SAGINAW, MI – Margaret “Peggy” Wilken, Vice President of Government Traffic and Claims for Stevens Worldwide Van Lines, has been elected Chair of the International Association of Movers (IAM), the moving and forwarding industry’s largest global trade association. The election strengthens Stevens’ ties to IAM while making Wilken only the second female chairperson in IAM’s history.
Founded in 1962, the IAM is the world’s largest trade association for the moving and forwarding industry, with over 2000 members in more than 170 countries. The organization offers programs, resources, membership protections, and networking opportunities for its members to enhance their businesses and their brands.
“IAM has a history of strong leadership on the board, and we’re confident Peg will continue that tradition in her new role as IAM Executive Committee Chair,” said Terry Head, IAM President. “Her deep knowledge of the industry and experience in all aspects of U.S. government logistics will serve the Association well as we work to promote the growth and success of our 2,000 members worldwide.”
Wilken’s election to Chair bolsters Stevens’ already strong ties to the organization. Stevens has been an active member of IAM, formerly the Household Goods Forwarders Association, for decades. Wilken has served on their Board of Directors for the past six years, and has been the Vice Chair for the last two years.
“We’re very happy to learn Peg has been elected to chair the IAM board of directors,” said Lisa Beranich, Managing Director of Stevens’ International Division. “For over thirty years, she’s handled a demanding role at Stevens with dedication and professionalism. We know this new role will expand her current contributions to IAM and help to deliver real value to the moving industry.”
As in her previous Vice Chair role, Wilken’s new Chair position will see her heavily involved in advocacy with the federal government. “At IAM, we visit Capitol Hill at least once per year, and return as needed depending on the issues at hand,” she said. IAM has regular contact with the Department of Defense as well as the Federal Maritime Commission, the General Services Administration, the Department of Transportation, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
“I couldn’t be prouder,” Wilken said of her election. “I think IAM is an outstanding organization that provides a very, very powerful voice for the industry in a number of arenas, and they provide incredible networking opportunities for international moving companies. I’m humbled by the association having the confidence in me to be their leader, and I hope they continue to have that confidence that I’m doing the things that contribute to the well-being of our membership.”
Wilken joined Stevens Worldwide Van Lines in 1981, and has been responsible for the company’s domestic government traffic since 1984. She manages all Stevens’ government moving business in the continental United States and Alaska, handling compliance, regulatory matters, and pricing and rate filing for Stevens’ work with the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.
About Stevens Worldwide Van Lines
Established in 1905 in Saginaw, Michigan, Stevens Worldwide Van Lines is a full-service moving company with nearly 150 agent locations throughout the United States. Stevens performs local moves, long-distance moves and international moves with storage operations available for all types. Stevens is a fifth-generation family-owned business and has been named a ProMover by the American Moving & Storage Association in recognition of their dedication to ethical moving practices. For more information, visit Stevens’ website at www.stevensworldwide.com.