SPEAKERS
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Melanie Atkinson

Moderator,  Event Architect 

Melanie has been involved on many projects locally and nationally promoting the positive impact for the consumer from healthy food to affordable housing.

 

  • Publisher of Cooking byDesign Magazine

  • Event Architect, producing over 300 events since 1996, including Food Network

  • Urban Farmer-focused on sustainable agriculture interrupting the supply chain with clean food, solving world hunger

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Robin Butler

NOAH RDI, Founder

Born in Kentucky, raised in Maryland, Robin originally took over a family construction business in 1974 and has been self-employed in construction ever since. He moved to Florida in 1992 to help rebuild Homestead, Florida after Hurricane Andrew. In the summer 2015, he started NOAH Certified, a third-party inspection and certification company for tiny houses on wheels.

As Founder of NOAH Certified, Robin brings 40+ years of experience building homes. From concept to completion, he’s designed homes, drawn plans, and built homes of all sizes. His experience working with the permit department, building inspections/inspectors, and planning and zoning provide a deep body of knowledge for the inspection and certification process. 

Robin enjoys traveling the country speaking about standards and building codes for tiny houses on wheels. And, in his spare time, Robin likes to fish, snorkel and go hiking in the mountains. He is a happily married empty-nester, with four kids and seven grandkids, with three generations of family currently serving on the NOAH Certified team including Robin’s 23-year-old grandson.

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Chris DiCroce

Author, Song Writer and - a quitter

He quit the rat-race, sold his Nashville home, and nearly everything he owned and moved aboard a small sailboat, in search of a simpler life. Since that time, he's authored several Amazon bestselling books, numerous magazine pieces, and sailed to eight countries.

DiCroce's been writing in one form or another for over 30 years. As a young songwriter and artist in Nashville, Tennessee, he wrote and produced three critically-acclaimed records. His music and introspective lyrics captured the attention of the New York Times and the industry's top publications such as Billboard Magazine and Performing Songwriter.

He toured nationally and internationally, performing at FARM AID, for the USO, and as the support act for numerous artists including Robert Plant, Steve Forbert, and the Samples.

In 2001, a divorce and the events of September 11th forced DiCroce to reexamine everything, setting in motion a journey of reinvention that ultimately led to his leaving Nashville in 2012.

DiCroce began experimenting and writing in long-form. His pieces on travel and minimalist living have been featured in SAIL Magazine and SpinSheet Magazine, and he's been featured on numerous podcasts including iHeart Radio's Speaking of Travel, Boat Radio International, and the Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast.

A staunch minimalist, DiCroce quietly champions the virtues of a simpler life through speaking engagements.

He's currently working on his next project from his favorite taqueria in Mexico where he lives part-time with his wife Melody.

To find out more, visit chrisdicroce.com.

Dan Fitzpatrick

Tiny Home Industry Alliance, President

American Tiny House Association, Dir of Gov Affairs

Dan Fitzpatrick is the President of the Tiny House Industry Association (THIA) and the Director of Government Relations for the American Tiny House Association (ATHA).

Working with these organizations the past six (6) years, Dan has made numerous presentations to state and local governments throughout the United States -- working with them in amending their building and land use laws, ordinances and codes in support of tiny houses. Dan is the individual responsible for legalizing movable tiny homes in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, etc., and encouraging government nationally to embrace Appendix Q (Tiny Homes).

Mr. Fitzpatrick has over 48 years of broad executive level management and administrative leadership experience in both the public and private sector. 

Dan’s government experience spans duties as Assistant City Manager for the City of Las Vegas, and in California, as Fresno County’s Chief Administrative Officer.

As a private real estate developer, Mr. Fitzpatrick has completed projects ranging from infill small lot residential subdivisions to a 26,000-acre master planned community.

Lindsay Wood

Experience Tiny Homes CEO

Lindsay Wood, "The Tiny Home Lady" is the CEO of Experience Tiny Homes, on a mission to develop 100,000 Tiny Homes as affordable houses in California and across the US.
Lindsay also guides people dreaming of going Tiny through the GO TINY! Academy focusing on a 6 step process of realizing their Dream Tiny Home.

Lindsay has been featured in articles by KUSI TV, Good Morning San Diego, Inman Media, Business Insider, Mercury News, Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast, Tiny East Bay Times, and Common Ground, among others.