SECO 2018 Kicks Off with Nearly 400 Attendees
SECO 18 has grown from a small group of community owners meeting in a hotel room to a regional industry event that now attracts attendees from more than a third of the country.
“We have outgrown every venue we’ve been in for the last nine years,” said Spencer Roane, owner of Pentagon Properties and SECO co-founder.
SECO stands for Southeast Community Owners. The annual symposium provides a forum for collaboration among small to midsize community owners. The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Who’s In Attendance at SECO 2018
- 200 community owners
- 150 sponsors, exhibitors and vendors
- Manufactured professionals from 20 states
“As you can imagine, there are a lot of people here from Georgia, but there also is a large presence from Florida and other surrounding states,” Roane said.
During the welcome session on Wednesday morning, organizers asked who had been at the event and who was a fist-time attendee. More than half of the room at the Atlanta Airport Marriott raised their hand as first-time attendees.
“This is such a great gathering,” community owner and SECO 18 organizer Tom Lackey said. “It’s all about connecting, meeting people and learning. I love seeing all the new people here. It’s very encouraging and we’re looking forward to two great days of programming.”
SECO 2018 Continues Through Thursday
Tuesday programming for pre-SECO events included a number of talks and featured a live home installation demo at an area manufactured home community, led by Cole Phillips of Phillips Investment Properties.
SECO 2018 continues through Thursday in Atlanta.