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 2021 sponsors!

Upcoming events

    • September 16, 2021
    • 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • McNamara Alumni Center


    Our annual conference is the cornerstone event of MERC.  The conference will be held at the McNamara Center on the University of Minnesota Campus and we are looking forward to a full day of educations and networking. 

    Registration is now available and we are offering early bird pricing until August 15th for MERC Members only!

    2021 Registration Cost:

    Corporate Member - Free Registration for the first 25 Registrants!

    MERC Member - **Register Prior to August 15th - $250.00

    MERC Member - Registration starting August 16th - $275.00

    MERC Non-Member - Registration starting July 13th - $350.00

    **Early Bird Registration must be paid by 8/15/21

    The Conference will be held on September 16th but be sure to plan to be in attendance on September 15th for our first annual Community Cares Golf Event at 11:00am and our Welcome Reception which will begin at 5:00pm all at the Brookview Golf Course!

    Please visit the following pages for more information:

    Conference Registration and Pricing

    Hotel Information

    Conference Agenda

    Conference Sponsorship

    Thank you to our TOP Sponsors!

    • November 09, 2021
    • (CST)
    • TBD

Past events

July 13, 2021 Has The Mobility Industry Opened Pandora's Suitcase? Part II - Business Travel Immigration Compliance
May 11, 2021 Realigning: The Shifting Framework of Mobility
April 13, 2021 Has The Mobility Industry Opened Pandora's Suitcase? Part I - Business Travel Compliance - What Do You Need To Know To Stay Out Of Trouble?
April 13, 2021 Education Event- Topic TBD
January 27, 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Part lll: A Time to Act- Real People, Real Stories
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.

Upcoming events

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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