John Barnett Named President of U-Haul Company of Los Angeles East

Oct 14, 2010, 16:00 ET from U-Haul

COVINA, Calif., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The U-Haul Company of Los Angeles East (Co. 713) today announced the promotion of John Barnett to president. Barnett will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the company, including truck, trailer and storage rentals.



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Barnett began his U-Haul career in January 2006 as a customer service representative (CSR) for the San Clemente U-Haul Moving and Storage Center (715-025), and shortly thereafter worked his way up to assistant general manager.  In May 2006, Barnett was promoted to general manager (GM) and transferred to Costa Mesa U-Haul Center (715-051), holding that position for several years before becoming a field relief manager (FRM) for U-Haul Company of Orange County (Co. 715) and then U-Haul Company of Los Angeles East (Co. 713) in 2009, the position he held before being promoted to MCP for U-Haul Company of Los Angeles East. Today, Barnett will oversee all operations of U-Haul Company of Los Angeles East, including truck, trailer and storage rentals. Barnett's proven leadership skills certainly will drive his team to success

"Over the past four years, John has proven himself to be a great asset to this company," affirmed Area District Vice President (ADVP) Matt McFarren. "I'm very proud of what John has accomplished and look forward to working with him in the future."

While in charge of U-Haul operations for Los Angeles East, Barnett will strive to provide the level of service that U-Haul customers expect and deserve. Barnett plans on taking the opportunity to meet one on one with his team to ensure that everyone is on the same page and geared up for success. Barnett understands that U-Haul Company of Los Angeles East has many veteran team members and, as the new president, he plans on using the existing strengths within the company to expand his team's overall knowledge and efficiency. By utilizing his team's knowledge and experience to its fullest potential, along with his leadership skills, Barnett hopes to improve all levels of his operation in support of the U-Haul Primary Service Objective. In assuming his role as president, Barnett is most excited about having the opportunity to work with his new team to encourage and lift overall company spirits, which will enable his team to surpass their goals. Barnett hopes his team members will always challenge themselves to do a better and better job, and he believes that work should be enjoyable.

"I am truly excited to work with team members of U-Haul Company of Los Angeles East," Barnett stated. "I will have a great opportunity in my leadership role to guide and develop my team."

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