Conference Agenda (subject to change)

Monday, February 17th:

5:00pm - 7:00pm - The MERC 2020 Conference Welcome Reception will be on February 17th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. At the Hewing Hotel 300 Washington Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 55401. 

Tuesday, February 18th:

7:00am - 8:30am - Registration, networking, continental breakfast and charity scavenger hunt event. Lanyards sponsored by Old Republic Relocation Services
8:30am - 8:40am - Presidents Welcome and Announcements

8:40am - 10:15am - Opening Session - A View From the Top - Beliefs, Values and Culture

This session is focusing on leadership perspectives for all things relational in the relocation industry.  From recruiting, internal incentives, partner relationships and company culture.

Panelists:

Tricia Layde, Head of Global Mobility and Reward Projects - Smiths Group

Joe Cardini, President - Bristol Global Mobility; Paul De Boer, President - WHR Group, Inc.; Bill Mulholland, Director - ARC Relocation; Eve Seib, President - OneSource Relocation

Samantha Elliott, President - Preferred Corporate Housing; John Habanek, Executive Director - Chase; Bob Rosing, President & CEO - Dwellworks

Moderator: David Bunnell, Vice President - Transportation Worldwide

10:30am - 11:15am - Session 1

  • So, why don't you have a BVO program? - Steven John, President and CEO at HomeSerivces Relocation
  • Preparing Your Global Talent for Success - Karen Menendez, Global Director and Account Management at Cartus
  • Relocation Tax Update - Post U.S. Tax Reform - Bob Rothery, Director and Brian Higgins, Managing Director at KPMG, LLP 

11:15am - 11:30a- Charity Event Scavenger Hunt

11:30am - 12:15pm - Session 2

  • Digitization, Automation and the Future of Mobility Management - Martin Foxwell, Senior Vice President, Global Consulting and Industry Relations and Paul Seymour, Vice President and Solutions Architect at Bristol Global Mobility
  • Navigating Stormy Waters: The Current Mobility Climate and Preparing for the Future of Tax, Immigration, and Local Challenges - Farshad Owji - Wolfsdorf Rosenthal Immigration Attorneys, Kristi Paulsen – Relocation Today, William Taylor – Relocity, Inc., Eric Loff – Global Tax Network
  • Neuromarketing: Outsmart Your Competition - Terry Wu

12:15pm - 1:45pm - Lunch Buffet and Charity Event Scavenger Hunt

  • Inclusively Welcoming Newcomers with Make it MSP - Tiffany Orth, Greater MSP

1:45pm - 2:00pm - Charity Event Scavenger Hunt

2:00pm - 2:45pm - Session 3

  • Let’s Talk About Disruptive Innovation in Mobility - Ben Heller, CEO and Chief Customer Officer at PricePoint

  • Super Skills to Travel like a HERO! - Lana Weber and Daniyela Perzhu, Depart Smart

  • Lump Sum Programs: Momentum Lump Sum Productivity Study - Mary Beth Nitz, Vice President Global Consulting at Altair Global

2:45pm - 3:00pm - Charity Event Scavenger Hunt

3:00pm - 4:00pm - Session 4

  • Corporate Roundtable - Andrea Shifflett, Target
  • Conversation's Make or Break the Relationship - Michael Gregory
4:15pm - 4:30pm - Charity Event Prize Giveaway!
4:30pm - 5:30pm - Networking Reception brought to you by our sponsors Alexander's Mobility Services


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