LEADERSHIP LOWDOWN Rick Dircks with Dircks Moving and Logistics and Mike Jones with Resound Creative
Brothers Chip and Rick Dircks started Dircks Moving & Logistics nearly 30 years ago, building it into what is now Arizona’s largest and most diversified moving company and the 4th largest agent in the U.S. for Mayflower Van Lines.
Dircks performs household goods moving services including local, national, and international moves, commercial moves including local and national office and industrial moves, and logistics services. They’re also proud to be the Official Mover of the Arizona Cardinals, the ASU Alumni Association, ASU Athletics, and the Better Business Bureau, and the title sponsor for community events such as the Big Haul for St. Vincent de Paul and Operation Toy Box.
Dircks is considered a national leader in the Moving & Storage Industry, with Chip being on the Boards of the major industry organizations, as well as UniGroup (the parent company of Mayflower).
Dircks is also a leading community-based organization in Phoenix, with Rick being on 9 local Boards. Dircks’ passion and differentiation is all-around quality and doing the right thing. Dircks is among the national quality leaders in the industry and have won numerous local awards.
Rick Dircks, Executive Vice President of Dircks Moving and Logistics, has been in the moving industry for nearly 30 years. In that time, Rick has worked in various sales and management positions throughout the western United States. Rick is responsible for all Sales and Marketing activities for Dircks and personally manages certain accounts.
Rick is very involved in industry and community entities. He is currently the Board Chair, for a second consecutive term, for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in Central, Northern and Western Arizona, a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for WESTMARC, the Arizona State University President’s Club and the Fiesta Bowl.
Rick lives in Chandler with his wife Robin and children, Madison and Morgan.
Resound believes that because people are intrinsically remarkable, —and organizations are created by human beings—every organization is remarkable too. Unfortunately, most organizations don’t act like it.
Over the past 11 years, the Resound team has helped a variety of B2B organizations find their authentic identities in order to resonate with their audiences and build lasting customer relationships through brand development activities: brand strategy, website design, content marketing, and media production.
Some of the organizations they’ve helped include Shamrock Foods, Infusionsoft, Dignity Health, and PrePass Safety Alliance.
Based in Arizona, the Resound team spans the globe, utilizing creatives, strategists, and technologists who best fit the culture of Resound and the needs of each individual client.
Remarkable brands require authenticity and a die-hard commitment to values & purpose. Mike Jones passionately preaches these beliefs as Co-host of AZ Brandcast and pursues them with clients as CEO of Resound – a brand consultancy for B2B service-based firms. (He also founded an apparel brand devoted to American history lovers, called Taftly. But that’s neither here nor there.)
He’s helped grow brands both large and small including Infusionsoft, AppointmentPlus, Henry+Horne, and Shamrock Foods. He’s a member of the Legal Marketing Association, Association of Accounting Marketing, the Arizona Technology Council, Conscious Capitalism, and AIGA. He co-leads Arizona’s largest entrepreneurial event: PHX Startup Week – a 6-day conference hosted in 3 Arizona cities with over 1600 attendees.
In recognition of the work he’s done, this AZ native has been named one of the state’s top entrepreneurs under the age of 35. Mike lives in the very, VERY sunny vale of Mesa with his wife and three kids. If you want to connect, Twitter’s usually where you’ll find him – @remarkamike.
ABOUT YOUR HOST
Jodi Low is an accomplished corporate trainer, inspirational speaker, and the Founder and CEO of U & Improved. Jodi has trained thousands of entrepreneurs and executives on how to build a booming business, master a mindset for success, and achieve the lifestyle they desire through heart-fueled leadership.
Through U & Improved—an award-winning personal and professional leadership development company based in Scottsdale—Jodi has redefined traditional leadership training by creating a sustainable and actionable model that is personal, challenging and meaningful to each and every individual who enrolls in any of the two-and-a-half-day experiential training classes. She and her elite training team have advanced the charge in heart-based leadership
development and empower U & Improved graduates with knowledge, tools and awareness to immediately be more effective and responsive leaders at work, home and within their communities.
Among her many accomplishments as a Valley leader, Jodi launched a teen leadership program in 2014 to empower young adults to become more confident, motivated and focused stewards of our future. In 2016, she founded a non-profit arm of the company—the U & Improved Leadership Foundation—that makes the program more accessible to deserving teens.
Jodi has been recognized by industry publications and organizations for her work in leadership development and serves as a source of inspiration within the community. In 2015, she was honored as an “Outstanding Women in Business” by the Phoenix Business Journal and by the Phoenix Suns and National Bank of Arizona with the “Amazing Women” award. She has received both the prestigious “Diversity Leader of the Year” and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce’s “Sterling Award.” She was also awarded a Silver Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 and was a finalist for the Junior League of Phoenix’s Valley Impact Award. Jodi is a devoted single parent who volunteers her time at her daughters’ school programs and with organizations such as Angel Mamas, where she’s served on the board for three years.