President

John Merriweather

John L. Merriweather is the President and CEO. He sets and champions the company’s strategic vision and direction with an uncompromising focus on service, performance, and providing extraordinary value to clients. Under John’s servant, inspirational, and visionary leadership, the company is recognized internationally as a premier and go-to destination service partner.

Before founding the company in 1998, John worked in corporate education and quality management for a distribution company in Carmel, Indiana. John launched his career in the United States Army in 1990, where he served proudly for three years, including a tour in Operation Desert Storm.

John is a graduate of Indiana University, and he has completed masters in business coursework at the University of Indianapolis. John also graduated from the executive education programs at UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso) and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Community Involvement: AAU Basketball coach, Youth Football Coach, Carmel Dads’ Club Involvement, Youth Mentor & Speaker, Professional Development Training.

Education:

  • University of Indianapolis, MBA Candidate (2008)
  • Dartmouth, Tuck School of Business, Executive Education Program (2005)
  • Purdue University, Leadership Studies Certificate (2004)
  • Indiana University, Bachelors Degree (2003)
  • University of Texas at El Paso Executive Education Program (2002)
  • United States Army, Primary Leadership Development Course (1992)

Hobbies:

John appreciates working, reading business books, fishing, exercising, and being the world’s greatest dad

What is your favorite music/movie?:

I love all genres of music, from opera to reggae to anything old school – and everything in between.

Funny Story:

I ran a candy store from my locker throughout middle school. My “customers” are still good friends to this day.

Nickname:

Johnny Angel

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Vice President

Lynda Gaughan

With over 25-years of direct experience, Lynda has executive responsibility for client services and business processes.

As Vice President, Lynda is responsible for the performance of destination service managers and account managers, as well as overall administrative functions. Because Lynda has worn many hats for GO, she offers clients a well-rounded perspective on service, systems, and outcomes.

Prior to joining GO Destination Services, she spent the first half of her career in corporate quality assurance in the travel industry.

Education:

Indiana University Bachelor of Arts: English

Hobbies:

Lynda enjoys working out, attending the sporting events of her children, and traveling.

Favorite Music and Movie:

Lynda listens to all kinds of music: rock, alternative, hip hop, and jazz. Her favorite movie is Moonstruck.

Nickname:

Lucy

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Global Account Director

Michelle Miller

With over 15 years of related experience, Michelle is dedicated and dependable in her role as a Global Account Director. She is committed to every client and holds a passion for quality service. Michelle brings a wealth of comprehensive skills and consulting experience, which enhances her pragmatic approach and ability to communicate effectively at all levels.

Education:

Indiana University Bachelor of Science in Marketing

Hobbies:

Michelle enjoys reading, traveling and working out. She also likes to cook for her family and friends.

What is your favorite music/movie?:

Michelle appreciates all types of music – with classic rock and 80’s being her favorite genres.

Nickname:

Shells or Shelly

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Global Account Director

Michele Boeck

As a Global Account Director with over 10-years of related experience, Michele is recognized by her clients as responsive, reliable, and dependable.

From having real-life relocation experience through relocating with her family multiple times in the past, she understands how stressful the process can be and is passionate about helping people get settled into new cities.

Education:

B.S. Business Marketing, Indiana University

Hobbies:

Michele loves animals and enjoys volunteering for the Boone County Humane Society. She is a member of Women for Riley and puts on the Riley Prom each spring. She also enjoys cooking, exercising, and spending time with her family.

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Global Account Director

Julie Gold

As an experienced Global Account Director, Julie offers strong knowledge of business process management.

Julie is highly skilled in relationship management and client communications. She has personally experienced three corporate relocations herself so she offers both empathy and experience to her clients.

Before working at GO Destination Services, Julie worked for many years as a Retail Executive in a variety of roles.

Education:

BA in Psychology & Communications from Western Michigan University

Hobbies:

In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband and three active teenagers. She also enjoys traveling worldwide, reading, playing tennis, doing yoga, and walking her Goldendoodle – Teddy! Julie’s family enjoys attending sporting events, the theatre, and seeing live music. GO Hoosiers!

Interesting Fact:

Julie plays on a competitive women’s tennis team that has won state and has gone to regionals and nationals.

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Destination Service Manager

Sharon Gratigny

As a destination service manager, Sharon enjoys working with people from all over the world and helping make their relocation as smooth as possible. She is committed to providing each client with the highest level of service, attention to detail, and dedication.

Having relocated across the country several times herself, she understands the specifics of her clients’ needs. Sharon has considerable background in client service and market research.

Education:

Indiana University Bachelor of Science: Marketing and International Studies

Hobbies:

Sharon enjoys biking with her family, reading, traveling and trying new restaurants.

What is your favorite movie?:

Love Actually and most movies with Hugh Grant.

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Destination Service Manager

Erricka Coleman

With nearly 25 years in direct and related experience, Erricka contributes to GO with major strengths including tested strong leadership emphasizing a collaborative yet decisive style; excellent communication skills including mastery of persuasive language, both written and verbal; building solid and productive relationships with referral sources and business partners; and the ability to manage multiple tasks in a pressured environment.

Prior to working at GO, she served as Executive Director of an area healthcare company. Erricka is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a graduate of Leadership Northwest Indiana (32).

Education:

Attended University of Wisconsin – Madison

Hobbies:

In her spare time Erricka owns a dining and dessert design business. She also mentors teenagers in the NAACP’s Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics (Act-SO) and serves on the board of the Heritage Institute of Arts and Technology Charter school.

Music:

Much like the broad spectrum of life, Erricka enjoys music from Christian to classical to country and everything in between.

Interesting Fact:

Erricka loves ALL things Batman! She says it’s because she believes EVERYONE can be the hero of their own story.

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Destination Service Manager

Amanda Tancak

Amanda’s expertise at GO involves developing effective relationships with all internal teams in order to tailor recruiting strategies. She is adept at conveying company values to the associates she brings into GO and is motivated to ensure clients receive consistent quality services.

Before joining GO Destination Services, Amanda had experience working in client services and account management, giving her the knowledge of planning, developing and implementing effective communication strategies to connect with end clients.

Education:

Southeast Missouri State University, Associates Degree in Business Management

Hobbies:

Running and hanging out with her family and friends. Amanda also enjoys traveling.

What is your favorite music/movie?

Amanda listens to all types of music. If it has a good beat, she will listen to it!

Interesting Fact:

The only TV that Amanda watches is St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and Indiana University Basketball Games.

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Destination Service Manager

Stephanie Warrington

As a Destination Service Manager, Stephanie enjoys assisting people with their relocation and making it as smooth as possible.  Prior to GO, Stephanie was in the real estate/mortgage industry.  She has personally experienced two corporate relocations and understands the specifics of client needs.  Stephanie offers expertise to clients using her own experience.

 

Hobbies:

In her free time, Stephanie loves being with her husband and 2 children.   She enjoys traveling with her family to new places, and loves music and dancing.

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Destination Service Manager

Aminata Bah

As a Destination Service Manager, Ami will assist clients to relocate throughout the US and internationally. Prior to working at GO, Ami was a Relocation Account Manager for many international companies.  Relocating multiple times herself,  she understand how difficult and intimidating the relocation process can be. For this reason, Ami is determined to go above and beyond to provide excellent customer service.

Education:

Bachelor of Science, Tourism Management from IUPUI

Hobbies:

Ami enjoys spending time with her husband and 1 year old  daughter. She also enjoys all things real estate and likes to travel the world.

 

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Destination Service Manager

Anna Steinbart

As a Destination Service Manager, Anna loves being able to serve and work with clients to meet their individual destination service needs.  She has worked with GO for over a year, where she initially carried out the Administrative Assistant role.  Having much experience in the Destination Service industry, Anna can assist clients using her skills in customer service, adaptability, problem-solving, and communication.

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at DePauw University

Hobbies:

Working out, going to concerts, adventuring with friends, traveling.

What is your favorite music/movie?

Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding, Justin Timberlake. And for movies, Easy A, Deadpool and A Princess Bride.

Interest Facts:

Anna has never lived outside the state of Indiana. She absolutely loves to read about self-improvement or motivational books.

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Relocation Manager

Kelly Kichler

As Real Estate & Relocation Manager, Kelly’s role includes recruitment of Associate Brokers, cultivation of corporate relationships, existing client outreach and retention activities. She oversees and coordinates marketing and branding as well as conducting administrative tasks. Her primary objective is to enhance the experience for both our brokers and their customers.  Connecting people and making a difference in their experience is Kelly’s passion. She brings with her over 20 years in the Property Management field and Realtor experience with top producing companies. Spending time with her family and friends that are like family is very important to her work/life balance.

Education:

Ball State University, Walt Disney World College Program

Hobbies:

Her little boy Colin is her favorite. In addition, Kelly enjoys movies, cultural events, playing outside and traveling (the Magic Kingdom is her favorite destination).

Interesting Fact:

Her favorite movies are La La Land, Steel Magnolias, Moonstruck and anything with Will Ferrell.

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Global Services Manager

Julie Harshaw

As the Global Services Manager, Julie manages the sales and sourcing teams and is responsible for sourcing and training GO’s Area Consultants all over the US and around the world! With a commitment to our internal departments and clients she will use her many years of experience to ensure the best services are provided to all of our clients!
Before joining GO, Julie worked in Sales Management. She has enjoyed gaining experience in many unique industries!

Education:

Attended University of Cincinnati

Hobbies:

Julie loves traveling with her husband, finding fun new restaurants to enjoy, and spending time with family!

Interesting Fact:

Julie is from Cincinnati, OH and loves her Cincinnati Reds!

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Global Services

Karen Stromquist

With nearly 10 years of experience in Sales and Account Management, Karen is responsible for recruitment, training, and staff management for the US and select countries.

Before joining GO Destination Services, Karen worked in business development for a personal care company where she was successful in identifying high potential customers and growth opportunities.

Education:

Bachelors of Arts in Communication, Bowling Green State University

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Global Services

Susan Schupay

Susan is determined to make each and every client’s relocation experience smooth and stress free…from beginning to end.

Before working at GO Destination Services, Susan worked for several years in the retail industry.

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree from Ball State University in Telecommunications

Hobbies:

Susan is an avid photographer, and she enjoys projects around the house and spending time with her 4 boys.

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Administrative Assistant

Amy Hutcheson

As the Administrative Assistant, Amy enjoys being the first smiling face clients see and a friendly voice when contacting our office.  She brings value to the company with her amazing organization, multi-tasking, approachability, and willingness to help.

Education:

Attended Cosmetology School

Hobbies:

Amy enjoys hiking, traveling, and visiting local landmarks with her family.

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Graphic Designer

Jeff Pruim

As a graphic designer, Jeff creates high-quality, clear, and effective communication pieces.  He has many years of graphic design experience and provides excellent service in the visual communication field.  Jeff has advanced skills using InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat.

Education:

Ball State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Hobbies:

I enjoy taking my kids for a ride in my 1963 Falcon Convertible.

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Marketing and Branding Associate

Jordan Woodall

As a marketing associate, Jordan provides design of marketing expertise. He is passionate about creating and delivering quality marketing information to GO’s network of clients.

Education:

Bachelor of Science, Interior Design from Ball State University

Hobbies:

Drinking tea, Playing piano, Rollerblading, Spending time with family and close friends.

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Managing Director - Pennsylvania & Maryland

Vickie Richards

Vickie Richards acts as the Managing Director for Pennsylvania and Maryland for GO Destination Services. Her experience of working with people to help them in as many ways as possible has aligned perfectly with this role.  With an extensive background in business development, and years dedicated to helping others follow their dreams, Vickie works with people from all over the world, helping them settle in and get comfortable in their new surroundings.

Richards’ is the founder of CareFree Canine (CFC), a veteran saleswoman, and the owner of business development firm, VR Ventures. While accomplished in the business world, Vickie is a genuine and caring person that loves people and animals, and she employs her exceptional skills to help charitable foundations, animal businesses and animal rescue operations run more efficiently and effectively. 

Vickie’s experience holds a history of high-responsibility jobs – including U.S. Army Air Traffic Controller and trainer, FedEx owner/operator, Safe House volunteer, American Indoor Football Association manager, and franchise saleswoman/business developer.  In addition, Richards’ ran highly successful B2B and D2D operations in the south for nearly 6 years before relocating to Baltimore MD where she continued to work with individuals interested in sales and marketing careers. Companies actively seek out Richards’ genius in business operations nationwide.

Vickie is also extremely passionate about getting involved in her community.  She has worked on a national campaign with the RAACE Foundation to bring awareness to sexual child abuse, volunteered with Believe in Tomorrow, and been involved with The Ray Lewis Foundation, just to name a few.

Managing Director - Houston Area

Michele Rector

Michele Rector, our Houston Area Managing Director, has been with GO Destination Services for nearly three years as a Destination Services Consultant. She has worked with both domestic and international transferees as they relocate and settle into their new homes in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Kingman, Sugarland, and surrounding areas. Michele and her family were expatriates in Hong Kong with children in elementary and middle school and their family has relocated many times throughout the U.S., giving her a keen understanding of and empathy for what an assignee and their family experience when relocating.

 

Ms. Rector holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and is a licensed realtor. She is also a member of Houston Relocation Professionals (HRP) and Worldwide ERC (WWERC). When not working, Michele is an avid runner, having completed three marathons in 2016 with eight scheduled for 2017. During her family’s time in Hong Kong, her son was diagnosed with Legg-Calve Perthes disease, and Michele runs to raise awareness and funding for the Int’l Perthes Study Group. Ms. Rector is a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and a Breeders Greeters Committeeman welcoming thousands of youth, their families, and their show-stock to the HLSR every year.

Managing Director - New York Tri-State Area

James Thompson

James Thompson is a Managing Director of GO Destinations Services for the New York tri-state area. He was born with Sales in his blood. He started his first business at the ripe old age of 7 years old. James started his own grocery store delivery service for everyone in his neighborhood. He learned very early in life about the art of servicing people. James attended Mercy College and studies business administration.  By age 21 he was labeled youngest business owner in Mt. Vernon, NY when he open a barber shop. James comes with over 12 years of experience in Marketing and Sales in the Fashion and Entertainment Industry working for companies like Bad Boy Entertainment, Calvin Klein kids and And1.

Those experiences of building relationships with celebrities, professional athletes, entertainment and retail executives prepared him for his career in Real Estate and relocation services, which he started in 2007 and is now duly licensed in the states New York and New Jersey.

 

Over the last 4 years James has average 97 fully executed leases of which 48 are international transferees. His flexible personality, communicative nature and attention to detail makes him easy to work with and capable of meeting the needs of his clients. His objective is to always provide his clients with outstanding service.
In his spare time James is the Managing Director of Crossover Sports Inc a 501©3 non-profit who mission is mentor children of incarcerated or deported parents through basketball. James is also a volunteer certified USA youth Basketball Coach.

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Managing Director - Los Angeles Area

Tali Diamond

Tali Diamond, the Los Angeles Area Managing Director, has been with GO Destination Services for nearly three years as an Area Consultant.  Tali has worked with both domestic and international transferees as they relocate and settle into their new homes in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, including Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach.  Navigating the Los Angeles area can be a challenge and an adventure and Tali thrives on helping to make the transition as seamless as possible for her clients.  Tali has a can-do attitude and her ultimate goal is her clients’ happiness and satisfaction.
Tali has lived and worked in Los Angeles for more than 25 years, helping to make  her very knowledgeable in all things Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Textile and Apparel from the University of Texas at Austin and is also a licensed Realtor.  Tali and her 3 teenage children live in West LA.

Managing Director - Bakersfield, CA Area

Nathan Zimmerman

Nathan is GO’s Managing Director in the Bakersville, California area.  Nathan has a large spectrum of service experience, ranging from property management to firefighting; destination service consulting became a natural fit.  He enjoys building transferees up to the point where they can finally call their new city “home”.  A friend of Nathan’s helped him familiarize himself when he first moved to the Santa Clarita area.  Nathan says that when you live in this area and find the greatness within it, you have to share it!

Nathan grew up in Kern Valley and went to Life Pacific University.  He pursued the ROP courses into firefighting and later pursued real estate and management courses.  Nathan enjoys outdoor adventures; from snowboarding and rafting, to hiking and even gardening.  When it comes to indoor pleasures, he loves to play music, work on programming, and produce his podcast.

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Managing Director - San Jose, CA Area

Helen Tsai

Helen Tsai serves as GO’s Managing Director in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Helen has been with GO Destination Services for about two years as an Area Consultant  helping both domestic and international transferees from all over the world. Having relocated internationally several times herself, Helen can identify her experience with transferees, and enjoys being able to provide support.  

Helen attended Lynbrook High School in San Jose and graduated from UCLA.  She got her first job as a software engineer at a startup named Symantec.  Helen has also held positions at Olivetti and Xerox.   As a mother of three, Helen has been actively involved with local schools and youth sports with particular emphasis on special needs services.   Helen is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghai.

Nowadays, Helen enjoys taking her dachshund out on walks and trips to visit her daughter in Santa Barbara and her two sons in Long Beach.

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Managing Director - North & Central Texas Area

Carrie Stewart

Carrie is GO’s Managing Director for North and Central Texas. 

Through the Intercultural Training portfolio of her business, One World Consulting, Carrie discovered a natural extension in Destination Services Consulting. She most enjoys reducing the stress and ambiguity of relocating for transferees. She has been an Intercultural Communication Consultant for almost two decades, dedicating herself to creating conditions for individuals and organizations to realize their best selves through educational and equipping experiences. Whether in conference rooms, board rooms, court rooms, convention centers, sanctuaries or classrooms, Carrie enables and encourages diverse individuals to find common ground. Prior to that she was a Litigation Support Specialist. 

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a Master’s degree in Information and Communications Sciences from Rutgers University. 

She and her husband are the parents of two sons in college, one a scientist and one an artist. They also have two dogs at home. They enjoy movies, music, and assorted cultural events. In the meantime, they are planning their retirement future of RV’ing across the country.

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