News Release

For Immediate Release - December 16, 2014 

Worldwide ERC News Release
Kristin White 
+1 703 842-3417

Worldwide ERC® Foundation for Workforce Mobility Announces Newest Members of Its Board of Trustees 

Arlington, VA—The Worldwide ERC® Foundation for Workforce Mobility is pleased to announce the newest members elected to serve on its Board of Trustees.  Beginning a three-year term effective January 1, 2015 are Kathleen Baker, CRP, GMS, Director of Relocation Services for VERSA Relocation in Coppell, Texas, USA; Gary F. Dittrich, GMS-T, of The Dittrich Group in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA; and Debbie Robinson, CRP, Vice President, Corporate Relocation for Crye-Leike, Realtors, Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

Baker’s experience spans more than 20 years in the industry, from international freight and household goods transportation to full-service corporate relocation services for clients at the local, national and global levels.  She earned both the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP®) and Global Mobility Specialist (GMS®) designations in 2006.  She is a member of the Dallas Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI), currently serving on its membership committee, and an active member of the Austin Relocation Council.

Dittrich also brings over two decades of experience to his role.  Prior to launching his current consultancy firm in early 2014, Dittrich served as Executive Vice President, Global Development with Altair Global Relocation, where he focused on growth in Europe and Asia.   He has held prior industry consulting roles, and served in a variety of leadership positions with GMAC Relocation Services.   An active Worldwide ERC® member, Dittrich currently serves as Chairman of its Government Affairs’ Global Forum, has authored numerous Mobility magazine articles, contributed to conference panels and was instrumental in the formation and development of its Coalition, or Center for Governmental Issues.  Upon earning a fourth Distinguished Service Award, he was inducted into Worldwide ERC®’s Hall of Leaders last May.

Beginning her relocation career in 1993, Robinson has experience in both real estate and relocation management company roles.  Prior to her current position, she was Vice President of Relocation Services with RealtySouth in Birmingham, Alabama, and Client Services Manager with Primacy Relocation in Memphis, Tennessee.  She has contributed to Worldwide ERC® conference panels and Mobility magazine, and earned her CRP® in 2000.  Robinson is a member of the Tennessee Relocation Council and the Relocation Directors Council (RDC), currently serving a two-year term on RDC’s Advisory Council.

In announcing news of their appointments, Foundation Chairman Al Blumenberg, SCRP, NEI Global Relocation noted “My fellow trustees and I are very pleased to welcome Kathleen, Gary and Debbie to the Board.  The Foundation’s vision is that all communities touched by global mobility are aware of, inspired by, and engaged in our charitable efforts around the globe. These three individuals will help us forward that vision, as they bring to their roles considerable experience, long records of commitment to the association and the industry, and a passion for charitable and community outreach. We are very pleased to add talent of their caliber to the Foundation’s leadership.”

Blumenberg continues his second year as Chairman on the Foundation Board for 2015, along with fellow Executive Committee members Barbara Kay Springer, CRP, GMS, @Properties, Chicago, Illinois, USA; serving as Vice Chairman, Charitable Outreach; Janet Schaefer, SCRP, GMS, Altair Global Relocation, Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA, who serves as Vice Chairman, Scholarship Program and Bruce W. Walczak, SCRP, Relocation Consultants Inc., Newtown, Connecticut, USA, who is Vice Chairman, Finance.  Additional trustees continuing their terms in 2015 are Johnny H. Haines, SCRP, SGMS-T, Deloitte in Hermitage, Tennessee, USA; Tonya L. Hamilton, SCRP, GMS, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Woodmont Realty, Brentwood, Tennessee, USA; GeLaine M. Joachim, SCRP, Premia Relocation Mortgage in Marietta, Georgia, USA; Kate Santo Reisinger, CRP, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Northbrook, Illinois, USA; Jaime S. Suarez, CRP, PepsiCo, Inc. in Plano, Texas, USA; and Frederick D. Paxton, SCRP, SGMS, Paxton Companies, Washington, District of Columbia, USA.

Worldwide ERC®’s 2015 Chairman, Cindy Salter, SCRP, SGMS, Brookfield Global Relocation Services, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA and Peggy Smith, SCRP, SGMS-T, Worldwide ERC® President & CEO, Arlington, Virginia, USA, also serve in an ex-officio capacity on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

About Worldwide ERC®
Worldwide ERC® has served for 50 years as the membership association and foremost center for corporate and government talent mobility, educating and connecting industry professionals worldwide. The recognized industry authority on talent, Worldwide ERC® is headquartered in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, with offices in Belgium and China. Contact Worldwide ERC® at +1 703 842 3400, or visit

About the Worldwide ERC Foundation for Workforce Mobility
The Worldwide ERC® Foundation for Workforce Mobility was established in 2004. Its mission is to energize the global community through charitable giving. More information about the Foundation is available on Worldwide ERC®’s website.