Zooming In On CMM: TJ Palme

Here at CMM, we want to provide the best possible service. 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 them 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 TJ Palme.



So, TJ, where are you from originally?

Des Moines, Iowa

And what brought you to the Twin Cities?

I attend the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, so that brought me the Twin Cities.

What are you studying over there?

My degree will be Biblical Studies with an emphasis on Ministry

Awesome. Do you think you’ll try to stick around here after you finish?

I hope so, I really love this area.  Some things would need to fall into place but I certainly have my fingers crossed!

How’d you end up at College Muscle Movers?

Before attending UNWSP I looked at their student jobs website and saw a thread for CMM.  I had some moving experience in the past so I gave it a shot and got in contact with management.

Well, we’re glad to have you. Also, I hear you may have some passing interest in football. True?

Sure is. I have a long history with the game.  I played a couple years of D1 football down at Western Illinois university before transferring to UNW.  I now play football at school up here and am an avid fan of the game.

What position(s) do you play?

I play left tackle on offense and a few special teams

Would you say that your history in football has helped you off the field? I have to imagine it’s nice for moving.

Yeah, it sure has.  I spent a lot of time in the weight room for many seasons of playing and it turns out that squatting weight on a bar and squatting to pick up a piano are not that different.

Speaking of pianos— what would you say the craziest or most unusual thing you’ve moved was?

That’s a tough question, the people we move always have really interesting stuff but I would say that the most unusual thing was a large stone statue of a lion

Woof. Sounds heavy.

It certainly was.

What’s your favorite part of working at CMM?

Honestly its a combination between the guys that I work with every day and the flexible scheduling.  It is very nice to be able to work around a busy schedule of school and sports without worrying.  Also, all of our employees are hard working guys who are very fun to work with

Well said. I couldn’t agree more with you. Now, you’ve already mentioned how busy you are with sports and school— do you ever get any time for any fun stuff? What do you do in your free time?

In the free time I get I enjoy taking trips down to Iowa city to visit my beautiful fiancé and I also enjoy playing video games

Fiancé! Congratulations. It sounds like you lead a charmed life, TJ. Let’s finish this interview with a zany curveball. If you had to get rid of one U.S. state, which would you choose and why?

I’m going to go ahead and say Wisconsin, I really really really dislike the Green Bay Packers

But the cheese, TJ! What would we do without all that cheese?!

I think I’d manage without cheese if it meant no more Packer fans

Yeah, we can always get more cheese. Well, it’s nearing the heart of the holidays, I’ll let you go. Thanks a ton for the chat, TJ!