Conference Agenda (subject to change)

Monday, February 12th:
    • 5:00pm to 7:00pm - The 2018 MERC Welcome Reception will be held at the Hewing Hotel Library Social Lounge from 5pm-7pm. The Hewing Hotel is located at 300 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401.  Thank you to our Event Sponsors Plus Relocation and Fidelity Residential Solutions.
Tuesday, February 13th:
    • 7:00am-8:30am- Registration and Breakfast
    • 8:30am-9:30am- Keynote: Accepting Change, Embracing Change - Bret Weiss, President and CEO, WSB & Associates, Inc.

In a recent Minneapolis Star Tribune article, Bret Weiss was penned the ‘Ideas Guy’ for his solutions-based attitude and forward-thinking approach. As President and CEO of a Minnesota-headquartered engineering firm where he was named a top leader for midsize companies in WorkplaceDynamics’ Top Workplaces survey and as a University of Minnesota alum who played football under the leadership of Lou Holtz, Bret will bring his unique perspective to personally and professionally accepting and embracing change. Link to Star Tribune article: http://www.startribune.com/the-ideas-guy/429505413/

    • 9:45am-10:45am-Session 1
      • The Power of Now - Dr. Stephen Crawford, Action Coach Business Coaching
      • Midwest to Midtown: Understanding High Cost of Living and Policy Options - Rob Kreiling, Runzheimer; Katie Rudnick, EverBank
      • The Real World of Immigration:  From the Consular Process to Making Immigration Work for Your Business - Josh Johnson, Global Expertise; Ahmad Haseeb, Global Expertise
    • 11:00am-12:00pm-Session 2
      • What's This Household Goods Move Video Survey Anyway?" - Zeke Oaks, Alexander's Mobility Services; Eric Rakow, Alexander’s Mobility Services; and special guest Tracy O'Connor, Alexander’s Mobility Services
      • The Road to Digital Closings - Marvin Stone, Stewart Title Guaranty Company
      • Global Mobility and Tax:  It’s a Complex (But Oh So Important!) Partnership - Melanie Robertson, RSM; Patty Kowalska, RSM

    • 11:00am-2:00pm-Charity Mini Golf Tournament (sign up and information here)
    • 12:00pm-1:30pm-Lunch
    • 1:30pm-2:55pm-Corporate Roundtable
    • 1:45pm-2:45pm-Session 3
      • Global Momentum Productivity Survey: The Results - Mary Beth Nitz, Altair Global

      • Selection: The Backbone of Global and Domestic Talent Management and Development - Barry Kozloff, Selection Research International

    • 3:00pm-4:00pm-Session 4
      • What Relocation Has Taught Me: Life Lessons Learned on the Job – Marla Haley, Ecolab; Matt Altieri, Executive Class; Bill Nemer, Graebel Relocation
      • Temporary Housing:  An Expanded Perspective- Moderator-Julie Rice, National Corporate Housing; Panelists-Jenny Bulgrin, Airbnb;  Jill Rush, Relocation Today; Lorna Bosco, ReloQuest
      • Your RFP's Can Be So Much Better! - Josh Hyatt, Plus Relocation: Tracey Gatlin, Plus Relocation; and other panelists TBD
    • 4:00pm-5:00pm-Networking Reception brought to you by our sponsors Alexander's Mobility Services

 

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