Collaboration Business Consulting & CMSA Northern Region Chapter: Surviving or Thriving?







On February 3rd, 2021, the Northern Region Chapter of the California Moving and Storage Association held its first meeting of the year.


Shout out to J and S Paper for making a donation to the chapter's charity and scholarship fund.


As all our meetings begin with the pledge of allegiance, Casey Myers of Champion Risk & Insurance Services led the pledge and shared a story about the flag she brought to the call. She also brought Tio Bernie to the meeting, see the pictures!


Thank you to Heidi Liou of Supermove, she was the first one to rsvp and pay for the event's tariff. Second to pay was our current CMSA Chairman John Chipman Jr. of Chipman Relocation.


We had a talk by Michael Gunther, Founder and Managing Partner of Collaboration Business Consulting. Michael spoke to our group about different challenges that entrepreneurs and leaders deal with. He covered topics such as self awareness, peer feedback, being overly optimistic, employee trust, delegating, working "ON" your business and communicating expectations, timely performance reviews and other tools to help keep your team working effectively.


We are grateful for the opportunity to bring Michael's wisdom and knowledge to our fellow movers and vendors. In attendance, we had Steve Weitekamp, president of the California Moving and Storage Association, who announced an upcoming paperwork training event scheduled for Wednesday March 3rd over Zoom. Also in attendance was our current Chairman John Chipman Jr. It was nice to see our dear friend, San Francisco based mover Fred Wallace of One Big Man One Big Truck, and from Reno Nevada, we had our former association Chairman Rick Hosea of RenoRelo World Wide.


Attendees had these comments and thoughts to share:


"Thank you so much for bringing Michael’s expertise to the CMSA. His enthusiasm was inspiring and while the presentation was intended for business owners/management, there were several tips that I plan to apply to other types of business relationships as well." Casey Myers, Producer at Champion Risk & Insurance Services.


"Michael gave some great tips in order to "work on your business instead of just in your business". My favorite takeaway was asking peers for feedback to be aware of your blind spots, and then working on them!" Heidi Liou of Supermove


"To be the best you can be get out of your own way!" Tricia Smith-Bermudez, VP at HUB International Transportation Insurance Services, Inc.



Here is Michael's short bio and Linkedin information if you would like to connect with him: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelgunther


Michael Gunther, Founder and Managing Partner of Collaboration Business Consulting, leads a team of highly skilled business professionals dedicated to inspiring, educating and empowering proactive business leaders to achieve breakthrough performance.


Guiding over 600 organizations in their growth, training thousands of leaders and managers, and assisting nearly 300 business get started over the last 20 years ─ he understands what is takes to build impactful, purposeful, and authentic collaboration that gets results. At the end of the day, Collaboration’s clients are re-energized with a newfound passion for their business and the confidence to lead their teams to build profitable, sustainable businesses.


Previous to Collaboration Business Consulting, he was President of CoreXpand software company as well as Vice President of Shurgard Storage Centers where he ran a $40 million division and was the youngest VP to date. He is master’s prepared with a Master of Arts in Psychology and an Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing.

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