ST. LOUIS (March 24, 2022) – UniGroup President and CEO Jason Mills recently presented Larry Smith of Glen Ellyn Storage, Illinois, with the 2021 UniGroup Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s Learning Conference in St. Louis. The award recognizes individuals who have shown particular dedication to and leadership within UniGroup and the moving industry.
Smith has worked at Glen Ellyn Storage since the age of 16. He began his career as a mover and a salesperson before becoming general manager. As president of the company, Smith purchased additional agencies in Chicago and Plainfield. He also acquired Adco United in Barrington. Over the years, Glen Ellyn Storage has been praised for its quality service winning the Customer Excellence award many times and the top award for quality, the President’s Quality Award, as recent as 2020.
Beyond Glen Ellyn Storage, Smith played a critical leadership role when UniGroup acquired Mayflower Transit van line. He later served on UniGroup’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2019 making significant impact on the Governance Committee. Smith also served as Treasurer for the Illinois Movers and Warehousemen’s Association.
“Larry has led humbly, genuinely and by example,” President and CEO Jason Mills said. “I have been lucky to have worked closely with Larry over my tenure at UniGroup. He always put the enterprise first, never hesitating to make decisions that he knew might be tough on his agency but he felt were best for the enterprise. Larry has been a living definition of professionalism, always displaying humility while selflessly pursuing the greater good. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of UniGroup’s Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Members of UniGroup’s Board of Director’s also had this to share about Larry Smith:
Larry is an excellent businessman, Agency Owner and an individual who embodies the definition of a selfless, considerate, charitable and a caring gentleman. Larry’s achievements are truly lifetime achievements.
As a director, he has always led without conflict, earned respect, bridged the gap between big and small agents and tackled some of the most difficult issues.
Larry possesses a wonderful gift, the ability to analyze the entire situation and recommend solutions while building an atmosphere of camaraderie, ingenuity and respect.
About Glen Ellyn Storage Corporation
Glen Ellyn Storage Corporation’s beginnings date back to 1926 when Charles Joseph Hennicke founded DuPage Motor Express in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. In 1933 the company merged with Glen Ellyn Storage and became an agent for Mayflower Transit. The company has grown in size and reputation from a three-person office on Duane Street in Glen Ellyn to a 103,000 sq. ft. facility in Carol Stream. Today, Glen Ellyn Storage employs 100 people and provides not only moving and storage services but logistical work for the hospitality, medical and retail industries. A satellite location is located on Roosevelt Road in Chicago and a sister United Agency Adco Van & Storage is located in Crystal Lake. For more information visit: glenellynmoving.com
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 good and services to professional movers. For more information visit UniGroup.com.
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