Manufactured housing professionals industry-wide and nationwide continue to register for SECO, a professional trade show held virtually Sept. 27-Oct. 1, as organizers continue to shore up the annual gathering’s educational and networking schedule.
The SECO National Conference of Community Owners is in its 11th year, having met the first nine years each fall in the Atlanta area. SECO has grown from a small group of community owners, to one of the largest and most vital manufactured housing conferences on the industry circuit.
“SECO is hands down the best event in the MHC industry as it caters to people who have no experience in the industry all the way to people who have been in the industry for 30+ years,” SECO attendee Lewis Whitely, of Iron Horse Interests, said. “Everyone is there to there to connect and lend their particular expertise in a way that no other industry event offers.”
After SECO20 attracted nearly 500 attendees, SECO21 expects around 700 attendees to take part this year, which will be its second as a virtual event. Beyond attendance, SECO21 has several exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities still available for industry professionals and organizations.
This year’s conference is once again a partnership with MHVillage, the leading marketplace for manufactured and mobile homes.
SECO21 Speaker Topics, Schedule Come Together
The organizers for SECO21 have been building the education and networking aspects of the annual event. Additional topics, with information on presenters and panelists, will be announced in the days to come. Below is a sneak peek at some of the discussion items already finalized for the virtual event.
- Why Buying at VERY Low Cap Rates May be Smart
- Chattel Financing Terms
- Ask the Attorneys
- Lessons Learned by Newbies
- MHC Broker Feedback
SECO21 also offers a series of mini TED-talks on topics as diverse as resident-owned communities, 3D-printed homes, and the RV/MH Hall of Fame. The event also will host fireside chats, roundtables, networking with exhibitors and sponsors, and a virtual cocktail hour.
The kickoff day for SECO21 is Sept. 27, Manager’s Monday, with a full lineup of community management-specific topics and discussions. Manager’s Monday topics include how to market a community on a shoestring budget, how to work with angry residents and difficult people, and a review of paperless solutions that reduce waste and expenses. Participation in Manager’s Monday costs $149 and requires a separate registration.
About SECO National Conference of Community Owners
The SECO National Conference of Community Owners was founded 11 years ago by a small group of committed manufactured housing professionals and has been held each year near Atlanta. The gathering is dedicated to building an industry environment and culture that looks to share best practices and help form new ideas. SECO, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, was created for community owners, by community owners. All proceeds go toward planning and programming for the next year’s national gathering. Any excess revenue supports the Veterans Assistance Fund founded by SECO organizers in 2018 in support of veterans and first responders across the U.S