2013 Year in Review


This year, The Suddath Companies mourned the loss of Richard “Dick” Harvey Suddath. With his passing at the age of 94, we lost a visionary, leader, mentor, great friend and community champion. Dick was born in Jacksonville on April 22, 1919, the same year his father, Carl Suddath, founded Suddath Moving and Storage Company, known now as The Suddath Companies. When Dick was 25 years old, he assumed the role of owner and President of Suddath following his father’s death from leukemia. Over the next 45 years, Dick laid the groundwork for what Suddath is today. One of his most notable advancements includes the diversification of Suddath from a one-location company into a network comprised of branches, warehouses and agent partnerships throughout the country. Early in his tenure, Dick realized the need for agent partnerships across the nation and he worked with other moving and storage companies to found Atlas Van Lines. Suddath subsequently left Atlas and joined United Van Lines in 1981. As corporate America grew, the need for international relocation services expanded, and Dick oversaw the creation of the international division of Suddath. Military personnel relocation, always a significant part of the company’s services, became a separate division that would focus on the particular needs of this client base.

Dick Suddath was recognized as a leader in the industry and served for many years on the board of Atlas Van Lines and as President of the Movers’ and Warehousemen’s Association (now known as AMSA). He retired in 1989 from his position as Chairman of the Board of The Suddath Companies but continued to be involved as a mentor and consultant. Dick cared so much about people, and it showed in many areas. He was involved in numerous community organizations ranging from the Boy Scouts of America to the Meals on Wheels Program. Many of the strongest tenets of his character still live on today, woven into the fabric of The Suddath Companies and its employees.

Dick Suddath is and will continue to be missed.


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