Year End President's Message

25 Jan 2018 11:52 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

As 2017 draws to a close, I, joined by the entire TRC Board of Directors, want to thank our Members and Guests for a fantastic 5th year. As we have focused this year on continuing our growth, we are ending 2017 with a whopping 130 members up from 100 members in 2016. We hope to see current members continuing their involvement and new members joining as we move into the next stage of the organization’s life. The membership renewal email will be coming soon, so don’t forget to renew your membership online. If you are not currently a TRC member but are interested in membership, please click here for more information: Membership.

We are planning exciting programs and great venues for our 2018 meetings. Our spring meeting is tentatively planned for April 12, 2018 and the fall meeting for October 24th or 25th. Please save the dates and extend your calendar hold for after the meeting because we are exploring after-hour activity possibilities also. Planning is underway, and we will be providing additional details in early 2018.

Reflecting on our 5th anniversary year, 2017 was a big year for our organization. TRC had significant accomplishments and endured challenges, but overall this was a great year! This was only possible through the support of all of you and the help of an amazing Board of Directors.

This year, we have seen the highest participation in TRC ever. We had the highest number of members, committee involvement, and meeting registrations TRC has ever had. We also received the highest survey satisfaction for the meetings. This indicates, not only are we growing, but we are doing it right.

We dedicated the scholarship as TRC’s Peter Hiro Memorial Scholarship, and we awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving high school senior. Thanks to your generous donations, we will be ending this year with a record amount in our Community Outreach Fund of about $3,725. This money will be used for the scholarship and other community outreach and charitable giving in the future.

We were able to donate $1,500 to the Worldwide ERC Foundation for Hurricane Harvey relief. Thanks to regional group contributions and ERC’s match, a total of $30,588 was raised for this cause. With an annual donation budgeted for charitable giving, TRC will be donating $1,000 to the Oasis Center this month to continue our charitable partnership with them. If you are interested in learning more about the Oasis Center please visit .

I am extremely excited to announce the 2018 Executive Board and Committee Chairs:

Executive Board

  • President: Kristin Peterson, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
  • Vice President: Lori Stillwell, EverBank
  • Treasurer: Sara Hanlin, National Corporate Housing
  • Secretary: Brad Brekle, Ward North American

Committee Chairs

  • Community Outreach: Joe Dudek, Quicken Loans
  • Logistics: Teresa Summers, Dollar General Corporation
  • Membership: Eve Seib, OneSource Relocation  
  • Programs: Nicole Awalt, Oakwood Worldwide
  • Sponsorship: Andi Parker, Air Animal Pet Movers
  • Technology/Communications: Jacob Green, Asurion

Board Advisory Members

  • Dan White, The Immigration Group, P.C.
  • Keith Michelsen, Relo Direct Inc.
  • Lorie Wood, Nissan North America

Many members have asked about joining a committee. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at

I want to personally thank you. It has been truly humbling to be trusted as your President this year. I appreciate you for your confidence and support. It has been a pleasure. Thank you again for all of your support of TRC. I hope you have a great holiday season and Happy New Year. I look forward to seeing you in 2018!


Lorie Wood

2017 TRC President

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