Opportunities Ahead, Build on Them!

Members of the New York Housing Association will gather at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York on October 13-14, 2016 for the Association’s 66th Annual Convention and Trade Expo.  Two days that will be filled with inspiring speakers, informative seminars, council meetings and an industry trade show.  The Convention begins on Thursday, Oct. 13th at 8:00 am, with a delicious continental breakfast with the exhibitors in the Trade Expo area and concludes on Friday, October 14th at 12:00 pm with Closing Remarks.

The Convention will formally kick off at 9:00 am on Thursday with a Welcome by Master of Ceremonies Bob Capenos, Vice-President of Haylor, Freyer & Coon.  At 9:15 am, Joe Kimmell, Northeast Regional Vice-President for Champion Home Builders, Inc. will kick-off the Convention with a session entitled Housing Trends & Projections.  Attendees will discover new trends in the factory-built housing market and where that market is headed.  Following that session, Tom Heinemann, Vice-President for Federal Government Affairs, Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) will present a session, National Perspective and Industry Update.   Attendees will learn the latest information on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) activities, HUD Code, Energy Code and many other issues of importance to the industry.

New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle (D-Irondequoit) has accepted our invitation to be the special guest speaker at the luncheon at 11:45 am on Thursday.  Assemblyman Morelle was elected to the Assembly in 1990, becoming Majority Leader in 2013.  In 2005, he published the acclaimed report, Creating a State of Innovation: Unleashing the Power of New York’s Entrepreneurial Economy, in which he proposed solutions to the state’s many economic problems.  A former small business owner himself, Assemblyman Morelle is especially recognized for his commitment to promoting job growth and opportunity for New Yorkers.

After lunch, a series of breakout sessions will fill the afternoon with many timely and informative programs.  Attend the convention and learn about Best Practices for Manufactured Housing Finance, Rob Peterson & Barry Noffsinger, CU Factory Built Lending; Emergency Preparedness for Communities, Judy Duffy, Pathstone Corporation, Making the Most of Digital Marketing, David Finney, 21st Mortgage; Collecting on Default Chattel Loans, Marc Lifset & Jeffrey Barringer, McGlinchey Stafford; New York State Building Code Update, Brian Tollisen & Bill Sherman, NYS Division of Building Standards & Codes; New Employer Rules, Overtime, Paid Family Leave, Minimum Wage & More, Human Resources; CASH, Retail Lending & Inventory Program for Communities, David Finney, 21st Mortgage and  Community Managers STAR Update, Service Animals & more, Mark Glaser, Greenberg Traurig.  Sessions are subject to change.

From 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm attendees will have free time to enjoy all of the activities the resort has to offer.

At 6:00 pm attendees will gather for a Welcome Reception and Awards Banquet.   Special recognition and the Hall of Fame inductee will be announced.

Friday morning will begin at 8:00 am with another Continental Breakfast with the exhibitors in the Trade Expo area.

At 9:00 am, the Manufactured Home Communities Council will meet to review the 2016 Legislative Summary affecting Community Owners and elect their Board of Governors.  Members of the Manufactured Housing Council and Modular Council will meet at 9:45 am and receive a summary of the 2016 Legislative Session and elect their respective Boards of Governors.  At 11:00 am, the 66th New York Housing Association Annual Meeting will be conducted.  Members will elect the officers for 2017 and approve the 2017 budget.  The Convention will close at 12:00 pm with Closing Remarks by Bob Capenos.

Resort activities are available to all hotel guests.  Golf tee times can be scheduled for attendees who want to try their skills on the prestigious Shenendoah Course.  Spa appointments can be arranged.  While Lava (a dance club), the Leopard Lounge and the Showroom are still drawing crowds, there are three new attractions to explore.  The Tin Rooster at Exit 33 is a Country Western Dance & Entertainment Club.  The Gig at Exit 33 is a cool Rock and Roll Dance and Entertainment Club.  The Turquoise Tiger is an upscale Lounge and Cocktail Bar.

Turning Stone Resort has again made three options available for overnight accommodations to serve anyone’s budget; The Hotel at a rate of $143+, The Towers at $163+ and The Lodge at $285+ per night.  All rooms are subject to Oneida Indian taxes and surcharges and exclude valet parking.  Cutoff date for rooms is September 12, 2016.  To make a reservation call the hotel directly at 1-800-771-7711 and state the New York Housing Association Convention to secure these discounted rates.  Prior to September 12, 2016, registration for Association members is $225 for the 1st person and $199 for each additional person from the same company.  After September 12, 2016, registration for Association members is $275 for the 1st person and $225 for each additional person from the same company.  The non-member rate is $600 per person.

Suppliers of goods and services to the industry will be spotlighted in the Trade Expo held during the Convention.  Always a popular part of the conference, the Trade Expo brings attendees the latest in new technologies, products and services.  Vendors who wish to exhibit should contact the Association office at 1-800-721-HOME or info@nyhousing.org to see how affordable it is to be a part of the Convention.