Zooming In On CMM

The Inimitable Brandon VongkeoHere 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 from around the Twin Cities— 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. This time, we talked with Senior Muscle Mover Brandon Vongkeo.

 

 

 

 

 

How long have you been working here?

I think I started just over a year ago. February 14, 2014.

How did you decide on College Muscle Movers? Did you have previous moving experience?

I knew a lot of the guys here already. Cammie G, T-Jack, Tripp, Kirk: a whole bunch of people.

What’s the connection? Were you already in the Twin Cities?

School! I study at Hamline with a number of those guys.

What do you study?

Psychology. It’s something that’s always kind of grabbed my attention. I also do OT training, and I’ll be picking up a double major. That’s something Hamline strongly encourages.

Intense. Ok, so you’ve been here a year, you know a bunch of the guys here: what’s something that’s really changed since you started?

There were lots of new faces over the last year, especially as we switch semesters. Overall, things just seem a bit more organized. It seems like we’re making steps in the right direction that way.

Speaking of job stuff, what’s something that changes on the job itself? Responsibilities vary from the new Freshman movers to seasoned Senior veterans.  How has it changed for you?

Hm. That’s a good question. Getting bumped up to Senior does mean more responsibility, but the job isn’t really that different.

Right. Similar tasks, but you’re in charge of the details— how to get things done is up to you.

Yeah. I think one of the biggest things is realizing just how much you’ve learned. You get put with newer guys, so you can help coach them in the job. It isn’t until you start trying to carry couches around corners that you realize they haven’t been moving every day for the last year. It’s so easy to forget that everyone starts somewhere. Not only that, working with new people makes you realize that sometimes there are little things you forget. The extra responsibility holds you more accountable, makes you more conscious of what you’re doing.

Speaking of coaching, you’re a football player, right?

Yep. Left guard.

Do you think there’s any good crossover between football and moving?

Totally. First of all, it helps with mental discipline. From football and weight training, you know that even if the job gets tough, it’ll end at some point. You just need to keep pushing through to the finish. Also, they both take strength and endurance. Doing both helps maintain that.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to move?

The credenza. We had to move this huge credenza through a series of really narrow apartment hallways. It was probably 500 pounds, and really long. We put it on dollies at first, trying to roll it, but it just wouldn’t fit around any of the tight corners so we had to keep lifting it up and twisting it around to get it through. Then, finally, it won’t go through the final door into the apartment itself. Just no way to fit it in. So we brought it down to the parking garage, going back through all those narrow hallways. Then the customer’s mother said she would be interested in it, if it fit in her apartment. She lived up on the second floor. So we brought it back up. It was a long process.

Wow. Life of a mover. Well, I hope you don’t get too many more credenzas like that in the future. Thanks for the interview, Brandon! Good luck with school and football and future moving!