PORTLAND RELOCATION COUNCIL SUPPORTING AND EDUCATING PORTLAND'S RELOCATION COMMUNITY
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Dear PRC members,
I am sad to share this news with all of you. Our member Stephanie Boles who was a volunteer, friend, and industry leader passed away last Tuesday.
Here is the message from her company (below) and the meal train link (meal delivery service) that you can use to help support her fiancé and his 2 boys.
The service was on Saturday.
Portland Relocation Council will be purchasing dinner meals for one week to support her family during this time.
Please hold your love ones close and tell them you love them every day.
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller
“Since its inception in 1988, ABODA has evolved into one of the leading providers of corporate housing in the industry. ABODA’s exceptional financial performance, coupled with a culture of quality and service, state-of-the-art technology and an outstanding employee and management team made it the logical choice for our first acquisition in this very exciting segment,” said Michael Meekins, President of WestbridgeCapital. Meekins continues, “The acquisition of ABODA fits nicely in the launch of our alternative accommodation brand, RESIDE Worldwide. ABODA will be the launching point of our mission to acquire and roll up the best performing companies in and outside of our industry. In addition to the roll-up, RESIDE Worldwide will pursue targeted real estate acquisitions and building management opportunities.”
Newly named RESIDE Worldwide Chief Executive Officer, Lee Curtis, CCHP, said, “We see RESIDE’s core mission as that of an innovator, bridging the gap between the housing and hospitality markets. RESIDE will be able to satisfy growing consumer demand for alternative housing by offering clients and guests a broader range of choice and flexibility for global accommodations, while still offering high quality, flexible, vetted options coupled with outstanding customer service.”
Curtis goes on to say, “We are very excited about building upon ABODA’s momentum and reputation and maximizing the team’s potential, led by Dave Caple, CCHP, President of ABODA, to carry out the RESIDE Worldwide growth plan.”
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Westbridge Capital Ltd.
Westbridge is a private equity management company. Westbridge focuses on real estate and private equity investments that by their nature have little correlation to publicly listed securities and may be used to diversify a portfolio and reduce overall portfolio risk and volatility.
RESIDE Worldwide, Inc.
RESIDE Worldwide is an alternative accommodation firm headquartered in Seattle, WA focused on providing vetted and flexible accommodations options to global travelers no matter the destination or the duration of their stay. RESIDE Worldwide owns a variety of hospitality companies, including RESIDE Management and RESIDE Properties.
ABODA is an innovative leader in global housing management services, providing end-to-end solutions to some of the biggest brands in the world, many headquartered in the Seattle area where the firm is based. ABODA Global Housing Management uses a logistics-focused approach, combining the best of program planning and administration, inventory management, execution, service delivery and technology to help corporate clients operate more efficiently and enhance customer experiences. ABODA also offers furnishings, property management, and cleaning services in the Greater Seattle Area. ABODA is flexible enough to meet clients’ ever-changing business needs through its award-winning customer service. Learn more about ABODA at www.aboda.com or call 1-888-389-0500.
The Northwest converges on Chicago. Looking forward to seeing many of our Portland, Northwest and West Coast colleagues at the Global Workforce Symposium the end of September. We are just over a year from having the Symposium in the Northwest in Seattle 2018. In the meantime, PRC, PNwRC, BAMM, RMRC, SCRC and ARA look forward to hosting top level education opportunities throughout the year!
Eric Baum shares his insights to the industry and his roles inside both Nike and Adidas’ Mobility departments. Eric is currently the Snr Mobility Manager - Americas at Adidas, and serves on the Portland Relocation Council's Corporate Advisory Board. Previous to joining Adidas, Eric had a similar role at Nike.
I joined Nike’s Compensation & Benefits area in 2004 where I focused on both Domestic and International compensation issues. In 2013, an opportunity arose to manage Nike’s Mobility program in the Americas, focusing on both Domestic Relocation as well as a portion of Nike’s overall expat population. On the domestic side, the volume of moves grew quickly to keep pace with Nike’s overall growth, particularly here in the Oregon area. In 2016, Nike surpassed 1,000 domestic relocations within the US for the first time. On the int’l side, Nike’s population of approximately 500 global expats (+ many permanent int’l relocations) generates great complexity as immigration, tax, and relocation logistics are integrated into 1 seamless process with a goal of giving high profile employees a great experience.
After a brief excursion into Exec Comp Operations, the pull of Mobility drew me back to the field. I joined Adidas in May 2017 as the function transitioned from Boston to Portland in support of the Americas region. With Adidas, the smaller internal infrastructure has meant exposure to every area of the function. It also provides the opportunity to build sustainable processes to allow for managing of what has become a high volume program.
The learnings and experience gained, while working with very talented co-workers and highly dedicated vendors, has been greatly rewarding on a personal level. But Adidas’ fast growth does not allow us to rest. As we get bigger, our challenges do as well. In particular, we are challenged with getting the right balance between managing consistently to our policies while, at the same time, providing increasing flexibility and creativity in meeting the ever changing needs of a diverse employee population.
Learn more about the Portland Relocation Corporate Advisory Board here.
For the first time PRC and our fellow organization the Pacific Northwest Relocation Council based in Seattle bring you two great chances for education in the same week. Join PRC at our May 3rd education meeting at Providence Park's Key Bank Club. Then find a plane, train or automobile and make your way up to Seattle for PNwRC's education meeting on May 5th at the Talaris Conference Center.
These are both can't miss events covering all aspects of Mobility, Immigration and Policy along with some fantastic Networking Opportunities.
Join several colleagues on the Amtrak train 504 departing at Noon on May 4th and enjoy the scenic views while Amtrak does the commuting for you. Business Class is the place to be!
SAVE THE DATES
Spring Education Meeting Wednesday May 3rd
Summer Member Appreciation/Networking Event Wednesday September 13th, at Top Golf Hillsboro
Winter Education Meeting Wednesday December 6th
Looking forward to seeing you in 2017!
Vestas' Jane King Ayers recently joined the Portland Relocation Council's Corporate Advisory Board. In her words, Jane shares her journey to her current position as Immigration & Mobility Professional for Vestas WInd Technology.
After attending University of Oregon I moved to Guadalajara, Mexico for an internship at the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico in the International Trade Department. After my internship, I stayed in Guadalajara and worked researching local industries for the State of Oregon. After 2 years in Mexico I returned to the US and was set on working in Import/Export and thinking about becoming a customs broker. I quickly realized I was more of a “people person” and landed a job in an immigration law firm.
For twelve years I worked at the firm where we helped immigrants from all over the world with every aspect of US immigration law: family based cases, employment visas, political asylum and special visas for victims of crime. I normally spent half my work day speaking Spanish and I worked as a translator on the side. I really enjoyed working with people of all backgrounds and feeling like I was making a difference in their lives.
My background at the law firm led me to working at Vestas as an Immigration and Mobility Professional where I have been for the past 3 years. Vestas is the global leader of wind energy and is headquartered in Denmark. In my role, I support our 18,000 employees globally with immigration, relocation and cross border tax issues as related to the US and Canada.
I love working in an international environment and strive to make complicated, tedious processes as simple and straightforward as possible. A hot topic for me in mobility is ensuring our policies are flexible enough to meet our current business strategies and employee needs.
At eBay, Halverson manages an average 600 to 800 employee moves annually. He contends that mobility professionals are needing to be more strategic, and less transactional these days, combining many mobility job functions. Eric Halverson is senior manager of global mobility for eBay.
Congrats to fellow PRC member Jana Cooper, who was recently named GM of Aboda in Portland! Aboda has recently enhanced its presence in Portland, due to the city's rising economy and job growth.