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.


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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