Board of Directors
Charles Ameno is the manager, global relocation benefits for Chevron. In this capacity he oversees US domestic relocation, US dollar payroll expatriate relocation and the global relocation supplier network. A Certified Relocation Professional, he has more than 16 years experience in relocation and expatriate benefits. Amongst other roles, he has previously he managed global relocation for JPMorganChase and was a senior manager with Ernst and Young's Human Capital practice. Charles is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and resides in Houston. He is active in the Employee Relocation Council and has been a speaker at both local and national relocation conferences.
Mary Piper is the Director of Relocation and Operations for Bernstein Realty. Mary, a British ex-patriate, moved to Houston with her family in 1995 and has experienced relocation firsthand several times. Mary joined Bernstein Realty in 2000 and manages the company"s Relocation Department, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company. She is active in recruiting new agents and instrumental in the company"s growth.
Aside from her responsibilities at Bernstein Realty, Mary is also very active in the Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation (NOMF). The Foundation was founded in honor of one of Houston"s most beloved members of the real estate community, Nancy Owens, who lost her battle with breast cancer in September 2001. Mary is a member of WorldwideERC®, Relocation Directors Council (RDC), the Greater Houston Partnership, and the Houston, Texas and National Association of REALTORS®.
Holly Holmes, CRP, has been an Account Manager with AIReS for 10 years. After attending GVSU, she had a long career as a critical care nurse in the United States Navy and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal during her commission. Her goal with each client is to determine best value and best practice measures as part of a business development team that counsels on relocation related topics. She is a member of the Worldwide ERC®; an Executive Committee Board member with HRP; Houston International HR Roundtable; advisory council member of local Houston's FEM chapter and SHRM®.
Brett Lyons is a Global Relocation Specialist at Chevron where his focus includes US domestic relocation and worldwide household goods shipments. He has over 14 years of progressive experience in the relocation industry, in a variety of positions encompassing both domestic and international mobility. Prior to joining Chevron, Brett managed large accounts for TheMIGroup and Weichert Relocation Resources (now Weichert Workforce Mobility). He holds the CRP (Certified Relocation Professional) designation from Worldwide ERC and the GPHR (Global Professional Human Resources) designation from HR Certification Institute. Brett has been a speaker at Houston Relocation Professionals and Worldwide ERC events.
Meredith Morris knows first-hand how important it is to establish long-lasting relationships with her clients and within the relocation industry. Meredith has been a familiar face and leader within the industry for many years, and has a strong following of clients and strategic partners who are proud to work with her and Crown World Mobility.
Throughout her career, Meredith"s primary focus has always been on companies and industry professionals who are involved with employees in transition. She draws on her vast experience within the relocation industry to develop successful strategies and partnerships that have enabled her to build strong relationships and industry knowledge.
Meredith is a native Houstonian and a graduate of the University of Houston, where she earned her BBA Degree in Marketing. She is a licensed REALTOR and holds her CRP. She is a member of Worldwide ERC, Houston Human Resource Management Association, SHRM and the Mayor"s International Trade Development Council.
Michael Blalock is publisher of the Houston Newcomer Guides and part-owner of WEB Media Group LLC - formerly Post Oak Publishing, Inc. As a native Houstonian, Michael has been working in the relocation and chamber of commerce industry for over twenty years. Michael and his team at Post Oak Publishing have created eight regional comprehensive Newcomer Guides as an avenue of educating and attracting newcomers to Greater Houston.
Michael is also partners in Poetic Systems, one of Houston's elite web design and development companies, as well as Post Oak Professionals - an executive staffing firm. Michael is excited to be returning to the Houston Relocation Professionals Board of Directors for 2016 as he served as the 2007 President.
When not chasing kids around, Michael can often be found at local Mexican food restaurants, golf courses, in the outfield at Minute Maid Park or at the Toyota Center. Michael is a proud graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
Erin Curington is a National Account Manager at Sterling Relocation, Inc. Erin has been in the Relocation business since 1997, the same year she received her Texas Real Estate License. She also holds her GMS designation and is a current member of Worldwide ERC.
Marian has been a native of Houston for over 40 years. She has been in the corporate housing business for over 18 years. Marian has been an active member of the Houston Relocation Professionals for the past 16 year, active on the Executive Committee for 9 years. Being a part of the Weichert family, Marian understands the needs of those employees relocating. She also has a great knowledge of working with corporate clients on housing projects such as interns or training. She is a member of Employment Relocation Council, Texas Business Travel Association as well as Corporate Housing Providers Association.
Alan Grantham is the Regional Sales Manager for Chase's Corporate and Institutional Lending program for the central United States. He has been in the real estate industry for 20 years and recently joined Chase after spending 18 years with Citibank's relocation program. Alan has been a member and active participant at HRP for the past 7 years and enjoys the opportunity to help this group provide education, support, and value to its members as well as assistance to our partnered charities in the greater Houston area.
Don Rupe, CRP, CMC is the Vice President and General Manager for Graebel in Houston. Don has 30 years in relocation business, 18 of those with Graebel. Don has been an active member of Houston Relocation Professionals for more than 15 years and has enjoyed being a part of the growth and outreach the organization has developed.
Piper Sheffield, a Certified Relocation Professional, is the Vice President and Director of Stewart Relocation Services, and prior to joining Stewart, Piper served as Vice President of a relocation title and closing service company.
Tom Wortham manages all business development activities within the Central geographic territory for sales opportunities to prospective and existing clients at TheMIGroup. He works closely with the Senior Vice President to develop and implement strategic business plans to accommodate corporate goals. For each prospective client, he coordinates all activities of the sales process, including proposals and RFP responses, ensuring seamless quality and adaptability. A company representative at trade association meetings, Tom serves as a resource to prospects, explaining the benefits and features of TheMIGroup's services.
Tom has more than 17 years of comprehensive relocation experience. Tom served as a Relocation Consultant for four years and spent more than two years working in the van line industry.
Michelle Velasquez, GMS, CCHP – As the Director of Client Services for Preferred Corporate Housing, Michelle oversees all day-to-day tasks relating to sales, new client development, existing client retention, onboarding and industry training initiatives. In 2016, Michelle chaired the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) National Conference and was a select member of the Worldwide ERC Conference Planning Committee for the inaugural Americas Summit Conference. Michelle has earned the Global Mobility Specialist (GMS) certification via Worldwide ERC and the Certified Corporate Housing Professional (CCHP) designation through CHPA.