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Graebel Expands International Business Development Staff in Chicago and New York City
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June 28, 2011


(Aurora, COLO) - With the continued double-digit growth companywide, the Graebel Companies is forecasting a banner year in 2011. Contributing to this organization’s success is its latest global mobility service offering, Graebel | CONNECT™, a tri-regional consolidated export shipment service in the U.S. Graebel | CONNECT has become the go-to option for Fortune 500 expatriates’ that demand dependable, high-quality removals services, but have less than container-sized shipments and speed is of the essence to relocate overseas. 

International relocations are complex, therefore Graebel employs global mobility specialists that perform the Company’s in-home, no obligation moving quotes and provide expert consultations about the relocation process to expatriates. Because Graebel | CONNECT and the Graebel moving and storage business has continued to experience solid double-digit growth year-over-year, the Company’s international division has hired two additional industry experts for its business development team based in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and in Illinois.

Graebel Movers International president, Jim Petzel, has also announced the appointment of Blair Hooper EiM to vice president of international sales. Hooper will lead the international consumer and corporate business development efforts in the Americas. Reporting to Hooper are Simon Mason and Ken Jerry that have joined the Graebel Movers International business development team recently. 

Simon Mason EiM has relocated from Northern California to Chicago, Illinois. This marks Mason’s sixth move and the second in the U.S. in the past four years making him uniquely familiar with the challenges of relocation. Most recently, Mason was with Crown Worldwide Moving & Storage. Mason holds a B.S. degree in International Management from the Manchester Business School (MBS), where he won the Brenda McClellan prize for outstanding dissertation on international staffing policies in 2009.  Mason is certified by the Fédération International des Déménageurs Internationaux (FIDI) holding its Essentials in International Moving (EiM) diploma.  Additionally, Mason achieved the top student award during the FIDI training and certification program that was held in Denver, Colorado at the Graebel World Headquarters in 2010.

Based in New Jersey, Ken Jerry GMS, EiM will be responsible for the development of international moving and storage business for Graebel in the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Prior to joining Graebel, he was with New World International and Cartus that was formerly known as Cendant for a total of 6 years.  Most recently Jerry was the international operations manager for the Graebel Movers International forwarding center located in the New York tri-state area. Jerry attended the Upsala College.

About Graebel Companies, Inc.

Founded in 1950, Graebel provides worldwide relocation and move management services, domestic U.S. and international household goods moving and storage services, freight forwarding, and commercial office moving and workplace services. On-the-ground services are performed in over 150 countries for the Fortune 500 and global 100.  The World Headquarters is in Aurora, Colorado and Graebel centers are located throughout the U.S., and in Prague, the Czech Republic, and Singapore. Divisions include: Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide, Inc., Graebel Movers International, Inc., Graebel Commercial Services, Inc., Graebel Van Lines, Inc., Graebel Movers, Inc., and Move Management, Inc. The privately-held company boasts a strong balance sheet, an extensively background-checked and trained employee workforce, and business intelligence reporting and management IT systems that include apps.  For two consecutive years in 2011 and 2010, Graebel has been ranked the #1 relocation company in the ‘HRO Today’ Baker’s Dozen. To learn more visit: