Systems-built Leaders Gather for National Summit

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The only conference geared towards manufacturers, builders and suppliers of the modular, panelized, concrete, and log and timber home building industries, the Building Systems Housing Summit brought North America’s systems-built leaders to Hershey, Pa. last week.

Hosted by NAHB’s Building Systems Councils (BSC), this year’s conference was the highest attended BSC event since the Great Recession. Attendees enjoyed two days of education sessions, networking and a factory tour of systems-built manufacturing facilities.

“Simply put, this year’s summit was a tremendous event,” said Norm Hall, BSC chairman and factory-built structures industry manager for Simpson Strong-Tie. “I got to reconnect with individuals I had not seen in years, and it could have only occurred at an event like this for the entire industry.”

Great Builders Have a Strong Mindset and Attitude

Routinely one of the most sought-after speakers at the International Builders’ Show, Mike Moore of Moore Leadership and Peak Performance kicked off the summit with a presentation on the ingredients of effective leadership: coaching, teaching and managing. He also said that mindset and a good attitude matter more than talent in your employees. Emotional intelligence, mental toughness, a “grow” mindset, self-discipline, as well as intentions, purpose and values are what truly enable great work.

Consumer Choice in a Workable Scope

Sam Rashkin, chief architect of the Energy Department Building Technologies Office, discussed factors that are poised to shake up the housing industry, including a lack of innovation in housing to meet customer’s changing expectations in home buying.

Rashkin said that while providing a completely custom home for every customer may not work as a business approach, offering a number of set options to mix and match gives customers flexibility builders a manageable and profitable scope in what they are selling. He calls this “mass customization:” not like the preset menu at McDonald’s and more like the appeal of Chipotle, because customers can pick from a preset list of options that can be combined in a large total number of ways.

Incorporating mass-produced, yet customized, components with building systems suppliers’ products allows your business to be sufficiently flexible without breaking the bottom line for the builder, he said.

Sponsor Support

Attendees enjoyed networking with fellow industry professionals and the event’s sponsors. At “The Bash” event, summit goers enjoyed a relaxed evening inside the Hershey Winery and Brewery while sampling tasty libations and multiple food truck offerings.

“From a sponsorship prospective, we always make the Building Systems Housing Summit a priority” said Tifanee McCall, national account manager for the Residential Warranty Company. “RWC has been involved with this event for years. It’s great meeting people new to the industry and connecting with old friends.”

Luncheon and Tour

Always a summit highlight, attendees enjoyed an awards luncheon where the council presented the S.A. Walters, BSC Jerry Rouleau, and BSC Specialty Awards. Named after the first chairman of what became the BSC, the S.A. Walters award is the highest honor bestowed by the council, honoring a lifetime of achievement in the systems-built housing industry. This year’s recipient was Dan Mitchell, owner and president of Eagle CDI Inc.

Capping off the summit, a number of attendees participated in a factory tour, visiting the manufacturing facilities of Excel Homes and Timberhaven Log and Timber Homes for a closer look at the process of cross-laminating timbers.

For the latest BSC information and next year’s Building Systems Housing Summit, contact Devin Perry.

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