News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Greenbuild’s Residential Tipping Point
John McManus / BUILDER / November 18, 2015
With the Unity Homes project as a central point of focus, a gathering that has up to now emphasized commercial sheltered space, now hits closer to home. Greenbuild, an annual trade show and conference that champions progress in construction design and development that are mindful of the finite and shrinking supply of essential natural resources, typically casts its strongest spell of appeal among commercial developers, architects, engineers, and manufacturers. This year may be different. Here’s why. For one, the agenda, getting underway today, Nov. 18, at the Washington D.C. ConventionRead More
Action vs. Talk
John McManus / BUILDER / November 16, 2015
Marketing guru Seth Godin advises, “It doesn’t matter what people say. Watch what they do.” He’s spotlighting a common misstep with research, which is a tendency to “drink our own Kool-Aid,” and confirm our biases when we set out to discover what will motivate buyers. For home builders and neighborhood developers, this is critical. Tons and tons of survey research speak volumes of the attitudes, preferences, and values of Millennials. They say they don’t want this. They insist on that. They prefer these offerings, and covet those. What we lack, we must remember, is a verifiable—andRead More
John McManus / BUILDER / August 4, 2015
CalAtlantic suggests a bold sweep and a blend that will allow Ryland and Standard Pacific to merge, and submerge its former identities
It’s only August, but home building’s boldest move in 2015 thus far is the merger that will combine Ryland and Standard Pacific into CalAtlantic, a $5.2 billion enterprise, operating in 17 states, 41 market arenas, 538 active communities, and 74,000 lots owned and controlled.
The merger’s inner logic–pairing organizations whose customer segments dovetail, and whose geographies align and whose financials can probably standRead More
John McManus / BUILDER / July 24, 2015
Each year at PCBC, Lisa and Shane Parrish of Peter M. Mayer productions stage the Gold Nugget Awards. For 52 years, this occasion has celebrated the resilient fusion of design, building, community planning and development, and clients and customers. This year was no different, and what captured this year’s proceedings in a flash for me was a single tableau on stage and one sound bite.
For a good run of years, the work of several architect teams—Bassenian Lagoni, Danielian Associates, Robert Hidey, KTGY, and Woodley Architectural Group—has cropped up among the grand and merit awardRead More
John McManus / BUILDER / July 19, 2015
There are good jobs in the home building and building materials and products manufacturing business right now. Each month, the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey affirms that job opportunities abound. National Association of Home Builders tax and policy expert Rob Dietz stays current on monthly JOLTS reports for residential construction, and he notes that the industry is running at “cycle highs” in unfilled payroll positions.
People. It’s a people business. “The people of my company are what makes it work.” Talent. Labor capacity.Read More
John McManus / BUILDER / December 29, 2014
Home builders are like other people in a lot of ways. But in some characteristics and habits, you’re just different. And that’s mostly a very good thing.
Home builders are generous-souled, incredibly driven, and hard-working people who want their efforts to result in filling a deep human need that often has an almost permanent (decades-long) set of implications for use of part of the planet. Good work means work that lasts, stressed by the elements of nature, economic ups and downs, and incessant use.
There’s something in the DNA of a home builder—whether it’s an entrepreneur workingRead More
I was recently interviewed by Finance Monthly, a publication based in the UK that covers global finance news. After the sale of our Exhibitions business last month to Informa, they were curious to know how the deal will affect the direction of Hanley Wood in 2015 and beyond. I wanted to share my responses with you, as my responses are as important to you as they are to the global finance community.
Tell us a bit about Hanley Wood and your two tenures with the company?
Historically, Hanley Wood has been a business-to-business (B2B) media and event services company serving the multi-trillion dollarRead More