Happy Trails 2018...My last President's message

17 Dec 2018 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

As 2018 comes to close, so does my term as the SCRC President.

It’s a bittersweet time for me. While I will have more time to dedicate to my day job, I will miss leading this organization and working with the great board of directors we assembled. This board has done great things, we raised and donated in excess of $10,000 dollars to our charities including Working Wardrobes, Max Love, The California Fire Foundation’s S.A.V.E. program and Find Cures. We also increased our corporate engagement through attendance in our meetings and participation in our round table discussions and our average meeting attendance increased slightly from 99 in 2016 to 108 in 2018 - but average corporate attendance went from 13.5 in 2016 to 20.25 in 2018.  We also tackled some timely educational topics including tax reform, immigration, program transformation, diversity and trans-gender challenges among other hot topics.

Most of all I want to thank our members who continue to support our organization through their gifts of time, talent and treasure and we hope to see you become more engaged in the work of SCRC in the next year.

Speaking of 2019, I’d like to now make a few announcements that impact our organization and set the stage to continue to increase the value SCRC for our membership and our communities:

1.      New Board.

I’m pleased to announce the new board of Directors for 2019-2020:

Executive Board:

President:             Ciela Lewis, Odyssey Relocation

Vice President:Tracie Pham, Blizzard Entertainment

Secretary:            Jelena Katic, MSI Talent Solutions

Treasurer:           Bridget Ahern, EY

Past President:Me :-)

Committee Chairs:

Membership:      Jean Gong, Arpin International

Sponsorship:       Kayla Waller, Chase

Community Support: Taylor Williams, NuCompass

Programs – Venue:    Nick Curtin, JER Relocation

Communications:Mary LaRocca, Cornerstone Relocation Group

By Laws: Gary Wagner, Cartus

Advisers to the Board:

Supplier:Jane Frye, The Irvine Company

YP Group: Gaby Palacios, Aires

Corporate:    Joleen Tomonaga, Qualcomm

Corporate:   Eve Espindola, Asics

Corporate:Michelle Olympia-Boldt, MUFG, Union Bank

As always, if you would like to become involved in any of the above committees, please reach out directly to that committee chair. We always need help in Communications, Membership and Sponsorship among others!

2. Sponsorship's

As I’ve said in many of our meetings, our sponsors are the driving force in our organization. Their generous contributions allow us to bring in diverse speakers from a variety of industries and geographies and allow our members to gain new perspectives on how they manage mobility nationally and globally. If you wish to be a sponsor, you can donate now for 2019 and up to March 1st. when the sponsorship window closes so that we can print signs and update our website.

3. Membership

The SCRC membership runs on a calendar year therefore 2019 memberships are due for renewal on January 1, 2019. We've opened this window up early for people that would like to pay in 2018 for their 2019 membership. If that’s you, feel free to go to to renew your membership.

4. Next Meeting, 2019 Kick-off

Our next meeting is scheduled for January 31, 2019 and this is our annual Kick-Off Meeting where we hope to provide a fun environment of networking, entertainment, music and libations. This is also where we raise funds for our silent auction and make our annual gift to our charities. If you want to donate a gift for the silent auction, please contact

Also, we know lots of our members like to use Amtrak and Metrolink to come to our meetings and avoid the frustrating California Interstates so our venue will be within a short Uber/Lyft ride from one of those train stations. The location should be formally announced in the next 7 days. A separate email will come from

Finally, thank you all for your continued support of SCRC and thank you for allowing me to serve on the board. I can tell you it’s a fulfilling and rewarding experience and I highly recommend it to anyone that has a desire to build their career and personal brand. I wish you all a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year.


Chris Furlotte, SCRC President 2017-2018

Southern California Relocation Council
8851 Gainsborough Ave., San Diego, CA 92129
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