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.
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:
At Exodus, our employees are hardworking, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. We stand for quality and excellence in everything we do. From packing services to relocating to totally secured storage, we are committed to our customers and to the integrity of our operation. When our COO, Joel Coen met up with the city in his most recent interview, he was able to share a bit of insight about where we come from and how/why we do what we do. The following are extended excerpts from this session.
Exodus History in Colorado
Ilan Levy began moving furniture in New York City with a plan that it would set the course for his future in Northern Colorado. In 1996, Levy relocated to Northern Colorado, where he started Exodus Moving and Storage. His one truck operation at the time has grown to a fleet of 20 trucks in Northern Colorado. Today Colorado is our home and for that reason we continue to focus on it as our main hub from which to move and store. Our staff is very happy to live and work in this great state. With the varied terrain and mostly sun filled skies, Colorado is a year round pleasure even in the winter. As we grow we will think about expanding into other states but for now we are thrilled to be a premier Colorado Moving and Storage Company.
Exodus & Social Media
We believe that social media and the Internet are powerful tools for the consumer. They provide customers with both vital and timely information on all sorts of topics. Finding message boards that are very active create good chances that someone will respond quickly with good information. Before social media most people found out who the good businesses were through traditional word of mouth. If you were looking for a good business you would just ask around and spread the word. Now people can go online and read all about it through online evaluations from their peers. We are happy that there is a ton of info online about Exodus Moving and Storage, and that it is all pointing to us in a positive light of glowing recommendations from happy customers.
Words to Work By
When asked what the best business advice that I had ever received in my life was, the question really got to me. But when I thought about it, the answer was a simple statement “the truth will set you free.” Telling the truth has allowed me to behave with integrity; to show up in an honest and forthright way and it’s the guiding principal that impacts the way we do business at Exodus. ~Joel Coen
SEAKR Foundation Promo
Please click on the link above to watch Andres Ross and Joel Coen on location at the Curtis Hotel, talking about the SEAKR foundation and the event itself.
Exodus Moving and Storage and SEAKR Engineering are teaming up to support SEAKR Foundation, with the 1st annual fundraising event. SEAKR foundation supports the families of Colorado soldiers killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan. This event will be held at the Curtis Hotel in Denver on October 8th. Silent auction will begin at 6:00, dinner and guest speakers at 7:00.