2023 AIM Conference Agenda

2023 Affiliates In Motion Conference

2023 AIM Conference Agenda


Time Event Location
9:00am - 4:00pm Registration Center Lobby
10:00am - 11:30am

Pre-Conference: New Executive Director Training

Speaker: Amanda Kutzler, HFHI

11:45am - 12:45pm

Working Lunch: Safeguarding Session

Speaker: Dawn Daniels McNear, HFHI

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Pre-Conference: Not-for-Profit Financial Reporting, Understanding the Basics

Speaker: Bradley DeVries, Yeo & Yeo

3:00pm - 5:30pm HFHM Board Meeting Aurora
5:30pm - 7:30pm HFHM Board Dinner Aurora




Time Event Location
9:00am - 6:00pm Registration Center Lobby
9:00am - 9:45am Networking Breakfast Ballrooms BCD
9:45am - 10:00am Welcome, Devotion and Opening Remarks  
10:00am - 11:15am

Opening General Session: State of Habitat for Humanity of Michigan: Updates Since AIM 2022

Speakers: John Williams and Wendy Clow, HFHM

Ballrooms BCD
11:15am - 11:30am Break & Transition to Lunch  
11:30am - 12:15pm Networking Luncheon Ballrooms BCD
12:15pm - 12:45pm Luncheon Featured Speaker: Rev. Ken Bensen Ballrooms BCD
12:45pm - 1:00pm Break  
1:00pm - 2:00pm

General Session: Fireside Chat: HFHM 30th Anniversary - Our History, Present, and Future

Speakers: Rev. Ken Bensen, Sandra Pearson and John Williams

Ballrooms BCD
2:00pm - 2:15pm Refreshment Break  
2:00pm - 4:00pm Professional Photo Opportunity Hallway
2:15pm - 3:15pm

General Session: Building Inclusively: A Comprehensive Look at Habitat Affiliates' Impact through DEI

Speaker: Tomara Nolen, DTE Energy

Ballrooms BCD
3:15pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break & Transition to Aurora Room  
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Corporate Partner Panel

Whirlpool (Build Better Program), HFH Mortgage, Consumers Energy, DTE Foundation

4:30pm - 5:00pm Break  
5:00pm - 7:30pm

Welcome Reception & Awards Ceremony (Dinner, Cash Bar and Awards)

  • 5:00pm - Ballroom Doors Open
  • 5:30pm - Dinner Buffet Opens
  • 6:00pm - Awards Program Starts
Royale Ballroom

7:30pm - 9:30pm

30th Anniversary Social Solutions Royale Ballroom




Time Event Location
7:15am - 5:00pm Registration Center Lobby
7:00am - 9:30am Exhibitor Set-Up (Sponsors and Exhibitors invited to Legislative Breakfast) Ballrooms EF
8:00am - 9:30am Legislative Breakfast & Featured Speaker Ballrooms BCD
9:30am - 6:30pm Exhibit Hall Open Ballrooms EF
9:30am - 9:45am Refreshment Break with Exhibitors Ballrooms EF
9:45am - 11:00am

Concurrent Tracks: Session One


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Human Resources: Building Strong Teams for Habitat Affiliates

Speaker: Donna Lucas

Ballrooms BCD

FINANCE: Financial Integrity for Habitat Affiliates: Accounting, Audits, and 990 Essentials

Speaker: Bradley DeVries, Yeo & Yeo

Ballroom A

PROGRAM: How to Use USDA RD Loans for Your Next Habitat Build

Speaker: Brandon Fewins, USDA


CONSTRUCTION: Crafting Cost-Effective Collaborations: Navigating Negotiations with Contracts and Vendors

Speakers: Dorian Sanders and Joe Richard, Habitat Oakland


DEVELOPMENT: Narratives of Impact: Leveraging Homeowner Stories for Fundraising Impact

Speaker: Wendy Clow, HFHM


RESTORE: Balancing Books: Best Practices in Habitat ReStore Accounting Controls

Speaker: Jeremy Keen, HFHI

11:00am - 11:15am Refreshment Break with Exhibitors Ballrooms EF
11:15am - 12:30pm Concurrent Tracks: Session Two  

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Leading with Impact: Marketing Techniques or Habitat Affiliate Leaders

Speaker: Ben Jamerson, Ngage Management

Ballroom BCD

FINANCE: Safeguarding Our Mission: Navigating Business Insurance for Habitat Affiliates

Speaker: Brandyn Neal, Schauer Group

Ballroom A

PROGRAM: Home Repair Mastery: Guiding Successful Transformations for Habitat Families

Speakers: Britany Johnson and Brendan Recker, Habitat Detroit


CONSTRUCTION: Building to Code: Navigating the Evolving Landscape of Housing Regulations

Speaker: Aaron Vander Meulen, Vander Meulen Builders


DEVELOPMENT: Collaborative Fundraising (Future of Fundraising)

Speakers: Ed Lee and Sandy Smith, HFHI


RESTORE: Revitalizing ReStore Sales: Strategies for Success

Speaker: Jeremy Keen, HFHI

12:45pm - 1:45pm Meager Meal (Exhibit Hall Closed) Ballrooms BCD
1:45pm - 2:00pm Transition to Tracks  
2:00pm - 3:15pm Concurrent Tracks: Session Three  

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Exploring Public Policy that Advances Affiliate's Ability to Make the Cost of Home More Affordable

Speaker: Robert Hickey, HFHI

Ballrooms BCD

FINANCE: Guarding the Treasury: Best Practices in Financial Internal Controls for Habitat Affiliates

Speaker: Kurt Miller, RDM Associates

Ballroom A

PROGRAM: Volunteer Value: Maximizing and Measuring In-Kind Contributions for Habitat Programs

Speaker: Mary Ellen Kearney, Habitat Detroit


CONSTRUCTION: Green Thresholds: Balancing Sustainability and Efficiency in Habitat Builds

Speaker: Cory Connolly, Solar for All


DEVELOPMENT: Grants Unearthed: Strategies for Discovering and Securing Funding for Habitat Affiliates

Speakers: Lotefa Bartlett de Villarreal, We Innovate Work and
Yah-Hanna Jenkins Leys, MillerKnoll Cares


RESTORE: ReStore Revamp: Proven Marketing Strategies for Maximum Impact

Speaker: Jeremy Keen, HFHI

3:15pm - 3:45pm Refreshment Break with Exhibitors Ballrooms EF
3:45pm - 4:45pm Topic Council Meetings  
  Construction Aurora
  ReStore Ballroom B
  Volunteer Reo
  Fund Development Packard
  Services Cord
5:00pm - 6:30pm Exhibitor Networking Dinner (Pizza Bar, Cash Bar, Drawings) Ballrooms BCDEF
6:30pm - 8:30pm Exhibitor Fun Night (Desserts, Games, Karaoke, Cash Bar) Ballroom A
8:30pm Exhibitor Tear Down & Move Out Ballrooms EF




Time Event Location
8:00am - 9:00am Full Breakfast & Morning Inspiration Ballrooms BCD
9:00am - 10:30am

Banking Partners Forum Discussion

Affiliate Mortgage Services​​​​​​, Chase Bank, Community Financial Credit Union, First Independence Bank, HFH Mortgage Solutions, Independent Bank, Lake Trust Credit Union and Old National Bank

Ballrooms BCD
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Conference Concludes, Grab & Go Refreshments, Hotel Check Out

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Fair Lending Services Board Meeting