Vice President of Relocation & Business Development
Michi Olson, SGMS, is Vice President of Business Development and Relocation and serves as Alain Pinel Realtors' primary point-of-contact for company-wide relocation services, including its affiliation with The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE), the world’s largest referral network for independent real estate services companies that formerly operated as RELO. In this role, she manages the brokerage's corporate relocation network and assists thousands of families annually when they move from one state to another for work purposes, or increasingly, to global destinations in job-related moves. Michi is also responsible for developing new strategic business opportunities and initiatives for APR, including initiatives with seniors and minorities.
Prior to joining APR in 2004, Michi was the Director of Relocation for E-Loan where she was responsible for serving the mortgage needs for corporate clients who were transferring employees. Prior to that, Michi was Vice President of Business Development with SOMA Living Real Estate and Marketing Director for Corporate Relocation Services with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Earlier in her real estate career, Michi was with Cornish & Carey Residential Real Estate in the mid-1990s where she served as Vice President of their Home Sales Division and as Vice President of Expansion for licensed offices. She was also DRE certified instructor for 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges in the late 1980's.
Michi received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA. She has her California real estate license, is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), California Association of Realtors (CAR), and is a past president of Women's Council of Realtors-Santa Clara Chapter. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Relocation Directors Council (RDC). She is also serving on Worldwide ERC US Advisory Council, and LeadingRE’s Advisory Council. She is a recipient of the 2008 President's Service Recognition Award and the 2010 Chairman's Award from LeadingRE. Michi has earned the prestigious Senior Global Mobility Specialist (SGMS) designation and is a frequent speaker and moderator at Worldwide ERC, RDC, LeadingRE, and Bay Area Professionals in Relocation Management (BAPRM) conferences. Her article "Creating a Remarkable Relocation Department," appeared in Real Estate Business Magazine, August/Sept 2006 issue.
Born and raised in Japan, Michi attended The American School in Japan for expatriots, and speaks Japanese fluently. Her international experience has proven invaluable in dealing with relocation issues. Michi manages a centralized relocation division in San Ramon's Bishop Ranch.