SMA is dedicated to enhancing the performance and profitability of moving companies, promoting a safe, reliable and ethical moving industry, and advocating sound public policies that benefit consumers of moving services and the moving public.
The association was originally founded as the Texas Warehouse and Transfermen’s Association at a meeting held in Fort Worth in August, 1917.
The late S. J. Westheimer of Houston, organized the meeting and served as the first president of the association until February, 1921.
On May 1, 1931, the states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma were taken into the region served by the association and the following year New Mexico was admitted. At the Galveston Convention in July, 1934, the name of the association was changed to Southwest Warehouse and Transfer Association.
The first paid secretary of the association, Col. Neil Banister, was employed in 1927 and served until he resigned in 1930. The association had several secretaries until WW II, and then the job went to Beatrice Parker, who served as assistant secretary, until the war was over. The job title was changed and W. Scott Clark took the job as executive vice president in 1945. Mr. Clark retired after 28 years of service to the association on December 31, 1975. He was succeeded by Stephen Jurbala who served for three years.
In November of 1978, the association offices were moved from Dallas to Austin, and Dan Felts assumed the office of executive vice president. The title of executive vice president was changed to president, and from president to chairman of the board following board approval on January 21, 1982.
In 1995, the position of president was eliminated when Dan Felts retired and a new position of executive director was created.
In 1999, the board of directors and membership voted to have Texas Motor Transportation Association manage SMA, and Bill Webb, president of TMTA, became the executive director of Southwest Movers Association effective October 1, 1999.
In July 2006, John D. Esparza officially took over the helm as the new executive director of Southwest Movers Association, and president of TMTA after Bill Webb's resignation.
Code of Ethics
The Southwest Movers Association Code of Ethics is the set of guiding principles that help our members achieve excellence.
By strictly adhering to its principles we ensure that our members will increase their customer and employee satisfaction, in addition to building sound business practices to ensure success.
- Members shall abide by the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the association.
- Members shall develop and encourage the practice of high standards of personal and professional conduct among themselves and their employees.
- Members will observe the highest standard of honesty in all transactions, avoiding the use of false, confusing, inaccurate and misleading terms, descriptions and claims.
- Members shall provide high quality moving and warehouse services to their customers and to the community in which they live.
- Members shall promote the services of the moving industry and shall educate members and the public in the advancement, improvement and uses of the moving industry.
- Members will strive to increase the competence and prestige of the industry and its employees.
- Members will use their knowledge and skills for the advancement of human welfare, and in promoting the safety, reliability and fairness of their services.
- Members will keep informed with respect to applicable laws and regulations to observe them in the operations of their company.
- Members take pride in themselves, their employees, their association, their industry and their country, and in doing so, can provide a service of the highest standards.
- Members believe that holding ethical values will lead to success in the long term.
- Members believe that ethical conduct is a winning strategy and believe there is a consistent relationship between ethics and performance.
- Members recognize the authority of this association in all matters relating to the interpretation of this code in accordance with the statutes of the United States and the various states.