SECO22 Speakers

Look Who’s Speaking at SECO22!

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Ed O. Bridgman

Ed O. Bridgman is an Air Force veteran with a background in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. While an Electrical Design Engineer he co-authored “Six-Sigma Quality Initiatives” earning Motorola the 1st Malcom Baldridge award from President Ronald Reagan. He has been a Six Sigma consultant for 30 years helping companies in a variety of industries reduce operating cost and increase profit margins while anticipating and exceeding customer’s expectations.

In 2010 the British Petroleum oil spill resulted in BP being fined $24 Billion to be spent in the tourist industry along the Gulf Coast. Ed immediately began researching the tourist industries and realized the financial potential of the Outdoor Hospitality industry. Over the past 10 years Ed has proven himself to be the RV Destination leading expert consulting for the RV Industry preparing Feasibility Analysis, Business Plans, Site Design Layouts and Project Managing the construction of RV Parks, Campgrounds, Resorts and Communities. Ed helps people “Maximize the value of their land.”

In January of 2013 Ed purchased 20 acres south of Mobile Alabama ideal for Homestead RV Community. In 2021 Ed opened Homestead RV Community as his “Flagship” employing “State-of-the-Art” technology and forward-thinking features including the ability to automatically, easily meter, and charge for both electrical and water use at every site for any length of stay. Not only does Ed advise clients how to spend their money, but he also shows them how he spent his own money.

Brandi Collins

Brandi Collins is a Training Specialist with Rent Manager, a leading property management accounting software that allows you to meet all of your property management needs in one integrated solution. With 17 years of training experience, Brandi specializes in relationship building and dynamic content development as well as a vast understanding of Rent Manager features and property management workflows. At rent Manager she educates employees and customers on all aspects of the program. Prior to her time at Rent Manager, Brandi served as a Training Specialist and Call Quality Analyst where she was instrumental in the creation of a very successful customer service program that was also adopted by companies such as, Nike, Freightliner, The City of Indianapolis, Guardian Life Insurance, Mercedes Benz and Morgan Stanley, just to name a few. Brandi received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Management Information Systems from Central State University. In her spare time, she is a Fitness Instructor whose goal is to help others not only meet their fitness goals, but gain self confidence.

Ken Corbin

Ken Corbin has worked with over 4,500 owners, sales consultants and community managers is the U.S. and Canada.

He received his MBA from The University of Michigan and is an advisory consultant to the American Graduate / Thunderbird School of International Management. Ken is also on the board of trustees of Habitat for Humanity and is a Certified Management Consultant.

His consulting firm specializes in helping manufactured housing retailers and communities develop business strategies for maximum sales growth, financial fitness & long-term profitability.

Ken’s newest audio books, “Selling the American Dream of Home Ownership” and “Growing Your Business” are each over 8 hours in length.

Judge Louis Levenson

Judge Louis Levenson has practiced law in Georgia since 1978, and today specializes in wills, trusts, fiduciary accounting, probate and estate litigation. Across his 44-year career, he also served from 1984 – 2015 as a part time Magistrate and State Court Judge and having heard over 500,000 cases relating to dispossessory and eviction disputes.

Judge Levenson graduated from the Emory University School of Law in 1978. He is admitted to practice law in Georgia (1978), New York (1983), South Carolina (1994) and Texas (2017), as well as to several federal district and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

He has been an instructor for the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and a frequent lecturer on landlord/tenant law for Georgia State University and other organizations.

Valerie Sanders

Valerie Sanders has a BS degree in geosciences and secondary education from SUNY Buffalo. She is an active member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Associations and is frequently invited to participate in panels at national meetings. 

Before co-founding WeatherCall, Valerie worked for WSI Corporation working with emergency management and public safety agencies. She also managed a program for Baron Services facilitating partnerships to fund the placement of radar systems. After, she worked for WeatherData providing weather risk-management programs. 

Since starting WeatherCall Services, LLC., the solutions available have developed for many industries and new products for more communication options.

Ekaterina Stepanova

Ekaterina (Katerina) Stepanova, was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, and immigrated to the United States 15 years ago and has lived in New York since.

She is a partner at M2K Partners, which owns MHP communities across the United States: Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Florida, Arizona and Alabama totaling 850 spaces.

She is the Founder of “MHP Tribe”, a community supporting busy professionals with a focus on partnerships & efficient business solutions for financial freedom through mobile home park investing.

Ekaterina was a co-organizer and speaker at SECO (National Conference for Manufactured Housing Community Owners) in 2020 and 2021, guest speaker at annual manufactured housing industry conferences such as TexCo and Biloxi Expo in 2022.

Brett Taft

Brett Taft is a Vice President and the Chief Operating Officer for UMH Properties, Inc.. UMH Properties, Inc. is a publicly traded company that owns and operates 132 communities containing 25,000 developed homesites. Brett has been with UMH for 11 years and has been a key component of the company’s growth during this time. As the COO, Brett is responsible for the oversight of UMH’s day to day operations. Brett has also worked to identify, acquire, integrate, and upgrade properties that fit our growth criteria. 

Brett is a Trustee for the CentraState Healthcare System. He is also a trustee and the Vice Chair of the CentraState Foundation. He graduated from Monmouth University with a B.A. in Political Science in 2011.

Kevin Thrash

Kevin Thrash spent 16 at a Georgia-Pacific with progressive leadership roles in the areas of Credit Management, Project Management, and Corporate Finance. He then transitioned to banking where he has worked for the past 19 years with responsibilities in Commercial Lending and Risk Management. He is presently an Executive Vice-President at American Commerce Bank with offices in Georgia and Florida.  

American Commerce Bank is a national bank and has been an enthusiastic supporter of the manufactured home industry for many years.  

Kevin has a BBA from Mississippi State University, an MBA from Georgia State University, a GSB from Louisiana State University and is a Certified Treasury Professional.  

Mark Yost

Mark Yost has served in the roles of Chief Financial Officer, President, and now Chief Executive Officer of Skyline Champion Corp. since joining in 2013. Prior to coming to Champion, he served in in operational, financial, and executive roles globally.  He was awarded by Crain’s for leading and developing great teams and scaling during recessionary times by taking care of the customer.  Mr. Yost has a MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and has guest lectured at universities on all aspects of business.

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