American Transportation Systems Inc.
John Smelser worked his way through UNM in the moving industry. He would attend class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and then work packing and moving furniture on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. After four years at UNM and his diploma in hand, he was hired by the manager of the moving company he’d worked for through college. John began as a dispatch assistant and became proficient in assigning crews their daily operation activities and equipment management, as well as planning their weekly assignments.
After a year he was assigned to inside marketing and sales. From there he went into outside sales and estimating for residential customers. He was quickly promoted to corporate account manager, and office and industrial coordinator. He achieved a great working knowledge of most areas involved in the moving industry from the ground up. Then the opportunity became available to participate in the ownership of the Atlas Van Lines agency in Albuquerque. At the time, American Transportation Systems had two other partners, and John became a happy third.
After building a quality performance reputation in the Albuquerque market and receiving quality awards from the Atlas Van Lines family, it was time to negotiate acquiring sole ownership of the company. John acquired sole ownership in 1987.
Since that time, American Transportation System Inc., the Atlas Agency in Albuquerque, has been a local, family owned business. Under John’s leadership, we strive to be the best moving agency, holding ourselves and our staff to the highest standards. We know only the best will do, and that is what we expect of ourselves out of every move.