Every year Inc. Magazine hosts a business award ceremony recognizing businesses that are adding jobs to the American economy called the “Hire Power Awards.” At the 2013 reception, Inc Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Eric Schurenberg, told me that Meathead Movers has a lot in common with a Boston-based moving company called Gentle Giant in regard to how we treat our employees, the ethics in how we operate our businesses and the growth our businesses have experienced. After some researching Gentle Giant, I agreed with Mr. Schurenberg’s opinion; our companies are very similar with our values, commitment to quality, and hard work with a long term vision.
Excited to learn that a moving company like Meathead Movers was not alone, I cold called Larry O’Toole, the Founder/CEO of Gentle Giant Moving Company to simply introduce myself and express my appreciation for his approach to doing business. On our initial phone call, we spent over an hour talking about our philosophies, how we view our shared challenges and how we viewed opportunities. He invited me, Evan (brother/co-owner) and Erin (wife/Chief Packing Officer) to visit him at his headquarters in Boston for a week. On our visit, Evan and I ran the Harvard stairs (a ritual for them for over 20 years every Monday and Thursday) and spent the remaining time with Larry and his executives. At the end of that week, we shook hands and committed to figuring out how to create a joint nationwide moving service where the client would only deal with a Meathead or a Gentle Giant crew throughout their entire move.
The following week, Landon Torgerson, our Chief Operations Officer, and Evan Steed returned to Boston and nailed down the remaining details and together we created the first ever high quality nationwide moving service. Meathead Movers has grown primarily by word-of-mouth to become the largest independent mover in California and Gentle Giant, founded in 1980, has grown the same way and is now the largest independent mover on the East Coast. It is exciting to be able to offer the absolute best cross county moving services with this unique partnership.
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