The Buffalo Niagara Partnership represents nearly 2,000 members and a quarter of a million employees in the Buffalo Niagara region.
To celebrate our members and their accomplishments, we have created a Member Spotlight blog series.
This month, after recently celebrating 100 years in business, we are proud to recognize Lincoln Moving & Storage.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Tim Palisano, President of Lincoln Moving & Storage, to learn more about why they’re happy to be a member of the Partnership.
Q: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me, Tim. While I know that Lincoln Moving & Storage is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the family-owned-and-operated Lincoln Securities Corp., I am interested in learning more about how your family grew the business, and what your current mission is.
A: Thank you, Julia. It started in 1914 with John Palisano and his six sons who grew the business from a horse and buggy.
Through the years, the company has grown steadily, providing quality transportation services to the Buffalo area and around the country. We now have locations in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, NY, as well as Tampa, FL.
Lincoln Moving & Storage employees show their support for Breast Cancer awareness while posing in front of a straight truck used for local moves.
As an ATLAS VAN LINES agent, we are part of a team of companies that provide transportation services for household goods, commercial equipment and machinery, plant relocations, and high value products.
In addition to moving, we are involved in storage, distribution, general logistics of household goods, high value products, office and plant equipment and general commodities.
Our mission is to provide exceptional service at a reasonable price. The quality of our service, the integrity of our people and the satisfaction of our customers define the success of our company.
Q: That’s great. So, it looks like you have been a member since 1995?
Q: What benefits has Lincoln Moving & Storage received or experienced through its membership with the Partnership over the years?
A: The networking has been great! Similarly, the educational programs and political action committees.
Seeing as how we are primarily located in the state of New York, a high-tax state, being affiliated with the chamber helps because they take a proactive approach to bettering the business climate in the state.
Q: That is definitely part of our mission. Other than the state’s business climate, what current challenges does Lincoln Moving & Storage face that the Partnership might be able to play a role in?
A: One of the challenges is health care – especially for smaller businesses. The Partnership’s expertise in this area will definitely prove useful for its member organizations who are trying to navigate the changing landscape.
Similarly, the ever-increasing taxes in the state. It’s expensive to have a transportation company in New York because it’s expensive to drive on the roads. That’s definitely a challenge, and the Partnership’s Transportation Summit definitely helped to get this issue on people’s minds.
I think that the growth in the region is definitely an opportunity. The medical corridor and the development of hotels show that the city is on the rise. It seems like everything you read about Buffalo in the news lately is positive.
Additionally, there are a lot of companies coming to the region. When any city grows, that’s great for a moving and storage business.
Q: We couldn’t agree more. So, have you had any recent accomplishments that you’d like the community to be aware of? For example, I know you celebrated your 100th anniversary on September 25. Congratulations!
A: Thank you! Just being in business for 100 years is definitely an accomplishment.
We have great employees who truly are the back-bone of our company; without them, we wouldn’t be here today.
Q: Our Manager of Regional Development, Bryan Roth, also told me that you are a BBB-accredited business with a proven track record of superior service and customer satisfaction. That’s definitely something worth mentioning.
A: Definitely! Another thing is that we are in the fourth generation of the company right now.
According to the national Family Business Institute, only 30 percent of such ventures survive into the second generation, 12 percent into the third generation and only 3 percent continue into the fourth generation and beyond.
That being said, it’s quite an accomplishment for us to have made it past the third generation. We are already grooming the fifth generation for success and are working hard to be in business for another 100 years!
Q: That’s remarkable. Congratulations!
A: Thank you.
Q: I’m sure that grooming the future generations is what has enabled you to stay in business for so long. So, are there any current opportunities for employment or involvement with Lincoln Moving & Storage?
A: We are always looking for energetic, enthusiastic people. We are currently looking for someone in commercial sales in the Buffalo Niagara area.
Q: That’s great! In summary, what would you say you are most looking forward to benefiting from as a member of the Partnership in the upcoming year?
A: Staying informed, meeting new people and going new places. We want to experience things we haven’t done before, such as the Logistics tour series.
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. If you aren’t out there in the community, you miss opportunities to connect and work with others in the community.
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