The International Association of Movers (IAM) honored a former officer of Cartwright Companies, a leading provider of integrated global mobility solutions, at the 48th annual IAM convention, held this year in San Diego.  Thomas Cartwright, who was part of the second generation of the Cartwright managing family, was inducted into the prestigious IAM 2010 Hall of Honor.

“With each new class of inductees, the IAM membership has the opportunity to pay tribute to those who dedicated so much of their time and effort to further the interests of both the Association as well as the industry as a whole,” said IAM President Terry Head.  “This year is no different as the Hall of Honor Selection Committee chose three highly accomplished individuals who live up to the high standards set by previous inductees.”

The Hall of Honor was founded by IAM in 2008. Its purpose is to commemorate industry leaders whose careers have reflected exceptional and distinguished service to either their companies or the Association, or who have worked to elevate the industry as a whole. The 2010 inductees are Jacqueline M. Agner, Thomas W. Cartwright, and James E. Thompson.

Thomas W. Cartwright
For more than three decades, Tom Cartwright, who passed away in 2003, was a leader in the household goods moving industry and the Household Goods Forwarders Association of America (HHGFAA), now IAM.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Cartwright attended high school there and excelled in football. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at the University of Missouri, where he majored in both history and business. Upon graduating from college, he began his career at Cartwright Van Lines. As vice president of the company, he was involved in all facets of the business. Mr. Cartwright launched American World Forwarders in 1979, serving as president until his death.  Throughout his career, he was an active member of the association. As a past member of the Executive Committee, he chaired the Claims Committee and served the Association in a variety of capacities.

To know Tom was to know a competitor; winning was everything and losing was not an option. However, in the face of defeat, he was the most gracious gentlemen and was quick to compliment his fellow competitors. Only 5’4” tall, he was nonetheless regarded by friends and peers alike as a giant due to his commanding presence and warm personality. Mr. Cartwright loved the forwarding business and counted many of his colleagues in the industry as some of his closest friends and acquaintances.
The Cartwright Companies is proud of Tom’s accomplishment and feels it represents the company’s ongoing contribution to the household goods moving industry.  The third-generation, family-run company and all of its employees are committed to carrying on Tom’s legacy.

About the Cartwright Companies
The Cartwright Companies is a private corporation headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, and is among the nation’s leading providers of household goods moving.  Since 1934, the Cartwright Companies, formerly Cartwright International Van Lines, has provided household goods moving, freight forwarding and shipping, and relocation and moving for homes, household goods, vehicle, and other heavy equipment for tens of thousands of people across the country and across the globe.  The Cartwright Companies focus is on providing integrated global mobility solutions to corporations worldwide.  Please visit our website

About IAM
The International Association of Movers (IAM), formerly the Household Goods Forwarders Association of America, is a non-profit global trade association representing over 2000 quality movers and related service providers in over 170 countries worldwide. Founded 1962, headquartered in Washington, DC IAM hosts the moving industry’s largest conference and trade show.  For more information, go to

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