Programs & ServicesExpand Minimize
SMA provides a number of programs to help its members become better movers and associate suppliers.
Pinnacle Mover Program
A certification program developed by the Southwest Movers Association specifically for the moving industry. The primary goal of the program is to promote and recognize professional competence and adherence to ethical standards on the part of movers.
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The leadership of SMA took a big step forward in 2000 with the scholarship program by forming the SMA Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to building a long-term funding source for our industry’s education programs. Contributions to the foundation are fully tax deductible.
SMA provides educational workshops and seminars throughout the year to enhance professionalism for its members.
SMA members receive their Certified Movers Professional (CMP) and Certified Claims Analysis (CCA) through the American Moving and Storage Association.
Safety and Compliance Program
Associate member Tom Herrick has created an online training program that focuses on the safety of the customer, the safety of the mover employee as well as the equipment used, the moving vehicle and the customers’ residence. Blog or email Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southwest Movers Association sponsors an annual conference and exposition in different locations throughout the state. The conference offers many training and technology seminars at the convention. The two day conference allows participants to take advantage of all seminars as well as other on-going activities. The conference offers a unique opportunity for networking and socializing with your peers.
Consumer Complaint Resolution Program
Effective in 1999, the consumer complaint resolution program once legislatively assigned to SMA was moved over to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. Because SMA took that role for a while, complaints are still received from consumers. When the mover is a member of SMA, the staff of SMA gives the mover a courtesy call about receiving the complaint. Complaints about non-members are referred directly to TxDMV.
Intrastate Texas Max 3B Tariff
Available only to SMA members. The household goods Tariff Max 3B issued effective November 1, 2008 did not experience increases in the rate levels. Generally, it was an overall update to the wording in the tariff. The Tariff Max 3B provides maximum rates and charges for the transportation of household goods as defined by the Texas Transportation Code Chapter 643. The tariff along with updates can be purchased only from SMA and only by a member of SMA. Max 3B is on file with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles as the lawful rates of SMA member participating carriers.
Household Goods Moving FormsExpand Minimize
SMA, with input from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, develops and has available for order household goods moving forms at discount prices.
Form 160 - Moving Services Contract
Amended March 2000 and again in 2008 per TxDMV's instructions, to change the name from Bill of Lading to Moving Services Contract, and to provide for warehouse or storage insurance in addition to the transit.
Form 162 - Moving Services Contract
Amended March 2000 and again in 2008 per TxDMV's instructions, to change the name from Bill of Lading to Moving Services Contract, and to provide a separate contract when offering valuation only and not insurance.
Form 170 - Combined Proposal and Moving Services Contract
Developed in 2007 and amended in 2008, this combined form may be issued in lieu of 160 and 185 or 162 and 185 as it contains the required proposal and contract wording.
Form 185 - Proposal for Service
Amended March 2000 and again in 2008 per TxDMV's instructions, to change the name from Estimated Cost of Services to Proposal for Service, and to provide for the option of determining number of hours required for a move at the end of the move.
Form 187 - Inventory
Includes all new symbols (8.5 X 11” size, 4-part carbonless form).
Form 188 - Your Rights and Responsibilities whenYou Move in Texas - pamphlet
TxDMV Rules and Regulations “ 18.55 Information for Shippers (a) When the household goods carrier provides the shipper with an original written proposal, as required in 18.56 of this title (relating to Proposals and Estimates for Moving Services), the household goods carrier shall also provide a copy of the information sheet entitled, Your Rights and Responsibilities When you Move in Texas as prescribed by the director. (b) The household goods carrier may duplicate the department’s form provided the exact text is reproduced in a legible manner in at least 10 point type font. No additional information that interferes or alters the text may be added to the form.” Form 188 available from SMA meets the requirements of the regulations quoted above.
Form 189 - Addendum to Moving Services Contract
The addendum to the moving services contract between the shipper and the carrier is mandatory on all shipments which do not meet the terms and conditions set forth on the Proposal for Service, Moving Services Contract, Government Bill of Lading, Combined Proposal/Moving Services Contract, or any purchase order or letter of authorization received by carrier from shipper. A new addendum must be completed each time the shipper or shipper’s representative requests or approves changes to services previously ordered. Do not amend an addendum after it has been signed by the shipper.
Form 887 - Table of Measurements (cube sheet)
Other forms: SMA can order other forms you may need through our printer/supplier resources.
Several publications outlining current industry issues and trends are made available to SMA members on a regular basis.
SMA’s official magazine is produced two times a year to keep members informed of association and industry interests and activities.
A weekly newsletter with the latest news from the association and moving industry in Texas is e-mailed or faxed directly to your office.
When the Texas Legislature is in session, SMA monitors all proposed legislation that affects the moving industry and sends out up-to-date information on the issues.
A publication containing alphabetical listings of member companies, key personnel, phone and fax numbers, email and web addresses. Available only to members of SMA. A ready reference source about “who’s who” in the industry. The directory also contains the SMA by laws, mission and ethics statement as well as lists of the board or directors, executive committee and current working committees.
A publication of classified ads for SMA members.
Conference & Trade ShowExpand Minimize
SMA holds its annual conference and trade show in September each year. Two other meetings, open to all SMA members are held in early spring and in July.
SMA’s conference and trade show is a three-day educational event held in September of each year. This event offers a unique opportunity for members to spend time together learning, sharing ideas and participating in educational seminars, scheduled sports and social activities.
The trade show is held in conjunction with the conference, annual meeting of members. Exhibitors displaly what is new in “after market” services and products with optimum networking opportunities. The show enables members to renew contacts and see what’s new in products and services for the moving industry. Activities are scheduled in the exhibit hall to increase exposure.
SMA Committee Members 2011-2012Expand Minimize
Bylaws Article VII
The chairman will appoint the chairmen and vice chairmen of the standing committees and establish and appoint members of any special committees that the chairman deems necessary for the efficient operation of the affairs of the association.
Chair: Chad Miller
Vice Chair: Jason Turner
Traci McCullah, Westar
Andy Crocker, Crocker Moving
Larry Adams, Adams Transfer
George Dunaway, Albert Moving
Ron Clair, All My Sons
Chair: Gary Hendley
Vice Chair: George Gilbert
Chair: Todd Harrison
Vice Chair: Larry Adams
Chair: Gary Hendley
Vice Chair: Sean Streckfus
Guillermo Cardona, EWS Group
Chair: Marcia Faschingbauer
Vice Chair: Sean Streckfus
These are the members who signed up, however, all associates are considered to be a part of this committee.
Chair: Andy Crocker
Vice Chair: Ben Breedlove
All Pinnacles are considered to be a part of this committee.
Chair: Becky Mobley
Vice Chair: Jim French
Rates & Rules
Chair: Chris Moucka
Vice Chair: John Hart
Long Range Planning
Chair: Debbie McKinley
Vice Chair: Ron Clair
Chair: Bill Andis
2011-2012 Committees (PDF .10MB)