The objective of the Minnesota Employee Relocation Council (MERC) is to:

1)  Provide opportunities to exchange information and ideas.

2)  Provide educational opportunities for individuals involved in relocation.

3)  Foster cooperation within the industry to meet the needs of corporations, transferees and their families.



The mission of the Minnesota Employee Relocation Council (MERC) is to be Minnesota's premier source for education, best practices and networking opportunities for professionals involved in corporate relocation.

Thanks to our generous 2020 sponsors!

Upcoming events

    • January 27, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom

     Please join the MERC community for the third and final live webinar, of our three-part series, where we will learn as a community how we can act to continue to eradicate systemic racism. 

    This panel discussion will be moderated by Teresa Palacios Smith, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at HomeServices of America and HSF Affiliates, LLC.  Panelists include Johnnie Johnson, a successful entrepreneur and former All-Pro football player from the National Football League, Jamar Hardy, managing broker of Edina Realty’s office at 53rd Street and Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota and chair of Edina Realty’s Diversity and Inclusion team, and John Merriweather, Founder, President & CEO of GO Destination Services.   

    Please mark your calendar and please invite others in your network to join the MERC community for this important event.

    Cost: FREE

    Diversity, inclusion and equality are all very different, but equally important components of having a strong workforce. For this session, MERC has decided to sponsor the registration cost to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be a part of the solution. 

    MERC education events are supported by annual membership dues and sponsorships.  Please watch for sponsorship opportunities in the coming weeks, and don’t forget to renew your annual membership. 

    CRP/GMS Credits: 1 credit


Past events

November 17, 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Part II: A Time to Learn - Real People, Real Stories
August 25, 2020 MERC Education Session: Diversity & Inclusion Part I: A Time to Listen – Real People, Real Stories
August 11, 2020 Summer Education Session
July 14, 2020 MERC Education Session "All in the Family: Putting Our Arms Around the Softer Side of Relocation."
April 14, 2020 MERC Spring Education Session "All in the Family: Putting Our Arms Around the Softer Side of Relocation."
February 18, 2020 2020 MERC Annual Conference
December 11, 2019 MERC Holiday Party & Silent Auction
October 08, 2019 MERC Fall Education Event
August 13, 2019 MERC Summer Education Event
April 09, 2019 MERC Spring Education and Networking Event
February 26, 2019 MERC Conference add-on Indoor Lawn Games Tournament to Benefit the Ronald McDonald House
February 26, 2019 2019 MERC Annual Conference
December 04, 2018 2018 MERC Holiday Mixer and Silent Auction
November 12, 2018 MERC Fall Volunteer Event Cooks for Kids 11/12/18
October 09, 2018 2018 MERC Fall Education Meeting
August 14, 2018 MERC Summer Education Meeting and Networking Session
August 14, 2018 MERC Summer Corporate Roundtable
April 17, 2018 MERC Spring Education and Networking Event
February 13, 2018 MERC 9 Hole Mini Golf Tournament at Conference
February 13, 2018 MERC Annual Conference
December 05, 2017 MERC Holiday Mixer and Silent Auction
October 03, 2017 MERC Fall Education Meeting
September 27, 2017 ERC Global Workforce Symposium
September 10, 2017 Canadian ERC Annual Conference
August 15, 2017 MERC Summer Education Meeting and Networking Session
August 15, 2017 MERC Board Meeting
June 18, 2017 SHRM Annual Conference
May 17, 2017 ERC Americas Mobility Conference
January 26, 2017 2017 PRC Annual Meeting
December 01, 2016 PRC Winter Meeting December 1st, 2016
September 29, 2016 PRC Member Appreciation & Networking Night


The Minnesota Employee Relocation Council began in 1983 with representatives from ten Twin Cities based companies with a focus on sharing information on relocation related topics.  Fast forward to today with a very active membership encompassing Minnesota and West Central Wisconsin.

MERC hosts three education meetings each year.  These meetings are held at various locations around the Twin Cities including iconic landmark locations such as the University of Minnesota, the Bakken Museum and the Swedish Institute. Current education session topics have included tax reform, immigration, closing fraud, policy benchmarking and global traveler safety.

MERC also hosts an annual conference featuring nationally recognized speakers, interactive workshops and panel discussions. This year marked our 35th Annual Conference. The event provides excellent education sessions with CRP, GMS and PHR certification credits and great networking during conference and at the pre-conference happy hour.

In December, MERC hosts an annual holiday event. The intent is to celebrate the holiday season, but we also hold a MERC Community Cares silent auction and holiday games to generate funds that are donated to our member selected charity. Some of the recent MERC Community Cares charities have included the local Food Shelf, Cornerstone, Youthlink Minnesota, The Ronald McDonald House and Make A Wish Foundation.

MERC has evolved and grown over the years, but our mission remains centered on education and improving the relocation process for our customers. Through mergers and acquisitions over the last 30 years, many of the original MERC member companies have changed but the focus remains the same.  MERC continues to provide relocation professionals with opportunities to exchange information and ideas in an atmosphere of respect and common purpose with a hint of fun and comradery.

Thank you to the MERC 2020 Conference Committee! 

To see all the pictures from the conference click on the MERC Annual Conference Page!

MERC Annual Conference



MERC is 501 (c)(6) non profit organization.  Minnesota Employee Relocation Council | PO Box 582752 | Minneapolis, MN | 55458

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