Great Father’s Day, 6-19-2016

June 12th, 2016 No comments

Its dawn on dad’s day. The mind turns to all of those amazing father’s we’ve all met over the years. Like you, I know many who really invest time, love, instruction, guidance and fun with their child or children. Its a great example, one whose good qualities reminds us in a faint way of the Fatherhood of God.


Thank you dad, for everything. Image credit, HarringtonInsurance.

My own dad was a classical kind of philosphy professor who did speaking at conferences, wrote and published. I think about the hours he spent day after day, working in his study. Before personal computers came on the scene, typewriters and handwritten notes were the common instruments for writing.  Publishing articles or books before spell check – because there was no iMac, PCs smartphones or tablets – was an arduous and exacting task.  Father spent the time to get it all just right.

Teaching before there were powerpoints and video, looking back, was perhaps more challenging then too. Blackboards and chalk, a lectern and your notes was all that stood before the crowded college classroom.  I took one of my father’s university courses.  I recall him starting the class by raising his hand high over his head, before an auditorium of hundreds at students at the University of Oklahoma, no microphone.  No one ever said, “I can’t hear you.”  He knew just how to project his great voice.

Hand raised, he bent his pinky finger. If I can crook my little finger,” Dr. Kovach said, “then I know that there is a God!” He then went on to explain just how that bit of reasoning was done, using the classic moved-mover argument for the existence of an all powerful Creator.  

My father went back to Europe to get his Ph.D., while mother cared for our family. He was the first summa cum laude graduate of the doctoral program from the University of CologneGermany – a 500 year old institution of higher education. To say he was bright is an understatement.


Summa Cum Laude – Latin for With Highest Honors – graphic credit, Google defintions.

My dad never played baseball or threw a football with me. What fishing or boating took place as a kid, that was done with others. We did play a few games of chess. There was an annual family trip that lasted two weeks, and was mapped out well in advance using AAA’s TripTik (very different than GPS, Apple or Google Maps). We sped down the road from one pre-planned stop to another, keeping a precise schedule – even with a car full of kids – that would have made a German railroad proud. Mom made sandwiches in the back seat, all the goodies and fixings being kept in a cooler.


We disocvered great stretches of America, one AAA TripTik stop at a time, planned out weeks in advance by dear old dad. Image credit = DeliberateObfustication.

With so little time, how did my father influence me? Listening to conversations between my dad and his students, or other professors. Discussions on politics, ethics, history or religion. Meaty stuff! Listening to dad explain deductive reasoning and different forms of a syllogism. Dad taught by word and deed, discipline, dedication, planning and deep thought to arrive to a reason-based conclusion. Debate wasn’t a dirty word, and not everything that he said or did was politically correct.


Syllogism defined, credit screen capture from Google defintions.

Dad lived through World War II, helped his family escape the advance of Soviet Communists. He spent years in a DP camp (displaced persons, the refugee camps of yesteryear) until he legally came to the United States where I was the first one of his children born stateside. A college professor by trade, he shoveled snow and emptied bedpans to earn his family’s keep, until he got is first job teaching in an American college.


Anyone who knew my dad, knows he wasn’t perfect. But what he passed on was priceless. And between mom, dad and God, there is the precious gift of life itself.

To all those dads out there who like me are still playing catch up on fatherhood, take heart. Don’t give up.

To all those great dads out there, may your praises be sung for all eternity. To my own father, thank you. ##


L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach is one of the most popular speaker-presenters in MH. He routinely has standing -room-only crowds.

By L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

Tony Kovach is nation’s leading publisher, consultant, trainer and expert witness leading to the rebirth of safe, appealing, affordable and eco-friendly modern manufactured homes. Tony is a proud part of the team that publishes, and Inside MH videos, all divisions of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC.

Seeing A Week or Years Ahead

May 25th, 2016 No comments

“The fellow that can only see a week ahead is always the popular fellow, for he is looking with the crowd. But the one that can see years ahead, he has a telescope but he can’t make anybody believe that he has it.”

– Will Rogers

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Reputation and Doing

April 29th, 2016 No comments

Photo of and submitted by, Robin Crow.

“You Can’t Build A Reputation On What You’re Going To Do.” – Henry Ford quote,

sent by, Robin Crow.

Support or Oppose a President?

January 27th, 2016 No comments

In the light of recent feedback about MHI’s president and the related discussions, it is timely to consider some words of President Teddy Roosevelt.


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One must be willing to speak the truth, as charitably as possible, but also with the clarity and vigor needed to accomplish the mission of a family,

a firm,


or the flag of a nation.


L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach is one of the most popular speaker-presenters in MH. He routinely has standing -room-only crowds. He will be presenting at the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show in March, details, click here.

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The Power of Boat-Burning

December 16th, 2015 No comments

Years before I saw the video of Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey below…

For those not familiar with YouTube Videos, we have nothing to do with the commercial
that starts this potent 90 second video.

…I’d already known the historic power of commitment, symbolized by the words, “burn the boats.”


Victory Loves Commitment in Latin, image credit, calledconvictedconverted.

Those who move a proverbial mountain are always the committed! They make real decisions, a true commitment.  By definition, the committed give their all in the effort. By contrast, the half-hearted, toe-in-the-water measures are not how you move a mountain. For those folks who like the toe-in-the water method, sorry, but that’s the just proven by daily life. A quick example.

In professional football, the team drills, prepares and practices. They watch game film (video). They learn what each player is supposed to do, PLUS they learn what their opposition does. Then they draw up a plan to win. Then, they execute that plan. To be successful, the winners give it everything they’ve got.


As every solider knows, real battle is life and death. Victory Loves Preperation…and commitment. Image credit, Tumblr.

Try to think of any time in any sport that wins with half-hearted efforts. You can’t. That’s just not how life works.


Victory is achieved by Preperation, effort, courage…and Commitment. Image credit, My Life in the UK.

What we learn from athletics and team sports is a good lesson for professional life in MH is too. Toe-in-the-water gives you that same kind of result. By contrast, when Go-for-the-Gold, give it a burn the boats effort, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how often you will succeed.

Norman the Conqueror earned that name by taking England, the first time that had been done in centuries. When he crossed the English Channel in 1066, he ordered that they burn-the-boats that brought his soldiers across the channel. That made it win or lose. Nothing in between.

Norman the Conqueror then addressed his men. He told them, in effect, We are all in. We burned the boats. It is complete victory, or total defeat. Win or die.’ They won.

Fortunately in business, ‘all in’ doesn’t have to mean you risk it all! But it does mean, that once you have a sound plan, you don’t do it half-hearted. No-toe-in-the-waters. You go all out until you win.  Hit a road bump?  Adjust, go over, under, around or through it.  You do what it takes to win.

We see that principle at work with our clients. We’ve seen that principle work with MHProNews and MHLivingNews. We saw that principle work for the Louisville Show’s post-2010 comeback.

I had someone very well connected to the Louisville MH Show tell me a few days ago how terrible the show was in 2009. He recounted how it had been running down hill for years. No surprise that in 2010, near the depth of the great recession and how it hit MH so hard, that the industry’s members bailed, and would cancel the show. Bringing it back was no small feat. It took the works of hundreds of committed pros, we at MHProNews are pleased to have played an important role in that effort.

Who says? How about the Louisville show chairman, see his words – scroll past the video to the text in blue that he shared for publication – on the webpage linked here.

Lesson? Want to win? Set a good plan. Line up the resources and talents needed to make it happen. Keep in mind that talent can be rented, it can be contracted.

Then, go all in. Victory Loves Preparation. Victory Loves Commitment. Want to win? Burn the boats. Then watch as amazing things happen.##


L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach is one of the most popular speaker-presenters in MH. He routinely has standing -room-only crowds. He will be presenting at the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show in March, for more details, click here.

By L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

Thanksgiving – Have and Have Not

November 25th, 2015 No comments


Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. ~ Epicurus

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Leaders Grabbing Nettles and David Ogilvy

October 21st, 2015 No comments

When you Google “What are Nettles Good for” among the results that pop up are medicinal, herbal and teas made from the “stinging” plant. “Nettle (also known as Stinging Nettles) has been used for centuries to treat allergy symptoms,” proclaims the HerbalWisdom site.  WebMD and the NaturalSociety are among the top results that outline some of the benefits of a plant, the nettle being known as unpleasant to grap the wrong way. It is in that light that the saying from the “Father of Advertising” takes on its meaning.

Leaders Grasp Nettles. – David Ogilvy.


There are numerous issues that are irritating, bothersome and painful that face manufactured housing. The current flap in Florida over the placement of modular homes in one of their cities makes it clear that this isn’t just a “HUD” code issue.

For all the head aches and heart aches MH faces, the benefits had by grasping (grabbing hold) of them – and solving them! – are immense.

For those who want to bury their heads in the sand, and try the easiest route only? Going from some 372,000 shipments in 1998, to under 50,000 in 2009 (49,717 per U.S. Census data) reminds us what often happens when nagging, nettlesome problems aren’t solved. Leaders Grasp Nettles. Goal Orientation and Problem Solving Pays.


Photos by Mark Simon, from recent NY Housing Association meeting.  Tony is scheduled for the Tunica  MH Show in 2016, as well as for other events.

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Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

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Fran Tarkenton, “The Power of Failure, Succeeding in the Age of Innovation”

October 21st, 2015 No comments

Fran Tarkenton, on NewsMax Now TV, discusses his book, “The Power of Failure – Succeeding in the Age of Innovation”

Fran Tarkenton answers the question, which teaches more, success or failure? He shares life lessons. He also comments on the current crop of some of the presidential candidates. 

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Hardships, Evolution and Death

October 21st, 2015 No comments

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”

C.S. Lewis



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Career Captain and Deadlines

October 19th, 2015 No comments

Every man is captain of his career and there must be cooperation all around if he is to get what he wants out of life.”  – Walt Disney

Everyone needs deadlines. If we didn’t have deadlines, we’d stagnate.”  – Walt Disney


What can we add to the immortal words of creative legend and entrepreneur, Walt Disney? 

Learn, Earn, Return.” – Jim Clayton.


There is a hunger in MH for knowledge, understanding and growth.

The top image on the photos at the left is a stock photo, but the one below it, an actual SRO (Standing Room Only) photo from one of those educational events we’ve been privileged to be a part of in MH.

For the hundred or so people packed in that room, there are some 40 to 50+ times that number daily who comes to

They come looking for MH Industry News, Tips and Views Pros Can Use ©. Nothing else in MH trade news comes close.

 We All Need Inspiration!

people often say that motivation doesnt last well neither does bathing, which is why we recommend it daily - zig ziglar-posted-cuttingedgeblog-mhpronews-com

At the fine recent FL MHA meeting, they had an inspirational speaker to start their day. That’s part of a fine professional educational plan!  

Zig Ziglar is right, we need motivation daily, and that’s one reason why we have inspirational articles, this INspiration blog, the Words of Wisdom blog, etc..

As our friend, colleague and supporter, John Bostick at Sunshine Homes says, “Easy doesn’t pay well.” It isn’t the McDonald’s ‘easy’ that pays. Most of those who wanted ‘easy’ left MH years ago. The forward thinkers and doers, they are the fuel our industry needs to progress.  MH may not be as ‘easy’ today as in the go-go 90s, but there are some who are more profitable today than they were then.  They are routinely those who invest in their careers and businesses, including training and motivation.

Many thanks to each of you for your respective role in the growing world of MH. Together, we advance. Tally-ho!



Photos by Mark Simon, from recent NY Housing Association meeting.  Tony will be presenting again at the 2016 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, among other upcoming events.

By L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach. |

Business and Public Marketing & Ads: B2B B2C

Websites, Contract Marketing & Sales Training, Consulting, Speaking: | Office 863-213-4090 |

Connect on LinkedIN: 


Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford