Meet the 2022 Americas EMMAs winners!

On Friday May 6th, 2022 the winners of this year’s FEM EMMAsin the Americas were announced at a glamorous black-tie dinner and ceremony at the TWA Hotel - New York.

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The FEM EMMAs are the premier awards for the global mobility and International HR industry and on Friday night, following a very engaging two-day Summit, key figures, leaders and companies gathered together in the iconic TWA Hotel’s Constellation Ballroom to celebrate the brightest and best in the Americas region.

Congratulations to all our wonderful winners - and all those who were highly commended!

Here are the results for each category:

Corporate Award:

Global Mobility Team of the Year

Winner:
BD

The judges commented: 

“The BD Global Mobility team managed multiple unexpected group moves, developed policies for ill or isolating associates and did it all at a time when the team itself was coping with the unusual demands of a pandemic. ‘Servant Leadership’ ethos is very commendable.”

Highly Commended:
Michael Page International

Open to All Awards

Best Employee Experience & Engagement

Winner:
MetLife Worldwide Benefits 

The judges commented: 

“Simply outstanding. MetLife Worldwide Benefits' customer-focused, result-driven approach is what all service organizations need to have.”

Highly Commended: 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Best Partnership between a Corporate Organization and a Service Provider
Winners: 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise & AIRINC

The judges commented: 

“Highly strategic and innovative work from Hewlett Packard Enterprise & AIRINC. Employees and staff understand what is expected of them, what they can expect from the company and what the value is for all.

Highly Commended:
Johnson & Johnson Ecosquad & Deloitte and SIRVA Worldwide


Best Partnership between Two Service Providers    

Winners:
IMPACT Group & Living Abroad 

The judges commented: 

“IMPACT and Living Abroad were very clever in turning the restrictions of the pandemic into a successful business opportunity, by working together and delivering to their clients. Great work!”

Highly Commended: 
NetExpat & KPMG

Best Global Mobility Sustainability Initiative of the Year

Winner:
Aires

The judges commented: 

“Aires’ commitment to environmentally conscious business clearly extends beyond its office doors and with its carbon offset and donation program, it reaches even beyond its work with its own customers around the world.”

Highly Commended: 
Relocity

Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility - Assignee Management

Winner:
US Global Mail

(The award was accepted by Rita Meouchy on US Global Mail's behalf)

The judges commented: 

“Why do I love this US Global Mail entry so much? Because it takes the simplest of problems and offers a simple solution that is sustainable - both environmentally and socially.”

Highly Commended:
AltoVita
and 
Benivo 

Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility - Bespoke Solutions 

Winner: 
Benivo

The judges commented: 

“Always looking at real world problems, Benivo offers simple solutions to a complex mobility environment. By leveraging technology, Benivo has accomplished the return of time to the mobility professional.”

Highly Commended:
Relocity
and 
Weichert Workforce Mobility - SMARTRIP

Thought Leadership – Best Survey or Research Study of the Year
Winner:
Fragomen - COVID-19 Entry Rules Platform

The judges commented: 

“One of the best, most helpful reports provided by any of the industry leaders. For those that move employees from country to country, the Fragomen COVID-19 Entry Rules Platform is a game changer.”

Highly Commended:
MetLife Worldwide Benefits - 2021 Expat Employee Benefit Trends Study

Service Provider Awards


Best Banking, Tax or Financial Services Provider of the Year

Winner:
Jacob Street Partners

The judges commented: 

“Jacob Street has found an under-served niche and made it their own. Valuable services for the relocation industry. Assignees can feel more secure with the insurance products offered.”


Corporate Housing Provider of the Year

Winner:
Synergy Global Housing

The judges commented: 

“Great strategy that focuses on DE&I and sustainability. Synergy Global Housing's commitment to innovation is impressive! Their REVE innovation lab has brought about many improvements. Wow!”

Highly Commended:
AltoVita
and
Oasis Corporate Housing 

Destination Services Provider of the Year

Winner: 
NetExpat

(The award was accepted by Matt Burns on behalf of NetExpat)

The judges commented: 

“The partner support aspect of its offering is what sets NetExpat apart from the other providers in the market. The use of a social media platform is innovative.”

Highly Commended:
NYC Navigator

Immigration Provider of the Year

Winner: 
Fragomen

The judges commented: 

“Best-in-class platform for mobility professionals requiring fingertouch access to the latest immigration updates to meet the demands of their businesses. Providing trend reports as well as crisis management resources - Great work from Fragomen!”

Highly Commended: 
Erickson Immigration Group


International Health, Wellbeing or Security Management Provider of the Year

Winner:
International SOS

(The award was accepted by Joseph McLaven on behalf of International SOS)

The judges commented: 

“Providing an invaluable service to companies operating in Ukraine, the International SOS team have gone above and beyond the call of duty, sending an Incident Management Team into the Ukrainian capital, to provide support. This amazing team made extraordinary efforts, in a truly heart-breaking situation.”

Outstanding Agility & Crisis Management as a Service Provider

Winner:
Fragomen

The judges commented: 

“Great use of technology and resources, Fragomen invested in increased headcount to support clients during crisis. Good pivot from existing technology to leverage for crisis management. Impressive work!”

Highly Commended:
Benivo

Relocation Management Company of the Year

Winner: 
Aires

The judges commented: 

“Aires' design thinking project approach to collaborate with clients and achieve immediate results that impact the way programs are managed is very impressive. The long term focus on data and real-time data will be their next gamechanger.”

Highly Commended:
Cartus
and
Weichert Workforce Mobility

Individual Awards

Rising Star of the Year in the Americas 2022

Shumin Yeo, Senior Manager, Global Mobility, Micron Technology

(Alice Terry accepted the award on Shumin's behalf)

Here are just some of the glowing tributes to Shumin:

“Shumin truly is a Rising Star and has been a key component in improving our program as well as an asset to the Mobility industry in general.”

Shumin’s Manager, Thomas Wagner, Director, Global Mobility & Immigration, Micron Technology

“Shumin has an open mind and the spirit to challenge the status quo for the good of Micron and its employees. She is a great collaborator and a pleasure to work with.”

Laura Levenson, Consulting and Advisory Services Global Practice Leader, Weichert Workforce Mobility.

Global Mobility Professional of the Year in the Americas 2022 
(Nominated and voted for by the GM community):


Karen Hale - Senior Manager, Global Mobility, Unity Technologies

Extract from a Nominator’s testimonial:

“Karen Hale is a Mobility Champion who strives to ensure successful mobility journeys while balancing associate experience and business need. Karen is a compensation and technology guru who can drive any mobility program to success.”

Outstanding Contribution to Global Mobility in the Americas 2022
(In the gift of FEM):

Kerwin Guillermo, Global Head of Employee Mobility, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

FEM’s Global Director of Content & Events, Claire Tennant-Scull said:

“Kerwin Guillermo's 25-year-career in HR and Global Mobility has been remarkable, encompassing multiple teams and leading several organizations in different countries through change.
He has a talent for designing and conceptualizing fresh initiatives and a passion for refining and improving processes and experiences for those they manage and transition. 

At FEM we have previously rewarded with EMMAs, a number of professionals who have been mentored and supported by Kerwin. His earnest and sincere desire to develop and empower his team is a shining example of great leadership.

With an extraordinary work ethic and an extremely demanding global role that sees him working in multiple time zones – it’s hard to see how Kerwin ever gets any sleep, and yet his enthusiasm for global mobility remains undimmed – no matter the time of day. 

Last year’s winner of this award in EMEA, Julia Onslow-Cole from Fragomen, said of Kerwin Guillermo:

‘I know of no other global mobility leader who thinks so innovatively about key issues and turns their ideas into practical outputs which are then delivered on. He is most generous with his time and broad mentorship, willing to share ideas and inspire thousands of other global mobility professionals.

FEM’s Global Director, Claire Tennant-Scull whole-heartedly agrees, and adds that Kerwin Guillermo clearly deserves this award. He is an outstanding ambassador for the Global Mobility discipline.

FEM is delighted to award the 2022 Americas EMMA for his Outstanding Contribution to Global Mobility to Kerwin Guillermo.”

Many thanks again to all our judges, presenters and all those who entered!

Special thanks to Robert Lesser for co-presenting the evening.

More photos to follow!

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