Housing Giants Leadership Conference Speakers

CR Herro

CR Herro, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Meritage Homes

Why do some builders choose to build ahead of code? CR Herro outlines the challenges and opportunities of making home automation, Zero Energy, and Healthy Homes a part of the business strategy of a large production home builder. In his presentation, CR will review consumer education, realtor engagement, transitional value, trade partners, and a company’s P&L, as well as discuss success, failure, and the likely future of home building.

Jane Meagher

Jane Meagher, President, Success Strategies

Think Like a Retailer: Winning Strategies to Apply to Your Sales, Marketing, and Design Studio Initiatives
This thought-provoking presentation examines global retail trends, consumer purchase behavior, and customer decision-making. It also reveals six vital trends you need to understand in order to maximize option sales and run a world-class design studio. You’ll learn why each trend is important and see how successful retailers from other industries are tapping into and capitalizing on them. Specific examples will show how home builders can profit from these tactics, with actionable ideas you can implement immediately.

Nick Lehnert

Nick Lehnert, Executive Director, KTGY Group – Architecture and Planning

Nick Lehnert possesses a wealth of knowledge about the building industry, an understanding of disciplined design that matches client and project objectives, as well as in-depth market and consumer knowledge that helps the firm continue to develop and advance innovative residential design concepts. Lehnert helps the 300+ - person firm maintain a leadership role in the industry through an aggressive research and development program.

David L. Rose

David L. Rose

David Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and instructor at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on making the physical environment an interface to digital information. David is the CEO at Ditto Labs, an image-recognition software platform which scours social media photos to find brands and products. His new book, Enchanted Objects, focuses on the future of the internet of things, and how these technologies will impact the ways we live and work. Prior to Ditto, David founded and was CEO at Vitality, a company that reinvented medication packaging now distributed by CVS, Walgreens, and Express Scripts. He founded Ambient Devices, which pioneered glanceable technology, embedding internet information in everyday objects like lamps, mirrors, and umbrellas. David holds patents for photo sharing, interactive TV, ambient information displays, and medical devices. His work has been featured at the MoMA, covered in The New York Times, and parodied on the Colbert Report.

Tim Sullivan

Tim Sullivan

Tim Sullivan, Practice Leader with Meyers Research, has more than 30 years experience in analyzing and valuing real estate development opportunities all over the United States and Latin America. He has developed the ability to interpret diverse statistics and trends and translate them into actionable plans. Tim constantly assesses the economy, real estate market, and consumer trends to identify the newest and best ways to profitably invest and develop. Earlier in his career, Tim was senior manager with KPMG Peat Marwick’s National Real Estate Consulting Group, before serving as principal of Hanley Wood Market Intelligence’s Real Estate Consulting Practice, and his own firm.

Jimmy Diffee

Jimmy Diffee

With a passion for moving the homebuying industry forward, Jimmy Diffee speaks at the local and national level on how to leverage analytics and user insights to optimize the homebuying experience from lead acquisition to referral. As co-founder of the Bokka Group, he utilizes technology and usability research to create more effective, forward-thinking home buying/selling processes, as well as better customer experiences.

Denise Dersin

Denise Dersin, Editorial Director

Denise Dersin is the editorial director of Professional BuilderCustom Builder, ProBuilder.com, and CustomBuilderOnline.com. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years, Dersin previously served as editor in chief of Builder magazine and editor of Time Life Books. While at Time Life, she edited, wrote, or researched more than 50 volumes for four of the company’s best-selling series of books.

Tony Mancini

Tony Mancini, SGC Horizon Building Group Director-Principal

Tony Mancini is the SGC Horizon Building Group Director-Principal and has launched numerous events and platforms for the residential and commercial construction industry. Prior to founding SGC Horizon, Mancini spent 12 years at Reed Business Information in leadership roles within the residential and commercial markets, including group director for Reed Construction Media, and publisher of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler. He began his career at CertainTeed Corporation and also served as associate publisher for Sweet’s International at McGraw-Hill.