Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume IDYNAMIC WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.
Since taking over as CEO in 1993, Maureen Beal has seen the organization, started by her grandfather, enjoy steady growth. She plays a vital, hands-on role; maintaining that the company should “never be so large as to lose sight of the personal connection we have with our family of agents and drivers, and of course, our customers.” While National Van Lines has recently become an employee-owned company, Maureen remains at the helm and continues to support woman-owned and diversity initiatives.
Maureen serves on the Board of Directors of the American Moving and Storage Association. Having served as Chairman of The American Cancer Society Board of DuPage County, IL, she is an advocate for women’s health issues. Actively involved in community service, Maureen is the past Chairman of the Board of Aspire, an organization that works with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Currently, Maureen is a Trustee for Benedictine University, Board President of the Executives Breakfast Club of Oak Brook and Board Chairman of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital.
Recognized for her expertise in employee retention and sound business practices; Maureen regularly speaks at industry conventions and is frequently invited to share her approach to management as a conference speaker/panelist.
The Leadership Journey – Not Always What You Expect
Maureen tells the story of her personal journey from switchboard operator to CEO of one of the largest woman-owned companies in Illinois – a position she never imagined holding as she was growing up, the youngest of three siblings and the only daughter. And, even though National Van Lines was a family-owned business, Maureen believes that some of the most significant leadership lessons came from her experience when she took a job outside the business. Now that National Van Lines is an employee-owned company, Maureen finds herself “Leading from the Heart.”