JK Moving Services: Winning the Marathon with Quality and Accountability

JK Moving Services (www.jkmoving.com) is based in Washington, DC.  JK Moving (@jkmoving) helps people to have a stress-free relocation through its variety and quality of services. Founder and CEO Chuck Kuhn sat down to talk to Ascent Advisor (@AscentAdvisor).   Ascent Advisor — David Grau:  The story of how you founded your company at a young age is interesting. Did you have a vision in mind? Chuck Kuhn: Due to a job change, my family had to move from Washington D.C. to Tehran, Iran, which was disastrous. My brother and I came back from Iran when the Shah was overthrown and lived with my aunt and uncle in Rockville, MD. My uncle had a small, 2-3 truck moving company at the time and to keep us out of trouble they would put us on the back of the truck to do moves on evenings and weekends. That is how I learned about the industry and how to professionally move furniture. My parents came back from Iran 8 months later and we moved back to Northern Virginia. When I got my driver’s license at 16, I bought my first truck and started JK Moving Services. I started it for a couple reasons. I saw how stressful moving was on a family. I saw how poor the service was in the industry, and I thought there was a niche where we could make a difference by providing a quality service. I also thought it was good physical work, and I saw a place we could make some money. That is really what got us started and was our initial mission. I never...

Vector Technical Resources: Growth by Trust

Vector Technical Resources (www.vectechresources.com) is based in Virginia.  Vector (@vectorIT) is an IT and staff augmentation company. President Marc Berman sat down to chat with Ascent Advisor (@AscentAdvisor).   Ascent Advisor — David Grau:  You began your role as President of Vector Technical Resources in September.  Is this a new entity? Marc Berman:  Vector Technical Resources has been in business since 2007 and I acquired an interest in Vector six months ago. Vector was an integrator– a services company—that did business with the federal government on a minor basis and had a couple of contracts. It sustained itself on these few contracts but was not growing substantially. Before joining Vector I was a partner in a much larger firm that I helped grow from a million to a 30 million dollar company. Due to the extreme but careful growth, this firm grew out of the small business segment of the federal government’s base for a staffing business. I sold my ownership back to my partners and I went in search of a company to join that had some other socio-economic status.  I wanted to remain in the small business area because I felt that this is where the government would try and spend their dollars. I interviewed several people and companies and found one that was just the perfect fit.  This is when I decided to begin my new career with Vector. Ascent Advisor: Why did you choose Vector Technical Resources? Berman:  All I’ve done since I was 14 years old is grow businesses. I wanted to take this one and rebrand it as more of an IT staff...
TriNet: Platform, Representation, Advisory

TriNet: Platform, Representation, Advisory

TriNet (www.trinet.com) is based in San Leandro, CA. TriNet (@TriNet) is a strategic HR business partner. TriNet is a 5-time Inc. 500 honoree. CEO Burton Goldfield (@BurtonGoldfield) chatted with Ascent Advisor (@AscentAdvisor).   Ascent Advisor – Paul Savage: A large part of TriNet’s value proposition is working with clients as an advisor rather than a vendor. What benefits do your clients receive as a result of this relationship? Burton Goldfield: We offer our customers benefits they cannot find anywhere else. Here’s why: People talk about partnerships and advisors, but very few companies have the infrastructure to make that happen. We do. Our business consists of three areas: 1. Platform: We provide a software platform that all employees and company benefit administrators can access to manage all their needs for payroll and benefits. We take care of their medical insurance, 401k, and their flexible spending accounts. We do everything from an address change to sending a bonus check or adjusting a salary. Our robust platform processes about four million transactions a month. And this software platform is ultimately the backbone of what we do. 2. Representation: We provide the legal construct for transferring liability and allowing us to be a company’s HR partner. TriNet’s name stems from the fact that we build a three-way relationship between the entrepreneur, the employee and us. The employee looks to TriNet relative to employment and looks to their entrepreneur or company management for day-to-day activities. We truly have this three-way relationship in an advisory and legal capacity as it relates to employment law and managing the welfare of the individual employee. 3. Advisory: We...