Commitment defines Eric Johnson's Life
The definition of commitment is - the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something. Kearney Moving has been blessed with several employees that model this character trait.. This week we want to highlight one of our employees who models commitment very well in his life. Eric Johnson has over 23 years of experience in the moving industry and has a passion for offering excellent service to our clients. More important than his career is his commitment to his wife and family. At Kearney Moving we are proud to have Eric on our team, and we want you to get to know our #1 professional van operator.
Early in life Eric learned the value of hard work. Growing up on a family farm in Illinois, his father taught him the value of commitment to a solid work ethic. As young kids, Eric and his siblings were milking cows, cleaning stalls, and working hard in the fields. After he graduated from high school, he joined the Army and served our country for 3 and a half years in the 3rd infantry division. During his time of service, he drove truck hauling supplies while stationed in Wurzburg, Germany.
Because Eric is no stranger to hard work, it made him a great fit for the moving industry. Eric's primary job as a professional van operator is to relocate our clients anywhere they need to move in the United States. He drives nearly 70,000 miles a year and has been to every state in the country except Alaska and Hawaii. In all of his travels, the place that he would most like to revisit is Coos Bay, OR, because of its beauty and proximity to the ocean. His least favorite place is Washington D.C. because of the difficulty of driving a big truck on the small streets (and I don't think he likes politicians). If you spend any time with Eric, you will appreciate how seriously he takes his job. Our customers enjoy his high quality and straight forward approach to service. Eric wants our clients to know each step of the moving process, and he enjoys explaining how their items are cared for while being transported. It's not uncommon for him to invite clients onto the trailer to show them the complicated process of loading a trailer. Each year Eric hauls over 500,000 lbs. of furniture. To put that in perspective, that's approximately the same weight as 125 full grown elephants. Kearney Moving is an agent for Atlas Van Lines, and Eric continues to earn high marks for quality service and low claims. His hard work also helped Kearney Moving earn the Hauling Excellence Award in 2015.
Although Eric is very committed to his work, nothing is more important to him than his wife and kids. Eric is very proud of his 9 kids and 4 grand kids. Being on the road nearly 200 days a year is very challenging, and he is quick to praise his wife for making it work. He said "without my wife this would not be possible." When he is traveling, he spends nearly 10 hours a week on the phone (and on Facetime) helping with the kids' homework and keeping in touch with the family. When he is at home, he stays busy spending time with his kids and doing upkeep around the house. As a company, we work very hard to get Eric home for holidays and important school events. Recently his kids have excelled in music, track and wrestling, and he couldn't be more proud of their accomplishments.
Joining Kearney Moving
Eric joined the Kearney Moving family about 2 years ago and we are thankful for his commitment and dedication to his job and family. The values and principles that he models in his life have been a great fit for Kearney Moving. He appreciates being a part of a team that emphasizes team work and a solid work ethic. We say thank you to Eric and his family for helping Kearney Moving be what it is today.