Posts Tagged ‘Expo Square’

MHAO Cancels Show

December 14th, 2012 Comments off

In an open letter to the industry, Deanna Fields of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO) says the 2013 Great Southwest Home Show has been canceled. Originally set to run Feb. 28-March 3, 2013 at the QuikTrip Center Expo Square in Tulsa, due to the economic climate, site contract payments due for the show, and response from MH producers and other vendors, the MHAO Board of Directors decided to pull the plug on this year’s show. MHProNews has learned MHAO is planning a show in 2014 when the economic forecast looks brighter. Noting the past four years at QuikTrip have been a great promotion for the industry, MHAO President Bo Radley stated, “We remain committed to providing this forum in the future and will continue the momentum in that direction.” Sources close to the Louisville and Tunica shows expressed their regrets about Tulsa’s Show, but say their outlooks are good for 2013. For example the Louisville Show’s attendee registrations are up, number of manufacturers are up and sold out. Louisville has also expanded their exhibit space. The popular Money Tree Seminars are also expanded. A special pre-show event is planned: Introduction to MH Opportunities day, linked here.


(Photo credit: MHProNews–QuikTrip Center)

Manufactured Housing Show Returns to Tulsa in 2013

July 27th, 2012 Comments off

Deanna Fields, Executive Director of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO), tells MHProNews the Great Southwest Home Show will once again be held at the QuikTrip Center Expo Square in Tulsa, Feb. 28-March 3, 2013. The educational seminars will be held Wed. Feb. 27 before the show. Thurs. and Fri. will be Trade Days, Sat. and Sun. the show will welcome the public. MHAO Board of Directors elected  for the coming year are: Scott Valdez, 1stV.P.; Ray McKay, 2ndV.P.; Julie Dwyer, Sec.; Steve Russell, Treas.; and Tony Fiorentine, Sgt. At Arms.

(Photo credit: MHProNews— Expo Square)

Passages: Gunner Cannon

February 7th, 2012 Comments off

Would you put your child in this man’s hands? extends heartiest congratulations to Doug Gorman, founder of Home Mart in Tulsa, OK on the birth of his grandson, Gunner Cannon, shown here at two-weeks old in the arms of Mitt Romney. Taken during a Florida campaign stop Jan. 26, at Paramount Printing in Jacksonville, hopefully Gunner is bending Romney’s ear about MH . We know his granddad, one of the original members of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), is busy as chairman of the upcoming Great Southwest Home Show in Tulsa at the QuikTrip Center at Expo Square. March 1-2 are Trade Days, and March 3-4 are Public Days. This picture was taken before the FL primary which Romney won. Perhaps Gunner can help lift the Great Southwest Show into the winner’s column.

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Major MH Event draws praise and launches new Video

November 1st, 2011 Comments off

MHProNews has learned that praise for the new early March show date and support for the Great Southwest Home show continues to grow.  “The Great Southwest Home Show is one of the best investments we make each year. We have fun while we work.” said Mike Harrison, President of QuikBrick. Triad Financial Service Regional Manager, Julie Dwyer, said Time and time again, the Great Southwest Home Show has proven to be a strong supporter for the manufactured housing industry. “ Dwyer added, “Growth and prosperity in this industry will continue with the dedication and commitment from industry manufacturers and exhibitors that showcase their products and services  to businesses across the region.” Retailer Bo Radley, President of Aspen Homes stated that “Attending the Great Southwest Home Show does help me keep in contact with key people in the industry and meet new contacts that I otherwise wouldn’t have met.  Most of the people I do business with today are people I met at trade shows. The Tulsa show features trade days March 1st and 2nd, followed by public days March 3d and 4th, where homes are sold direct to the public and hundreds of leads are created for exhibitors. Last year’s attendance was up over the previous year, and over 2000 attended public days. The video shown was just released, and more information on the show can be found at this link. Tulsa’s annual show has become one of the top 4 major Industry events for the year, an ongoing achievement by all those involved.

(Video credit: Great Southwest Home Show and MHAO)


2012 Great Southwest Home Show Deal Approaching?

August 1st, 2011 Comments off

Great_Southwest_Home_Show_QuikTrip_Center_photo_by_Tony_Kovach_posted_MHMSM.com_MHProNewsInformed sources tell that organizers for the Great Southwest Home Show (GSWHS) are close to making a new deal for a 2012 event.  “We are now reviewing a contract at the Expo for March 1-2 for Trade and 3-4 for public days.” one source stated.  “March 1 & 2 (are) the new dates… Expo Square!”  Yet another source told us that discussions with various manufacturers and with Expo Square, where the QuikTrip Center is located, led to what looks like a creative soluton that is nearly a ‘done deal.’  The essence of the plan was to move the show between the dates of the Louisville and Tunica shows, early enough in the season to capture spring sales.  With an early March show date and an all indoor facility, the threat of winter weather would be minimized. “The QuikTrip Center allows us to expand the show over time, we can have a hundred homes there if we wanted to do so.  The Tulsa Convention Center would have limited us to no more than 24 homes.  We believe the new date at the QuikTrip and an easy Tulsa travel destination can lead to a show that will grow over time into a great Industry event.”

(photo credit: Tony Kovach) Takes a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the 2011 Great Southwest Home Show

January 26th, 2011 Comments off
The first half of the year is the season for home shows, and 2011 is proving to be a milestone for those featuring manufactured housing. Following the successful Louisville Manufactured Housing Show in Kentucky, work is underway to bring the return of another event featuring the economy and innovations of the industry to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Closing the Convention Center doors of the Kentucky Exposition Center behind him, Publisher L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach headed for Oklahoma to meet with the team doing the groundwork for a successful event in that state. “This is the world’s largest indoor manufactured housing event, and it promises to be one of the best yet,” Kovach says, adding that making it great requires intricate planning. “When you have some 30 homes and 50 booths, plus seminars, contests, incentives and much more, you have to plan for everything—that includes on-site registration, traffic flow, timing, security, ease of set-up and more.” The Great Southwest Home Show will be held April 28 to May 1 at the QuikTrip Center at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma. More behind the scenes details are available at: Registration information and other details are available at