ST. LOUIS (Nov. 29, 2022) — UniGroup, the parent company of United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit, announced the winner of its 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award is Gerald. P Stadler of S&M Moving Systems. UniGroup Chairman Charles W. McDaniel and President and CEO Jason Mills presented the award at UniGroup’s member Convention held in Huntington Beach, California, Oct. 23-26. The award is designed to recognize individuals who have shown unparalleled dedication and extensive leadership within UniGroup and the moving and storage industry.
Gerald was a leader at S&M Moving Systems while an active member in the UniGroup and Mayflower companies. Over the last 40 years, he has obtained several roles that have shaped the van line network. Gerald led at a time of significant growth. Two agent van lines, Mayflower Transit and United Van Lines, came together and UniGroup was created as the parent company. He served on the Board of Directors from 1978 until 2006. During his tenure, he was elected as the Secretary, Vice Chairman and eventually Chairman due to his leadership, tenacity and dedication to the agency family. He was also instrumental in working with the Board and management team during the acquisition of Mayflower Transit.
Owner of A-Mrazek Moving Systems Dave Sabada said, “Gerry possessed a wonderful balance focusing on the Agents, our Shareholders and the enterprise. His leadership style was one of building consensus. The acquisition of Mayflower was great strategically; however, initially the execution was rocky at best. Gerry won the trust of the Mayflower agents and combined the two boards so we could start working together.”
Gerald’s leadership style has been a true testament to the business’s success and growth. “He was open to all ideas and listened to various strategies, always focusing on agent and shareholder investments,” UniGroup Chairman of the Board Charles McDaniel said. “His passion and integrity more than qualify him for this award.”
Gerald Stadler stated “I want to thank the board for this award. I had the privilege of serving on a very strong board and capable management team lead by Rich McClure. This award is a tribute to all of us. ”
About S&M Moving System
Family owned and operated since 1918, S&M Moving Systems has grown from a single idea and truck into one of the nation’s largest, full-service, moving and storage companies. Specializing in packing and the transportation of household goods, electronics and trade shows, S&M Moving is dedicated to servicing families and companies moving across town and the world.
Since joining United Van Lines in 1974, S&M Moving Systems has grown to consistently rank within the top 10 agents both domestically and internationally. Built on a commitment to move quality beyond expectations, continuously striving to be a leader in all facets of the moving industry.
UniGroup is a $1.5 billion transportation and relocation services company with headquarters in suburban St. Louis. In addition to household goods carriers United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit, logistics company UniGroup Logistics and international relocation provider UniGroup Worldwide Moving. UniGroup owns other subsidiaries that provide goods and services to professional movers. For more information visit UniGroup.com.
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