|Meet MIKE CANNING
Vice President of Global Business Development – Mid-Atlantic Region
WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND IN RELOCATION?
I have more than 15 years of experience in the relocation industry – first as a referral coordinator for a real estate firm in Delaware and then in multiple relocation services positions at XONEX Relocation, including my most recent stint at the Director of Client Services. In addition to my corporate relocation background, I was also a successful real estate agent for eight years. In fact, I am a Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club Member and have been recognized nationally for being in the top five percent of all residential real estate sales professionals. I still have real estate license in Delaware and Pennsylvania and am a licensed real estate broker in Delaware.
WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE AND INTEREST?
I’m pretty well versed in developing relocation policies and finding creative ways to approach the challenges we face in both slow and fast markets. Helping clients build programs that fit their culture is the most interesting part of my job – no two clients are the same, which means that every project is different. I do think that my experience in the real estate industry gives me a lot of insight when tackling our clients’ home selling and home finding challenges. Lately, the relocation industry has had to handle some exceptional circumstances in the housing market and it has been interesting to find solutions that work for HR, while also accommodating transferees as much as possible.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE RELOCATION INDUSTRY?
For one, I like that I can tap into my real estate experience as I’ve always enjoyed that aspect of relocation. But, it’s the continual changes that make the relocation industry interesting. Whether it’s a stagnant housing market, regulatory changes, inspection concerns, financing qualifications, property management, etc. there is always a new challenge to keep me on my toes.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?
Outside of work, I enjoy running, athletics, going to the beach, home improvement projects, and spending quality time with my two sons.