Hanley Wood, parent company of BUILDER, announced today the formation of the HIVE Action Partnership, a group of influential leaders and innovators--including ABC Supply president Keith Rozolis and BMC COO Mike McGaugh--that will focus on the nationwide issue of the shortage of affordable and accessible housing. The group will set initiatives in motion around opportunity areas and investments, and challenge the entire business community with a specific action plan targeted in 2018 to “Reignite the Dream: Affordability for Profit and Purpose.”

The HIVE Action Partnership is charged with synthesizing and communicating the action items that will be the framework for the discussions and panels at the third annual HIVE Conference, which will be held in Austin on November 28 and 29. These leaders will help determine priorities and present final direction to policy makers in an active pursuit of change.

“The HIVE conferences have been at the forefront of identifying the greatest challenges and opportunities in housing and bringing innovative solutions and dialogue to the community,” said Peter Goldstone, CEO of Hanley Wood. “The next step is action. HIVE will not only be a catalyst for collaboration and innovation, but it will propagate change. This year’s conference is focusing on the issue of affordability in the United States, and is becoming the exclusive gathering for leaders, technologies and innovations that will change ongoing policy conversations and initiatives.”

The members of the HIVE Action Partnership have been selected from across the business community, finance and academia. Along with Rozolis and McGaugh, the 2018 HIVE Action Partnership has these members:

· Chris Baldwin, President, Kohler· Vicki Been, Boxer Family Professor of Law, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, New York University
· Natalie Bruss, Partner, FifthWall
· Kent Colton, President, K. Colton LLC
· Laura Dwyer, Global Innovation Leader, DuPont Performance Building Solutions
· Arthur Esswein, Business Development Manager, Tesla
· Carol Galante, Faculty Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, UC Berkeley
· Chris Herbert, Managing Director, Harvard JCHS
· Steve Hilton, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, Meritage Homes
· John McManus, Editorial Director, Residential Group, Hanley Wood
· James Schloemer, CEO, Continental Properties
· Katie Swenson, Vice President, National Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners
· Caroline Vary, Managing Director of Asset Management, Jonathan Rose Companies
· Fritz Wolff, Co-Founder, Katerra

The HIVE Action Partnership will be led by co-chairpersons Gary E. Robinette, chairman and CEO, Ply Gem Building Products and Peter Goldstone, CEO, Hanley Wood; and facilitated by Frank Anton, chairman emeritus, Hanley Wood.

“These influential leaders have identified that we are at a critical moment in housing and they are also willing to position passion and social impact before profit to insight change,” said John McManus, vice president and editorial director for the Residential Group at Hanley Wood. “These leaders are committing their time and their resources to finding solutions that have the potential to impact housing today and tomorrow.”

The 2018 HIVE Conference will be held on November 28 and 29 at the JW Marriott Austin. The conference has a two day line up with keynote addresses and educational content presented by innovative thought leaders, including CEOs, architects, authors, economists, and educators. Content and discussions will be driven by five transformative forces: Building Technology, Capital, Design, Strategy and Intel.