FEDEMAC is looking back at a 60 years History

People that  formed the European Movers Association

Founded in 1956 FEDEMAC is looking back at various moments of successes. But these successes are allways persons that are conntected with the special people. The most important of them are the FEDEMAC Past Presidents.

Sabine Hartmann was born into the moving industry through her family business, where she learned the business from scratch. She studied in Cambridge and went on to do a traineeship with a global van line in the USA. Sabine has 33 years of experience in the moving industry and is the Managing Director of the removal division of her company for many years.

On the 19th of September 2015, Sabine Hartmann was elected as FEDEMAC`s President for a period of three years from 2015 to 2018.

Sabine is actively involved in association work and has served on several committees and boards, such as Vice Chairman of the UGWW UTS Supervisory Board and Chairman of the UTS Germany Board.

She was the President of GIM (Group in International Movers, Germany), and a delegate at local level, and a Board Member of AMÖ (Germany Movers Association) for 10 years.

Aivars Usans joined FEDEMAC as Direct Affiliate in 2003, just a year later he was elected to the FEDEMAC Board. From 2012 to 2015, Aivars was President of FEDEMAC. He will be continuing to contribute to our Federation as one of FEDEMAC’s board members.

He established his privately owned company "FF International Movers", which is in top three moving companies in Latvia, covering all Baltic States (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) with extended services throughout the European Union.


Aivars took the opportunity to work in several countries, such as the Netherlands and has been in the freight forwarding and shipping business since 1993. He gained first experience in the area of household goods moving while working at an international freight forwarding company.


He holds a degree in Economics' and foreign affairs from Riga Technical University.

Arnaldo Righetti, Italy, was FEDEMAC President 2009 - 2012.

Lucien Pot held the position of President of FEDEMAC from 2006 to 2009.

During his Vice-Presidency as well as Presidency period, Lucian was very active in bringing changes and structure to FEDEMAC.

He took on the task to further develop the association by implementing structural changes in the Board meetings such as the introduction of a separate agenda called “miscellaneous”, where the Board Members would have the opportunity to discuss “other” topics of interest. He introduced the use of technologies such as beamer to facilitate the smooth running of the meetings. Lastly, he also brought the idea of working groups, which enabled Board Members to concentrate in depth on specific topics. All these structural changes provide FEDEMAC and its Board with a more constructive way of conducting the Board meetings and therefore the decision making process of the federation. Lucian also introduced FEDEMAC to the Forum. A tool, that has been greatly used throughout the years by the Board but also by General Secretary and FEDEMAC representatives.

Last but not least, Lucian contributed greatly in approaching more Commercial Partners to join the FEDEMAC family.

Denis Caulfield, Irland, was FEDEMAC President 2002 - 2006.

 Klaus Moericke, Spain, was FEDEMAC President 2000 - 2002.

Johan Wiersma has been involved in the Removal industry since 1962, when he took over the family business.  In the years 1985-2002 Johan was the representative of the Netherlands removal organisation Erkende Verhuizers. 

Johan Wiersma was elected as FEDEMAC Board Member in 1986. He took over the leadership of the European Movers Association as FEDEMAC President in 1997 to 2000. During this period Ireland, Austria, Spain, Italy, and Sweden has joined the FEDEMAC family.

This period was marked by certain remarkable  achievements – the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement with the European Customs and setting up the first European Standard for removal CEN EN 12522. He was active in organising the first FEDEMAC Conference in Vienna in 1999, he held speeches and European surveys.

During his tenure, the first version of FEDEMAC Webpage www.fedemac.com was launched. 

Tony Richman, Great Britain, was FEDEMAC President 1993 - 1997. After his Presidency he was THE responsible FEDEMAC Board Member for the European Affairs.

The FEDEMAC General Assembly asked Tony Richman to engage even more in FEDEMAC matters, after he sold his Company in the mid of the first decade of this century. He began the first professional FEDEMAC European Affairs Representative as of 1 January 2005.