Russell P. Dumas Named President of U-Haul Company of Eastern New York

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Joanne Fried
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Russell P. Dumas Named President of U-Haul Company of Eastern New York

ALBANY, N.Y. – (March 5, 2012) Executive Vice President (EVP) Chuck Hertzler and District 9 Area District Vice President (ADVP) Levi Parmerter jointly announced today that Russell Dumas has been promoted to marketing company president (MCP) of UHC of Eastern New York.

Dumas began his U-Haul career in March 1994 as a general manager (GM) trainee at U-Haul Company of Eastern New York. Throughout his U-Haul career, Dumas held the positions of assistant GM, GM, area field manager (AFM), reservation manager (RM) and field computer specialist. Dumas most recently served as executive assistant (EA) for U-Haul Company of Eastern New York, the position he held until his promotion to MCP. Today, Dumas will oversee all operations of U-Haul Company of Eastern New York, including truck, trailer and storage rentals. His wealth of U-Haul experience and continued determination will certainly keep his team succeeding.

“With Russell’s U-Haul experience and positive can-do attitude, I know he will be a great asset to his team. I am looking forward to seeing what he will do with his knowledge and determination while leading this company,” ADVP Parmerter affirmed. “I am very excited to have him taking over as president of U-Haul Company of Eastern New York.”

Having served as an EA for the past 12 years, Dumas is excited to have the opportunity to become involved in all aspects and operations of U-Haul Company of Eastern New York. He is looking forward to taking a “hands-on” approach when working side by side with his team, and believes that teamwork is the key in leading the company down the path of continued success. Dumas states that U-Haul Company of Eastern New York has great people on the front lines, and he is confident that his team members will continue to maintain their momentum. He explains that everyone knows how stressful moving is, and he plans on encouraging his team to provide U-Haul customers with superior customer service with a smile. He encourages his team to step up their game in order to make every U-Haul customer’s experience positively memorable. 

Dumas plans to focus on the fundamentals and reach his goals by using the tools that have been provided to him by U-Haul Chairman Joe Shoen and the team at U-Haul International. Dumas plans on using the tools as they were intended - to provide a better and better product and service to more and more people at a lower and lower cost. “Simple,” Dumas says. 

“Time is precious. Time is finite. There is only so much of time that we will see, and wasting time is just silly,” he explained. “The programs are there, the tools are there and the support is there. My team and I will embrace these things and allow ourselves to use our time more efficiently which, overall, surely will lead to success.”

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