FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2010
Contact: Tom Hardiman
Modular Building Institute
888-811-3288 x158 toll-free

 
Modular Building Institute Hosts
Industry’s Largest Event:
2010 World of Modular March 6-8
 
Commercial Modular Industry Convention and Trade Show Features Valuable Education and Networking Opportunities and an All-Star Lineup of Speakers

 
Charlottesville, VA - The Modular Building Institute (MBI) is pleased to host its annual World of Modular convention and trade show March 6-8, 2010 in Orlando, FL at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Spa & Golf Club
 
World of Modular is the commercial modular construction industry's largest event. The event seeks to provide educational opportunities, gather industry leaders for information-sharing, and foster industry member connections. It also includes the premier awards program for the industry, the Awards of Distinction Contest. 

Most attendees to the event are wholesale manufacturers, direct manufacturers, and dealers of commercial modular buildings, while suppliers of building products, services, and financing attend and exhibit.
 
This year's World of Modular features well-known keynote speakers, three separate training tracks, 18 breakout sessions, a trade show with a grand prize custom vacation, and an industry awards banquet.
 
  
 
World of Modular is an open forum for any entity interested in the industry of non-residential, modular construction. For suppliers of building products, services, and financing, the MBI trade show remains the best place to reach manufacturers and dealers of commercial modular buildings. Here are just a few reasons for suppliers to attend:
 
·         One in three attendees is an owner, CEO or general manager
·         65% of attendees have purchasing authority
·         50% of member wholesale manufacturers attend
·         65% of member direct manufacturers attend
·         60% of member dealers attend
·         The industry’s 10 largest dealers attend
·         The industry’s 10 largest manufacturers attend
 
The keynote speakers for World of Modular are:
 
Warren Macdonald, Finding Opportunity in Adversity
Challenging times call for a shift in perspective. Macdonald’s inspirational story and powerful message of hope deliver life-changing instruction on not only navigating, but embracing change; with focus, energy and confidence. His unique perspective on change management translates into real learning that is applicable to both personal and business growth. As a keynote speaker, Macdonald works to foster “out-of-the box” thinking; the kind of thinking that led him to become the first double above-knee amputee to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro; the kind of thinking that empowers potential and inspires you to grow and prosper. He is the best-selling author of A Test of Will: One Man’s Extraordinary Tale of Survival. Find more information about Macdonald here.  

 Chester Elton, Best-Selling Business Author
Author of the New York Times bestseller The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers use Recognition to Engage Their Employees, Retain Talent, and Drive Performance, Elton reveals the groundbreaking results of one of the most in-depth management research projects ever undertaken—including case studies from Disney, KPMG, and Pepsi—which shows definitively that frequent and effective recognition is the central characteristic of the most successful managers.  Find more information about Elton here.
 
Other featured sessions at World of Modular include:

Bob Losyk, Managing Your Business Workshop
Bob Losyk is an internationally-recognized facilitator, expert, and trainer on workforce diversity; time and stress management; and employee screening, motivation, and turnover. He is also author of the best-selling book, Managing A Changing Workforce: Achieving Outstanding Service With Today's Employees. Losyk addresses everyday workplace challenges and provides real solutions for enhancing performance and productivity for large corporations and small businesses alike. Using custom techniques and strategies that enlighten, educate, and entertain, Losyk brings over 20 years of professional insight, entrepreneurship, and business savvy to clients like American Express, Associated General Contractors of America, Conoco Oil, Exxon/Mobil, Honda, Hyatt Hotels, INC Magazine, Kroger Company Stores, Marriott Corporation, PGA, Sheraton Hotels, and the US Air Force. Each of Losyk's programs are designed specifically to enhance your effectiveness as a leader and provide valuable lessons. Find more information about Losyk here.

Rethinking Construction Panel
It has been 12 years since Sir John Egan, who played a major role in modernizing the UK construction industry, published "Rethinking Construction," a report that sprung out of the UK government seeing a need to build better buildings more efficiently.  Egan's manufacturing background as chairman of Jaguar led him to identify areas of waste, focus on lean manufacturing, and recommend collaborative working.  His report also concluded that the construction industry was underachieving; had low profitability; and invested too little in capital, research, development, and training.  Egan noted that 30% of construction is rework, that accidents account for 3% to 6% of total project costs, and that at least 10% of materials are wasted.  While not advancing modular construction specifically, Egan did indicate that modular building was a means for improvement, saying "Advantages include speed of construction, lower cost, reduced need for skilled labor, and achievement of zero defects."
 
Likewise, revolutionary thinkers in North American construction are seeing the valuable role of modular buildings.  Moderated by Robert Cassidy, editor-in-chief of Building Design and Construction Magazine, a panel of respected construction professionals at World of Modular will discuss where our industry is performing well, where it fails to perform, and using modular buildings to improve construction performance overall.  Panelists include Kelsy Mullen, LEED AP, director of residential business development at the U.S. Green Building Council; Jon Sader, construction director at actor/activist Brad Pitt's  Make It Right Foundation; and Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein, PE, associate professor at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Hole School of Construction, University of Alberta.
 
Social Media Workshop: How to Build and Manage an Online Brand
By 2011, over a billion people will be actively involved in social media. Gone are the days when only techies and teenagers occupied this online world. Today, savvy business owners, entrepreneurs, managers, and professionals are benefiting from the web phenomena known as social media. Karen Post, marketing expert and CEO of a social media company, will be at World of Modular to take the myths and intimidation out of using social media and share simple ideas to grow your business and enhance your brand. In a world of competition and constant change, a strong brand can be the difference between mediocrity and big-time success. Karen will give you a social media overview and the how-to’s of blogging, tweeting, discussion forums, and leveraging popular sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. She will discuss brand management, reputation management, and business development using social media. The author of the best-selling book Brain Tattoos, Karen has been a contributor to Fast Company Magazine and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Boston Globe, The Houston Chronicle, and on National Public Radio, Bloomberg Radio, and CBS's Early Show.
 
Find a complete schedule for World of Modular and other show details here. Also check out MBI’s event pages for World of Modular on Facebook and LinkedIn
 
About Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Spa, & Golf Club
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Spa, & Golf Club in Orlando, Florida is Central Florida’s newest and most luxurious meeting destination. The resort's stunning grand lobby welcomes you to turn-of-the-century Spanish-revival architecture, luxury accommodations, enticing restaurants, world-class spa, and six pools.  There are 11 restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness center; two lighted tennis courts; nature trails for running, hiking, horseback riding, biking, and birding; seasonal canoeing and fishing, sand volley ball, kids swamp club, and video game room. Find more information about the hotel here.
 
About MBI
Founded in 1983, the Modular Building Institute is the only, international, non-profit trade association serving non-residential modular construction. Our regular membership includes wholesale manufacturers, direct manufacturers, and dealers of commercial modular buildings, while our associate members are companies supplying building components, services, and financing to the industry. It is MBI's mission to grow the industry and its capabilities by encouraging innovation, quality, and professionalism through communication, education, and recognition. MBI also administers an educational foundation. For more information, visit www.modular.org.
 
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