Dennis J. Hill is President and founder of Show Ways Unlimited, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia… a professional producer and coordinator of trade shows for associations and other business groups.
Show Ways Unlimited, Inc. is widely recognized for our professional approach, detailed planning and maximizing participation. Show Ways has produced shows from Atlanta, Georgia to Atlantic City, New Jersey, out west to Kansas City, Missouri, Omaha Nebraska, Tulsa Oklahoma… from Louisville Kentucky, down south to New Orleans, Louisiana, Nashville Tennessee, Charlotte North Carolina and Tunica, Mississippi.
Starting in 1968, Hill progressed “through the ranks” in his early years, working from the grassroots level in state and regional manufactured housing organizations. He began at the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association and moved to the Southeastern regional level, where he directed member services for the Southeastern Manufactured Housing Institute and produced the “Old Atlanta Show.” He was promoted to Assistant Executive Vice President and then to President of the Southeastern division of the Manufactured Housing Institute. Hill has been named, “Industry Person of the Year” by the Journal, The Magazine for Manufactured & Modular Housing Professionals; and inducted into the National Hall of Fame in 2004.
To quote Hill, “I’m proud to have worked with so many terrific people over the years. It has been a privilege to join forces with all the Boards of our industry trade shows during the last 48 years. I like to think that if I have made a contribution it’s been in the evolution of manufactured housing trade shows that have become more and more professional over the years. It is gratifying to both observe and participate in high quality expositions that provide such a service to the industry. Of course, there are always bumps in the road, but together we’ve survived the good times and the not-so-good times. We have persisted. We have overcome all sorts of obstacles. We have attempted to be innovative and creative, and I believe we’ve succeeded.
While our shows… over all these years… have followed the same basic format, we have also been mindful of the value of change. Many of us are so fearful of change that we overlook opportunity. Change is really the only absolute… and absolutely nothing stays the same, no matter how tenaciously we may cling to it. Moving forward, we learned to greet change with enthusiasm, eager to take advantage of new options. Not all changes are beneficial, but each time we are faced with unwelcome change and confronted it head on. We become more resilient. Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” If we had never taken any risks nor made the changes that have had a lasting impact on our shows, they would not be as successful as they are today. So for all these reasons, I applaud all the fine men and women who have worked do diligently with me to make each show the best it can be.”