William (Bill) Hoke, Owner
An only child, Bill was raised on a farm just outside Mount Vernon, IA where he dug bunkers, fixed things, blew other things up, and generally learned how to keep himself entertained. He attended the University of Iowa where he majored in European History, had a band called Billy Howke and The Hoax, and made a narrowly unsuccessful run for student senate with the powerful slogan, “I’d vote for you if you were running.”
He runs an annual Thanksgiving marathon from Iowa City back to the Hoke Farm in Mt. Vernon called the WHATDAM, which stands for the William Hoke Annual Thanksgiving Day Marathon (he always wins since he’s the only runner), tends a giant garden in his back yard that’s usually pretty squash-centric, and has visited well over 90% of the counties in the U.S. You can find him every Sunday at 9:30AM at the Motley Cow‘s brunch buffet.
Eric Jones, Owner
Eric grew up in Connecticut and Massachusetts, the third of four brothers. He attended Middlebury College in Vermont, earned a Master’s degree in English at Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English, and then earned a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing at the University of Iowa. He’s the author of two travel books that are supposed to be funny, Iowa Curiosities and New Hampshire Curiosities, collections that highlight each state’s quirkiest people, places, and attractions. (If you’ve never seen St. Ansgar, Iowa’s stuffed albino deer, permanently housed in its own little gazebo on Main St., then your life is not complete.)
Eric’s favorite thing about owning and running a moving company is the chance it gives him to meet and work with people from all walks of life, from NFL linemen to concert pianists to sky-dive instructors.
Mike McNutt, Class A Crew Leader
By far the Spine’s longest working workhorse, MIKE MCNUTT, hails from West Branch Iowa and rarely goes back. A graduate of Kirkwood College with a degree in surgical technology, he now applies these skills to carefully rearranging the furniture and lives of the countless customers he moves yearly. With nearly a decade of moving for Spine, Mike has moved thousands of families across Iowa and the United States. One of his most memorable moves was a recent trip to Port Isabel, Texas, about 20 minutes from the southern-most city in the continental U.S. It was the first time he had seen the ocean.
Before he joined the Spine, Mike worked as an EMT and as a “sandwich artist” at Subway, a period of his life he talks about with noticeable pain. A self-proclaimed hybrid of “man & machine,” he can talk about anything except sports and he is afraid of nothing except heights. In his spare time he maintains a healthy, yet rigorous gaming regimen, currently pouring his time and talent into Warhammer 40k. He’s not horrible. In the rest of his time he draws, reads and forgets to budget or check his phone. His favorite foods are skittles and caffeine.
Cliff Wallace, Class A Crew Leader
If the Spine offered an award for the number of miles driven in a year, CLIFF WALLACE would win by a landslide and nobody else would come close. A three-year Spine veteran, Cliff earned his long-haul trucker (class-A) license in 2015 and spends most of his time behind the wheel of ASM’s formidable 18-wheeler, the Black Eagle. Born in Arkansas and raised in Oklahoma and Des Moines, Cliff eventually moved to Iowa City where he (slowly) earned a degree in ethics and public policy.
In 2011, Cliff served a year with the U.S. Army in Joint Base Ballad, Iraq—just twenty minutes north of Baghdad. He won’t tell you what exactly he did there, but he will tell you it was surreal and bizarre to watch VIP-carrying Blackhawks fly in and out of the opulent Al-Faw palace—once Saddam Hussein’s nest egg, but now known as “Victory Base Camp.” While he was on tour he spent two weeks of R&R in Australia with his girlfriend scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, rafting level five rapids, skydiving and blowing all his cash on facials, jumbo prawns and piña coladas.
If you don’t want to talk about the weather, you can talk to Cliff about anything else. He can do the wave with his eyebrows and he owns a one-eyed beagle named Wink.
Mylo Wells, Class A Crew Leader
First and foremost (and obnoxiously) an Iowa State Cyclones fan, MYLO WELLS is a second-year candidate in the University of Iowa’s Pharmacy PhD program. Originally from Van Buren County, Mylo is also a cattle farmer, a politics maven, a gourmet ranch dressing connoisseur (his words), and an above average shooting guard. Mylo can fix anything broken, or not broken yet, and is the Spine’s unofficial on-call journeyman. As well as a hobby student of economics, history, pharmacy and agriculture, Mylo loves spending time with his wife and family, fishing, golfing and playing basketball. Almost certainly the friendliest mover at Spine, he plans to move back to a small town after graduation.
Kit Parsons, Class B Crew Leader
An enigma in all the best ways, CHRISTOPHER “KIT” PARSONS is an amalgam of high and low brows. He owns a phone he never uses. He has trouble remembering names but is very good at organic chemistry. He loves playing golf and reading about string theory and super conductors on his own time—material he understands easily. Conversely, perhaps, he is a lifelong lover of top-40 pop radio and can sing almost all of these songs by heart, yet out of tune. Ask him to; he will. In the eight years he has worked at ASM he’s seen most of the lower 48 states. If given more time to travel, he would visit more national parks. Originally from Sioux City, Kit is a senior or a super-senior, in Chemistry at the University of Iowa. He plans to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry.
Nick Summerfelt, Class B Crew Leader
A transplant from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, NICK SUMMERFELT has served at Spine for four years. Not exactly East Coast and not quite Midwest, Nick isn’t one to let stereotypes define him; don’t call it “PA.” He hates the taste of artificial grape, yet loves the artificial taste of pop tarts. An Iowa graduate of 2014, Nick has spent the past two years earning his EMT certification and preparing for graduate study in Physical Therapy and Complimentary Medicine. Sometimes known as Spine’s standard-bearer, Nick spent several weeks traveling in France, Italy and the Netherlands in January of 2016. If he had more time than spare time he would learn another language. Until then, he’s content to read or work out or watch the Cavs continue to struggle in his time to spare. Among his many idiosyncrasies of things he dislikes includes spiders, cults, cults that worship spiders and Facebook. His friends call him “Summertime” and you can too. Asked to describe himself in one word, he replied, “All that matters is that I’m stronger than Mike McNutt.”
Griffin Feller, Crew Leader
Unlike most people who dream of coming into a sudden and great amount of wealth, GRIFFIN FELLER, would spend his winnings on a really nice van. Or a new VR headset. Never one to be categorized by the status quo, Griffin’s knows everything about consumer tech trends, the Green Bay packers and sulfa allergies (because he has one). Raised and reared in Charles City, Griffin has been an integral part of the Spine since 2012. He is a terrible artist, and he hates sushi, but he once bounced a ping-pong ball on a paddle for just under 5 hours (4:55’).
If you got to talking to him about moving he might tell you about moving a baby grand piano down a high-rise in Chicago, or moving everything in and then out—and then in and then out again—of a basement living room just to get an area rug exactly perfect, but these would not be the worst days. Once, after working a 14-hour day he received a $100 tip only to watch it blow away into a field after getting back to his car. He discovered he had locked his keys inside and took a bike home, where he popped a tire on his never-ending commute home. Still, even after all of this, he can keep cool under pressure.
Sometimes known as G-Fell or Gryffindor or Iffy, Griffin squats 345 and benches 225. Please forgive him if he forgets your name.
Kyle Wright, Crew Leader
A five-star recruit from a job he didn’t have, KYLE WRIGHT began working at Spine nearly three years ago and has become one of its most integral and inspirational crew leaders. A native of the suburbs of West Des Moines, Kyle (sometimes called Ky-Wry) served a year in Iraq for the U.S. Army before resettling in the Iowa City area. Above sub-par at pool, Kyle once dreamed of becoming a professional billiards player before an adolescent skateboard accident left him with a broken thumb, from which his shot never fully recovered. In his spare time Kyle loves to go pheasant hunting with his younger brother and send Snapchats. A self-proclaimed critic of the pork tenderloin sandwich, Kyle hopes to finish his goal of trying this dish from every place that serves it in Johnson county. He is an optimistic and diehard fan of the Chicago Cubs, of which, yet agin, he believes that this year is the year. He is allergic to cats.
Taylor Roth, Crew Leader
Hailing from Camanche, IA, TAYLOR ROTH first attended Ashford University in San Diego to play basketball, before coming back to Iowa to finish his degree in Interdepartmental Studies; he graduated in 2015. At 6’1” Taylor is interchangeably talented as a shooting guard and a small forward. Mostly an NBA junkie (his favorite team is the Bulls but his favorite player is LeBron), Taylor once broke his ankle after driving through the lane for a reverse windmill dunk—only to land badly on an opponent’s outstretched foot. Ask him about it sometime. He’ll also tell you all about his size sixteen feet, how he expected to be upwards of 6’8”, but is still working on that. Taylor has been working at ASM for one year. Despite his size, he is scared to death of bugs, beetles and bees.
Jim Walsh, Crew Leader
“If you can get on the same crew with Jim, your day is guaranteed to not suck,” multiple people have said multiple times. JIM WALSH, originally from Des Plaines, IL (a random Chicago burb), is a second-year up-and-comer at Adamantine Spine. Even though he’s pursuing a degree in mathematics at the University of Iowa, you wouldn’t guess it—he neither looks nor acts like a nerd. You might, however, be able to guess that he’s back at it for his seventh year, and counting. Sometimes known as ASM’s “Van Wilder,” he describes himself as “easy rolling” and “down to earth.” Though not as good as Milosch or Mike, he loves playing video games and volleyball in his free time. A competitive problem solver, he is always trying to make people laugh. When “all of this is over,” Jim anticipates a career as a math teacher. A jack of all trades, his success is likely; he’s already had successful stints as a welder, estimator, locksmith, and, of course, as a mover.
Will Jameson, Crew Leader
Originally from Yakima, Washington, WILL JAMESON moved to Iowa City from New York in 2013 to study poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A three-summer veteran of Spine, Will credits the job for both giving him arms and giving him friends. His most memorable move was an 11,000-pound unload in Charlotte in 100°+ heat. A member of the University of Iowa Cycling Club, Will is usually on his bike when he’s not getting swole or writing poems. After finishing his time at Iowa, he hopes to pursue a career in advertising, technical writing or something equally soul-crushing. He is currently finishing a one-year position as an adjunct fellow at the University of Iowa and working on a first book. He’s happy to talk about literature, if you are; his favorite poet is Andrew Joron.
Milosch Pavic, Crew Leader
“If you’re restless,” says MILOSCH PAVIC, “visit India—or visit anyway, but take malaria pills in advance for the anti-diarrheal effect.” When pressed for story, he would not go into further detail. From Des Moines, Milosch—pronounced Mee-lo-shh—has lived in Iowa City for seven years but was born in Zürich to Croatian parents whose family lives in Bosnia. A third-year veteran at Spine, Milosch has had a handful of other jobs he’s not ready to talk about. At Iowa, he studied Physiology and German and is now a second year masters’ candidate in Human Physiology and Exercise Science and has plans for medical school in the near future. Following the summer Milosch hopes to spend six months traveling around East Asia, South America and elsewhere. Milosch’s wide taste for new music is evident in what he plays on the truck during loads, most of it good. A gifted athlete (he once walked a 4-minute mile), Milosch regularly whoops ass against his roommates playing NBA 2K—that is, only when he isn’t studying for the MCAT, which is all the time.
Jared Micho, Crew Leader
One of Spine’s few recruits from the Chicagoland burbs, JARED MICHO is a second summer veteran from Belvidere, IL. Although he is hands-down the worst basketball player at Spine, he also knows it; Jared finished his Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Iowa in the Spring of 2016. In the fall he will attend medical school at the American University of the Caribbean in Saint Maarten—do not feel bad for him. Not just a nerd, however, Jared has a granola side too. When not working or studying he is an avid hiker and climber. So far, his most notable summit was Africa’s tallest point, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Had he gotten a slice of that Powerball pot he would go back to South Africa to scuba dive with great white sharks (via personal yacht via private jet) just so he could add it to his Instagram.
According to Jared he can bench 245 and squat 365, although no one we asked was willing to vouch this. Regardless, a talented mover and extremely hard worker, Jared has a knack for strategic thinking and retaining factoids long past hearing them in podcasts. Asked to describe his “personal philosophy,” he said he takes life by the horns. His only regret is not taking more chances and making more experiences because there were “more important” things to do. He hates any snack by Hostess, but loves an El Paso burrito right around a long day’s lunchtime.
Simon Anderegg, Crew Leader
SIMON ANDEREGG (or Simona as he is endearingly called by coworkers), is back for his second summer at Spine and still everyone’s favorite class clown. A nursing student at the University of Iowa, and president of the Men in Nursing organization, Simon may know more about physical science than you, but you are probably a better swimmer than him—his words. Ever the optimist, Simon can’t think of a single worst day of his life and doesn’t have a single regret. His hardest move though was when he had to schlep a piano up a couple flights of stairs, strained his back, and then worked for another eight hours. Despite this he was still smiling at the end of the day.
Before joining Spine, Simon has had his fair share of random jobs. He’s worked on an assembly line in a Winnebago camper factory, detassled sweet corn, worked the front desk of a hotel, and holds a concurrent position in a campus research lab when attending school. (Recently, he and his team published a research paper about curbing alcohol cravings and organ damage. Ask him—he’ll tell you more than you want.) Simon’s ideal vacation is to go camping in national parks. His favorite lunch is a tasteless green smoothie he makes himself. If he had more time he would learn how to code, speak Spanish, and learn to play classical guitar. He is from Charles City, IA.
Alex Dean, Crew Leader
Lisbon, Iowa’s own ALEX DEAN is a third summer veteran at Adamantine Spine Moving. A soon-to-be senior at Upper Iowa University, he is majoring in Physical Education, Health and Coaching. Also a two-time Resident Assistant, Alex has finally handed back the keys to the dorm and will live somewhat off-campus next year like a regular twenty-something. When Alex isn’t working or studying he volunteers as an assistant football coach for Lisbon High, where he once was a standout player. Unlike most people, he hates sleeping in. He says it bugs him if he wakes up and half of his day is gone. It may be why some people call him “Al” for short, for when his personality shifts into that of an erratic and grumpy old man. Most people fondly call him, “hey, you!” Always curious, Alex hopes to learn more about investing and financial planning in his immediate spare time. He would also like to become a better musician. Though he can likely bench half the gym at once, he is still afraid of spiders. His favorite lunch is free pizza.