Modular Building Institute


January 28, 2011
Contact: Erin Whitt
Modular Building Institute
434-296-3288 x152; E-Mail


Modular Construction Industry's Premier Event
Features Strongest Lineup EVER

Charlottesville, VA - The Modular Building Institute (MBI) is pleased to host its annual World of Modular March 12-15, 2011 at the new Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  

The World of Modular convention and trade show 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 connections. The event also includes the premier awards program for the industry, the Awards of Distinction Contest.

This year's World of Modular features six separate training tracks, 19 breakout sessions, 22 speakers, a golf tournament, a trade show with a grand prize, and the Awards of Distinction 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.  


The featured keynote speaker for the event is:

Chris Anderson

As editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, Chris Anderson is one of the most knowledgeable and articulate voices at the center of a new economy. In a series of ground-breaking books and articles, he has identified important new economic trends and business models. The insight of his bestselling book The Long Tail is that our culture and economy are increasingly shifting away from mainstream products and markets toward a huge number of niches. As cost of production and distribution fall, narrowly targeting goods and services can be as economically attractive as mainstream fare. Many established business models ignore these small markets that together rival traditional markets in economic potential. In his other book Free: The Future of a Radical Price, also a best-seller, Chris explains how what was once a marketing gimmick has emerged as a full-fledged economy. By giving away razors that were useless by themselves, King Gillette created demand for disposable razor blades. A few billion blades later, this business model is now the foundation of entire industries—give away the cell phone, but sell the monthly plan. While the opportunities to adopt a free model of some kind or another have never been greater, do they work? Chris makes a compelling case that in many instances businesses can succeed best by giving away more.

The lineup also includes the following:

Corporate Strategy Workshop
Michael Kanaby, CLSSBB, Consultant, FMI Corporation

MBI is partnering with FMI, a world renowned leader in construction management, to provide corporate strategy training for modular building professionals. This workshop is designed for CEOs, presidents, VPs, branch managers, division managers, and sales professionals and is completely customizable. Participants chose from six topics over three days to understand how to build strategy-focused organizations, including strategy that is driven by value chains and changing markets.

Assessing Your Strategic Direction: This block will focus the group on what strategy is and why organizations need a strategic direction. We will also review terminology and the framework for building good strategy. Climate & Economic Forecast: The group will review the economic climate and construction forecasts and discuss how to think strategically about market conditions. Situational Analysis: To create successful strategies, companies need to understand internal strengths and weaknesses. The strategy must also align with corporate culture and drive. Customers & Competitors: How to conduct a strategic competitive audit and understand your competitions strengths and weaknesses. Evaluating your customers perceptions of your organization and their future needs. Review of the steps to build a sustainable competitive advantage. Strategy Development: Organizations need to articulate the vision and clarify the mission to support strategic planning. In this block, the group will identify how the vision and mission fit into strategic planning, and how a plan is developed. Applying the Concepts: A focus on the execution and measurements of the strategic plan.

Modular Construction Business Models & Technology
MaryEllen Nobe, PhD, LEED AP, Assistant Professor, Department of Construction Management, Colorado State University
Peter Means, Graduate Researcher, Department of Construction Management, Colorado State University

Prefabrication in the United Kingdom
Bob Mears, Head of Sales & Marketing, Mtech Consult

Annual Report on Permanent & Relocatable Modular Buildings
Tom Hardiman, CAE, Executive Director, Modular Building Institute

Legislative & Regulatory Issues Facing the Industry
Paul Miller, LCP, Partner, Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies

Modular Economy: How to Grow Business by Adapting to Current Economic Trends
Joseph Langworthy, Economist & President, Langworthy Company

Increasing Your Access to Capital
Barry Roman, President, Reliant Asset Management
Michael Roman, Vice President, Reliant Asset Management

Redefining Green: New Standards from the International Code Council
Tom Hardiman, CAE, Executive Director, Modular Building Institute

McGraw-Hill Smart Market Report: Prefabrication & Modularization in Construction
Harvey Bernstein, F.ASCE, LEED AP, Vice President, Global Thought Leadership & Business Development, McGraw-Hill Construction

Problem Solving & Mistake Proofing
Dave Thomas, Deputy Director, Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana, University of Louisiana

Understanding New Lease Accounting Standards
Anders Norlin, Managing Member, Box Credit

For a complete schedule and other show details, please visit

About the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas


A convenient walk to anywhere on the strip and part of Marriott's renowned Autograph Collection, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is as unique in design as in its approach to service. The thoughtfully appointed residential-style rooms in this 52-story hotel offer views that command attention and large living spaces with private terraces that overlook every inch of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and beyond. A standard guest room is the Terrace Studio. Sliding glass doors of this luxury hotel room open to an oversized private terrace. It is warm and welcoming with a large luxurious bathroom that features an exhilarating shower and exquisite marble floors. A meticulously designed kitchenette features zebrawood cabinets, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and microwave--amenities not found in your typical Las Vegas hotel.

The casino boasts 100,000 square-feet of advanced and exhilarating gaming technologies. The collection of 13 restaurants compromised of world-renowned chefs never before seen in Vegas is a culinary adventure all its own. Additionally, three distinct pool environments cater to your every mood. Top it all off with an afternoon at the desert-inspired Sahra Spa & Hammam.

For more information, visit

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the international non-profit trade association serving non-residential modular construction. Members include providers of code compliant relocatable buildings, as well as permanent modular construction contractors and suppliers. It is MBI’s mission to expand the use of offsite construction through innovative construction practices, outreach and education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high quality modular designs and facilities.
MBI also administers an educational foundation established specifically to facilitate and deliver research and educational opportunities in the form of design competitions, scholarships and partnerships with leading research entities with an interest in advancing commercial modular construction.

For more information about MBI, visit



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