Zooming in On CMM: Jonathan Halquist

A number of factors separate College Muscle Movers from the rest of the herd. First and foremost is our focus on  employing highly driven and intelligent individuals. We want to make sure the people moving your stuff are strong,  smart, and dedicated. That’s why we employ college athletes and recent graduates— they know the value of hard  work.

We figured a quick interview session with some of our movers might help you get to know us a little better, so we’ll be  running a series of these interviews. This time, we tracked down Jonathan Halquist, one of our Senior Muscle  Movers.

Muscle Movers from left to right: David Hale, Jonathan Halquist, and James Welck
Muscle Movers from left to right: David Hale, Jonathan Halquist, and James Welck

 

So. Let’s start simple. Where are you from?

Duluth, Minnesota— born and raised.

How long have you been working at College Muscle Movers?

About a year now, give or take a few weeks.

And you’re in school, right?

Well, I actually graduated recently from St. Olaf college.

Where’s that?

It’s south of the Twin Cities, just down 35.

Ah! What did you study?

I completed my degree in studio art and media studies, although I guess I studied a lot of other things.

An art major! Tough field. Have you found any use for that after school?

I have! Currently I’m working with CMM to produce a variety of marketing and promotional materials, which is great. It’s really nice to be involved in fresh projects. I have also done some freelance graphic design work for a few clients, ranging from Minneapolis all the way out to New York City.

You’re a Senior Mover here. What does that mean?

I am a senior mover, which means I drive the trucks from location to location and also coordinate and lead teams of movers. Formally, I ensure that services are performed safely and efficiently to the standards of CMM. In a nutshell, that means I make sure moves are running smoothly.

Speaking of nutshells, do you have a favorite nut? Healthy proteins are important on the job!

Pistachios, probably.

What do you do with your free time?

In my free time I play violin in a swing band. That ends up taking more time than you might expect. I’m also independently studying computer science.

Whoa. Violin and computer science, eh? Those two seem pretty different.

Well, I think it’s important to have diverse interests. I’ve been playing violin since I was little, so there’s that. It’s a lot of fun to just get up on stage and express yourself through an instrument. The computer science is newer. It’s sort of an overlooked subject by a lot of people. If you think about it, computer science is the foundation for a lot of modern day life— programs and software govern everything from phones and music players to cars and ovens.

What’s the heaviest item you’ve ever moved on the job?

Probably a piano. Sometimes you end up with a heavy piano that has to go up a couple flights of winding stairs, and that’s almost always a killer.

What’s your favorite thing about working at CMM?

Well, I appreciate the flexibility. Like I said, I have a fair number of interests outside of work, and CMM is accommodating in giving me time to pursue them. The best is probably the people, though. It’s a good group of guys, and solid camaraderie can be hard to find in the workplace.

Awesome. Thanks, Jon!

No problem.