2017 WMA Convention & Expo
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, NV

2017 WMA Convention Theme

Manufactured Housing: The Biggest Little Industry in the World!


2017 Convention Photo Galley

Before we close the year out, take a moment and browse through the 2017 WMA Convention & Expo photo gallery! You are welcomed to download any of the images for your own use.

If you have questions, please contact Julie Mietus at:

Special Event Photography
455 University Avenue, Suite 260
Sacramento, CA 95825

2017 Convention photo gallery, click here!

Convention Mobile App

We are excited to introduce WMA’s first convention mobile app this year! Thank you to the generously sponsorship of Dan and Lauren Fischer, now you can have everything at your fingers!

To download the mobile app click here. Or to the top of the links on this page and download the flyer!


Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

Reno’s Premier AAA Four Diamond Resort Hotel

Providing the best hotel service and amenities is an art that Peppermill Reno’s hotel has perfected over 40 years. Peppermill’s hotel holds the AAA Four Diamond rating for hospitality industry excellence, and is voted one of Reno’s best resort hotels year after year by leading hospitality and gaming publications. Peppermill Reno Hotel Casino presents a fusion of old-world hotel style, service, and aesthetics with contemporary luxury hotel amenities. Each of hotel room and suite feature comfortable accommodations and luxurious bedding with custom-made plush double-pillow-top mattresses and 42″ wall-mounted LCD high-def televisions. 


Guestroom Reservations

Please make your hotel reservations directly with the Peppermill Reno. Get the nightly rate of $92 for the Peppermill Tower or $142 for the Tuscany Tower (Sunday thru Thursday). The cut-off date for reservations is September 5th. Reservations received after September 5th will be accepted on a space-and-rate-availability basis.

Dates: October 16-19, 2017

You can make your reservation in one of two ways:

Make your reservation online. Click here for guest room reservations. The link will take you directly to the hotel’s website specifically set up for WMA; or, call the hotel at 800.282.2444 to make your reservation over the phone using the group code AWMCH17.


Hotel Scam Alert!

This has not appeared to be a problem yet, but should you receive a phone call from someone identifying themselves as a “Convention Housing” organization or an “Expo Representative” offering lower rates for Convention at the Peppermill, do not give them any credit card information as the Peppermill does not randomly call guests with offers like this, nor has the resort or WMA contracted with any convention housing organization! Do not provide any information or accept a confirmation number UNLESS you contacted the Peppermill directly.


Convention Registration

Registration Fees

Registration is now OPEN! You can either go online or download the registration form from this site. If you wish to register online, click here.

                       Before Sept. 14th        On or after Sept. 15th

Member             $425 pp                      $495 pp
Non-Member     $850 pp                      $990 pp


For a full refund, cancellations must be received on or before September 11, 2017; an 85% refund will be given for cancellations received September 12 through September 22, 2017. No refunds for no-shows, cancellations or event tickets on or after September 23, 2017. Contact Regina Sànchez immediately for cancellations.


Education, Networking and Entertainment

Owners rely on managers to find opportunities to ensure the successful operation of their communities. Here, you will find everything for you, on a professional level, we’ll blend educational programs with entertainment and networking forums so that you’ll have all you need to succeed in this business. We will feature seminars with industry experts focused on shaping our future and our communities; sessions covering practical business issues; opportunities to network with other industry leaders; and a dynamic Expo to make your attendance worthwhile!

Before we get to business, we are going to start you off with a no-cost, no-host networking event where you can catch up with industry colleagues during a leisure evening.

Would this be your first WMA Convention? Then you must come to this Convention. Introduce yourself and make connections with people who will give you helpful advice for years to come!



The Expo will open right after the Kick Off Lunch on Tuesday. Later on in the day, we will once again have the wine tasting event during the Welcome Reception. A dinner buffet is included. Connect with exhibitors who will feature delicious wines while you network. 

The well-received dessert reception on the Expo floor after Wednesday’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon will take place again! We will offer you a full day of Expo events the second day — a dynamic Expo will make your attendance worthwhile!

Exhibitors — please download the Exhibitor Packet that is attached to this website on the far right (above my photo)!


GES Information

For all your shipping and ordering information, please click here!


Golf Tournament

Wolf Run Golf Club is this year’s home to WMA’s Convention & Expo golf tournament—a benefit for the Frank J. Evans Charitable Foundation. Wolf Run is one of South Reno’s most popular courses. The course is situated amid the Sierra Foothills, tumbling across a picturesque desert landscape sprinkled with native flora. The layout has many risk-reward opportunities and the par-3 holes are especially fun. The hilly terrain is as scenic as it is challenging, providing some tricky uneven lines, and there is a meandering creek that slithers along the fairways. The elevated tees offer some spectacular views as well as some intimidating approaches to the fast, undulating greens. In addition to the golf course, Wolf Run also has a practice facility with a driving range and putting and chipping greens. 

The golf course is located at 1400 Wolf Run Road, Reno.

This year the $150 fee includes a round-trip shuttle transportation to and from the course. The shuttle will do a single pick up (approximately 9:30 a.m.) from the Peppermill Reno and a single return (approximately 4:30 p.m.) back to the hotel. Fees also include a breakfast sandwich/burrito upon arrival at the course; unlimited alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day; and a taco bar upon completion of play.

If you wish to drive yourself to the course, follows are the directions: Leaving the Peppermill, turn left on Virginia Street and head to Plumb Lane. Take a right on Plumb Lane to the 580/395 Interstate. Go south (right side) to Damonte Ranch Parkway exit. Turn right on Damonte Ranch Parkway. Stay in the right hand lane as the road splits. Turn left on Silver Wolf Road to LaGuardia. Turn right on LaGuardia to Wolf Run Road. Make a right turn on Wolf Run Road. The entrance to the golf shop will be on your left. It should take no more than 15 minutes from the Peppermill.

Registration and breakfast begins at 10:00 a.m. and a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. for the tournament.



Kick Off Lunch — Tuesday, October 17

You are invited to the Kick Off lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m.! We are going to begin the afternoon with a delicious plated lunch while giving you ample opportunity to network with friends. Remember, there’s always a new face in the crowd ― introduce yourself and welcome first time attendees. Make them feel good about joining WMA and being a part of this wonderful, resourceful organization!

President Wynn Hornburg will welcome you and officially open the 2017 WMA Convention and Expo. After lunch, you’ll learn who the scholarship recipients are from this year’s Frank J. Evans Charitable Foundation. Greg Evans will reveal this year’s scholarships recipients for deserving youth residing in WMA-member communities. Perhaps one of them is from your community! After that, WMA’s Legislative Advocate, Catherine Borg, will give a brief legislative update and announce the winners of WMA’s hotly contested golf tournament held on Monday, October 16. Closing the luncheon will be Doug Johnson with updates on rent control. Right after lunch, you’ll head into the opening of the Expo.

Expo Opening — Tuesday, October 17

The Expo will once again open right after lunch! You will have over two hours on the Expo floor before returning back to the educational seminars.

Welcome Reception and Wine Tasting — Tuesday, October 17

It’s become a tradition! You LOVE our wine tasting event. This evening also includes a dinner buffet in the Expo. We’ve planned another exciting show for you! Exhibitors have been invited to bring their favorite wines again! This is always a great time to reconnect with other Expo attendees or get to know new people! The Expo continues on Wednesday, stopping only for the Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Stop in between seminars! You’ll experience a dynamic day interacting with outstanding exhibitors who represent cutting edge products and services of the industry. Drawings will be held at the close of Expo on Wednesday. Remember, this a modified schedule! The Expo will close at 3:00 p.m. — don’t miss the drawings!

Annual Meeting and Luncheon — Wednesday, October 18

Take a well-deserved break from the fast paced action of the Expo and educational seminars. Join us for the Annual Meeting and Luncheon. It is a great opportunity to be introduced to new members, as well as continuing members of WMA’s leadership ― all in one place.

A plated lunch is provided ― delicious food and drink to satisfy your hungry appetite. Then we will proceed with our formal program. An award will be presented to a deserving member whose political contributions have stood out above and beyond all those who continuously support WMA. Another award will be presented to a member whose selfless contributions have impacted the industry. During the Annual Meeting, you’ll also learn the state of WMA, and see the new Board of Directors for 2017-2018 elected and sworn in.

Once all the business has been dealt with, we have some entertainment for you! Don’t be in such hurry! We haven’t forgotten dessert! Come into the Expo and enjoy your dessert as you visit our exhibitors one more time!

President’s Dinner Dance — Wednesday, October 18

You are cordially invited to WMA’s signature black tie event. It will be held on Wednesday evening in a beautifully appointed ballroom. Dress to impress! We will be there to warmly welcome you ― our honored guests ― to the annually anticipated President’s Dinner Dance. As you walk into the exquisitely decorated ballroom, you know that an enchanting evening awaits you. The magic begins the moment you arrive. Join family, friends and colleagues for a delicious meal. Then sit back and celebrate as the new President of the WMA Board of Directors, Lawrence (Larz) McAdoo, is sworn into office and delivers an inaugural address. Next, join us in feting the 2017 recipient of WMA’s most recognized and esteemed honor: The Busch, Carr & McAdoo Memorial Award.

Finally, after we have wrapped up the business end of our evening, prepare to dance and party the rest of the night away! We promise this will be an evening you will long remember!



Legal and Management Advice
Please note these are the correct days for these two panels. Moderators and panels were reversed in the printed brochure.
Tuesday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Vivienne Alston Panel
Wednesday, October 18, 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Keith Casenhiser Panel

MCM: HCD Updates
Tuesday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.,
with a repeat Wednesday, October 18, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
(Caesar Ponce)

MCM: Making Registration, Titling and Title 25 Great Again!
Wednesday, October 18, 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
(Terry Dowdall, Ron Javor and Sal Poidomani)

MCM: Senior Issues
Wednesday, October 18, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
(Larry Weaver and Chad Casenhiser)

MCM: Top Ten Operational Reports
Tuesday, October 17, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Laura Schatz and Mike Cirillo)

MCM: Wag More, Bark Less — Reducing Negativity in the Workplace
Wednesday, October 18, 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.,
with a repeat Wednesday, October 18 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
(Karen Purves, MA)

MCM: What to do in a Natural Disaster
Wednesday, October 18, 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
(Candace Holcombe)

New Developments in Failure to Maintain Cases
Wednesday, October 18, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
(Arthur Grebow, Daniel Rudderow and Julie Rubin)

On-Site Management XYZs
Tuesday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
(Joseph Carroll and Ruben Garcia)

Park Improvements Strategies — 10 Tips
Tuesday, October 17, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Bill Dahlin, Thomas Pacelli, Mindy Parish and John Pentecost)

Solar: Energy Costs Under a Trump Administration
Wednesday, October 18, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
(David Firestone and Matt Cohen)

Update on New Laws
Tuesday, October 17, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Catherine Borg, Terry Dowdall and Paul Jensen)

Tuesday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.




Golf Tournament (optional)

Badges/Tickets Pick Up for Pre-registered Convention Attendees
    1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Networking Event Reception
    5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.



Registration Opens
    8:00 a.m.

Coffee Service Only
    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Educational Seminars
    9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Kick Off Lunch
    11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Expo Opens
    12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Educational Seminars
    3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception and Wine Tasting with a Dinner Buffet
    4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.



Expo Hours
    7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Breakfast in Expo
    7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Registration Opens
    8:00 a.m.

Educational Seminars
    9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Pre-Lunch Cocktails in Expo
    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Annual Meeting and Luncheon
    12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Desserts and Drawing in Expo
    1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Expo Closes
    3:00 p.m.

Educational Seminars
    2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

President’s Dinner Dance
    5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.     Pre-Dinner Cocktails
    6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.    Dinner Dance



Final Breakfast
    8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
    9:00 a.m.                     2017 WMA Convention & Expo Closes


Hertz Car Rental

WMA has negotiated special meeting rates with Hertz for car rentals during Convention at all California and Nevada locations. For reservations, call Hertz at 800.654.2240 and refer to CV#02RE0031.


Travel from Southern California

Southwest Airlines offers many flights to Reno out of Burbank, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Ontario, Orange County and San Diego. Three flights between Los Angeles and Reno are direct flights; for Ontario travelers, two flights have one stop with no plane changes; from Burbank, there are a number of flights with one stop and no plane changes. Southwest Airlines also offers two direct flights daily between San Diego and Reno. JetBlue offers one daily flight between Long Beach and Reno.

So there are a many more options for flights to Reno from Southern California than there were two years ago. Book your flights early!



Click on company name to visit their websites.


Advantage Homes

Alliance Manufactured Homes

Capital Insurance Group
(Represented by California Southwestern Insurance Agency and Alvarado Pacific Insurance Services)

JB Bostick Company, Inc.

Pan American Insurance Agency, Inc.

Shorebreak Energy Solar



American Asphalt


Martinez & Associates

The Bank of Hemet

Wells Fargo



Tower Communities



Horizon Solar Power

Lipscomb Real Estate, Inc.

Marcus & Millichap

Storz Management Company


2018 Convention

Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa
October 8 through 11, 2018


Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
2707 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502
Reservations: 800.282.2444
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