National Communities Council Spring Forum
Monday, May 6; 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM 
Separate registration required

The National Communities Council Spring Forum is a day-long seminar specifically designed around manufactured home community owners and operators. If you’re involved with manufactured home communities, whether as an owner/operator, service provider, lender or consultant, this well-attended event is for you. With an emphasis on providing practical solutions and take-home value to help you with your business TODAY, it provides informative content to address the needs of community owner/operators of all sizes.


Event Regular
(March 30 – May 2, 2019)
(After May 3, 2019)
NCC Spring Forum Add On
(If purchased with CE Registration)
$230 $240


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NCC Spring Forum Keynote Speaker: 
John McLaren, Sun Communities President & COO
John McLaren has over 24 years of experience in executive and non-executive roles in financial and real estate public companies listed on the NYSE.

Mr. McLaren is currently President and Chief Operating Officer of Sun Communities, Inc. (NYSE:  SUI) and has been actively involved in the management, acquisition, construction, and development of manufactured housing communities and recreational vehicle resorts as well as home sales and leasing operations within communities and resorts over the past twenty years.

Mr. McLaren holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Master of Business Administration degree from Regis University, Denver.


2019 National Communities Council Spring Forum Schedule


Monday, May 6
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Coffee & Networking
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Keynote Speaker
John McLaren, Sun Communities President & COO
Culture Above All: Achieving Performance Excellence Through Service

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Networking Break
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Conveying the Benefits of Manufactured Home Communities to Government Officials

Speakers: Dr. Lesli Gooch, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs & Chief Lobbyist, Manufactured Housing Institute; Douglas Gansler, Partner, Buckley LLP

Dr. Lesli Gooch, MHI’s Executive Vice President for Government Affairs & Chief Lobbyist, and Douglas Gansler, Partner, Buckley LLP will discuss strategies for effective engagement with government officials.  By getting to know your representatives and exposing them to your communities, you can ensure policymakers understand that manufactured home communities are places where people can achieve affordable homeownership and enjoy the lifestyle benefits of community living.

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Learning from Experience:  Best Practices from Small to Midsize Community Operators

Moderator: Maria Horton, Director of Marketing, Newport Pacific
Panelists: Eric Flood, Vice President, Flood Homes; Dwight Selby, CEO, Selby Investment Properties, Inc.; Brad Shechtman, Principal, AMHC Management

This panel discussion will focus on the operations of smaller community owners and operators.  Panelists will discuss the challenges of resident relations, property updates and repairs, in addition to sharing perspective and ideas on keeping sites leased.  Join us for a conversation to learn more from the experiences of real practitioners who are “hands on” in the business.

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Networking Lunch
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

MHI Regional Community of the Year Awards Presentation
Winning communities will be recognized and representatives from each community will participate in a brief panel discussion regarding their properties.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Consumer Research Findings: Manufactured Homes in Communities

Speaker: Linda MacKenzie, Vice President Client Solutions, Trifecta Research

MHI recently commissioned in-depth consumer research to understand today’s manufactured home owners and residents.  This presentation will feature results focused on manufactured home residents in land-lease communities.  Learn about consumer preferences, demographics, and satisfaction with manufactured homes.

 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Networking Break
 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Market Trends & Acquisitions

Moderator: Ryan Welsh, Vice President-Multifamily, PNC Real Estate
Panelists:  Christopher Dunn, Full Partner, Peak Communities;  Bruce Nell, Executive Managing Director, National Practices, Colliers International Valuation & Advisory Services;  Andrew Shih, Executive Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank

What’s happening in the market today for community financing?  Are you thinking of acquiring a manufactured home community?  Or, are you an owner who is thinking about selling?  In addition to commentary on today’s market trends, this session will review considerations for acquisitions, offer tips for success, and provide a variety of perspective across the spectrum of lending, valuation, and investing.

 4:30 PM Closing Comments & Announcements




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