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Friday, December 2, 2011

Author: Aaron Steed

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Tags: Entrepreneurialism, Meathead History, Movers, Moving


Aaron and Evan SteedIn my 1998 San Luis Obispo High School senior yearbook, I wrote that one day, I wanted to establish a national moving business called Meathead Movers. Back then, I didn’t necessarily picture my future as being a mover, rather, I felt heroic helping people. I thrived on my clients’ gratitude and loved employing my friends. To be a financially independent teenager that was lucky enough to essentially be getting paid to work out was a “jocks dream.” In the early days, our clients had very low expectations for us; so, when we showed up on time and ready to work, hustled to save time, didn’t break their items, and we’re purely likable, our clients were ecstatic about our charm and business model for Meathead Movers. After about six months of doing moving jobs, I noticed an alarming trend that I did not anticipate: most of my clients had “moving horror stories” that primarily involved van lines. I found it shocking how moving companies could get away with robbing their clients and hiring frightening people. I absolutely knew that, if given the chance, I could change how the public perceived the evil moving industry by simply employing clean-cut, drug free movers that were raised right and would be far more appealing than the scary contracted van line movers. I wanted to create a company that would be based on integrity. We would accomplish that task starting with the employees that were hired and then expanding out to our customers and our community. 


I knew that the Meathead Movers model could work in every major college town if we stuck to our values and hiring standards. Now, nearly fifteen years later, my team and I are pushing as hard as we possibly can to keep spreading the word and to grow. Are we close to our goal? No. Is it enough that Meathead Movers is the largest independent moving company in California? HELL NO!  Steve Jobs, the genius behind Apple Incorporated, has said, “The journey is the reward.” As a business owner, I know exactly what he meant by that. It is important to accept the inevitable struggle towards your goal, which in our case, is the incredible opportunity to revolutionize an industry and improve ourselves and employees in the process. 

Empact 100

Empact100To our surprise, this November, we were honored to be on the Empact 100 list! The Empact 100 is a collection of the top 100 companies that influence and inspire others around the United States. We’re proud to be among the top one hundred young entrepreneurs in the United States to be recognized by the White House for our positive impact on the economy. What an honor to be recognized as a thriving business, and as a great asset in helping to create a strong and revitalized economy! We are so fortunate to have the hard working team, other businesses, and our community behind us in support of our dream. 

Being an entrepreneur has brought so much joy and purpose to my life. It has consumed me and my spectacular team as we work towards enhancing our journey every day. I want others to feel what I feel. I want the number of emerging entrepreneurs to double, triple or quadruple every year. I want entrepreneurs to soar so America can retain our competitive edge and economic superiority. Did you know that “Campaign for Free Enterprise”, a project by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has a bold goal to create 20 million jobs in the next five years and provides a plan on accomplishing it? Their plan, to put it plainly, is to promote and support entrepreneurship programs. Additionally, Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organizations (C.E.O.) is connecting entrepreneurial students from 400 universities to share and seek opportunities through our enterprise system- GO CEO!! My goal in speaking at their national conference was to share my story. Sharing my willingness to put myself out there amongst the negativity of the industry and bet on my team’s ability to do what is necessary to succeed. 


Aaron Steed speaking in Fort Worth, Texas at the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organizations (CEO) Annual Conference

I was stunned by the talent, intelligence, and maturity of the students that attended the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organizations (C.E.O.) annual conference. At the business pitch competition, in which I was a judge, there was an overwhelming sense of pressure, competitiveness and support for the business ideas. I was especially proud of Jessie Becker, from Cal Poly Entrepreneurship, who was a national finalist amongst some very stiff competition. Some of the students had laser-beam focus on their concepts, some had started businesses, and others were eager to find their way into world of business. If there is ever any doubt for the up and coming “Generation Y”, I highly encourage attending these events for these young professionals who genuinely want to improve our quality of life. It took courageous action by numerous individuals to collectively make this country what it is. We must continue to hold high standards for ourselves and remain daring and willing to do what others won’t to accomplish what may seem to be unattainable. 

I hope this will stand as encouragement to truly go outside the box and reach for something that may feel impossible to achieve. Do it for yourself and for the ones you love. Support what may seem like wild and crazy ideas! After all, it is that mindset that has helped to make America the greatest place on Earth.

Press Coverage

The Ventura County Star wrote a great article about about the Empact 100 titled, Meathead Movers starts with muscle power to grow company with 32 trucks.

Inside Self-Storage, a storage industry blog wrote: CA Self-Storage Owners Recognized in Empact 100 List.

The Tribune wrote: SLO’s Meathead Movers saluted by White House

KCOY featured Meathead Movers on television news broadcast [VIDEO]: Meathead Movers Recognized By White House

Extra Space Storage | Storage Industry News Blog: Meathead Movers in San Luis Obispo Honored by White House

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