Sunday, April 27, 2014

First Conference of the New MHBA a Success

I was a little apprehensive about what the MHBA “Best Practices” Conference in Philly last week would achieve. That went away very quickly when I started to see who was attending. Owners and top management from many factories were in attendance.

Talk about a first class meeting…Tom Hardiman even served Starbucks coffee.

Tom, the Executive Director of the MHBA, started off the conference talking about all the ways our association is working to curb harmful legislation in the different states effecting modular housing. He and his team have had quite a bit of success this year blocking regs that would further hamper modular housing. I wasn’t aware that so many states are trying to hold modular construction to a different standard than site building.

Tom is always a tough act to follow but Anthony Zarrilli, owner of Zarrilli Homes in Brick, NJ, did a great job talking about marketing and selling modular homes.

Other speakers followed included Jack Daniels, Senior Plan Examiner from NJ talking about fire suppression; Norm Hall from Simpson-Strongtie telling us about the newest and best methods for anchoring modular homes to foundations and Rick Terry, RESNET HERS rater explaining what is happening in Energy.

Mark Conte, Director of Factory Built Housing program – PA DCED, told us about his efforts to promote vo-tech in schools to help both employment and training of skilled labor for our industry.

Overall, it was a very good meeting, especially the cheese cake and chocolate cake for lunch but I was disappointed by the small number of modular home builders that showed up for the conference.

Builders are always asking what the factory can do for them but sometimes the builder has to take the first step to help themselves and that can be accomplished by joining the MHBA and attending the training and conferences offered for their benefit.

I can’t wait for the next one.

1 comment:

Alan said...

Hi Gary,
I heard about how great the meeting was from a friend of mine who attended. He actually works for a differant manufacturer than myself. He also stated that he highly recommends all manufacturers and builders should attend because of the opportunity to network with other individuals in the industry. I cannot wait to next event to sign up participate.