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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Executive 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 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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Global Account Manager

Winta Tekle

As a Global Service Manager, Winta enjoys assisting associates who are relocating, whether it be nationally or internationally and assuring their transition is as seamless as possible. She uses her organization and compassion to understand every associate on an individual level, making sure to stop and listen to their requests.

Education:

Indiana University

Hobbies:

Winta loves to travel and experience new cultures and foods.

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Global Account Manager

Emi Smith

As a Global Service Manager, Emi enjoys assisting clients with relocation and making the process as smooth as possible.  Prior to GO, she worked in the publishing industry, and has extensive experience in account management and project management.

Education:

Bachelor of Science, Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Hobbies:

Emi enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids.  Her kids are very active and her weekends are filled with volleyball games, basketball games, cross country and track meets.  Emi is also a night owl and enjoys reading whenever possible.

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International Destination Service Manager

Aminata Bah

As an International 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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International Destination Service Manager

Anna Steinbart

As an International 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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International Destination Service Manager

Amanda Straub

As an International Destination Service Manager, Amanda loves helping people discover and settle into their new city.  She has relocated several times, so she understands what it’s like to settle into a new city that is unfamiliar.  Amanda uses her relocating experience and 10 years of customer service to help navigate the associates’ new city experience.

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in History at IUPUI.  Currently obtaining Masters of Science in Human Resource Development at Indiana State University

Hobbies:

Amanda enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her dogs.

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International Destination Service Manager

Kristen Fatt

As an International Destination Service Manager, Kristen enjoys building relationships and helping people navigate the destination service process. She brings over 10 years of customer service experience that translates into a very strong interpersonal understanding.  Prior to GO, Kristen worked in the hospitality and wellness industry.
 
Hobbies:

Kristin is health conscious and enjoys maintaining wellness physically and mentally. She enjoys going to the gym and participating in races.

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International Destination Service Manager

Peter Molina

As International Destination Service Manager, Peter enjoys connecting people, cultures and companies in a way that enhances everyone’s experience. In a sense, he has been connecting others and creating positive experiences in all of his previous employment. Working at GO Destinations is another opportunity that allows him to continue his journey.

Education:

Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, Chemistry minor

Hobbies:

Peter’s hobbies include playing tennis, traveling and cooking.

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International Destination Service Manager

Paula Lamey

As an International Destination Service Manager, Paula enjoys serving people and helping in any way she can. To see someone satisfied and happy, knowing that she had something to do with it, is very rewarding to her. Paula believes her career will better herself, sharpen her knowledge about international destinations and help connect people all over the world. She wants to bring people closer together. She has been in her career for 25 years. Paula’s biggest challenge has been relocating from Brazil to America.

Education:
Business Administration with International Marketing emphasis

Hobbies:
Paula loves fitness and teaches Barre Intensity, PiYo and Yoga. It is her favorite thing to do. She also loves going to the movies and traveling.

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Destination Service Manager

Holly Jones

As a Destination Service Manager, Holly enjoys meeting people from a variety of cultures and has a passion for helping others relocate and feel at home. She has relocated both domestically and internationally and understands the excitement, also challenges that come with moving. She likes helping others in making a smooth transition. Holly’s biggest accomplishment is her three beautiful kids and husband. She feels blessed with a wonderful family.

Education:
Bachelors of Elementary Education in Multicultural Settings from Penn State University

Hobbies:
Holly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, dancing and playing tennis.

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International Destination Service Manager

Shannon Kirsch

As an International Destination Service Manager, Shannon enjoys meeting the needs of customers and leaving them without unanswered questions and confidence in how we are caring for them and meeting their needs. Serving in excellence sets you apart from other companies and will preserve retention of clients.

Hobbies:

Shannon enjoys reading, playing tennis and spending time with her 2 children. She is adventurous and enjoys partaking in different cultures and ways of life. She has given her time to soup kitchens, Salvation Army and currently in the process of volunteering with Prevail and the Julian Center.

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International Destination Service Manager

Ellen Bell

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Corporate Real Estate Manager

Susan Timmerman

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Expat Event Coordinator

Angie Lockard

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Strategic Relationships Director

Joy Curley

As a Strategic Relationships Director, Joy enjoys being a partner with cultivating new relationships and continuing to provide excellent service to maintain current relationships at GO. She uses her previous experience creating long-lasting business partnerships along a range of industries including: tech, aerospace, retail, and ecommerce. Joy has an ability to be empathetic toward a client’s needs while maximizing their budget’s reach.

Education:

Bachelors of Science in Sociology / Social Work at Westfield State College

Hobbies:

Joy enjoys gardening, traveling, and time with family and her rescue dog, Patton. She is also a proud Boston sports fan.

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International Destination Service Manager

Nick Underwood

Sourcing

Sandy Lowe

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Manager, AR/AP

Amy Hutcheson

As the AR/AP Manager, Amy enjoys bringing 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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Office & Systems Administrator

Tatiana Russell

As an Office & Systems Administrator, Tatiana enjoys organizing information for our Area Consultants so that associates have a smooth transition from destination to destination.  She is patient, flexible, and happy to personalize each file.  Tatiana has worked with numerous people in her life and has always been a people person.  She will ensure that everyone is at ease and everything runs smoothly.

Education:

Carmel Alumni, Currently attending Ivy Tech

Hobbies:

Tatiana enjoys picking up new languages, applied linguistics, and always learning!

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Office and Systems Administrator

Sarah Chakroun

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Marketing Manager

Meghan Vester

As a Marketing Manager, Meghan enjoys making presentable material for clients to view. She makes sure the subject matter is branded correctly, and that the client understands GO’s messaging. Meghan has a strong understanding in the Adobe Creative Suite with previous experience as a Lead Graphic Designer for a marketing company. She strives to learn more about graphic design, branding, and marketing.

Education:

Associates in Visual Communication, Ivy Tech Community College

Hobbies:

Meghan enjoys bike riding with her family, scrapbooking, sketching, jewelry making, and reading books.  She also has a wide variety in music interests.

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Senior Programmer

Gouri Sankaru Gadupudi

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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 - 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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