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Bridging the Gap: Special Needs and Mobility

Sponsor(s):  Altair Global

For an average mobility assignment, there are many variables for the relocating employee to consider: home selling and buying, household goods shipments and settling in to the new neighborhood; however, for a family with special needs, the necessity for specialized assistance during a relocation becomes paramount.

In this webinar, Altair Global’s Elizabeth Stewart, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, and Patrick Keery, Vice President of Move Management, join Elizabeth Sawyer, Chief Executive Officer of Bennett International Education Consultancy, and Deanna Trevino, Senior International Relocation Specialist for Rockwell Automation, to explore the growing importance behind dedicating specific efforts to providing the best mobility experience for customers, especially those with unique needs.

The Speakers

Vice President, Move Management

Patrick Keery

Altair Global

In his role as Vice President, Move Management, Patrick is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Move Management team. He oversees the team structure, and he assists the Senior Vice President of Move Management with the development and implementation of supplier strategy. Additionally, Patrick is also responsible for:

  • Developing and executing the move management corporate strategy.
  • Serving as the primary point of contact and liaison of information between household goods moving and the supply chain.
  • Ensuring claim activity is addressed appropriately, timely, and documented with each supplier.
  • Maintaining advanced industry knowledge specific to the international shipment of household goods and logistics.
  • Assisting in problem resolution and service escalations with supplier contacts.
  • Participating in the implementation process for new suppliers.

Patrick joined Altair’s Atlantic Service Center in Shelton, Connecticut, in 2017, in his current position. He comes to Altair highly experienced in the global mobility industry, having started his career in 1990.

Prior to Altair, Patrick held a number of positions in the industry, including two positions for a global provider of employee relocation services: Director, Supply Chain Management & Broker Services, and Supply Chain Manager. As Director, Supply Chain Management & Broker Services, he managed the logistics coordination, service delivery, and invoice audit for all international shipments. As a Supply Chain Manager, Patrick was responsible for managing the performance of destination service suppliers in 130 countries along with a network of international freight forwarders and the supplier pricing team.

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fairfield University.


Elizabeth Sawyer

Bennett International Education Consultancy

Elizabeth Sawyer is CEO of Bennett International Education Consultancy, a firm providing support to relocating families and to their employer corporations all over the world. Bennett International consists of a team of over 70 consultants around the globe who provide expert counsel on best-fit schools for relocating children.

Prior to entering the world of relocation, Elizabeth taught high school English, French and Spanish in U.S. private schools for over ten years. An international hybrid herself, she grew up overseas until the age of 12 and was educated in five different education systems, all of which contributed to her finding her niche in the blended worlds of relocation and education.

Elizabeth earned her BA in English and French at Williams College and her MA in English at Villanova University. She is a frequent speaker on Education & Relocation and has presented at numerous venues in the U.S. and in Europe.

Executive Vice President, Business Development and Marketing

Elizabeth Stewart, GMS-T

Altair Global

As Executive Vice President, Elizabeth is responsible for the strategic leadership of global business development, marketing, advertising, corporate communications, and consulting services. Elizabeth is a shareholder and reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.

Elizabeth joined Altair’s Atlantic Region Service Center in Shelton, Connecticut, in December 2011, as Vice President of Client Services for the Atlantic Region. In this position, she was responsible for both domestic and international corporate relocation services and account management. She was promoted in July 2013 to Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing and to EVP in 2017.

Elizabeth began her career in relocation in 1978 as a Relocation Consultant for a Relocation Management Company in Wilton, CT. Over the years she has held multiple roles including Account Executive, Director of Global Consulting Services and Vice President of Sales. Later, as a business development executive, she managed a team with responsibilities for both domestic and international mobility accounts.

Elizabeth holds the Global Mobility Specialist – Talent Management (GMS-T) designation from Worldwide ERC®.

Senior International Relocation Specialist

Deanna Trevino, GMS


Deanna Trevino, GMS is the Senior International Relocation Specialist for Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee, WI for 5+ years. Previously, she was with S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. in Racine, WI for 16 years, holding various Global Mobility roles. Deanna has completed her GMS and GPHR certifications. Deanna recently served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Arc of Racine, a non-profit organization in Racine, WI that advocates for children and adults with disabilities.  Deanna chaired the Arc’s annual Gala fundraiser for 6 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Human Resources degree from the University of Parkside in Kenosha, WI.