Meet Our Chicago Office Movers Team
The Chicago Office Movers team below was selected based on their experience and outstanding performance in Office relocation. Our crew leader, lead supervisor, and account executives have a combined 150+ years of commercial relocation experience. Our team understands the sensitivity and magnitude of office relocations; they have proven themselves to be knowledgeable with handling furniture, equipment, and getting the job done with our employed movers and drivers.
Luis Toledo, President & CEO
Office: (847) 621-5180
Luis Toledo brings over forty years of management and industry specific experience to the Chicago Office Movers’ team. Early in his career, Luis the Mover was a sought-after employee and was requested by name. He saved up to purchase his first moving truck and start Midwest Moving and Storage, Inc. Today, Luis has grown both Midwest Moving and Storage, Inc. and Chicago Office Movers into organizations that collectively have performed over 130,000 successful moves in 35 years. Always striving to improve, Luis added to his long-time career by completing an Executive Program from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Luis is a member of the Board of Advisors of Catholic CHarities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He actively gives back to the community through volunteering his time and also donating to Move for Hunger which partners with local moving companies to stock local foodbanks. He also has a passion for reducing his company’s carbon footprint by recycling unwanted items left after a move and donating used furniture to help improve lives in Nicaragua and Guatemala. In his free time, Luis enjoys skiing, sailing and spending time with his family.
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Jim Welsh, Senior Vice President
Office: (847) 621-5159
Cell: (773) 729-8138
As Chicago Office Movers’ Senior Vice President, Jim Welsh brings over four decades of leadership experience within the moving and storage industry. Through a long career focusing on management, operations, and corporate sales positions, Jim founded his own company, The Plastic Moving Box Company, in 2004. Jim’s specialties lie in mentoring high performance teams, individuals and delivering total customer satisfaction.
Jim serves on the Operations/Safety as well as the Driver Retention Committee both a part of the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from The University of Illinois. He is a proud and very busy grandfather to nine grandchildren. Jim describes himself as a coach by heart and enjoys actively participating in his grandchildren’s activities.
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Ruth Bernal, Human Resources Director
Office: (847) 621-5172
Cell: (630) 674-7629
Ruth serves as Chicago Office Movers’ Director of Human Resources. With over a decade of industry experience, Ruth specializes in implementing practices that focus on compliance and establishing the company’s strong people-first culture. She is actively involved in giving back to the community through the Mercy’s Home for Boys & Girls and HACE (Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement) organizations. During her free time, Ruth enjoys perfecting her golf skills and spending time with family.
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Bill Carlstrom, Senior Relocation Manager
Office: (847) 621-5173
Cell: (847) 894-4757
Bill Carlstrom is a Senior Relocation Manager at Chicago Office Movers, Inc. As a Senior Relocation Manager, he is responsible for building relationships with Businesses that have relocation needs. His engagement includes pre-relocation evaluation, project management execution, and communication for all needs throughout the project and beyond. He has been in the relocation industry for over 33 years and has experience working with many different industries. As an independent contractor, warehouse manager, operations manager, project manger to now sales manger, he has earned an extensive knowledge of all areas of the industry. At Chicago Office Movers, Bill specializes in:Government Contracting, Federal Contracting, Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment (FF&E), Hospitality Relocation needs, Warehouse Delivery & Installation (WDI), and Office and Industrial Relocation (O&I)
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Graham Morrison, Senior Commercial Relocation Specialist
Office: (847) 621-5183
Cell: (630) 675-0833
As a Senior Commercial Relocation Specialist with Chicago Office Movers, Graham brings 36 years of project management experience in the relocation industry. Throughout his career, he has led top-performing sales teams that continue to exceed client expectations. One of his proudest career moments include restoring relations with a twenty-year estranged client. During his free time, Graham enjoys focusing on personal and professional development.
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Jeff Polen, Senior Project Manager
Office: (847) 621-5181
Cell: (815) 823-2699
As Chicago Office Movers’ Senior Project Manager, Jeff brings 27 years of industry experience. Jeff’s credentials include several Project Management Certifications: Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol certified; a Motor Carriers Brokers license; and a producer’s license for life, casualty, health, and fire in the State of Illinois. Jeff specializes in supporting clients in the government and educational industry clients. In his spare time, he pursues courses and certification programs.
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Karen Vanee, Business Development Manager
At Chicago Office Movers, Karen is our Business Development Manager and resident celebrity. A Radio Personality and Morning Show Co-Host for almost 35 years, Karen built up her network while working at 9FM (99.9) in Chicago, 95.9 The River in Naperville/Aurora, and 105 The Crossroads in Woodstock/Crystal Lake. Today she “opens the door to opportunity” for Chicago Office Movers. Outside of work, Karen volunteers at numerous charities in the community and at one time served as a mentor to a local teen. In her free time, Karen likes to watch movies with her Mom who, at 94, never stops learning & growing…something that Karen tries to emulate.
Kari-Ann B. Ryan
Kari-Ann B. Ryan, Corporate Brand Ambassador
Office: (847) 621-5176
Cell: (312) 497-3203
At Chicago Office Movers, Kari-Ann is our Corporate Brand Ambassador. As the master of visibility, she is responsible for all things Branding and Marketing related. Kari-Ann comes to us with experiences in Marketing for a multi-brand and multi-location company, the service industry, non profit marketing event planning and fundraising, and retail management. She is an Ambassador and past chair of the Ambassador Committee for the Schaumburg Business Association, the Events and Programs Team Chair for the GOA Regional Business Association, a member of the Elk Grove Village Chamber Board of Directors, and past chair and top fundraiser for the Northwest Suburban Walk To End Alzheimer’s.
Kari-Ann received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Western Michigan University. She is Master Certified in Constant Contact Email Marketing and has held numerous social media training classes.
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Kenneth Stone, Senior Commercial Manager
Office: (847) 621-5177
Ken Stone has a proven sales and project management background in relocation, logistics, and commercial moving. He is skilled and experienced in space planning and installation, with local, national and global experience. With over 21 years’ experience in the industry, Ken has established loyal account relationships and pays close attention to detail and on-time performance, resulting in increased business and referrals based on trust, superior service and follow through.
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Robert Deignan, Controller
Office: (847) 621-5154
Robert Deignan, as the Controller for Mid-West Moving & Storage, manages all aspects of the internal accounting processes and a team of 3 others. He is responsible for the company’s financial reporting, cash management, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, bid review and analysis, budgeting, tax compliance, and various special analyses.
Robert has been with Mid-West Moving & Storage for 5 years, in the moving industry for 10 years total and a financial manager for over 15 years. With his extensive knowledge of the industry, corporate accounting, company consolidations, and process improvement and documentation expertise, he brings a structure and solid financial foundation to the company.
Robert has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Masters of Science in Accounting from Loyola University. He is married with two children and is a bowling enthusiast and avid league participant for over 15 years. t.