Keynote Speakers

See below for speakers from the 2018 MHI Congress & Expo.
Stay tuned as keynote speakers are announced for the 2019 event.


Wednesday, April 25 –  9:00am – 9:45am
Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., was sworn in as the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on March 2, 2017.  As Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Mr. Carson is in the perfect position to make significant changes to the way the manufactured industry operates.  HUD has announced a “top-to-bottom” review of its manufactured housing rules and Secretary Carson can help pave the way to changes on regulatory rules and actions that will have positive impacts on the manufactured industry for years to come.

Wednesday, April 25 – 9:45am – 10:30am
Chris Fisher, Managing Principal and Director of Business Development, Ducker Worldwide

As Managing Principal and Director of Business Development at Ducker Worldwide, Mr. Fisher has widened the scope of all of Ducker Worldwide’s business development activities. This internal role translates into innovative strategies for our clients and keeps Mr. Fisher on the leading edge of business to business marketing techniques and technologies. In addition, Mr. Fisher leads Ducker Worldwide’s domestic consulting engagements and the development of leading business analytics tools.

Thursday, April 26 – 10:00am – 10:45am
Rick Robinson, General Counsel/Sr. VP State & Local Affairs, Manufactured Housing Institute

Fair Housing 101 presented by MHI’s Rick Robinson is more than just an interactive class on how the Fair Housing Act impacts manufactured home community owners and operators. This fast-paced session also offers valuable “Best Practices” on how to avoid corporate and personal liability for a costly Fair Housing claim. And, of course, there will be plenty of open discussion on “emotional support” animals. Rick Robinson is General Counsel and Senior Vice President at MHI. He first became familiar with manufactured housing issues when working as Legislative Director for then-United States Congressman Jim Bunning. Following his stint on Capitol Hill, Rick was a practicing lawyer focusing on commercial finance. As a lobbyist during that time he garnered a reputation for developing relationships on both sides of the aisle. When Rick is not out preaching the virtues of manufactured housing, he can be found waist deep in a cold river pestering trout.

Thursday, April 26 – 10:00am – 10:45am
John H. Pentecost, Partner, Hart King

John Pentecost has been with Hart King since 1988 and is a group leader in the firm’s manufactured housing practice. He has handled hundreds of trials in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, including numerous commercial, RV park and mobile-home park tenant evictions. John has over thirty years of experience in defending class actions ranging from lease dispute issues to state and federal discrimination issues and failure to maintain lawsuits. He assists his clients in subdivision conversions and park closures, ground lease negotiations and litigation. John is experienced in homeowners’ association law (HOA’s) and assisting real estate brokers relative to commission and liability issues. 

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