For Larry Parks, president of Coastal Van Lines, the moving business is more than just a profession; it’s a legacy. “My grandfather went into the business back in 1915, buying himself a truck with money he had saved from delivering ice” he smiles.
However, it was not his grandfather’s company that drew Larry into the moving business. He grew up in Boca Raton and eventually became a finishing carpenter in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1980 he returned to Florida where his parents lived when his father was diagnosed with cancer.
Following his father’s advice, Larry bought a 1964 step van, put a one-dollar ad in the newspaper and opened for business. “Since I was already familiar with the construction business, I started by moving kitchen cabinets to job sites,” he recalls.
He didn’t just deliver those cabinets; he unboxed and put them in place. “I enjoyed it because I missed doing the carpentry work. My business grew rapidly after that from word-of-mouth alone,” he remembers.
Larry Parks had learned the most important ingredient for success in the moving business — personalized service. “It’s all about knowing what business you’re in,” he says.
I soon learned that I wasn’t in the moving business — I was in the business of transporting peoples’ most valuable possessions.”
The business quickly expanded to include an Office Manager, Dispatcher, and Warehouseman. Since then, Coastal Van Lines has never looked back and the next major step came in 1987 when he became the local agent for Atlas Van Lines.
Today, Coastal Van Lines is an agent for Arpin Van Lines, and has been recognized as a Gold Quality Award winner within the Arpin agent network.
Coastal Van Lines can handle local, national and international business. Larry owns two Southern Florida warehouses and multiple trucks and tractor-trailer rigs.
In addition to providing exceptional Southern and Central Florida moving service, Larry believes in giving back to the community and the environment. Coastal is involved in many local community –based causes and initiatives, as well as pioneering green moving processes.
Coastal Van Lines is still a “family” business, whether describing Larry’s own background, his closely-knit staff, or the many long-time clients who deal with him.
Read this article in the TCPalm about Larry’s personal touch!