Movers Story: Scott White

By August 25, 2016Movers' Stories

Hello, my name is Scott White. Some of you know me as Scooter and this is my story.

I left home on December 8,1985. I was only 15 years old and It was my birthday. I had $20 in my right front pocket. Let’s just say my childhood was not very good. I left a small town called Denton which is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I hitch hiked to Jessup, Maryland which at the time had one of the largest truck stops on the East Coast. It was there, on December 11,1985 my life would change forever.

I was asked by a Bekins Van Lines driver if I have ever moved furniture? I told him my family moved a lot, he chuckled smiled and said he had some work for me. Now my Grandfather ( who was my idol) drove truck for almost 50 years. Since I was little all I ever wanted to do was drive a truck.

I went to work with that driver and we talked during the unloading of his shipment. He now knew I had no place to go and only had a few bucks to my name. He liked the way I worked and offered me a job. Which I gladly accepted. A few weeks on the road and I saw a truck I loved. It was a Kenworth pulling a shiny reefer (refrigerated ) trailer. I said someday that will be me. He just smiled and laughed. He said I could do that or I could learn the trade of a Household Goods Mover and earn a good living. I decided I had nothing to lose and I learned the trade.

I began working with everyone when we had free time. I worked with everyone, not so much for the money but to learn their techniques. I wanted to be the best I could be. I worked my way up from helper to company Van Foreman. Then eventually to an Owner Operator. I am very proud of my accomplishments and more importantly the people that believed in me. They deserve all the credit. They pushed me, guided me and mentored me.

I had my ups and downs as a mover. Learned some very valuable lessons in life and in business. I don’t believe people are born and when asked what do you want to be when you grow up they say a mover. It is an industry full of hard working Misfits, that come together to help a family or company relocate.

Movers have a sense of pride and self worth that’s not found in a lot of other industries. They have a bond with one another that makes them a family. It doesn’t matter what color the uniform is or what the name of the company is. It doesn’t matter what part of the world your from or what kind of truck you drive. If your a mover than you are part of a family. It was my family for a lot of years. I was with Bekins Van Lines for 24 years and with Wheaton for 4.5 years. A few different agents during my Bekins years.

Now I had an opportunity presented to me in June 2014. You see during my career as a mover, I shopped at one place for my equipment and that was New Haven. New Haven came to me with a job offer. I was very nervous and I accepted the offer. I will always be a mover in my heart, but now I was given a different opportunity to help the industry and the people in it. I feel obligated to do so since it was the moving industry and the people in it that help me become the person I am today.

I hope to have as much success with the equipment side of the business as I did in being a mover. Life is full of challenges, you must be willing to step outside your comfort zone. Going from a mover to a salesman was a huge step for me. But I’m happy I did it so I can now help my Mover Family.

Thank you for reading my story.

Scott White