Jack '52 (Business Administration-Accountancy) & Chris '85 (Business Administration) Higdon

Movers and shakers

Jack & Chris Higdon
Father and son moving executives Jack and Chris Higdon are arguably in the referral business as much as they are the moving business.

Good word of mouth has helped expand their company—California Moving Systems—three-fold and earn influential customers like former Gov. Pete Wilson and astronaut Sally Ride.

“We’ve been able to maintain a pretty good reputation,” says Jack, company founder and chairman of the board. “A good portion of our business is now repeat or referral.”

The Higdons’ worldwide moving and storage business specializes in relocating corporate and professional offices.

In 1967, Jack had one flatbed, one forklift, two trucks and trailers, and three drivers. Now the company employs 75 workers and has roughly 65 pieces of heavy moving equipment.

And it is growing in the area of business records, despite the increased hard drive capabilities in today’s computers. “Our customers have a multitude of records that are a lot cheaper to store in our warehouses,” says Chris.

Jack has been offering advice to Sac State since 1975 and served on the Alumni Association Board for 10 years. He joined President Alexander Gonzalez’ President’s Circle in 2004. Son Chris, CEO and president of the California Moving Systems board, joined the President’s Circle in 2006.

Jack received Sac State’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006. A former Sac State baseball player, he is looking forward to the University improving its sports facilities. He says he joined President’s Circle because, “I want Sac State to be a top notch school.”

Chris is on the Sac State Alumni Association Board of Directors and the College of Business Advisory Council. He first came to work for California Moving Systems as a household-move dispatcher, soon advancing into sales and later succeeding his father, along with his brother and company vice president, Dave, who studied business at Sac State.

The company has moved many nonprofit organizations for free, including the relocation of the studios of public television station KVIE in 1989. And it transported the historical landmark Stanford Mansion’s refurbished furniture during its recent restoration.

This article was originally published in the Summer 2007 edition of Sac State Magazine.