Charlottesville, VA - Hundreds of modular construction professionals met last month at the MBI 2012 World of Modular Annual Convention and Tradeshow at the Hilton Bonnet Creek inside the gates of the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida.
After four days of networking, exchanging ideas, learning from expert speakers, discussing issues, displaying new products, and sharing well-deserved recognition, attendees were ready to return home inspired, educated and echoing the title of keynote speaker Sam Silverstein’s book “No More Excuses.”
Silverstein’s presentation focused on the problems caused by a lack of personal accountability and a culture that fosters excuses. His advice was directed at helping companies create more effective leaders, learn how to sell more, provide greater service, and increase revenue despite trying times—ultimately ensuring the future success of the organization.
Twenty-three workshop sessions led by 25 expert professionals challenged participants on a wide range of topics in the areas of green building, research and best practices, business management, comparative modular construction methods, and changing construction marketing strategies.
Participants also enjoyed plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle at networking events including the opening party, the ever-popular (and competitive) annual golf tournament at the challenging Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, the VIP reception, and closing awards banquet.
The exhibit hall provided a great opportunity to reach manufacturers and dealers of commercial modular buildings from 12 countries including Argentina, Australia, Chile, England, India, Italy, Peru, Scotland, Sudan, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.
Nearly 150 modular building entries to the MBI Awards of Distinction contest were on display at the World of Modular, marking one of the most competitive years in the industry. Congratulations to all the winners, including Best of Show recipients M Space, Southeast Modular Mfg., Britco, and Triumph Modular. The judges’ choice recipient was Britco for the Olympic Legacy Affordable Housing project in Surrey, B.C. The Annual Awards Banquet provided the chance to see the best buildings of 2011 and mingle with Outstanding Achievement award winner Ralph Tavares of R & S Tavares Associates, Inc., and Hall of Fame inductee Simon Dragan of Whitley Manufacturing.
And, to top it all off, Franco Vietti of Rucapanel in Argentina went home with the Grand Prize sponsored by Bard Climate Control Solutions: a brand new Smart forTwo Coupe, a fuel efficient, rear engine two seater.
The convention was one of the most successful ever with near record attendance and high ratings. Seventy-five percent of respondents rated it excellent, and 98% rated it good or excellent. Of all of the exhibitors, 80% rated it excellent, the highest rating for the tradeshow in MBI history. Ninety-seven percent of respondents said they will participate in next year’s event.
We hope you join us for our 30th anniversary at the 2013 World of Modular next March in Scottsdale, AZ. For more information about World of Modular, visit www.worldofmodular.org.
The Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the international non-profit trade association serving modular construction. Members include providers of code compliant relocatable buildings, as well as permanent modular construction contractors and suppliers. As the Voice of Commercial Modular Construction (TM), 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. For more information, visit www.modular.org.