Roger Sorhagen, Executive Vice President, National Account Sales at First Class Moving Systems North American Van Lines, a SIRVA Company

An industry veteran, North American Van Lines’ Executive Vice President
Roger Sorhagen gives us “An Insiders View” into the often-challenging
hhg business, answering these questions and more:

  • What is the single most challenge in relocation today?
  • Where is the hhg industry headed
  • Why are so many experts without solid knowledge of hhg’s?


Roger Sorhagen, National Account Sales at First Class Moving Systems North American Van Lines,  a SIRVA Company:

  • Experienced Vice President National Account Sales.
  • Past owner of Crofutt & Smith Atlas Van Lines.
  • Demonstrated history of working in the transportation/trucking/railroad industry.
  • Skilled in Operations Management, Sales, Strategic Planning, Business Development, and Transportation.
  • Outstanding in depth understanding of transportation with focus on household goods relocation.
  • Graduate Johnson & Wales University.
  • Graduate Potomac Horse Center and the American Dressage Institute.

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7 Steps To The Summit: Andrew Elliman, Head of European Business Development for AGS 360° Relocations, Humanitarian and International Adventurer

Andrew supports clients in creating mobility solutions revolving around their international and domestic needs. Andrew has been involved in the Global mobility industry since 1986, working with mobility managers and HR teams to create and implement policy solutions for their employees relocating both locally and globally within the same organisation.

Specialties: The creation of domestic and international relocation and moving solutions for corporate clients including policy bench-marking and creation, service delivery, transition management and ongoing management/trend reporting.

Service summary – Visa & Immigration, Area Orientation, Temporary Housing, School Search, Home Finding, Language & Cultural Training, Household Goods Moving, Settling In Assistance, Tenancy Management, Expense Management


As some of you may know in 2015 I attempted to climb Everest and break the world record for the highest dinner party ever held on Earth! Unfortunately this did not happen, as the team and I got caught up in the worst earthquake disaster Nepal has ever seen. We were at advanced base camp (6500m) and what was meant to be a fun mission, turned into a nightmare to get home.

I’m lucky to say the team and I made it down to safety, but others were not so lucky and lost their lives.

Since then for the last two years I have been giving talks about my experience and raising funds for Community Action Nepal (a charity set up to help the mountain people of Nepal). The talks last for about an hour and I also show a 10 minute film with footage of the actual earthquake happening around me.

I have a few more talks booked in for this year and into the new year, but still have spaces left in the calendar for more. If you would like me to talk at your event, club or conference, please do get in touch. I do not charge for these talks, but do ask you make a donation on the night to the charity and cover my travel expenses. The talks can be incorporated around your field of reference i.e. Motivational / Mission statements / Company vision / Sales etc. I have done various talks for top executives in large organisations, WI groups, mobility conferences, village halls and even the National Farmers Union in the UK. So I can cater for all needs.

In 2018 I will be returning to Everest to attempt the dinner party once again and continue to raise funds for Community Action Nepal.

​P​lease do have a look at our website: ​

If you or your company would be interested in becoming an official sponsor for the Everest Dinner Party 2018, please do get in touch with me and I would be happy to discuss the options, features and benefits.

Best regards, Andrew Elliman


James Krulder, Director of International AutoSource (IAS)

James Krulder is director of International AutoSource (IAS), which provides expats the opportunity to lease or purchase a vehicle at factory invoice pricing, without having a local credit history, and without being subjected to interest rates or pricing that is higher than the average American would have to pay.

“We integrate best practices, value and performance for customer-focused programs that exceed our client’s and customer’s expectations and we do it with purpose, pride and passion,” says James.

James Krulder is a capable, results orientated manager with experience in leading high performance teams and successfully increasing efficiency and productivity while reducing costs and inefficiencies. He has the ability to nurture and grow a business, evaluate opportunities and risks, and also deliver innovative solutions to challenges. Further, he has developed excellent client facing and configuration skills and is highly successful in helping define company direction, achieving goals and optimizing business.

Most recently, James has expanded IAS’s global reach to over 150 countries, improved their customer service index for both partner and consumer direct, and finally, established and maintained several key strategic partnerships. James will continue to focus on expanding IAS’s benefit packages for the global mobility community, and always ensure that they provide the absolute best service and savings for an Expat to buy, lease or finance a vehicle.


Ann Ellis, CEO and Co-founder of The Mauve Group of Companies

As one of Mauve’s founders, Ann Ellis was the first and only “back-office” employee in the early days, providing services and support to telecoms projects. Today, Ann’s role as CEO is just as energetic and she is profoundly involved in the business at every level. Ann is multi-lingual and enjoys experiencing new cultures as she travels the world expanding the organisation’s infrastructure.

The Mauve Group of Companies came into being in 1996, from an office the size of a small cupboard and a kernel of an idea born out of practicality. At the time of Mauve’s conception, technology was rapidly advancing and as a consequence, business was shifting into a global arena.

With extensive backgrounds in the telecommunications industry, Mauve’s founders knew well the need for remote or mobile workforces. They identified a gap in the market for compliant global payroll, employment and immigration solutions, knowing these would provide organisations and individuals the freedom and opportunity to explore new business territory.

As the organisation expanded its size and reach with a network of strategically positioned local entities, the scope of Mauve Group’s services began to evolve from core employment solutions into the broad bill-of-fare we offer today in more than 60 countries worldwide.

From the smallest requirement to the largest, today the Mauve Group provides expert global knowledge and services to companies across a diverse field of industries, but still retains the inclusive, supportive ethos of its earliest incarnation as the “Company in the Cupboard”.

Elizabeth Karcher, Director Global Mobility and Total Rewards Communications, Discovery, Inc.

Elizabeth Karcher oversees an international human resources team that manages mobility and communicates total rewards benefits.

The mobility team supports a global workforce, structures and administers international assignments, manages immigration and tax compliance, and relocates employees.  The team partners with human resources business partners and  talent management and supports international compensation, benefits, international payroll, secondments, employment contracts, employee health and wellness benefits programs. Her team leads programs and initiatives across multi-jurisdictions with a focus on service and compliance. The communications team creates campaigns and initiatives to communicate total rewards benefits internally to Discovery’s world-wide employee population. Elizabeth’s achievements include recognition both domestically and internationally for her team’s work in HR, mobility and total rewards communications.  Most recently her team was recognized for creating a model to use predicative analytics to measure potential return on investment for human capital.

Chris Litherland, Founder & Lead Consultant Mariposa Consulting International, Dusseldorf, Germany

Founder and Lead Consultant with Mariposa Consulting International, working in Organization Effectiveness, Business Support Services, HR Excellence, Change Management, M&A’s and Executive Search & Coaching.  Chris has held senior international HR roles in Honeywell, Intermec Technologies, SAS Institute, and Fujitsu ICL.  An Environmental Studies graduate from Sheffield University, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, SHRM-SCP and GPHR accredited, and former global advisory board member with SHRM. A regular Judge for: International Business Awards, HR Awards, and a member of Workforce Business Intelligence board. He is a frequent presenter and panelist at global conferences, seminars and webinars.  A keen supporter of charitable causes and organizations including: Save the Children and International Red Cross. Located in Germany for the past 19 years and a long-time mobile worker.

Angelo Paparelli- Partner, Business Immigration Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP

A Certified Immigration Law Specialist (CA), he is known among clients and peers for providing creative solutions to complex immigration law problems, especially those involving mergers and acquisitions.  He also serves as an expert witness and consultant on immigration issues arising in litigation.

Mr. Paparelli’s immigration practice areas include compliance audits; counsel and due diligence in mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring; immigration-related corporate policy formulation; permanent residence and citizenship; visas for executives, managers, scientists, scholars, investigators, professionals, students and visitors; PERM labor certifications; employment-based immigrant visa petitions; global visas and consular practice; legislative advocacy and immigration messaging; federal court litigation under the Administrative Procedures Act; waivers, white-collar immigration and asylum.

USBCT Founder David A. Hall, Innovation Implementer, from Taipei, Taiwan

USBCT is the ONLY Taiwan based company that focuses 100% on Taiwanese global (or soon to be global) Information Communications Technology (ICT) companies to provide Global Multicultural Communication Skills, a Deeper Understanding of Western Culture, Global Management Across Borders, Innovative, Change Oriented Global Business , and Leadership Across Cultures. Today’s Global Business English Communication programs are delivered One-On-One at your company or eLearning via SKYPE for traveling professionals, Director, VP and Executive C-Level. We are also the only company in Taiwan to have developed customized, coherent, proprietary Corporate Group programs that focus on Global and Multicultural Communications for staff and managers.

Thomas Fuegner, International Human Resources Consultant

From the “petroleum purgatory” of Abu Dhabi’s Das Island to the iconic skylines of Hong Kong and Singapore, Tom’s career spans nearly four decades and touches five continents.

As an HR executive with three global leaders in the engineering/construction industry, he has lead HR operations on major construction projects in the Middle East and North Africa, directed regional HR strategy and operations across Asia Pacific, and held key HR management positions in the U.S.

Tom is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona and has served on the following boards and committees:

The Conference Board’s Asia Pacific Human Resources Council

The National Foreign Trade Council’s (NFTC) Expatriate Management and International Compensation Committees

CARTUS Mobility’s Global Advisory Board

Tom, with his wife Sasiriporn and son Kaprao, lives in the shadows of Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Matthew Burns, Managing Director, Tullow International HR Consulting, LLC.

Executive with extensive experience in Global Mobility, Shared Services and International Affairs that delivers stronger compliance, increased client satisfaction and reduced unit cost of operations. Focus on process improvement, process automation, integration and complex project management. Worked overseas assignments in six countries as well as experience supporting business operations in every region of the globe.

Specialties: Global Mobility, Shared Services, crisis management, negotiations, logistics, and finance.