Zooming In On CMM: Bryan Cooper

Here at College Muscle Movers, we strive to provide the best possible service. We want to make sure the people moving your possessions are strong, smart, and dedicated. That’s why we employ college athletes and recent graduates— they know the value of hard work, and they have the skills to work efficiently.

We figured a quick interview session with some of them might help you get to know us a little better, so we’ll be running a series of these interviews. For this one, we tracked down Bryan Cooper.

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Let’s start with the basics: where are you from originally, Bryan?

I’m from Winona, although I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The desert! How long were you there for?

I only lived there for a couple years. Obviously I don’t remember a lot from that time, although I’ve had the opportunity to revisit. The buildings in the city are very old and very beautiful, but I think it’s the smells that have stuck with me the most: roasting chile and burning Piñon wood.

Winona, Santa Fe— how did you end up in the Twin Cities?

I came here for school.

Where did you study?

After 4 years of school, I graduated from the University of Minnesota, where I studied chemistry and Spanish.

Finally, how did you end up at College Muscle Movers?

Simple enough— a friend of mine worked at CMM, and I started picking up hours as a side job. As I continued working, the company kept growing, and new roles and positions became available. My skills ended up fitting in well with the company.

The rest, I suppose is history. What’s your job here, exactly?

I’m the Director of Sales, which is what you might expect. We’re not a huge company, so my responsibilities tend to vary, depending on what’s needed at any given time.

And you’ve been here awhile, right?

Since September of 2012, yes.

What’s your favorite thing about working for CMM?

It’s a unique work environment. Every problem that faces the company is in the hands of the employees— that is, the company is growing, but it still doesn’t suffer from too much bureacracy. Working here offers responsibility and agency. I started out as a mover, and even though I’m no longer vigorously lifting furniture, I still have an integral position here and it’s still rewarding.

That’s important, especially over the long-term. What would you say is the toughest part of your job?

Hmmmm. Probably trying to piece together all of the vastly disparate pieces of information that go into a successful moving service, all while trying to maintain the best possible service, the most efficient use of available resources, and keeping customers and employees (both movers and the people in the office) happy.

Well said. Ok, last question: If you were trapped on a desert island and could only have one thing, what would you bring? Assume you already have access to a desalinator, a tarp, 1 million dehydrated meals, and a fishing rod.

Easy. A record player with Led Zeppelin IV

Right on. Well, thanks for the interview, Bryan!