Today, meet Patricia Marx, Chairman of the Board of New World Van Lines, Inc., the largest independent van line in the country devoted exclusively to corporate and government relocations, providing customers with the most efficient, innovative household goods moving services available.
Each year, WBENC presents 14 women business owners with the prestigious Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Star Award, the nation’s premier recognition for excellence among certified women-owned businesses, honoring female owners for their leadership skills, business success, and ability to serve as an inspiration to others.
Meet Patricia Marx, President, Chairman of the Board, New World Van Lines, Inc.
The company was founded by the Marx family in 1919, providing furniture moving services in the summer and coal delivery service in the winter. In 1982, when the moving industry was deregulated by government, the company became New World Van Lines. Since then, New World has been providing world-class domestic and international household goods moving services to its diverse base of corporations, relocation management companies, and government clients around the world.
In 1980, Patricia married a member of the Marx family and, in 1982, began working for the company.
She says her proudest moment in business was when her father-in-law invited her to join New World. She adds that both of her in-laws were true mentors to her, showing her that hard work, respect, and good morals can and will lead to success.
After 12 years serving New World, Patricia took time off to raise her and her husband’s two daughters, and rejoined the company in 2003. When three partners retired a few years ago, she purchased their shares of New World, and after the passing of Shirley Marx, the company’s matriarch and largest shareholder, Patricia purchased additional shares. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board.
Now New World Van Lines is no longer in the business of hauling coal, but is the largest independent moving and relocation company in the country. Patricia says getting WBENC-Certified opened up many doors for the company.
Patricia is “The Successor” because she leveraged inspiration from her in-laws and founders of New World Van Lines to take the company to the next level while preserving their legacy.
Today, Patricia shares guiding words for newly certified WBEs, her advice for new entrepreneurs, and what she views as benefits of being part of the WBENC network.
What guiding words would you like to share with a newly certified WBE who is looking to get involved in the WBENC community?
Take advantage of all the resources WBENC has to offer. Attend the conferences as they are great networking events, which puts you in direct contact with Diversity teams. Exposure to the events allows you to be learn to be more confident and composed in groups of potential customers.
What advice do you have for a new entrepreneur?
Follow your dream, believe in what you’re doing and don’t give up. Like life, owning a business is a roller coaster ride full of unexpected situations. Don’t hide from problems; face the good and the bad with respect and in the most professional manner possible.
How has your company grown and changed since its inception and since becoming certified?
The most important benefit is working with WBENC Corporate Members and growing our relationship with the WBE network. Having the WBE accreditation and being part of the WBENC has opened doors to large corporations and provided opportunities we would not have had.
New World Van Lines, Inc., is the professional mover with the personal touch. We strive to be a team that creates a safe and inclusive culture of integrity, innovation, and passion for excellence in everything that we do. Driven by our core values of Safety, Service, People, Profits and Innovation, we aim to perform all of our services with total customer satisfaction as our goal.