By Daniel Keating
SVP, Global Business Development & Marketing
Fall is here, and the Lexicon team is staying busy! Lexicon teams from business development, account management and consulting services have been in the air and on the road, actively presenting and participating in many employee relocation industry events. Most recently, we headed to the New England Relocation Association (NERA) 2014 Fall Meeting in Norwood, Massachusetts, on October 2 to share our take on global mobility in China.
The 60+ meeting attendees enjoyed a day of networking, discussions and presentations. Lexicon’s Deborah Wilkes, director, global consulting, presented on “Global Mobility and China: The Next Wave.” Wilkes provided insight into the housing, immigration, education and hardship issues impacting assignees in China.
The presentation also focused on:
• Mobility types and patterns
• Mobility in non-Tier One locations
• Considerations and challenges from the perspective of an assignee, a global mobility manager and a policy maker
(P.S. If you’re looking for more information on global mobility in China, download our white paper Outlook China: The Complete Guide for Global Mobility Success)
Also on the agenda was a Corporate Roundtable attended by over 20 members from a variety of organizations. Sherrie Tessier, senior relocation manager at CVS Caremark and Melissa Niemczyk, global mobility manager at Staples, co-led this discussion. They had pre-surveyed the corporate members and tailored roundtable discussion topics around the feedback received from the group. Among the topics discussed were: U.S. domestic and international short-term assignments and commuters, lump sum and managed/capped programs.
The conference’s first educational presentation, “Rising to the Challenge”, presented by a panel of real estate experts in their respective markets and included Liz Messier, Residential Properties Ltd.’s vice president, corporate and relocation services, Rhode Island; Lynn King, Coldwell Banker Relocation and Moving Services’ vice president corporate services, Massachusetts; and Kim Givens, William Raveis Family of Companies’ director of relocation services, Connecticut. The panel spoke about the challenges facing the New England area in relocation-related areas such as Renting versus Buying, Temporary Housing, Craigslist, Inventory Issues, Lump Sums, Diversity and Housing, etc.
Many more conferences, forums and regional meetings are taking place this fall, and Lexicon continues to participate in and present at these industry events. Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts, white papers and reports on important trends and changes affecting relocation and global mobility.