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AMWAT Moving Owner, MWSBE CAC Vice Chair Gloria Pugh Elected First Woman President of Professional Movers Association of Florida

03/02/2021

AMWAT Moving Warehousing Storage Owner Gloria Pugh Takes the Helm

[Tallahassee, Fla.] – The Professional Movers Association of Florida (PMAF) has recently announced that the association’s Board of Directors unanimously elected Gloria Pugh to serve as President for the 2021-2022 year. This vote marks a historic event for PMAF, as Gloria will be the first woman ever elected to serve as President in the association’s 42-year history. Gloria founded AMWAT Moving Warehousing Storage with her husband in Tallahassee more than 20 years ago and has been an active member of PMAF. She previously served as the Florida Consumer Council chair, where the council evaluated trending consumer complaints in multiple service-related industries, including the moving industry, and made suggestions to the Florida legislature regarding laws to protect Florida consumers. As a member of the Council, Gloria also made consumer protection educational recommendations to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


“When you think of a moving company, you probably don’t imagine a woman at the lead,” said Gloria Pugh, newly elected President of the Professional Movers Association of Florida. “I am so honored to pave the way for women in the moving industry, advocate on behalf of all licensed professional movers and collaborate with the state of Florida to ensure consumers are protected and educated.”


Moving in Florida is a billion-dollar industry, with nearly 1,000 people moving to Florida every day, coupled with thousands of Floridians moving daily within the state – these numbers are set to increase due to economic changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. PMAF was founded to connect these consumers with dedicated professionals and act as a collective voice for the more than 1,200 licensed movers throughout the state of Florida.


“Gloria is a fantastic addition to the Executive Board, and I cannot wait to see how she and the other members will continue to improve our association,” said Andy Newitt, Past President of the Professional Movers Association of Florida. “Gloria was unanimously voted for this position because we recognized that she is passionate about the moving industry and will help to build this association in a positive direction to continue to serve our members and the community.”


Joining newly elected President Gloria Pugh on the Board of Directors are:

  • Vice President – Mike Haase, 1776 Moving & Storage, Orlando, FL
  • Secretary – Jacob Parks, Coastal Van Lines, Vero Beach, FL
  • Treasurer – Jim Duncan, HUB Insurance, Tallahassee, FL
  • Past President – Andy Newitt, A-1 Moving & Storage, Jupiter, FL
  • Director – Jonathan Crain, Two Men and a Truck, Lakeland, FL
  • Director – Josh Finklea, Golden Movers LLC, Tampa, FL
  • Director – Guy Maman, Forward Van Lines, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Director – Jim Walsh, Relo Solutions Group, Fayetteville, NY
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