Loudoun Company Has First-Mover Advantage

president george w. bush

Brian Tinsman
Digital Properties Manager

 

Proximity to the nation’s capital means that a number of Loudoun businesses have interacted with the White House and its occupants.

For example, JK Moving Services has a long history with the first families on both sides of the aisle. After all, both Democrats and Republicans need competent movers to help the White House transition effectively between administrations.

It started with President George H.W. Bush in 1993, and continued through the Clinton, W. Bush and Obama administrations. Movers helped Bill Clinton sort his expansive CD collection in early 2000. The coordinated team worked around the clock for five days to move George and Laura Bush to Houston in early 2008.

But perhaps the most memorable interaction was when President George W. Bush selected JK Moving’s Sterling headquarters as the site of his economic policy speech on January 19, 2006.

JK Moving is one of the largest independently owned moving companies in North America and has grown under owner Chuck Kuhn as a family enterprise. That left an impression on President Bush, who commended Kuhn in his speech:

“Speaking about families, Chuck Kuhn’s family is pretty remarkable. Turns out, his mother works for him. That’s the opposite in my family. I need a little advice on how to restructure the chain of command in the Bush family.

“But I love being here in a place where a guy who had a dream at age 17 — that’s how old Chuck was when he started to act on his entrepreneurial instincts — said, ‘If I work hard and if I’m smart and if I figure out what the market wants, I can build something that I call my own.’

“And 23 years later, we’re standing, obviously, in what has become a very successful business enterprise. Successful because he is thriving and expanding. Successful because he has provided people a good place to make a living.”

Thirteen years later, Bush’s comments are even truer, as Kuhn has dramatically expanded JK Moving to more than 1,300 employees, with work around the world.

In addition, Kuhn saved the Middleburg Training Center, an iconic equine facility that had fallen on hard times. No longer losing money, the Center has turned the corner from break-even to profitable under his family’s stewardship.

In 2018, Kuhn and his family also celebrated the first harvest at JK Community Farm, a strictly charitable enterprise in Purcellville. In year one, the 150-acre farm produced 53,000 pounds of organic vegetables for food pantries.

In year two, that number is expected to rise to 62,000 pounds, with an additional 50,000 pounds of beef and pork, all for charity.

JK Moving is #26 on the list of Loudoun’s major employers. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, #29 on our list, is planning an expansion, and Neustar, #33, just closed on acquiring its 22nd company in 22 years. These companies are just a few examples that show how business success is #LoudounPossible.

Contact us for details about moving to or expanding here: 1-800-LOUDOUN.

 

Advanced Manufacturing: More Than Just 3D Printing

| Blog, Featured, Small Biz | No Comments
Swanka S. Burnette Business Development Manager Ask a friend (or the person next you to) what advanced manufacturing is. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Back? OK. Their answer likely included “3D printers” and a specific application of the tech, such as…

The Cyber Threat Has Changed – Three Reasons Why Every Business Should Care

| Blog, Cybersecurity, Featured, Small Biz | No Comments
Dennis Brouwer Business Development Manager It’s been said that we live in a dangerous world, and it’s easy to find plenty of examples of potential risks. That said, it’s often difficult to quantity just how big a risk actually is.…

What Is Economic Gardening, and How Does It Help Your Business Grow?

| Blog, Featured, Small Biz | No Comments
Vanessa Wagner Small Business, Entrepreneurship Manager The Kauffman Foundation describes the practice of economic gardening as “connecting entrepreneurs to resources, encouraging the development of essential infrastructure, and providing entrepreneurs with needed information.” That’s what Loudoun Small Business Week is all about!…

Buddy Rizer, ‘The Godfather of Data Center Alley,’ Goes Global!

| Blog, Data Centers, Featured, ICT | No Comments
Through Interglobix Magazine, people on five continents know about Loudoun County and its amazing contributions to the Internet and cloud computing.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.