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2012 National Congress & Expo a Huge Success – Attendees Show Strong Determination and Optimism for a Great Future

We would like to thank the 700 registrants, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors that helped make the 2012 Congress & Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing a huge success. Attendees from all sectors of the industry convened in Las Vegas April 10th-12th to take advantage of the educational sessions, the National Communities Council (NCC) Forum, networking opportunities, and to see the latest and greatest products and services offered by the exhibitors and more.

Speakers and educational sessions tackled a host of challenges and opportunities for our industries. Topics included innovative approaches for increasing sales/profits in today’s housing market to navigating today’s challenging land-lease community market, and complying with new state and federal consumer protection laws as they relate to retailing and community operations. All of these sessions were very informative and provided a wealth of information on all aspects of manufactured and modular housing.

During the National Communities Council (NCC) Forum, sponsored by ROC USA, attendees heard from some of the industry’s leading experts on topics such community lease-option programs, legal issues for communities, social media, economic trends, cutting edge design trends for housing, and more.

Keynote speakers at the meeting’s general sessions included Dr. David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, and John K. McIlwain, senior resident fellow/J. Ronald Terwilliger Chair of Housing at the Urban Land Institute. These housing leaders not only spoke on how their respective organizations are looking at manufactured and modular housing; they also came to learn and better understand how our industries will be playing a stronger role in tomorrow’s housing marketplace. The featured speaker for Thursday's General Session was Karen Purves, whose presentation focused on building positive relationships with homebuyers.

Always a highlight of the event was the 2012 National Awards Luncheon sponsored by Triad Financial Services. Awards were presented to communities, retailers, and companies who provide outstanding customer service and leadership for the industry. Click here to view the awards presentation. Click here to view the press release highlighting the award-winning industry members.

Special thanks go to all the suppliers, manufacturers, exhibitors and special sponsors who made the 2012 National Congress & Expo such a success. Their belief in and commitment to the manufactured and modular housing industries are the cornerstones of our industries’ survivability and the foundation for its future successes.

MHI thanks everyone involved for making this a great event. Please mark your calendars for the 2013 Congress & Expo which will be held April 16-18, 2013 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.