Whether you need inspiration to recharge after a long winter, information to help refocus or innovation for new ideas to enhance your business, you will find all of those motivational topics at the Northeast Super Symposium VI for Manufactured Home Land-Leased Community (LLC) Owners and Retailers is a must attend for every industry member in the eleven state Northeast region. Hosted by the New York Housing Association, the Symposium is the sixth in a series of very successful previous Northeast Symposiums. The Symposium will be held April 12 – 13, 2017 at The Desmond Hotel in Albany, N.Y. This year’s theme, Anticipate and Grow, is two days full of informative and timely educational sessions that will teach community owners and retailers how to anticipate and plan for 2017 and grow their businesses in the tough regulatory atmosphere facing the industry.

Rick Robinson, MHI Senior Vice President of State and Local Affairs will present a session, “National Legislative & Regulatory Update”. Rick will update attendees on a number of federal issues including Duty to Serve, Dodd Frank Reform, and other federal issues that have a direct impact on your business regardless of which state your business is located in. Marc Lifset and Jeffrey Barringer, McGlinchey Stafford, will present a session, “Enterprise Duty to Serve”. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 amended the Federal Housing Enterprise Financial Safety and Soundness Act to establish a duty for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (collectively, the Enterprises) to serve three specified underserved markets, of which one is manufactured housing. Marc and Jeff will explain the process by which the Enterprises must formulate and implement Duty to Serve plans and how the industry has had input into the process.

Nationally recognized speaker George Allen, founder and president of GFA Management, Inc. will present a session entitled “State of the Industry & Community Asset Class”. George has authored numerous books, articles, blogs and newsletters and has just published the 28th annual ALLEN REPORT, generally recognized as the most comprehensive resource for manufactured housing statistics focused on the land leased community asset class. The session will help attendees understand where their business falls in the greater industry picture.

Angelo Wallace, from the Office of Manufactured Housing Programs at HUD, and Michael Henretty from SEBA Professional Services, will update attendees on HUD’s Installation Programs both in HUD Administered States as well as the standards’ impact on states with approved installation programs. They will update attendees on a variety of new issues and initiatives HUD has in its program.

Rick Robinson will present a second session, “Fair Housing 2017”, where he will cover such topics as compliance, policy manuals, staff training, harassment and familial status. Mark Glaser, Greenberg Traurig, LLP will present a session, “American’s with Disabilities Act”, where he will cover such topics as service animals, emotional support animals, reasonable accommodation and more.

Ken Corbin, nationally known motivational speaker, will present “Selling More Homes in Your Community”. Ken will teach you how to build more traffic, sell more homes and generate referrals, as well as energizing your sales approach and changing dynamic thinking that leads to great results.

Dr. David Funk will present a program entitled “Date Driven Strategies for Understanding Manufactured Housing’s Market Opportunities”. In this lively, interactive and data-filled presentation, key housing economic indicators and trends that impact the manufactured housing industry are revealed, as well as strategies for assessing demand for manufactured housing.

Attendees will not want to miss the Trade Expo with numerous vendors displaying their products and services for the industry. The networking events and peer-to-peer interaction are very valuable experiences as well.

We are excited to announce, in conjunction with the Symposium, we are offering a nationally recognized one day Manufactured Home Manager Certification Course (MHM) on April 11th from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Desmond Hotel. The MHM Course, developed by George Allen, GFA Management, has trained thousands of Community Managers across the Unites States. The cost for the MHM Course alone is $250 per student. A discount will be offered to anyone attending both the MHM and Symposium.

The Symposium runs for a full day on April 12th with a half-day program planned for April 13th. The registration fee for members of a northeast state manufactured housing association is $250 for the first person from a company and $195 for each additional person from the same company. Non-member cost is $795 per person. Members may attend both the Symposium & MHM Course for only $450.

For the convenience of New York industry members, a 3-Hour NYS Certification Renewal Continuing Education Course has been added on Thursday, April 13th from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. The cost of the CE Course for Symposium attendees is included in their registration. The course for non-symposium attendees is $75 for Association members and $95 for non-members.

Registration fees include breakfasts, lunch, meeting room rental and materials, breaks and the networking reception. All fees are non-refundable.

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Desmond Hotel for the evenings of April 10-12, 2017. To secure a discounted room rate of $129 plus tax, call 518-448-3500 and state “NY Housing Association Northeast Super Symposium”. The cutoff date for all Symposium events and for the hotel room reservations is March 28, 2017.

To register for the Symposium, visit http://nyhousing.org/northeast-super-symposium-vi/ and pay online with a credit card, or print a form and mail it in to our office. We have also attached a registration to this email for your use.

For information on exhibiting or sponsoring the Symposium or for the most up-to-date sessions and events visit www.nyhousing.org or call the Association office at 1-800-721-HOME.