Our own Joel Coen wins Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in a Testament to Teamwork
In 2010 we expanded into Commerce City and only a year later we have already been recognized for making a difference. In September Commerce City awarded our Chief Operating Officer, Joel Coen with its Entrepreneurial Spirit Award:
The award acknowledges the risks and perseverance required for entrepreneurs to be successful in today’s business environment. In a down economy, Mr. Coen did what few others did – developing a plan to expand his business into new markets and recreating customer experience. Exodus Moving & Storage secured lucrative government contracts and took advantage of the Colorado Hire Patriots program to expand workforce by hiring veterans. Social responsibility is also a key element in the company’s business operations and they support a number of non-profit organizations such as Alternative to Violence, Habitat for Humanity, Realities for Children and SEAKR.
But, as always, Joel remains humble and focused on what it really takes to succeed: “The focus of this award should be on the teamwork it takes to make this happen.”
It may seem like he is being modest, but that is just the plain truth. This isn’t an individual award. This is recognition for everything we have been doing since we arrived in Commerce City – which is a continuation of what we have been doing in Colorado for the past fifteen years. We are humbled and grateful that Commerce City has chosen to give a nod to our teamwork – which is just one of our most precious core values.
In March, Joel sat down for an interview with Commerce City’s director of Economic Development, Brittany Morris Saunders, and he spelled out what makes us stand above the rest:
“Exodus success in the moving industry is based upon a devotion to providing the best moving services that exceed customers’ expectations. We achieve this through hiring the right people…We move everything ourselves, and we do not sub-contract out the job.”
Read the full interview here to get a glimpse of why Commerce City chose to recognize Joel Coen and our team as among the best of the Colorado business community.
Who we are and what we do are one in the same. There are a lot of companies out there that claim to provide quality. They claim that customer satisfaction means everything to them. And that may be true even and especially when it comes to the bottom line. But at Exodus, people are the single most important thing in our business. And that applies all around, to our employees, our clients and our community. We put our money, time, effort and heart into the things that matter most to us. And that is what makes us better than any other Colorado Moving Company. The Exodus difference is people.
We Choose People
Exodus is a Choose People company. This means that we pass the test and come out on top as a great place to work. We work hard, we play hard and we value family and balance. Unlike many others in our industry, we have real employees doing all our moves providing unequalled accountability in our market sector. We provide consistent schedules, family friendly offices and competitive salaries making our employee turnover rate lower than any other Denver moving company. We firmly believe that happy employees are better workers, parents and citizens at large. For this reason, the Exodus difference starts with our people.
People Choose Us
We are constantly in a state of collecting feedback from our customers. Moving is one of the most stressful times in anyone’s life. We strive and work hard to go the extra mile to make it easier, less hectic and to create a sort of calm in the storm for our clients. Thanks to this commitment to service, our track record is pristine. Our client surveys come back consistently with glowing recommendations and most of our clients go on to recommend our moving services to family and friends.
Whether it is pianos that need moving for art projects (Pianos About Town) underprivileged teens that need dresses for Prom (The Fairy Godmother Project) a race that needs run to donate supplies to school kids (The Denver Metro Mile benefiting Donors Choose) or our own in house tree planting for every move we complete (in cooperation with Trees, Water & People), we are committed to being involved in the neighborhood around us. We love Colorado, we love our country and we love our world. At Exodus, we show value to our community by not only showing up when they need us most but by finding creative ways to be involved, everyday.
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In a continuing effort to strengthen our community and support our clients in the process of relocation, we are proud to announce a new Frequent Guest Program established with the Hampton Inn & Suites at Cherry Creek. A discounted rate in this lovely hotel located in the city of Glendale is just one of many extra things we build into our comprehensive moving services.
The following is from an interview we did with Debra Brandt talking about this new partner spotlight between her hotel and Exodus.
Tell us a little bit about YOU and Hampton.
I am the director of sales here at the Glendale/Cherry Creek Property. Karie Green is the sales manager and together we make up the sales team for this location. I have been at this property for about a year and with the Hampton chain for 4 years. Personally, I love the hotel environment. The relationships you make and the rapport you create with frequent guests, I just love working with people in customer service. I also like the brand because it is nationally recognized. We have a very loyal customer base and Hilton does a great job with the HHonors awards program which brings in lots of people. You can tell it’s a great place to work by our low employee turnover. One of our front office managers has been here for 7 years which in the hotel industry is a long time.
What sets your Glendale/Cherry Creek Property apart from other hotels?
We are set apart by two things: amenities and service. We are an all suite property. This means by enlarge our rooms are more spacious and have more amenities. We have 133 rooms, fitness facilities and board room space for meetings and conferences.
Although we offer many amenities at our hotel, we are what is considered a “limited hotel” because we do not have a restaurant or bar on site. But there are a couple of things that we do offer that are unique, one of which is our complimentary hot breakfast buffet. We provide a variety to choose from including fresh coffee, juice, eggs an assortment of pastries and much more, everyday. We also offer breakfast to-go bags for those who don’t have time in the morning as we want everyone to be able to take advantage of this great service.
We also have what we call a “Suite Shop”, which is a convenience store in our lobby filled with nic nacs such as Advil, toothbrushes , gum, teas, Red Bull and soups. We stock Ben & Jerry’s for those late night cravings and since all the rooms have microwaves and mini-refrigerators, we stock a variety of gourmet microwave dinners. I think this is really great feature because it makes people feel cozy.
These are just some of the amenities that set us apart and help us to take care of large groups. This is also a very popular place for both business travelers and families. But our customer service is what keeps people coming back. We are proud to host lots of repeat customers because we work hard to attentively address their every need.
We also like being on Colorado Blvd with easy access to downtown and the Cherry Creek Mall. We are walking distance to so much! We are right next to Starbucks, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, a Whole Foods Market, several restaurants and other shops. Also, downtown is just 7 minutes away.
How are the Hampton Inn and Suites & Exodus Moving and Storage Connected?
Joel and Ryan met at a Glendale Chamber event and from what I understand, they instantly liked one another. They felt like it could be a good fit to help each other. Joel was looking for a good corporate rate for those who need lodging in transition. He expressed that many of his clients are in between homes for short periods of time while moving and he wanted to be able to offer them a great place to stay at a great price. So we are just beginning this alliance. We believe that good companies should stick together and because we are so focused on taking care of all the details for our clients, Exodus seemed like a good fit. We created a discount rate for all those affiliated with Exodus Moving and Storage. This includes relocating clients, Exodus employees and of course their family members. We want to support anyone connected to Exodus by giving them a fantastic place to stay at a great rate.
Do you have any current events or promotions that you are especially excited about?
Right now we are gearing up for the Microsoft 2011 Convention. All their workshops will take place at the Colorado Convention Center. Because Cherry Creek is so close by, we are completely sold out for that entire week. Other than that, our company is always running great packages and specials. Some of them are very imaginative like the Cherry Creek Shopping Package or the Mile High Package. But in general, right now we are in the midst of “high season” so it’s a great time at the hotel. We always have good people and interesting stuff going on. That’s why it’s such a great place to stay and work.
For more information about the Hampton Inn & Suites at Cherry Creek please visit:
At Exodus Moving and Storage we are very patriotic. We are committed to supporting those who support our freedom. On this 4th of July we simply can’t help but be thankful for the red, white and blue.
In 1776 five people were appointed to create a draft about freedom. The colonies sought separation from Great Britain and Robert Livingston, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Benjamin Franklin joined Thomas Jefferson to write what is now known as the Declaration of Independence. And while it was actually signed on the second of July instead of the 4th, on parchment instead of paper, this historic document is now held as a symbol of freedom in our great country. In a well known letter written by Adams to his wife:
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Today as always, we are proud to be Americans and proud to be a company based in this great nation. We believe that the US was founded on some very important ideas about freedom. And throughout the year we are happy to support those who are making life better for the military members and family who give up so much to protect that freedom.
A nonprofit dedicated to helping military families to reconnect and heal from war after long periods of being disconnected from loved ones.
Colorado Hire Patriots
An organization dedicated to finding ex-military great jobs to help them get back to civilian life after times of service.
A charity created by SEAKR Engineering that supports families who have lost loved ones by raising and donating funds to them to help them mend their lives.
So this year as you are BBQing with family and friends, setting off fireworks and hopefully doing what Adams referred to as “pomp and parade”, we would like to encourage you to take the celebration one step further. We support the above organizations because we believe in this great country of ours. If you haven’t taken a look at them to see how you can get involved, we would like to invite you to do so.
From the Exodus family to yours, Happy Independence Day!
At Exodus, moving is our business. We move belongings from place to place. We move people to their new homes and offices. And we move ideas we believe to be important, forward.
One of the most wonderful things about our great state of Colorado is its open hearted, community minded spirit. And specifically in Fort Collins, we have found so many wonderful ways to participate in the great things that are going on within the city. We have earned a reputation for being there when people need us and we are always happy to lend a helping hand for a good cause.
So, what happens when a community comes together for the purpose of highlighting both visual arts and music? Exodus Moving and Storage gets the unique pleasure of moving Pianos about Town.
What is Pianos about Town?
Established in 2010, Pianos about Town was born of the energies and ideas of the City of Fort Collins, the Downtown Development Authority and the Bohemian Foundation. The idea was simple: old pianos would be placed at random throughout the city. Local artists would be invited to publically paint their own designs and styles of art on each piano. The pianos would then be moved repeatedly throughout the city, arriving in various public squares and open air spaces. Local musicians as well as average residents would then have access to them as they go about their day. The idea being that this “happening” would encourage spontaneity, creativity and a positive community environment.
The Bohemian Foundation
In 2001, Pat Stryker founded the Bohemian Foundation with one main goal: making the world a better place. Placing infinite value on the worth of the individual human spirit and its potential for growth, creativity and innovation, this organization now works with other community organizations to encourage these core values. The foundation focuses on music as a primary avenue for facilitating personal expression, believing that it will ultimately foster society’s liberation from many of the social plagues of our modern age.
Downtown Development Authority
The DDA exists to help join together citizens, businesses and government in an effort to stimulate growth. It serves to provide guidance both organizationally and financially to evolving projects in downtown areas.
City of Fort Collins “Art in Public Places” Program
Established in 1995, the Art in Public Places Program is an initiative created by the City of Fort Collins. This program believes that quality of life is directly affected by the presence of art. It works with local artists to encourage and enhance opportunities for public art maintenance and exhibition throughout Fort Collins.
In continuing with our partner spotlight, the following is from an interview we recently did with Mark Kruse explaining why he recommends Exodus Moving and Storage to all his clients.
What are the top things you look for in a Moving Company?
2) Insurance- Safety
3) Services Offered- distance/storage
I usually find that people are worried that their things will be broken during a move. I had a client hire “random other movers” that had offered them a good rate. They told me that in the middle of the move the moving company actually held the clients belongings for ransom on the truck and tried to re-negotiate the contract before unloading. Another client hired a company that only got ¾ of their stuff across country. The client had gotten a cheap bid and taken it, only to find that the most valuable things such as art and antiques were never delivered.
I recommend Exodus because I know them so well. I really trust them and the work they do. They are easy to refer because I get so much positive feedback from my clients who use them which constantly turns out to be a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Why do you & Exodus Moving and Storage complement each other?
I feel that there are two things that set me apart as a realtor: my commitment to education and my extensive network of fantastic business referrals. I am huge into education. I want my clients who have already bought 7 other homes before to turn to me after buying one with my help and say “wow, no one has ever explained this to me so well.” I love informing and empowering people by making them understand the process. I enjoy giving useful neighborhood statistics, outlining the buying/selling process and answering questions anytime and every time. I truly believe there are no stupid questions. In this way people and their experience during the buying/selling is my main focus.
Exodus is also totally committed to people, which is why we work so well together. In my business, personal recommendations mean everything. I get phone calls about Exodus all the time. Joel comes over to provide an estimate and from then on everyone just raves about the entire process. They say things like, “Exodus did everything they said they would and made it all so easy.”
I had a client whose house was expected to sell in May or June during which time we were also expecting for her New Build Home to be completed. Instead, her property sold in April. She was concerned about beginning the move ASAP but continuing to have access to her stuff as she had 2 children under the age of 5. At my suggestion, she called Exodus and they came over to pick up the boxes she needed to store but didn’t want to move yet. They kept it all for her until they moved her into her newly finished home. She was so thankful for the great service, dependability and help that she has already recommended Exodus to a few of her friends.
I feel that the work I do is complimented by the work of Exodus Moving and Storage. Together we represent a full service, comprehensive purchase/sale & relocation experience.
At Exodus, we are proud to say that the feeling is very mutual! For more information about the fantastic work Mark does please visit his website at:
Partnering in our community is a high priority of focus for Exodus Moving and Storage. Honesty, hard work and service excellence are the pillars of our business. We take the time to foster a positive work environment in our offices and we make the effort to personally get to know those working in the organizations around us that share our core beliefs. We believe that when good people come together, good things are bound to happen.
Mark Kruse, a local professional realtor and all around expert on moving, is a great example of what we look for in a partnership. Mark takes great pride in being one of the most knowledgeable people in his field. Holding several advanced certifications including graduation from the Real Estate Institute, Mark blends a cool combination of educational aptitude with the practical hands on experience and enthusiasm of a Colorado native. He specializes in comprehensive care for the experiences of his buyers and sellers and thrives on going the “extra mile” for his customers.
The following is an interview we recently did with Mark about his partnership with Exodus Moving and Storage.
What do people get most stressed about when buying/selling a home?
People’s biggest stress is always about money. I find that with buyers, their biggest anxiety is in regards to overpaying. Because of the market fluctuations, buyer tax credit effect etc, many people feel uncertain about when and what to buy. They ask for my predictions and I explain the characteristics of the market in general that indicate it is currently stabilizing. Sellers are usually most concerned about pricing their property incorrectly. People who are selling their homes want to price it right the first time so that it spends as little time on the market as possible. I go through their property in detail and provide them with a list of what to fix. I find out everything there is to know about the home, especially older ones. I also often recommend pre-inspections to avoid unexpected expenses.
What are the questions most frequently asked of you?
On the buyer side, I am most often asked:
1) Is this a good time to buy?
2) Would you buy this property?
3) Who would you recommend for x, y and z…
That last question is the result of the fact that as a native Coloradan and active member of the community, I know a lot of good people. And what’s more, I know the ones to avoid. My huge network of quality referrals is one of the things that sets me apart as a realtor. If someone needs window work, I have someone I trust whom I can recommend.
On the seller side, the most popular question is,” what can we do to sell this property quickly and for the most money.” Over many years of experience, to best answer this question I have created a punch list- to speed up the process of home listing and to help drive up value of the homes I am listing for my clients.
Do you recommend Storage for people about to show their home?
The answer to this question depends on the home. Because of my experience, I can usually walk through a home and easily and help people to “stage” the place, in other words, help them to make it look its very best for showing purposes. Sometimes I have to tell them to get rid of things- if there is too much clutter, they may need to make things clean and organized to make the space more attractive to potential buyers. I don’t recommend storage unless it’s totally necessary. Often people can utilize their garage space if they don’t want things to be too full in their home.
That being said, if you have a 3 car garage that currently doesn’t fit any cars, storage might be in order. The thing I love most about Exodus is that they are not the average storage place because of the full set of moving services they offer. I love the fact that they will store it and THEN move it later. So in some ways it’s almost like “pre-moving”. Your old house gets cleared and your belongings are already in place and with people that can bring them to wherever you are moving to. Storage with Exodus can be a big space, time and hassle saver.
For more information about the fantastic work Mark does please visit his website at:
As a national and international moving and storage company we see a lot of places. We consider it to be one of the perks of the job. Meeting new people and getting to know new neighborhoods keeps the work we do interesting. It keeps our minds open and our perspectives fresh.
But as a moving company in Colorado with local sensibilities, we also make connections as a result of our community interactions. Philanthropy and volunteer involvement is one of our top priorities. And as a result of our co-sponsorship of the Metro Mile with the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce, this week’s Fresh Place Friday is dedicated to the City of Glendale Colorado.
Glendale Then & Now
Originally settled in 1859, the city of Glendale has undergone many changes since its inception. Completely surrounded on every side by the city and county of Denver, this centralized location is now home to over 5,000 residents. This modest population accounts for the small town feel that the city is best known for. Sometimes referred to as a “village”, it continues to grow in leaps and bounds while maintaining its community focus.
One of the main goals of the City of Glendale in recent years has been to provide an excellent environment for new business development. In an effort to encourage growth, the city remains “thin” with regard to the usual red tape and bureaucracy that comes when trying to start or expand an organization. The government is small, agile and has been known to be very responsive when it comes to answering inquiries. Ongoing education is highly encouraged for all city employees resulting in a strong foundation for the growth of the area.
Life in Glendale
Brimming with young professionals, the City of Glendale currently has a median age of 29 years old which is below the average of many surrounding areas. But in addition to the enthusiasm and energy so often embodied by youth, Glendale is committed to innovation. Additions such as Infinity Park, a state of the art sports center, event area and world class Rugby field, insure residents are provided many opportunities for both fitness and entertainment. Couple this with friendly people and there is no doubt that the City of Glendale has a bright future ahead.
For more information about one of the most up and coming developments in the City of Glendale, check out the following:
At Exodus Moving and Storage, we consider it our civic duty to contribute positively to our community. We are happy to promote a long list of worthwhile organizations and charities in our area that we feel are doing good things. It’s a unique and wonderful opportunity that is brought about by success. And as the premier locally owned Colorado Moving and Storage company serving the greater Denver Metro and beyond, we are excited to give something back.
With great power comes great responsibility. Because of our hard work and the success that we have achieved as a result, we are constantly searching for new ways to help out and new people to team up with to make our world a better place. This year, we are proud to team up with the Glendale Chamber of Commerce to promote a mile long race and fundraising event being held on July 18th called the Denver Metro Mile.
The Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce
The main focus of the GGCC is “Building a Greater Glendale”. Often referred to as a “village” as a result of its small town feel, the city of Glendale is a thriving location to live and work. The chamber acts as a business development bridge between the community and the government within Glendale’s borders. Facilitating community events as well as promoting its membership to enhance growth is a constant priority for the chamber. A lively, high energy group of individuals, the membership is made up of enthusiastic movers and shakers who are committed to neighborhood development. This year, they are happy to host the 5th annual Metro Mile at Infinity Park in Glendale Colorado.
Who Does the Metro Mile Benefit?
This year’s Metro Mile will benefit Donors Choose, Lowes Good Neighbor Policy and the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Donors Choose is an organization designed to assist teachers and students directly with their needs inside the classroom. Donors can search through wish lists of things required and donate in any denomination to any project of their choice. http://www.donorschoose.org/
Lowes Good Neighbor Policy was created by the chairman of Lowes Hotels in 1990. In addition to donating excess from the hotel to community organizations in need, they also promote various local and national events to promote awareness and raise funds for good causes. http://www.loewshotels.com/en/aboutus/goodneighbor
The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign provides scholarship services for children from disadvantaged families who are in need of the camps, classes and other recreational activities offered by the YMCA but could otherwise not attend as a result of financial hardship. http://www.ymcastrongkids.org/
For Information about the Metro Mile or the Charities being benefitted please visit:
Health and wellbeing go hand in hand with happiness and ultimately success. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we understand that our business is about people. Facilitating opportunities for both active living and philanthropy brings an energy and vibrancy to our neighborhoods that cannot be denied. We are committed to giving our full support to causes and events that improve the social climates in which we live and work. In our endless quest to improve the quality of life in our communities, Exodus Moving and Storage is proud to team up with Larry Harte and the Glendale Chamber to bring the 5th annual Metro Mile to Denver.
What Is The Metro Mile?
The concept behind the Metro Mile has been simple since its inception: A mile long race created to bring the community together and raise money for charity. Neighborhood businesses come together to promote health and community involvement and runners get to test their speed. At 6:45 am the race begins on July 18th 2011. Each runner will be given a timing tag that electronically scores the race as well as a t-shirt and race bag filled by sponsors to commemorate their involvement. All participants are encouraged to setup their own fundraising page, invite people to attend and participate as well as to donate to the charities being benefited. After the race, the day is filled with live music and excellent food in addition to a free movie night and family activities designed to celebrate the summer and foster a sense of small town togetherness.
For more information about the race and how you can participate and contribute:
What is Infinity Park?
The Glendale Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Metro Mile at Infinity Park. Centrally located in Glendale CO, Infinity Park is an 8 acre complex complete with a multipurpose sports field, walking and jogging paths, a BBQ area, a state of the art fitness center, the US’ first municipal synthetic turf rugby stadium and more. Summer events include live concerts, movies shown on a jumbotron and sporting events of all kinds. Complete with free Wi-Fi throughout and a Pavilion including an International Ballroom able to host 1,200 people for a reception, this amazing park truly has something to offer everyone.
For more information, news and events at Infinity Park: