NCC Fall Leadership Forum Draws 400-plus in Chicago

2018 NCC Fall Leadership Forum Chicago speakers
From left, Ron Bunce, Jody Gabel and Bruce Thelen discuss resident relations during the NCC meeting in 2018.

National Communities Council – Annual Event in Downtown Chicago

More than 400 manufactured housing industry leaders meet at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago for the National Communities Council Fall Leadership Forum.

The NCC Fall Leadership Forum is the Manufactured Housing Institute’s major annual executive-level strategy meeting for members. Manufactured housing industry professionals in attendance will include:

  • Community owners
  • Community managers
  • Home manufacturers
  • Industry service providers
  • Brokers
  • Lenders
  • Consultants

The forum offers new ideas, examines new trends, and provides perspective for manufactured housing industry professionals doing business with communities. Organizers have put together two nights and 1-1/2 days of programming geared toward executives who need a limited time from the office and a high-impact meeting agenda.

NCC Fall Leadership Forum attendees
Attendees at NCC during the 2018 forum.

Speakers and Topics at the NCC Fall Leadership Forum

MHI, the nation’s only advocacy group representing all aspects of the manufactured housing industry, has organized more than a dozen leading professionals for moderated panels and industry presentations on the topics of community management, finance, marketing, sales and more.

Following is a brief description of the panels and presentations awaiting at the NCC meeting in Chicago.

Selection of Previous NCC Fall Leadership Forum Speakers and Presenters

Welcome and Chairman’s Report

MHI NCC Division Chairman Stephen Braun, co-president and COO of Hometown America provides a state-of-the-industry report.

Influencing Industry Perceptions by Telling Your Story

Steve Schaub, president and CEO of YES Communities will talk about how his company has successfully told its story to create a positive perception of land-lease communities among policymakers, media and potential customers.

The State of the Housing Market

Dr. Mark Palim, deputy chief economist for Fannie Mae will discuss recent developments in the economy and the housing market.

Navigating Today’s Political Landscape in Washington

The Hon. Sean Duffy, former U.S. representative and chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance will share insights about successfully navigating the current landscape in Washington with an overview of the 2020 elections.

NCC Code of Ethics

Jody Gabel, partner at Lutz, Bobo & Telfair will detail eight key principles of the new NCC Code of Ethics and why it is critical for you to incorporate these standards into your business.

Rent Control: Lessons from Recent Experiences

Moderated by NCC Division Vice-Chairman Bill Raffoul, director of capital investments for Sun Communities, the topic will be taken up by a panel that includes C. William Dahlin, Esq., partner at Hart King, Susy Forbath, a government relations professional with Cozen O’Connor, and Mark Glaser, a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig.

Data-Driven Benefits Analysis of Land-Lease Manufactured Housing Communities

Chris Fisher, managing principal for DuckerFrontier, will cover the vital role communities play in providing affordable housing across the country, and how “bad actors” and negative media coverage undermines the value of this important path to homeownership.

Telling Your Story with (or more likely without) the Media!

Robert Johnson, president of Washington Media Group, will share creative ways to get media coverage, and tell you how to report your stories to your audiences without ever talking to a journalist.

NCC Fall Leadership Forum Chicago skyline
A view from 360 Chicago atop the John Hancock Building.