Ed Katz, International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®)

Ed Katz, head of the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®) at Georgia Highlands College. In early 2008, IOMI® proudly partnered with Georgia Highlands College, a unit of the University System of Georgia in Cartersville, to award college-level Continuing Education Credits to students taking Certified Office Mover® and Certified Project Manager® training at the Cartersville campus.

Ed Katz, IOMI® Certified Office Mover® Training

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Ed was an amazing boss. I learned a tremendous amount working for Ed, both as a salesperson and as a person. One of the traits I admire most about Ed Katz is his ability to innovate. His amazing equipment and the processes he built have defined the office moving industry.”
March 13, 2012
Erik Bauer, Sales Manager, Peachtree Movers

“Ed Katz is the prototypical entrepreneur. His energy, vision and drive led him to build a remarkable moving company that was ideal for corporate moves. He pioneered the "Boxless Move," raised the moving industry's standards for minimizing the risk of damage to furniture, computers and real property and developed a proprietary estimating formula that ensured office moves finished on time for the price quoted. Ed sold his moving company in 2000 and now goes around the globe teaching other movers his successful practices and techniques."
November 19, 2009
Ron Strauss, Founder and Senior Executive Officer, Brandzone, LLC

"was with another company when working with Ed at International Office Moving Institute"
Hired Ed as a Business Consultant in 2005, and hired Ed more than once
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
September 30, 2009
Luis Toledo

“Ed’s methodologies are “Best in class” and have provided me with a solid foundation of skills which I have built on throughout the years. When it comes to recommending Movers to our Customers, IOMI® Certified Movers® go to the top of the list.”
Hired Ed as a Business Consultant in 1999, and hired Ed more than once
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
May 22, 2009
Tobin Genung

“Ed is one of the rare geniuses you meet in the world that are able to think outside the box and really create dynamic and new approaches to the way we do things. I have been astounded at the ease of which his products and processes help those in my industry and help my clients save money. Ed is truly a one of a kind find. I highly recommend his methodology and especially his products.”
Hired Ed as a Expert on Moving Equipment in 1999, and hired Ed more than once
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
May 18, 2009
Renee McNiel, PMP, HUB, SBE, WBE

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Ed Katz - Entrepreneur, Inventor, Author, Teacher

"For all his success and achievements . . . , Ed Katz is most passionate about teaching. A natural behind the podium, Katz receives rave reviews as keynote speaker, guest lecturer, and trainer for his fresh enthusiasm and his ability to motivate and inspire an audience. Despite what would seem to be a painfully dry subject, a session with Ed Katz is truly an unforgettable experience."

Ed Katz has changed the way businesses move. He realized early on that office moving is a service; give the customer superior service and they'll be back. Minimize the disruption, damage, and downtime normally associated with moving -- let them stay in business -- and moving becomes a painless experience.

His training programs offered through the International Office Moving Institute (IOMI®) help moving companies, furniture dealers, project managers, and inhouse move crews develop or improve their service.

Ed Katz has spent more than 35 years listening to customers and developing methods and tools to either minimize moving complaints or eliminate them altogether. Better still, he's willing to share what he has learned.

When Ed Katz founded Peachtree Movers in Atlanta, GA, he moved furniture like every other mover. And heard the same complaints. Moving means packing and unpacking and everyone hates it. Besides the drudgery and inevitable lost and mixed-up files, productivity comes to a complete standstill. The customer is out of business. To add insult to injury, the mover damages walls, floors, and furniture getting to the truck. Haphazardly stacked on the moving van, many items such as glass, framed art work, and computers undergo a beating in transit and emerge at the new location marred or broken, sometimes worse. After the move, the customer feels as battered as his or her belongings.

But Ed Katz took customer complaints seriously and began developing methods and tools to eliminate or minimize the grievances. To minimize damage, Katz devised protection systems for building surfaces and sensitive electronic equipment. To minimize office disruption, he developed moving methods that allow customers access to records and files right up to the time they're rolled out the door. To his customers' delight, Katz began moving the contents
in the furniture rather than the contents and the furniture, and thus the "boxless" move was born. By virtually eliminating the costly downtime of packing, his customers stayed in business and loved it.

Moving "boxless", using his patented Spider Crane® and Space Gobblers™ combination, gave companies planning a move a green-tech option never before available. Katz realized that his unlikely sounding devices were not only smart for business by saving customers time and money but the process is environmentally-friendly, with fewer truck loads burning less gas and less packing materials thrown away after the move.

In 2008, Katz published the second
edition of his popular Office Moving for Movers. Move Your Business (Without Becoming A Moving Target) was published in 2004, and in 2000, Katz produced Moving Computers, his first self-paced, multimedia training CD.

As a first-time author, Katz was chosen Distinguished Author of the Year for 1999 by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) for Commercial Relocation: A Comprehensive Guide for Industry Professionals & Service Buyers.

In 1996, Peachtree Movers was chosen "Number 1" in both updating the industry and customer satisfaction by the National Moving and Storage Association. Shortly before Katz sold Peachtree Movers in 2000, it received the Consumer's Choice Award for Best Office Mover in Atlanta.

His methods, techniques, and inventions have been featured in numerous trade journals, business magazines, and the Wall Street Journal. Katz's innovations have brought him international recognition, and the unofficial title of guru of office moves.

He holds a master's degree in urban renewal and city planning from the University of Pittsburgh and spent four years as a Wall Street stock broker and investment counselor before moving to Atlanta to sell commercial real estate. It was the horror stories of building landlords that introduced him to office moving.

Office Moving for Movers by Ed Katz

Chief Craig Millsap

Ed Katz and Chief Craig Millsap developed Homeland Security Online Training for Office Moves
Ed Katz and Chief Craig Millsap developed Homeland Security Online Training for Office Moves
Together, Ed Katz, left, and Craig Millsap, right, chief of the Bartow County Georgia Fire Department, developed Homeland Security Training for office moving companies.

Emergency management expert joins IOMI® instruction team

Craig Millsap, chief of the Bartow County Georgia Fire and Rescue and an expert in emergency management, has teamed with IOMI® to develop homeland security training for office moves.

Why is homeland security important to office movers? Because office buildings are particularly susceptible soft targets for both terrorist and criminal activities during office moves, and because movers use trucks. 

Since the terror attacks of September 11, office building security is tighter both inside and out. 

In the first World Trade Center bombing that killed seven in 1993, Ramzi Yousef drove a bomb ladened rented box truck into a public parking garage.

In 1995, Timothy McVeigh parked a rented box truck full of fertilizer and diesel fuel in front of an Oklahoma City federal building. The explosion killed 168 men, women, and children.

Office building managers expect more from vendors to help keep their buildings safe, and greater awareness by the public means closer scrutiny of activities.

Chief Millsap is an emergency response radiological transportation trainer through the U.S. Department of Energy, a certified emergency manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers, and a master certified emergency manager and disaster coordinator between local, state and federal agencies for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

As head of the Bartow County fire department, Chief Millsap oversees the activities of more than 130 employees and volunteers that man 13 fire stations. Part of north metro Atlanta's sprawling suburbs, Bartow County is split by busy Interstate 75.