TIRA is an aligned network of quality mobility service providers. The network provides access to leading mobility experts from around the world that provide local solutions to global challenges.
Network members exchange best practices and share this value with the industry through benchmarking exercises.
For members, this creates many referral opportunities and the network enables these service providers to aggregate their marketing activities cost effectively.
We provide you with:
Over 50 offices servicing more than 500 locations worldwide
Over twenty years of service — founded in 1986
Experienced local providers whose entrepreneurial focus enables our members to create programs that service the needs of your transferees within the constraints of your budget
Expertise and familiarity with our local markets
Independently owned companies who offer an unbiased opinion in choosing the most appropriate solutions for your transferees’ needs
High standards of service as established by the network. Members are continually monitored and evaluated to ensure that they maintain the highest levels of service
TIRA, The International Relocation Associates, was formed in 1982 by Beverly D Mayhew of Orientations, Inc., created out of a need for destination service providers, scattered around the world, to connect to each other and be able to provide quality services to mutual clients.
The early criteria for membership was to be a DSP, independently owned and operated, with a licensed operation in business for a minimum of 3 years. TIRA began with a single member in 1982 from Singapore, and was quickly joined by individuals Hong Kong (Hong Kong Orientations), the Philippines (Orientations, Inc), Taiwan (The Community Center), the USA (Community Connections), the United Kingdom (Executive Relocations), and France (Executive Relocations).
The first group meeting of these members was held in Hong Kong in 1986. From 1986 until approximately 2006 the AGM site rotated from region to region, ensuring members the opportunity to see and learn disciplines from other areas of the world . Membership from 1982 to 2012 was limited to 1 company per country, unless multiple members in the same country were approved by a Board of Directors. Post 1996 membership was opened to non-DSP services, and post 2012 membership was opened to more than 1 company per country.
As time went on, members referred other individuals (potential members had to be referred by an existing member) for membership in areas where providers were needed. Evaluations of a potential member were conducted on site at that company, by an existing member.
The organization was run by volunteers from 1982 until 1996 when an Executive Director (Barbara Walls) was engaged to act as Administrator of member activities, and a Board of Directors, consisting of 1 representative from each region (North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America) were nominated and elected by members. With the help of the Executive Director, recruitment of new members, with a formal application process, began, taking membership from 12 to over 59 in a matter of 4 years.
With additional resources as a result of the increased membership, TIRA began exhibiting at trade shows, advertising in industry magazines, and joined forces to jointly market to the mobility industry. As the industry has changed from direct local contracts to third party global contracts, involving new levels of technology, TIRA has evolved to insure it’s members continue to be quality providers with standards unequaled by any industry discipline. The hallmark of our members continues to be the ability to openly support each other in an ever changing industry.
GLOBAL ISSUES, LOCAL SOLUTIONS
Alignment with quality
TIRA monitors and maintains quality through its professional standards review process. The process is overseen and audited by independent third parties at arm’s length, because it is not only clients who must feel confident in the quality of the network members – fellow members must too. TIRA membership has become synonymous with a consistently high level of service.
Access to Global Expertise
TIRA’s most immediate benefit is peer networking. A TIRA membership provides you with a network of professional advisors and lifelong friendships who are leading professionals in mobility. To reach the organizations stated objective of being the “Leading Mobility Specialists of the World”, events are staged throughout the year to facilitate communication, to foster understanding in best practices and to develop expertise. You will always experience fun, education, and local insight at networking events.
TIRA’s network is a great benchmarking network for corporates and relocation management companies; big and small. Membership in TIRA will see your organization appear in benchmarking exercises that will be marketed to a variety of corporations and relocation management companies. If you are competitive, doing something unique or have a great reputation you will be noticed through these activities, which will expand your opportunities.
As a member of TIRA, you can jointly market your products and services in places, such as conferences and industry magazines that you perhaps couldn’t independently. Members can cost-effectively complement their own marketing and advertising campaigns with TIRA to obtain a wider marketing reach.
One of the most powerful benefits of TIRA to its members is the referral network. Membership in TIRA expands your referral reach and scope. Member firms operate to high technical and quality standards, so referrals between members are frequent and successful.