Claude Olah Named President of U-Haul Company of San Bernardino

Mar 03, 2011, 16:23 ET from U-Haul

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Executive Vice President (EVP) Ron Frank and District 2 Area District Vice President (ADVP) Matt McFarren jointly announced today that Claude Olah has been promoted to marketing company president (MCP) of U-Haul Company of San Bernardino (Co. 716).


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Olah began his U-Haul career in July 1993 in dispatching and receiving at U-Haul Moving and Storage at Ivar Avenue (882-053), and less than a month later he became a customer service representative (CSR) for 882-053. In January 1994, he began working as a center storage manager at 882-053, before transferring to U-Haul Moving and Storage of East Pasadena (882-089), where he continued his job as a center storage manager for more than five years. In April 2000, Olah transferred to U-Haul Moving and Storage of Leffingwell (713-021) as general manager (GM) and held that position for nine years before being promoted to field relief manager (FRM) for U-Haul Company of Van Nuys (711), the position he held until his recent promotion. Today, Olah will oversee all operations of UHC of San Bernardino, including truck, trailer and storage rentals. His U-Haul experience and his proven leadership skills certainly will drive Team 716 to success.

"Claude is an eager-to-learn, hardworking team member and I am looking forward to seeing what he will do with his knowledge and determination while leading this company," stated ADVP McFarren. "I'm very proud of what Claude has accomplished and look forward to working with him."

In assuming his new role, Olah is most excited to take on the challenge of serving as president of Co. 716, and is looking forward to being able to make decisions as a new leader that will drive the company toward success. Olah plans on using all available tools and labor-saving techniques to increase customer service, ultimately leading to increased transactions and profits throughout UHC of San Bernardino. His main focus and goal is to get the company back on storage standard where it belongs. Olah welcomes this challenge and plans to work closely with ADVP McFarren and all of his team members in order to reach this goal. Olah thinks that one of the most important strengths within Co. 716 comes from team members being "team players," and he plans on using that to his advantage in order to bring Co. 716 to the top of the marketing company rankings.  

"I am proud to work for a company where you are rewarded for working hard, and given the opportunity to succeed," Olah stressed. "The sky is the limit with U-Haul."

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U-Haul Public Relations