Vote for your FEM Global Mobility Professional of the Year
Vote for YOUR FEM Global Mobility Professional of the Year in the Americas!
Please read what their nominators have said about them. You can only vote once, so choose carefully!
“In a year like no other, Brenda Levis, President of NYC Navigator embodied a commitment to collaboration and service. “We are all in this together” was their credo. These are her guiding principles. An agile role model, Brenda guided her team and their transferees through an unprecedented pandemic. A consummate, empathetic professional, Brenda made sure clients were reassured that their employees were in capable hands – receiving support, accurate information and flexible solutions - Inspiring the team to carry on delivering exceptional services. Brenda swiftly implemented measures to protect and nurture transferees, clients and team. Examples: Safety and Well-being: 1. Transformed exclusive Compass Club events to virtual. Invited Expat Psychologist addressed mental health concerns, Educational Specialist – Children’s Virtual Learning & Entertainment, Virtual Meeting Zoom Etiquette, Creating a Productive WFH space, Professional Comedians 2. Developed Pandemic Business Continuity Policy 3. Contacted government offices, monitored pandemic/safety protocols. Informed clients weekly: travel/quarantine requirements, schools/public transportation, Social Security/Drivers’ License procedures 4. Created Homebound Services – a la carte services for transferees required to self-quarantine: Airport Transportation, Grocery Delivery 5. Adapted to virtual Area Orientation and Home-Finding 6. Modified IT Security policies to incorporate WFH risk Inclusion: 7. Distributed e-newsletters, incorporating featured families, fun facts, giveaways 8. Developed Navigator Adventures – an extension of live Compass Club events: for transferees to explore beyond their immediate surroundings and make connections. Excursions adhered to safety guidelines, offerings opportunities to participate in curated activities: Maine seashore visit, Vermont foliage trip, Pennsylvania horseback riding excursion. Additionally, Brenda integrates ESG as a business strategy that are aligned with the company’s values.”
“Dwayne Waldrop, SCRP, SGMS-T is Bristol Global Mobility’s Vice President of Global Supplier-Partner Management. With 25 years of global mobility experience in an executive leadership role, having managed the global supply chain at three global RMCs, Dwayne has continued to be one of the most consistent global supply chain leaders to demonstrate his global mindset, industry volunteer work and the relationships he’s developed. Dwayne has traveled to 30+ countries to meet with suppliers to understand the local needs and customs, consult on supply chain matters, and implement proven processes. Having launched global mobility alternate service options well in advance of the pandemic, his commitment to offering flexibility in how we deliver services to the relocation employee has been critical to support Bristol clients. Supplier testimonials: Elaine Héry of Eres Relocation: “Dwayne has always understood local challenges and when it comes to “think global, act local”, he really walks the talk.” Roy Phelps of QMM: “Dwayne is pioneer and a collaborator. He values personal relationships, and is keen on innovation and technology but understands that behind it all are people and that you need to have the alignment & trust of those people.” For 25+ years, Dwayne has volunteered his time to share knowledge and support the industry, including: Chairperson, Americas Strategic Council (WERC), Advisor, RMC Advisory Group (EuRA), Advisor, Global Task Force – RDC, and Instructor for the Global Mobility Specialist designation (Module 1) in Germany and USA. Dwayne was the first global supply chain leader of an RMC headquartered in North America to successfully champion his vision to challenge traditions and deliver the company’s annual supplier awards ceremony outside of North America as the global leader. Dwayne also delivered training sessions to the supplier community, providing them with a transparent look into the Global RFP process from an RMC.”
Elaine M. Kumpula
“Elaine Kumpula leads Faegre Drinker’s global mobility team and manages global visa matters for domestic, foreign and multinational clients. She has sent employees to 40+ countries across six continents over her career. As a partner in the firm’s Minneapolis office, Kumpula represents clients, including Fortune 500 companies, in the food, agribusiness, financial, construction, beverage, biomedical, manufacturing, automotive, advertising and technology industries. As a U.S. immigration lawyer since 1985, Elaine has experience in all facets of U.S. employment-based immigration. She provides high-quality, individualized service by understanding and advancing the client’s business objectives. In her practice, Kumpula regularly develops tailored expatriate programs that align with assignment length and purpose and with the company’s goals. In addition to her client work, Elaine dedicates time to pro bono work. She volunteers as an Asylum Attorney for The Advocates for Human Rights Asylum organization, leading teams of lawyers and paralegals in representing clients seeking asylum in the United States. She also serves as a board member for the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota., is Vice Chair of the Membership Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Global Migration Section and Vice Chair of the Conference Committee for AILA’s APAC Chapter. This past year, Elaine has invested significant time in creating resources for clients and the industry about the global mobility implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and of new policy updates. She hosted several webinars and authored a number of articles providing practical and cutting-edge advice concerning immigration, international travel restrictions/solutions, national interest exemptions, and other issues involving global mobility and COVID-19.
While the past year brought unprecedented challenges for the industry, Elaine has made it a priority to stay ahead of the ever-changing landscape and to continue to provide the sophisticated and innovative client service she’s known for.”
“Ish Bajwa is an expert in global mobility. He has more than 20 years of experience with major relocation management companies and the corporate mobility management side. This diverse experience gives him a unique perspective of industry and associate challenges.
Ish is adept at navigating mobility complexities and being the catalyst for creating new and innovative solutions. His commitment to Diversity & Inclusion is one example. He looks for ways to make mobility benefits more inclusive by reviewing each move as an individual relocation and accommodating the associate’s and their family’s needs. Ish has always prioritized the associate experience because he knows it significantly impacts relocation success. He has streamlined global mobility and improved the associate onboarding and transition process to limit disruption, reduce stress, and create a more enjoyable experience. His dedication to the industry has been honored previously with an EMMA for Best Vendor Partnership: Corporate Organization & Relocation Management Company - Capital Group & SIRVA Worldwide Relocation and Moving. Ish is always looking for ways to improve relocation, including evaluating vendors, updating policies, and improving benefits. He seeks new solutions to make relocation easier, more efficient, and cost-effective. As a member of SIRVA’s Executive Advisory Board, Ish shares his experiences and lends advice to improve SIRVA and the mobility industry as a whole. Ish shares his knowledge by speaking at various industry events, including the Southern California Relocation Council, SIRVA University, and the Corporate Housing Providers Association. He has also written articles for various industry publications.”
Monica Sherman Ghiglia
“Monica has been instrumental in helping WWE overcome a very specific and incredibly complex immigration challenge in 2020/2021 layered on top of an already difficult global immigration landscape that COVID presented for WWE's Global Mobility program. The long-term success of our immigration program was at risk and she deftly guided us through, clearly presenting our options and recommendations to multiple levels of senior management, engaging appropriate experts to a better than expected conclusion. She spearheaded multiple value-add projects and led her team with confidence and finesse, always delivering timely and creative immigration solutions. She was truly a God-send during this tumultuous year and we would not have been able to keep key Talent working without her expertise and rock-solid commitment to us as a client. Her expertise and guidance, without doubt, positively impacted our production value. Our service provider/client relationship grew stronger in the face of adversity - she was patient, understanding, listened to our needs and consistently delivered top-notch service - she was my constant support during this tumultuous time and I am so grateful that she leading our account. So much so that I requested to her manager that she never be taken away - haha! She fully deserves Global Mobility Professional of the Year!”
Patricia Maria Neia Tavares
“Patricia is very committed with the Global Mobility topics, created a forum specific for Brazilians to discuss this that was very helpful. She is an example for me and other global mobility professionals.”
“Ray has a reputation for building best in class Mobility programs at large organizations. When Ray was at Nordstrom, we rebuilt the Mobility program from the ground up bringing in both a new RMC and Immigration vendor, a complete relocation policy re-design that drove savings and increased the employee experience. In Ray's short-term at Twitter, he's already transformed the Mobility function by introducing a new service delivery model to better align his team to regions, streamlined policies and built trust with stakeholders. Ray leads best in class programs while continuing to be a thought leader in the Mobility space. As the President of the Puget Sound Relocation Council (PSRC) in Seattle, his leadership is not only bringing new ideas to the table, but he's also had a keen focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, inviting his board members and sponsors to an ongoing educational series from i-Urban Teen. Beyond this education, PSRC has added two teens from the i-Urban Teen program as interns onto the board, to help them achieve their goals for understanding how non-profit organizations are run. Ray always says yes to mentoring opportunities and has a passion for taking our industry to the next level. Ray should win Global Mobility Professional of the Year because he successfully navigates the needs of the business with the needs of the employees and his staff. It is becoming increasingly difficult to accomplish this due the constant change in demands from corporates to spend less and the needs of the employees when it comes to mobility cost more! The care, attention, and compassion that Ray expresses everyday all day is an inspiration to us all!”
“Vivi Cahyadi Himmel pioneered AltoVita’s proprietary technologies including the Business to Employee (B2E) platform. As the CEO of AltoVita, she is responsible for the overall strategy and financial health of AltoVita as well as overseeing product development and winning high profile accounts such as Apple, Spotify and leading relocation companies (SIRVA & NEI Relocation). Her vision is to position AltoVita as a global company, improving corporate housing experiences for companies and their employees across the world. She is determined to build AltoVita’s product to become a global brand for the corporate housing sector. Vivi has been instrumental in developing partnerships with relocation companies. AltoVita has signed contracts with 21% of top 20 relocation companies and in advanced discussion with another 20%. She deep dives into clients’ pain points and builds technological innovation that translates complex mobility policies into simple & intuitive interface. Her product vision has been translated into an intuitive technology with customisable workflow and a two-layer proprietary onboarding process consisting of vetting & compliance training. She has raised AltoVita’s position as the market leader with her visionary end-to-end execution in delivering collaborative virtual events, bringing together leading RMCs, mobile employees, global mobility managers, and corporate housing experts.
The cross-industry initiatives such as the Innovation Summit, the November 2020’s 5-Day Symposium and the 2020 Corporate Home Awards are examples of ways that she is actively bringing together the sector’s best minds to create and embrace future-proof corporate housing solutions of the 21st century. Under her leadership, AltoVita has demonstrated fast growth globally with over 1m verified alternative accommodation with more than 800 top global property management companies. In a span of 3 years, she has taken AltoVita to 165 countries and 800 cities in EMEA, USA and APAC with 300% YOY growth in revenue during the current challenging pandemic.”