Manufactured Housing Professionals Converge on Indianapolis

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2017 Networking Roundtable

2017 Networking Roundtable Kicks Off Manufactured Housing Talks

The 26th International Networking Roundtable hosted by George Allen, this year in his hometown of Indianapolis, has drawn in hundreds of industry players and providers interested in the well-being and advancement of manufactured housing.

2017 Networking Roundtable“You know, it’s very exciting to look around the room and see so many familiar faces, friends I’ve had in the industry for decades,” Allen said. “It’s going to be a great day.”

Allen owns communities and has been a primary voice in the industry for nearly 40 years. He donned a bright green suit coat for opening day of the Roundtable. It was bestowed on him by the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.

“This isn’t about ‘look at me’,” he said. “There were many years when not too many community owners were inducted, and that’s begun to change. There will be more people in this room who find themselves inducted and and who will be wearing this coat.

“This is just one of the indications of how we’ve served our industry well for many years,”  Allen said.

2017 Networking Roundtable
Consultant Ken Corbin, left, speaks with Brian Spear of Sunrise Capital.
2017 Networking Roundtable

The Roundtable draws community owners, investors, builders and retailers, lenders, analysts, brokers, community managers, and a variety of suppliers and service providers. Allen pointed out, too, that 2017 has a greater representation than ever from housing institutes and associations across the country.

The event runs through Thursday and into Friday.

MHVillage and Datacomp are Platinum Sponsors for The Roundtable, and area dedicated to offering industry insights and happenings from Indianapolis through the week.

Update: The event offered MH management training and certification, a talk on how to upgrade a community manufactured home, information on the push toward “net zero energy” and many other important talks and networking opportunities.