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PCH wins ‘Transforming Perspectives’ Award from ARC Relocation

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

ARC Relocation, an industry leader for global employee relocation management services, hosted its first annual client and supplier forum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This conference, a first of its kind, sought to ‘Transform Perspectives’ of the attendees in many different ways.

Bill Mulholland, Director of ARC Relocation explained the conference theme this way. “Our Mission Statement and theme of this event of ‘Transforming Perspectives’ can mean many different things. Our goal for this event was to transform the perspective people have about Puerto Rico, about ARC Relocation and about how relocation conferences should be” said Mulholland.

The three-day learning and collaboration event concluded with the ARC Relocation Supplier Awards black-tie gala, where suppliers were honored in the following ARC Core Value categories: Innovation, Inspiration, Accountability, Team Work and Transforming Perspectives.

Preferred Corporate Housing was honored as the winner of the Transforming Perspectives award. “Our highest award is our Mission Statement Award – Transforming Perspectives,” said Bill Mulholland. “PCH received an overwhelming amount of votes for this award from the ARC Team because they consistently transform our perspectives about temporary housing and personalized service for our clients,” said Mulholland.

“The ARC Team have always been fantastic partners with PCH because they see client relationships and service from the same lens we do,” said Samantha Elliott, President of Preferred Corporate Housing. “In today’s experience-based culture, transferees are looking for personalized service with solutions that are custom-designed for their specific needs. The ARC Team always helps us provide those solutions in the way they communicate their clients’ needs and expectations throughout the relocation process,” said Elliott.

“The thing I appreciate most about working with the ARC Team is the genuine value they place on partnerships with their suppliers,” said Michelle Velasquez, Director of Client Services for PCH. “The standards for success are clearly outlined by the ARC Team, and there is a true collaboration for the best ways to achieve that success together. We are so honored to receive this award from their team,” said Velasquez.

About Preferred Corporate Housing:

Preferred Corporate Housing has been providing furnished temporary housing services for relocating employees, corporate travel programs and Relocation Management Companies for more than 20 years. With service to more than 75,000 destinations, PCH has become a go-to employee lodging resource for more than 8,000 local, national and global clients including 413 companies on the Fortune 500 list.

About ARC Relocation:

At ARC we pride ourselves on our VIP customer service to both the relocating employee and the employer. Through both our extensive in-house employee-training program and our performance with the industry’s top service providers, ARC has raised the bar on customer satisfaction. ARC is the recipient of numerous awards and is known in the relocation industry as the “best of the best!”

PCH Wins Partner of the Year Award

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

On Tuesday, February 4th, the Preferred Corporate Housing team attended Synergy Global Housing’s 2019 Partner Symposium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This event brought together housing suppliers from all over the world to discuss industry best practices, Synergy’s aggressive growth projections and how Synergy’s supply partners play an integral role in serving its guests to facilitate that growth.

The Symposium wrapped with Synergy recognizing its supply partners of the year, both domestic and international. The executive leadership team at Synergy along with its client-facing counselor team identified the top four suppliers in both the domestic and international markets.Preferred Corporate Housing was proud to be named as a 2019 Domestic Winner of Synergy’s Partner of the Year Award.

“Synergy is an amazing partner,” said Michelle Velasquez, Director of Client Services with PCH. “Our company cultures align perfectly, and this facilitates a partnership that allows PCH to support Synergy’s global clients, provide personalized, top notch service, and continue to create innovative housing solutions.”

Synergy’s 2019 Partner of the Year winners were selected based on the following criteria:

  • Is partner centric
  • Goes above and beyond for clients
  • Provides a personalized guest experience
  • Is responsive to guest’s needs, providing 24-7 support
  • Offers transparent business processes
  • Serves both major and remote markets.

Other Partner of the Year winners include CWS, Suite Home Corporate Housing, Nika Corporate Housing, Clarendon Serviced Apartments, Supercity, Pan Pacific and P.Martinez. Preferred Corporate Housing is proud to be included in the company of these great partners.

PCH Director wins CHPA Tower of Excellence Award

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Preferred Corporate Housing is excited to announce that Michelle Velasquez, Director of Client Services, has been named “Individual Member of the Year” at this year’s Corporate Housing Providers Association Tower of Excellence Awards.

CHPA held its Tower of Excellence Awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 6th, in conjunction with the CHPA Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This ceremony included awards given in 7 different categories, including Best Philanthropic/Community Program, Company of the Year and Individual of the Year. This year’s ‘Individual of the Year’ honor was awarded to Michelle Velasquez.

“Michelle has dedicated the last 10 years of her career to the expansion of the Corporate Housing industry and exponential growth of Preferred Corporate Housing,” said Samantha Elliott, PCH President. “We see her commitment to excellence every day in the ways she leads our team and her unwaivering support of our global clients. She deserves this honor,” said Elliott.

The CHPA Individual of the Year Tower of Excellence Award is given to an outstanding employee, executive or owner who has demonstrated commitment and excellence within their company and the corporate housing industry as a whole. This person has proven financial growth year over year, exceeded guest expectations measured by survey results or testimonials, served CHPA through committee leadership or other volunteerism, developed strong partnerships with other corporate housing providers and supplier partners, served in leadership roles with other associations (ERC, NAA, etc.), and created new programs to enhance their business and the corporate housing industry as a whole. This award recognizes their support and acknowledges their diligence, service dedication and industry involvement.

About Michelle Velasquez, GMS, CCHP:

As the Director of Client Services for Preferred Corporate Housing, Michelle oversees all day-to-day tasks relating to sales, new client development, existing client retention, onboarding and industry training initiatives. Michelle is the current Chair of Worldwide ERC’s YP40 Committee, is a regular contributor for Mobility Magazine and was a 2018 recipient of WERC’s Meritorious Service Award.

About Preferred Corporate Housing:

Preferred Corporate Housing, a 20+ year industry leader for furnished temporary housing, provides service to more than 42,000 global destinations. PCH has become a go-to resource for more than 8,000 local, national and global clients including 413 Fortune 100/500 companies.

About CHPA:

CHPA is the only trade association dedicated exclusively to the corporate housing industry. The association advances the highest standards in business and professionalism; provides valuable insight, knowledge and resources to the industry; and increases visibility among related industries. Along with networking, education, certification, and information sharing, CHPA members grow their business and expand their reach through an international network of partners.

Preferred Corporate Housing Honored at the Expatriate Mobility Management Awards (EMMAs) gala in San Diego

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

EMMA 2018Preferred Corporate Housing, a leading provider of temporary lodging solutions in more than 42,000 North American destinations, was honored as one of the top 3 corporate housing providers at the recent Forum for Expatriate Management’s (FEM) annual EMMA awards black-tie gala, receiving “Runner Up” honors from the judging panel. This marks the third consecutive year of recognition from FEM in this category for Preferred Corporate Housing.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the best temporary housing providers by one of mobility’s leading organizations,” said Samantha Elliott, CRP, CCHP, President of Preferred Corporate Housing. “The Forum for Expatriate Management is a go-to resource for knowledge-sharing, best practices and partnership within the global talent and mobility industry, and we are thrilled to be considered one of the best corporate housing providers in their eyes,” said Elliott.

The annual Americas Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs) winners, were decided by a prestigious panel judges from within the relocation industry, including Human Resources, Talent and Mobility Managers from corporations around the world, including several Fortune 100 and 500 companies.

“We believe we continue to achieve successes and honors such as this because our entire team is committed to innovation and excellence in the temporary housing services we provide,” said Jon Lanclos, Founder of PCH. “We work each day to find new and exciting ways to improve the guest experience, and we never settle for doing things just because it’s the way they’ve always been done,” said Lanclos.

“Our goal is clear,” said Elliott. “We want to be the best temporary housing provider with the best team, the best options, the best tools and the best prices. Being recognized by these industry leaders in this prestigious category is proof that we are on the right track,” said Elliott.

About Preferred Corporate Housing

Preferred Corporate Housing has been providing furnished temporary housing services across North America for more than 20 years. With service to more than 42,000 locations, PCH has become a go-to resource for more than 8,000 local, national and global clients including 413 companies on the Fortune 500 list.

Press & Media Contact

For questions or commentary about trends in the corporate housing industry, if you would like to collaborate on story development, or if you are looking for a corporate housing subject-matter expert (SME) to serve as a speaker/panelist at your next conference or trade show, please inquire with our media relations contact to arrange an interview with a Preferred Corporate Housing executive. Michelle Velasquez – (800) 960-0102 ext 21, michelle@corporates.com.

Preferred Corporate Housing Adds New Director of Business Development

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Andrew HeadshotPreferred Corporate Housing, a leading provider of temporary lodging solutions in more than 42,000 global destinations, is pleased to announce the addition of Andrew Cramer to their Business Development Team.

A graduate of Abilene Christian University, Andrew brings a passion for helping companies get the most value from their temporary housing spend. His previous experience in relationship-building and process management will help serve and grow PCH’s existing global client base.

“We know Andrew will be an excellent asset to our team because of his tenacity, corporate experience, and ability to establish great partnerships with those that are in need of our services,” said Samantha Elliott, President of Preferred Corporate Housing. “Andrew has already made significant contributions for us and is excited about the growth opportunities with Preferred Corporate Housing and the corporate housing industry as a whole.”
About Preferred Corporate Housing (PCH):
Preferred Corporate Housing has been providing furnished temporary housing services across North America for more than 20 years. With service to more than 42,000 locations, PCH has become a go-to resource for more than 8,000 local, national and global clients including 413 companies on the Fortune 500 list.
Press & Media Contact
For questions or commentary about trends in the corporate housing industry, if you would like to collaborate on story development, or if you are looking for a corporate housing subject-matter expert (SME) to serve as a speaker/panelist at your next conference or trade show, please inquire with our media relations contact to arrange an interview with a Preferred Corporate Housing executive. Michelle Velasquez – (800) 960-0102 ext 21, michelle@corporates.com.

Preferred Corporate Housing Honored at FEM Americas Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs)

Monday, May 15th, 2017

FEM Runner UPOn Thursday May 4 2017, the winners of this year’s FEM EMMAs were announced at a glittering gala dinner at the Denver City Center Marriott, Denver, CO.

The FEM EMMAs are the premier awards for the global mobility and HR industry and on Thursday night, following a highly successful two-day Summit key figures, leaders and companies gathered to celebrate the brightest and best in the Americas.

Preferred Corporate Housing was honored to be recognized as Runner Up for “Corporate Housing Provider of the Year,” a category with eight other shortlisted companies competing for the title. “This award has grown in popularity over recent years, and is highly competitive because of the high bar set by all entered nominees,” said Michelle Velasquez, Director of Client Services for Preferred Corporate Housing. “We are proud of our accomplishments over the past years that have led to awards and recognition such as this,” said Velasquez.

Earlier this year, Preferred Corporate Housing received the ‘Supplier of the Year’ award from the global relocation management company, MoveCenter. “Being recognized at such a high level by the Forum for Expatriate Management and the panel of Human Resource and Mobility Professionals is another testament to the dedication of our team,” said Jon Lanclos, PCH Founder. “The team’s commitment to exceptional service, along with their ability to personalize each transferee’s relocation experience are the keys that continue to drive Preferred Corporate Housing’s success,” said Lanclos.

About Preferred Corporate Housing: Preferred Corporate Housing recently celebrated its 20th year servicing temporary housing needs in more than 42,000 global destinations. PCH’s unique low-overhead model provides flexibility in location, budget and customization. With the ability to service remote locations along with the major cities, and dedication to creating the perfect solution for each unique need, PCH is the go-to choice of more than twenty-five relocation management companies and corporate-direct clients.

Company-Sponsored Intern Housing: Three Reasons to Include in Your Program

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Intern Program HousingAsk an intern what’s the most stressful part about accepting an out-of-town position and chances are you’ll hear: “Short term housing.” Ask an employer what’s the most stressful part of hiring interns from out of town and they will probably say the same thing.

Short term housing is one of the most crucial, yet challenging, intern program benefits to administer. The stresses of finding and securing a place to live for three months can result in anxiety for both you and your relocating intern, and if not done correctly, can lead to huge cost implications and failed assignments.

Some companies may offer a lump sum to help their interns, but this option may not eliminate as much stress as many Program Managers would hope. A lump sum requires the intern to research the housing market, find a suitable option on their own, and possibly still front the rental costs. Without direction and assistance from Program Managers, lump sum programs typically result in confusion and create additional risks to the overall success of intern assignments.

To attract top talent and ensure success for your Intern program, providing vetted short term housing options and paying some (or all) of the associated costs for short term housing has proven to be most-effective. Here are three reasons why.

1. Quality Control Assurance

Interns who are tasked to find their own housing for the summer are almost always going to look for the cheapest option. Because most interns are financially strapped college students, it’s not likely that they’ll be willing or able to drop several thousand dollars on a place to live for three months. The result could be disastrous for both you and your interns.

Many platforms targeted specifically for interns offer deals that are sometimes too good to be true, and they unfortunately prey on naïve victims. Asking interns to wire rent money or give up personally identifiable information can be “red flags” that your interns may not notice. Rental scams have become more common over the last few years and interns looking for the best deals can sometimes fall victim to these schemes. Interns who are not familiar with housing best-practices and quality control checkpoints may be at the most risk.

Another consideration is the quality of housing your interns will have if they look for the cheapest option.  While there’s nothing wrong with affordable housing, it’s important that your interns feel comfortable with the place where they will be living over the course of their internship. If your interns are living in area that’s unsafe or an apartment that’s unclean and poorly cared for, it could affect their performance at work and their attitude about the internship.

Providing short term housing options puts you in control of the housing experience your interns will receive. If you can work with your temporary housing partner to provide an approved list of housing options and are willing to subsidize some (or all) of the rent, you can ensure that your intern class isn’t going to be subjected to rental scams or choose housing based solely on price. A negative housing experience can negatively impact your intern’s overall impression of your program, but demonstrating that you care about the living conditions of your interns will contribute to a positive impression of the company and possibly affect the likelihood of them accepting a full-time offer

2. Timing is Everything

Did you know that some programs start securing their intern housing more than a year before the actual stay? Timing is everything in short-term housing. If interns start looking too early, the options they find may not still be available by the time they’re ready to sign a lease. If they start looking too late, they may miss out altogether.

Companies that offer sponsored lodging arrangements for their intern programs have the benefit of working with trusted, experienced temporary housing providers who can utilize their own buying power and industry relationships to create the best possible solutions for each intern. By utilizing the expert knowledge of a trusted temporary housing provider, you can ensure your interns will not be left in the lurch.

3. Reduces Intern Anxiety

Finding viable housing for their stay in addition to mentally preparing for their new role within your company creates an enormous amount of stress for new interns. Chances are, your interns have never done this before. They are used to college dorms or signing year-long apartment leases in student-friendly communities. The interns’ lack of experience with the nuances of short-term housing may create frustration and anxiety, causing them to begin their assignment with a negative impression of their new company.

Unfortunately, as many of us may know all too well, this stress related to intern housing won’t be restricted to just your interns. You’ll be feeling it too. One-off questions will be coming at you from various interns at various times throughout the process.

By investing the time and energy up front to create a relocation benefit for short-term housing, and working with a dedicated, experienced temporary housing provider, your company can continue to attract the top talent and ensure their focus remains on the job at hand.

PCH Team Member Joins Houston Relocation Professionals Board of Directors

Friday, December 16th, 2016

michelle-velasquez-highresPreferred Corporate Housing is proud to announce that our Director of Client Services, Michelle Velasquez, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Houston Relocation Professionals organization.

Houston Relocation Professionals (HRP) was founded by a small group of global mobility professionals in the Houston area for the purpose of providing education and networking opportunities to the local relocation and human resource communities.  Today HRP has a membership of over 200 mobility professionals from within the Greater Houston area, as well as from many other locations throughout the United States. Michelle joins an elite group of current Board Members from all facets of the relocation industry.

“I’m excited for the knowledge-share, continued professional development and networking opportunities to come within the organization,” said Michelle. “Our goal is to increase the value that HRP provides for its members, and I can’t wait to do my part to help achieve that goal

Preferred Corporate Housing listed as one of the Largest Woman-Owned Businesses in Houston

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

houston-business-journalThe Houston Business Journal released its annual “Largest Woman-Owned Businesses” list earlier this month. This list includes the top 25 Houston-based companies that are at least 51 percent owned by women. Preferred Corporate Housing is pleased to have been listed as the 17th Largest Woman-Owned Business in Houston according to HBJ’s rankings.

“Corporate diversity plays a significant role in our day-to-day partnerships and transactions. We seek out diverse suppliers and sub-contractors to help us service our national corporate housing clients, so it is nice to be recognized because of our ownership diversity as well,” said Samantha Elliott, President of Preferred Corporate Housing.

This list highlights a variety of industries and ownership backgrounds, but the common denominator for all 25 companies is the strength and commitment of each female owner to lead by example, be adaptable in changing environments, and to remain focused on innovation.

About Preferred Corporate Housing:

Preferred Corporate Housing has been providing furnished temporary housing services across North America for more than 20 years. With service to more than 42,000 locations, PCH has become a go-to resource for more than 8,000 local, national and global clients including 413 companies on the 2016 Fortune 500 list.

Preferred Corporate Housing is First Member Company to be Accredited by the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA)

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

AccreditedThe Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) is the professional trade association exclusively dedicated to supporting corporate housing professionals and expanding the corporate housing industry around the world. CHPA’s Company Accreditation Program was designed to recognize and elevate companies who have proven their legitimacy, professionalism and commitment to industry best practices and ethics when providing corporate housing services.

CHPA announced last week that Preferred Corporate Housing, a national corporate housing provider servicing more than 42,000 locations across North America, would be the first to achieve the ‘CHPA Accredited Company’ endorsement.

“This is a program we truly value and believe that our clients and supplier partners will value as well,” said Preferred Corporate Housing President, Samantha Elliott. “There are so many ‘fly-by-night’ companies out there that are causing damage to our industry’s reputation with their unethical business practices and fraudulent behavior. CHPA’s Company Accreditation Program is a first step in highlighting which providers are operating within the appropriate standards and best practices.” said Elliott.

In order to be eligible to receive the ‘CHPA Accredited Company’ endorsement, Preferred Corporate Housing had to submit financial history, operational documents relating to business continuity and data protection policies, proof of appropriate business insurance coverage, and letters of reference from peers, suppliers and current clients. Preferred Corporate Housing was also eligible for this endorsement due to its active involvement and leadership within CHPA over the past years, and because all Preferred Corporate Housing’s Senior Managers have earned and maintained the ‘Certified Corporate Housing Professional (CCHP)’ designation.

“We believe that any company that might be sourcing corporate housing services should only want to work with providers who have received CHPA’s Company Accredited endorsement,” said Jon Lanclos, PCH Founder. “This accreditation highlights those companies who have proven themselves to be the best examples of corporate housing industry leaders.”

About Preferred Corporate Housing:

Preferred Corporate Housing is the premier, North American temporary lodging provider for corporate/government relocation programs, extended travel assignments and other corporate travel needs. Since 1996, Preferred Corporate Housing has built a unique model for providing housing solutions in more than 42,000 locations across the US and Canada, specializing in remote destinations and third-tier cities. PCH takes pride in its ability to provide furnished lodging solutions exactly where clients need them, when they need them. Multiple options are available at every budgetary level, making PCH a great partner for any relocation program.

About CHPA:

The Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) is the only trade association dedicated to the corporate housing industry. As the industry continually evolves, members gain insight and resources on how to stay competitive through their involvement with CHPA. CHPA, as the voice of the corporate housing industry, offers networking, educational and informational opportunities to corporate housing providers around the world.