June 12, 2015 // Franchising.com // Zippy Shell Incorporated, the Washington, D.C.-based, self-storage and moving company, is proud to announce that James S. Simpson has officially joined the corporate Board of Directors. The announcement follows the recent $25 million strategic growth capital investment from private investment firm Virgo Investment Group LLC ("Virgo").
Simpson is recognized as a prolific leader in the transportation industry having served President George W. Bush, as the national spokesperson for public transportation policy and safety, as the Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration. He also served the Governor and State of New Jersey for four and a half years, as the Commissioner of Transportation at the Department of Transportation and Chairman of New Jersey Transit. Additionally, Simpson served as Commissioner of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority for New York’s Governor for ten years.
“We are incredibly honored to welcome Jim to our Board of Directors,” says Rick Del Sontro, CEO of Zippy Shell. “His industry knowledge and guidance comes at a critical juncture for Zippy Shell as we begin an exciting period of strategic growth.”
Upon graduating college, in less than ten years, Jim built a small storefront moving and storage company into one of the fastest growing and most profitable international companies in the country.
"With over forty years of experience in the industry, there have been very few ‘big ideas’ that have transformed an industry,” says Jim Simpson. “Zippy Shell’s business model is a game changer and will certainly disrupt the storage and moving industry for the better; Zippy Shell is the definition of storage and moving 2.0!"
The recent investment capital from Virgo will help to accelerate the overall growth of the Zippy Shell business in support of new market strategic acquisitions and national brand development. It will also allow Zippy Shell to strengthen its moving platform and enhance its operating systems for its franchisees.
“Jim is recognized for his unprecedented experience in the transportation industry,” says Gareth Taylor, Founder/ President of Zippy Shell. “His involvement brings an incredible opportunity to apply his knowledge and career background to the development of Zippy Shell’s national and regional services.”
Zippy Shell is the fastest growing franchise business in the storage and moving industries. The service stands apart from its competitors by providing an unprecedented seamless solution for moving and storage needs.
Zippy Shell Incorporated is a national provider of portable storage and moving solutions. Through a network of franchise locations and licensed partners, Zippy Shell provides a complete suite of services to the customer ranging from self-pack storage through full-service moving. Headquartered in Washington D.C., Zippy Shell currently has 56 independently operated, corporately operated or jointly operated facilities in 106 markets. Zippy Shell® is an exclusively licensed trademark of Zippy Shell Incorporated. For more information, visit the Zippy Shell website at www.zippyshell.com.
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