialty training to reduce claims costs and looking for specific suggestions for areas of focus. The structured, tiered renewal program for our Certified Packer/ Loader and Certified Office and Industrial Consultant programs will be reviewed this year. The Certified Claims Adjuster program will be modernized and will incorporate a new focus to help save money on claims. Regional training was held Nov. 13-15 in New Jersey. The Government Affairs Committee focused on legislative gridlock, especially on immigration, which is impacting our ability to get summer workers. Tax reform and the highway bill were also of high interest. The committee received updates on safety, an exclusion from hours of service limits for trucks parked in residential areas, a new Unified Registration System and electronic logging devices. The International Committee will host an International Summit at AMSA's 95th annual conference in San Diego. The Moving & Storage Institute board voted against making AMSA's Data Committee an MSI

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Direction Jan Feb 2014

From the President
Industry News
Penske Trucks
News Briefs
In Memoriam
International Update
State Line
What's New at AMSA
Fall Board and Committee Reports
Safety Conference Wrap-up
Annual Conference Heads to San Diego
New Members
Office Max
Movers & Shakers
Ready to Grow
Going Green
Driving Down Fleet Costs With Solar Power
Regulatory Affairs
Advertisers' Index
On the Hill
Product Portfolio
Fast Facts

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