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About Mentors Moving & Storage

Mentors Moving & Storage was founded on the principles of hard work, superior customer service and an eagerness for community involvement. Mentors Moving & Storage has humble beginnings and was founded in 2006 by JR March. With a wealth of moving knowledge and experience, JR broke from the large national chain of moving companies to start out on his own. After several years of hard work, and excellent customer service JR decided to try his hand in other ventures, and set off for greener pastures. At that time the company was sold to Jesse Lovan and Chris Shipp. Under new this new partnership Mentors Moving & Storage was able to offer an even higher level of customer service.

The People behind Mentors Moving & Storage

Jesse Lovan was born in Fountain Valley, California just a little over 100 miles south of Bakersfield, CA. Jesse’s family moved to Bakersfield, CA at the age of 4 years old where he attended and completed his childhood education. Jesse graduated in the top 5% of his class in 2002 from Liberty High School where he was involved in student government and many sports during that time. Jesse also received several academic scholarships during his time in high school. After high school Jesse attended Bakersfield College while working construction during his off time. Once college was finished, he went on to a career in sales and marketing. In 2010 Jesse Lovan and Chris Shipp devised a plan to go into business together. No stranger to hard work, Chris and Jesse set out on the journey to become a successful moving and storage business. Now almost 10 years later, Jesse operates one of the largest moving and storage businesses in the county. Jesse enjoys traveling with his wife and family when not working. Now as a pillar of the local community Jesse, Chris and Smooth Move try to give back to their local communities wherever possible.

Chris Shipp was born and raised in Bakersfield, California and is proud to call it home. He attended Rio Bravo Greeley from kindergarten through 8th grade and then went to Liberty High School where he played football. Chris and his team won the first section championship of school history. After finishing high school at Liberty, Chris continued his education and football at Bakersfield College. After graduation, he decided that it was best to help run his grandparents farm. That lasted about 4 years until they sold it and retired. Chris wasn’t exactly sure yet, which way he wanted to take his career path, so he decided to get into sales. He knew that sales would be a great foundation for his future in business. After a couple of years of sales, Jesse and Chris had the opportunity to start their own company. Both knew, they wanted to be in business for themselves for a long time and they now finally had the chance. It was humble beginnings of very long days with no free time, but as they were grinding through the dog days of summer, Chris and Jesse knew that if they kept putting their customers first and doing a great job it would finally pay off. Now they instill the same beliefs into their Mentors Moving & Storage employees. Chris continues to follow his passion of football coaching at Garces High School for the last 10 years. Chris’ favorite hobbies are snowboarding, Mountain biking, anything outdoors, and helping out the community any way he can. Last but certainly not least Chris’ greatest joy of all is being a husband to his beautiful wife and father to two amazing girls.

Our Mission at Mentors Moving & Storage

Mentors Moving & Storage hold its self to higher standards. We do this by employing only the best and most skilled movers and personnel. Most of all we make sure that they are trustworthy, hard working, and in good standing with the community. Secondly, we really do care about your move and you will see the difference from the very first point of contact. You will never be treated as just another job, no matter how big or how small. Most of all, we are honest and upfront in all aspects of your move from first consultation to your final bill. Never any hidden fees or surcharges. Mentors Moving & Storage is licensed with the CA Public Utilities Commission, and you should always beware of rogue/unlicensed movers offering low ball pricing!

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  • JR is first class at service. He is very easy to work with, responsive and a good guy to do business with. His people are very professional- I would do business with JR again.

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    Dan P.
    7/31/2021

    Jacob, Tony and Gilbert were great. Very courteous and professional. Followed directions to a "T". The move as flawless. We REALLY appreciated the service.

    Use them again? Absolutely yes.

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    Evan G.
    8/04/2021

    Will, Sean, and Gil were fantastic during our move from Santa Rosa. They were excellent and professional while both loading and unloading our possessions. I will definitely use Mentors Moving and Storage again for future moves.

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    Scott O.
    8/08/2021

    4 star ratingWe used Mentors and Francisco was AMAZING. We easily had enough to be moved for 3 people and Francisco kept the unload going very well. I was Impressed And will use again.

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    8/16/2021
  • Had the guys from Mentors move family recently and they showed up on time, all three were very professional and courteous through out the entire move. Furniture was nicely wrapped/protected, the maintained the agreed upon schedule and when all... read more

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    Steven S.
    8/22/2021

    5 star ratingThe 6 man crew we had were absolutely the best!! They were EXTREMELY professional and hard working crew. They didn't mess around and made sure to go the extra mile. This is the crews names we had. I highly... read more

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    Team N.
    8/26/2021

    Everyone I worked with at Mentors made the process of moving much less daunting. I am especially grateful to Anthony S., Michael and Brandon for their work on moving day. They were professional, on time, and quick. I’ll be... read more

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    Deanna M.
    8/28/2021

    JR and Angel Alvarez were extremely professional and honestly saved the day! First, I had ordered a storage pod months in advance and they canceled on me the day it was supposed to arrive. This was only a few days... read more

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    Pierre C.
    9/03/2021
  • The team of Shaun, Jeremiah and Jeremy were incredible. The nicest young men I've met in a long time. Fast, efficient, strong and great personalities. Everyone at this company were wonderful to work with. Holly stayed... read more

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    Charlene C.
    9/04/2021

    5 star ratingKyle & Maesun was very efficient & moved everything with ease. So appreciate Mentors for saying yes last minute. Definitely will use them again on our next move. Thanks guys!

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    Yurey P.
    9/07/2021

    Mentor's recently helped our company move offices. JR was thorough and professional during the inspection and quote phase of the move while answering any questions we had. On the day of the move, their team was prompt, fast, and professional.... read more

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    Josh B.
    9/13/2021

    5 star ratingThis move was an excellent experience the three guys were great. Very professional Highly recommend this company

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    Ingeborg S.
    9/24/2021
  • the dispatcher Daniel was very clear and communicated impeccably. They were able to move me the next day. Kyle and Armando were amazingly careful in wrapping all the furniture and the doorways. they were cheerful and informative. They were amazingly... read more

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    Peter K.
    9/30/2021

    Thanks to Will, Rickey, Johnny, Carlos, Nate, Jacob, Miguel, and Cyrus!!!

    These guys were absolutely awesome, professional, polite, and efficient!

    We had a fairly full 3bed 2bath with Garden shed and full shop. They got everything taken care of and asked for...
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    Lukas M.
    10/01/2021

    Mentors Moving provides EXCEPTIONAL service -
    We recently moved across country, from northern CA to upstate NY.
    From start to finish, JR was available, straight-forward and personable – when was the last time you had consistent communication, actual conversations with the company's...
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    Betsy D.
    10/17/2021

    I had moved more than 20 times when I was in corporate world. This move to a new location rates as one of best ever. They were perfect exactly on time, handled everything with care and moved quickly. Don’t waste... read more

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    michael h.
    10/23/2021