Donald Klein is the President of Allstates Worldwide Movers,
Inc. a household goods freight forwarder. While a college student, he started
in the industry, 1965 -66, working summers for Burnham World Forwarders, an
international freight forwarder, as a documentation clerk. Then, for last two
years of college, he worked for Richardson Transfer & Storage, Salina, KS
in their Safety & Compliance department.
In 1968, after college was a teacher for the New York City
Board of Education for four years at which time he was selected to be the
school’s union delegate. During the summers, nights and weekends, he worked for
the family business, Allstates Van Lines Corp. As such, he learned many
different phases of the moving and storage business. Main function was serving
primarily as a back up estimator and preparing required reports for the
Interstate Commerce Commission, who regulated the moving industry.
In 1972, he went to work for full time for Allstates
Worldwide Movers, Inc., and was eventually promoted to Vice President. During
that time, he became very active in the Household Goods Forwarders Association
of America, Inc. which is now IAM. He served as a Board member for six years
and represented industry in negotiations with the military setting policy in
different areas. Always was an advocate for the small forwarder and tried to
protect their interests whenever new policies came down. In 2008, was inducted
into the IAM Hall of Honor’s first class of sixteen inductees; five of which
were alive at the time; a truly humbling honor.
In 1985, he also became president of Allstates Transfer
& Storage, Inc. a domestic 48 state van lines, operating thirty trucks
operating around the United States. That company was primarily a large COD
mover out of the NYC metropolitan area; but, it was also a local DPM contractor
at Ft. Hamilton; represented over twenty five TSPs for origin and destination
work, did local and corporate moving as well.
From 1996 to 2014 was also president of White Glove
Transportation, Inc., a fine furniture warehouse distribution company,
operating six warehouses in the NYC metropolitan area, serving the designer and
decorator industry doing work for the “rich and famous people”.
Current focus is just on the international military
business. In my 56 years in the industry, I have seen many changes and hope to
continue to be able to help this industry grow and prosper as we are faced with
many new challenges.