Recap: April 2022 Future of Housing: Supply Chain, Talent + ESG

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As a result of current market dynamics, housing prices jumped 33% over the past 2 years. It’s hard to say for sure, but homes are likely permanently more expensive going forward.

And we’re facing a rising interest rate environment which has the potential to price out nearly 3 million households with every 50 basis point increase.

At the Alliance it’s our goal to arm you with the tools and resource to think differently in delivering on the unmet market demand.

Together we’ll tackle the pressure points our industry is facing – productivity, talent, and sustainability to mention a few.

During our virtual, 1/2 day event in April of 2022, we shared our vision for the future of housing and invited experts and attendees to share insights on supply chain, talent and ESG. Continue reading for key takeaways + short clips.

Alliance Homes: Envisioning the Future of Housing

Key Takeaways:

This is a must see. It’s only 19 minutes. Watch.

Our innovation priorities may change from year to year, but one thing remains the same. We look at the homebuilding business through 4 key lenses.

  1. Business – our broader mission, vision, values, organizational and revenue models

  2. People – the people, relationships, and skillsets we need to succeed. Our team (inside + out), our customers + our allies.

  3. Product – how we offer value, whether it’s a dwelling or a service.

  4. Process – how we combine people, tech + data to deliver on our promise as a company.

In this short intro, we share our vision for the future of housing and introduce you to Alliance Homes. 

Supply Chain Perspectives

Panelists

  • Ryan Barry, Vice President of Sales, Stier Supply Company
  • Matt Collins, Homebuilding Operations Guru, The Mainspring Group
  • Ken Pinto, Owner, Kenzai USA

 

Facilitator

  • Monica Wheaton, Director of Customer Success, ECI Software Solutions


What we heard…

  • It’s time to get more involved in the supply chain. Establish new partnerships. Communication is key to forecasting. Find out who your subcontractors are buying from and establish a relationship with them so that you can work together to solve problems.

  • Work towards operational agility. Much like lean building is a recovery from waste, agility is the recovery from disruption.

  • Manage expectations with consumers. This makes responding to variables more palatable and efficient.

  • As one of our attendees put it, “labor is the silent assassin.” Talent does have a major impact on the supply chain production capacity. Continue reading for more insight on talent.

Listen in as a supply chain expert, a homebuilding operations guru and a ​forward-thinking trade contractor discuss where the housing supply chain stands today, share issues they are seeing + how to resolve them, and provide tips on how to set yourself up for future success.

Attracting + Retaining Tomorrow's Leaders

Panelists

  • Ralph Baja, National SVP of Customer Engagement + Production, Century Communities
  • Rich Gallagher, CEO, Synergos
  • Maya Sachdeva, Vice President, Hall-Williams Executive Search


Facilitator

  • Dennis Steigerwalt, President, Housing Innovation Alliance

 

How can we attract + retain talent in homebuilding?

  • Connect + listen. Have a clear mission and values.
  • Simplify the process, not the product.
  • Take a few pointers from the PropTech world (skip to min 29 in the video).


In the short snapshots below, you’ll hear:

  • The value of being thrown in the deep end from Ralph Baja
  • Insight into finding the right people from Maya
  • And the value of working with super trades from Rich

Putting the "S" in ESG: Driving Social Resiliency in Housing + Community Development

Panelists

  • Jeff Handlin, President, Oread Capital Group
  • Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki, Principal, tst ink LLC
  • Derrick Tillman, President + CEO, Bridging the Gap Development, LLC


Facilitator

  • Betsy Scott, Executive Director, Programs + Engagement, Housing Innovation Alliance

Key Takeaways:

  • 88% of Gen Z consumers agree that they expect businesses to have a positive impact on society. You can do good and make money at the same time.

  • Use what you already have to create an impact. Tap into your skills to take things to the next level.

  • How do we become place based economic developers -where we create a place based economy that is sustainable, resilient, community owned and community serving?

During this round table discussion, we dug into the human side of ESG from multiple angles — attainability and quality of life, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement. Get inspired by insights from our panel and attendees.

Want to get involved?

 

Contact us to get involved or join a working group and register for an upcoming event. 

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