Preparing Kids for a Relocation

Mom and child with map.

Relocating can be an emotional journey – even more so when you are relocating with kids!

Saying goodbye to friends and family and getting ready for the challenges of a new city, new home, new room, new school, new friends, and maybe even a new language is understandably difficult. Preparing for the emotional impact of moving can help ease the transition and help kids adapt, hopefully prepping them for a life of exciting new places and experiences.

Click here to a personal account of preparing kids for a relocation, written by Martin Giles, a Global Mobility Specialist.

Going Global for the First Time?

Going global?

When deciding to expand your business globally, there are a number of things to consider:

  • Does the company have the proper policies in place to help streamline the global process?
  • Is the payroll department aware of the decision? What needs do they have?
  • What outside vendors should be considered to help in the process and mitigate risks along the way?

In this month’s article, Jen Stein, Managing Director for GTN Great Lakes, highlights these considerations so you can administer and support your globally mobile individuals.

Read Jen’s article here: Going Global for the First Time?

Signature Relocation Joins the Rocky Mountain Relocation Council

Signature Relocation joins RMRC

Signature Relocation joined the Rocky Mountain Relocation Council.

The spring conference was in Arvada, CO. RMRC President Vini Valverde and VP Rick Willard recognize Signature as one of the corporate sponsors.

Signature looks forward to participating in the fall conference on September 25th.

Signature Relocation Makes an Impact at the Detroit Regional Relocation Council

Kim & Lori

Signature Relocation is pleased to announce the election of Kim Martin as President, and Lori Swarthout as Treasurer, to the Detroit Regional Relocation Council (DRRC) for 2018.  The DRRC is recognized as a regional group by the Worldwide ERC.  It is a professional organization that provides a forum for education, networking and discussion of the latest mobility trends and issues for domestic and global relocation services for corporate mobility and service providers.

Signature Relocation Dresses Up for “Blue” Day

The Signature Relocation team dressed up for “Blue” Day in honor of Jack Heiligman. To pay it forward, we are donating to the charity, Humble Design (, that assists families transitioning out of shelters to turn a house into their home.

Temporary Living with PC Housing

They say RMC’s (Relocation Management Company’s) are only as good as their preferred vendor partners…and I highly agree! So glad to be working with the great temporary housing team at PC Housing in La Jolla/San Diego! Our preferred partnership is the perfect blend of above-the-line services, at the lowest cost, with the highest quality in the industry.

Dale Fisher to speak at WERC & CRC Ignite! Networking Event

Dale Fisher, Signature Relocation’s VP & Executive Director, will be speaking at the “Ignite!” Networking Event, hosted by the Wisconsin Employee Relocation Council ( and the Corporate Relocation Council of Chicago ( in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin on September 15th. Dale will be speaking on Household Good’s move management, difference between insurance versus valuation, and key household goods related steps to improve the employee’s overall relocation experience.

Dale Fisher Speaks at CFGI Symposium

Dale Fisher, Signature Relocation’s VP & Executive Director, was invited by Fakhoury Immigration to speak on a panel about global mobility program development at the Council for Global Immigration/CFGI 2016 Symposium in Washington D.C. ( The session was on June 21st and CFGI is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resources ( If you would like notes from this discussion, please contact Signature Relocation by email at:

Dale Fisher speaks at ERC Midwest Relocation Conference

Dale Fisher, Signature Relocation’s VP & Executive Director, was invited by the the Midwest Relocation Council (, an affiliate of the Employee Relocation Council (, to speak on the topic of the realities of household goods moves at the 2016 Midwest Relocation Conference. Dale chose the specific topic of critical issues in the household goods industry. He focused on driver shortage, management of small shipments, driving quality without increasing cost, and industry innovations. If you would like the notes from this discussion, please contact Signature Relocation by email at

Special thanks to Sylkia, Tracy & Kevin for being the best speakers at the Midwest Relocation Conference. I hope we can do this again!

Lori Swarthout joins Signature Relocation as Global Relocation Counselor


Lori Swarthout has joined the Signature Relocation team as a Global Relocation Counselor in April 2016, but she has been in the industry for more than 5 years. Previously, Lori worked at Dwellworks, Destination Services Provider as the Lead International Manager. In 2015, Lori obtained her GMS certification. Before working in the relocation industry, Lori worked in the banking and mortgage industry. She graduated from the University of Michigan Dearborn with a BA in International Studies, with a concentration in business. She then continued on and received her MSF Degree from Walsh College with a concentration in banking.

Lori enjoys traveling, sporting events, boating, cooking, and reading. She currently resides in Novi, Michigan with her family.