If you live near Vegas, have low travel cost and want to check it out once, that’s OK. But I would feel guilty to tell you to spend thousands of dollars to attend something that has less timely content than my monthly newsletter that’s free, or Kurt Kelley’s new Manufactured Housing Review magazine, that’s also free.
I’m not saying that MHI is not a good group that does good work, We’re members of MHI. But I think they are still struggling to make the event worth the cost in a modern world. If the tickets were $50, it would be a different story. In some years we have to meet people – even top industry brokers – outside the event doors because even they refuse to pay the admission cost.
My Grandfather used to be an auto parts salesman, and he would cherish the annual conventions for auto parts. He had lots of stories and photos that I have to this day. But that was in 1940. I’m not sure that formalized meetings like this transfer well into a modern world that offers teleconferencing, skype, email and the like.