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“Whose Got a Problem?” Coach Lou Holtz Wisdom = “If Enough People Care”

February 28th, 2019 Comments off



The video quality isn’t world class on the first short flick below, but the message is thought provoking and challenging in a positive way.  The second video from the Wall Street Journal is just fine, and both complement each other in maybe 7 minutes total.


All progress comes not from acceptance of a status quo, but from challenging what’s wrong.  That can begin with the question former Razorback and Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz asks during this short video.  “Who’s Got a Problem?”



Our publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach has periodically shared an item that hangs in the wall in his office, which has 3 Lou Holtz “Rules.”

  • Rule #1. Do What’s Right.
  • Rule #2 Do Your Best.
  • Rule #3 Treat Others Like You Want to Be Treated.

It is followed by “Three Questions People Ask About You


  • Can I trust you?
  • Are you committed?
  • Do you care about me?


In the bottom right, in smaller type, it says Lou Holtz of Notre Dame.

From the first video’s YouTube Page:

IF ENOUGH PEOPLE CARE illustrates Lou Holtz’s firm belief that satisfaction and organizational success — in football or business — “can’t come from the job you’re doing… but from how well you’re doing the job.” Sprinkling his impassioned presentation with personal and professional anecdotes and humorous stories, Lou Holtz expresses his seven essentials for success.

In the second video from the Wall Street Journal is this video with WSJ’s Jerry Seib at CEO Council.

1)    Have a Vision.

2)    A Plan to How to Achieve the Vision.

3)    Lead by Example.

4)    Hold People Accountable for the Choices that they Make (“most important” – says Holtz).  There is commentary or examples with each of these principles, in this one, Holtz says you have the right to fail, but you don’t have the right to cause other people to fail.

5)    What are your core values?

Coaches may be kidders or whatever, but each coach has a certain kind of discipline and toughness.


Coaches have to be both inspiration and pragmatic to be winners.

Those are great qualities for business leaders too, aren’t they?

Holtz ends the second video with a joke that pokes fun at himself.

Both short talks are worthy shares.  This evening, we’ll Keep it Simple (KIS) and wrap on this positive note. That’s this evening’s “Innovation, Information, Inspiration for Industry Professionals.” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, commentary.)



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MHC Rezoned, Affordable Housing Affected

May 2nd, 2017 Comments off

The community in question, Fayetteville, Arkansas. Credit: NWA Online.

In Fayetteville, Arkansas, a manufactured home community is scheduled to see its sunset – and community officials say that it’s a disturbing trend that’s affecting affordable housing across the nation.

According to NWA Online, the City Council approved a rezoning proposal from Dallas based real estate investors and developers Tait Coates and Tommy Kilbride, that will allow re-development of the nine acres.


The Niblock family, owners of the land since the late 70’s, said it’s time.

The property has passed its life expectancy,” said George Niblock Jr.

Residents own their homes and pay about $250 per month to rent their lot, but several owe back rent.”

Niblock said that he also understands that the development will displace residents, but he and the new landowners will be working to make the transition as smooth as possible.

For a few of them, it’s going to be painful. There’s no perfect answer for it,” said Niblock.

We’re going to work with them directly,” said Coates. “We will keep an open dialogue with all of the tenants.”

City planning staff sees the area as ripe for development, in part because of its vicinity to the University of Arkansas, and a mix of commercial and residential development is in line with the city’s infill goals.


Challenges, Authority, Stigma

With redevelopment, comes the challenge of a loss of affordable housing, which is a major goal of the city’s 2030 plan.

Prior to approval for the rezoning, the Fayetteville Planning Commission asked council members to address the issue of gentrification in some way.


Credit: Google.

City Attorney Kit Williams told the council that the city has limited authority and a landowner can utilize their property as they see fit, as long as they follow the zoning rules and lease agreements with residents.

I don’t know how we could do that [deal with the issue of gentrification] without taking away some of the property interest rights of the landlord and probably having to pay him for it,” said Williams.

There’s not anything I’m aware of, especially no ordinances we might have that would do anything that would be able to slow down what the landlord might be wanting to do.”

Williams also says that he’s seen the trend of communities disappearing over the years.

Trailer parks [sic] have disappeared throughout town with no proposals to replace them. I think this is due to rising property value within the city limits and the deteriorating nature of a manufactured home’s value,” said Williams.

City planning director Andrew Garner sees the issue as well.

I can’t recall in a dozen years with the city a single instance of a developer wanting to build a trailer park [sic],” said Garner.

A resident could place a mobile home [sic] on his property if it’s zoned as a Residential Agricultural district, but a trailer park [sic] requires a multi-family zoning, and even then it would only be allowed as a conditional use.”


A video still from an unrelated Fayetteville City Council meeting. Credit: The Advocate.

A part of that challenge is in the stereotypes that persist.

Credit: MHI.

The trend in Fayetteville mimics what’s been happening nationally,” said MHI spokeswoman Patti Boerger.

The country hasn’t seen many new manufactured home communities developed in the past couple decades, but landowners with several acres sometimes place mobile homes on their properties. Manufactured and mobile homes today run the gamut of floor plans and typically are made with the same materials as on-site homes, all at far lower a cost.”

Boerger shared that tiny homes have also become more popular, but Kevin Hawks, owner of Hawks Homes, sees them as a fad.

They attract attention, but usually once customers do the math they figure they can get a better value with a single-wide trailer [sic],” said Hawks.


A Hawks Home model. Credit: Hawks Homes.

You can drive through anywhere in east Arkansas and you can still see the old metal siding and metal roofs with tires on top to keep the roof from rumbling — what I call a trailer house [sic]. That is not what we build. I don’t even build metal-siding, metal-roof houses anymore. But, a lot of people have that stigma.”

For some members of the Fayetteville City Council, manufactured housing represents the solution to affordable housing.

It does offer home ownership to individuals who otherwise may not be able to afford it,” said Alderman Mark Kinion.

As long as it meets codes and standards and as long as it is compatible.”

For more on the myths and facts surrounding manufactured housing, and the opportunity for millions to achieve the American Dream of home ownership, click here. ##

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Town Amends Manufactured Home Ordinance

April 9th, 2017 Comments off

A home in McCrory, Arkansas. Credit: Realtor.

In McCrory, Arkansas, manufactured home residents were faced with an incredibly difficult situation.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, officials in the city passed an ordinance that placed a ban on manufactured homes that were worth less than $7,500. If owners were non-compliant, they faced fines of up to $500 per day.

Residents David Watlington and Lindsey Hollaway decided to take action. The couple lives below the federal poverty line.

They sued the city of McCrory and its Police Chief, Paul Hatch, saying that the city “can banish some of its poorest residents simply because they are poor.”

The 31-page complaint says that the city ordered them to leave because they cannot afford a more expensive home and that this banishment is a “drastic punishment” that essentially criminalizes poverty and is forbidden by the Arkansas State Constitution.

The Ordinance contains no defense based on non-willfulness and no mens rea [intention or knowledge of wrongdoing] or intent requirement, meaning that simply being too poor to afford a more expensive home is sufficient for a violation,” the complaint stated.

Further, the lawsuit alleges the defendants’ order does not stem from any legitimate government interest and, despite listing four justifications for its passage (relief of overcrowding, promotion of orderly growth, health, and notification to builders), includes no justification for the wealth-based provision.”

McCrory, red marker. Credit: Google.

The complaint also stated that even if the ordinance’s authorizations were indeed civil, the law would still lack sufficient process to deprive violators of their protected property rights.

Within a few days of the lawsuit being filed, the city amended an ordinance to remove the ban, and an attorney for the city intends to ask a judge to dismiss the lawsuit in light of the ordinance’s amendment.

Equal Justice Under Law, a Washington, D.C. based group who helped to file the lawsuit, allege that the city’s intentions weren’t necessarily pure.

Defendants are hurriedly rushing to amend their Ordinance, not because they concede it is unconstitutional, but because they wish to evade any preliminary order from this Court.”

Federal Judge Price Marshall ruled that the request for a restraining order against the ordinance was moot because the city had promised not to enforce the ordinance.


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Manufactured Housing Industry Speaks Out Against Tax Levy

January 16th, 2017 Comments off

Arkansas State Capital. Credit: About.

Things are heating up in Arkansas between the manufactured housing industry and Governor Asa Hutchinson’s office.

According to KATV, the issue stems from a proposal that is designed to stop military retirement benefit pay from being taxed.

Proponents of the proposal say that it would bring more military to live and work in the state, but would cost the state $13 million dollars initially.

The challenge for the MH industry is in how that cost would be made up.

The state proposes to offset that cost with a repeal of some tax exemptions, including the one on manufactured homes, which are currently taxed at 62 percent of the purchase price.

Currently the average cost of a manufactured home is $65,000 dollars. Right now the tax on a home that price would be $2,419, but with the full tax it would be $4,225,” said J.D. Harper, executive director of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA).


JD Harper, Executive Director, AMHA, credit, LinkedIn.

We’re not talking about a couple of nickels on a can of coke or something. We’re talking about real serious money and it’s a situation where it could keep people from being able to qualify to buy a home to begin with.

It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt the average customer in Arkansas,” said Kevin Hawks of Hawks Homes in Saline County.

The Governor’s office says that while they can understand the concern, it’s important to look at the whole picture.


Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. Credit: Governing Magazine.

The governor is proposing a low income tax cut, which if paired with 2015’s middle income tax cut would reduce taxes for 90 percent of Arkansans,” said spokesman J.R. Davis.

Attracting military to Arkansas to live and work would also boost the economy. After looking at areas to offset ending the tax on military retirement pay, this option was the best we could find.


J.R. Davis. Official Photo.

Davis also shared that the Governor is open to alternatives and suggestions, but has not received any proposals.

You certainly understand those arguments but until we’re are presented with other alternatives, this is the best approach and the most balanced approach for Arkansas,” Davis said.

Harper provided clarity for the record that AMHA is not opposing the proposal to stop taxing military retirement benefits, just the proposed method to accomplish it.



Credit: MHLivingNews.

The AMHA recently completed a series of short videos to address questions about manufactured homes.

Our organization has been working on a series of short videos to address common myths, misconceptions and stereotypes that many potential homebuyers have about the quality, value and safety of manufactured homes,” said Harper.

I’m proud to announce…after months of work by our Public Relations committee – the videos have been finalized,” Harper said.

You can see those videos and read the full story at MHLivingNews, linked here. ##

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City Council Tables Manufactured Home Ordinance, Industry Pro Speaks Out

December 9th, 2016 Comments off

Credit: Stuttgart Daily Leader.

The Stuttgart, Arkansas City Council voted to table Ordinance 1943 during a December 6th meeting. While the feeling is that more clarity is needed, the stakes could be incredibly high.

The Stuttgart Daily Leader reports that the proposed ordinance, recommended by the Stuttgart Planning Commission, would amend the code to read that a manufactured home is defined as “a detached dwelling unit factory built in the United States to the HUD Title 6 construction standards, which took effect June 15, 1976 bearing a red HUD certification label or its successor label on the outside of the dwelling.

Other identifying factors of a manufactured home include a HUD data plate affixed inside the dwelling on or near the main electrical breaker box, or other readily visible location and/or a permanent chassis. Any factory built dwelling containing the HUD certification label or its successor label on the outside of the dwelling can only be classified as a manufactured home.

HUD Label

HUD Label.

For modular homes, they would be defined as “a factory assembled or prefabricated detached dwelling unit built and conforming to local and state codes for the City of Stuttgart, other than the manufactured home construction standards as set forth in the manufactured home definition herein, consisting of two or more modules designed for permanent attachment to make one dwelling. Other identifying factors of a modular home include a removable chassis frame.

The call for clarity was raised by the planning commission due to a number of discussions regarding a manufactured home that was placed in a zone where manufactured homes are not currently allowed by local officials.

There’s nothing that can be done about that home,” said Alderman Joe Rhine. “The new definitions would prevent a similar incident.

I think it needs some more clarity,” said Alderman Teddy Holt.

A Different View


Credit: Stuttgart Daily Leader, MHProNews.

This action by the city – like most others we encounter – is a reaction to the response of residents to a factory-built home being placed in a residential zone,” said J.D. Harper, Executive Director of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA).

City officials look at the placement of the home as a mistake – something that should be remedied and not allowed to happen again – rather than as the right of a resident to exercise his/her housing choice on land that is zoned for single-family housing.”


Homes like this are among those that the City of Stuttgart is seeking to restrict. Photo credit, Sunshine Homes and

To rephrase, what Harper is saying is that Stuttgart is trying to use definitions as a tool to effect NIMBY.

In a detailed, exclusive to MHProNews, Harper suggests that HUD is the ultimate source of this growing issue.

With 500 cities and incorporated towns in Arkansas – it is increasingly difficult for a one-person staff to keep up with all of the ordinances and regulations being enforced by local governments,” Harper said.


Credit: MHProNews.

The AMHA is currently a one-person office.  That one is J.D. Harper.

He pointed out the challenges and opportunities, as well as how manufactured homes are viewed by local cities and towns in their state.

While Arkansas does have a law that prohibits cities from banning manufactured homes or restricting their placement to only leased-land in parks or communities – most cities view factory-built structures through the same prism as billboards, cell towers and sexually-oriented businesses… something to be avoided if at all possible, but restricted and heavily regulated if allowed at all.

Harper is far from alone in stating his concerns.


Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA).

Earlier this year, in an exclusive to MHLivingNews, Jay Hamilton, the executive director of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association, said: “The one issue that will prohibit affordable housing in the future — not only manufactured homes, but site-built — is local zoning and covenants.”

Texas retailer Gary Adamak thinks the zoning issue is bigger and more harmful than the challenges caused by the Dodd-Frank act. Describing battles with cities and


More of Gary Adamek’s and other’s comments can the NIMBY war can be found at the link here.

towns in his state, “…some will simply pass ordinances that flatly prohibit manufactured homes,” says Adamek. “They don’t even have to get fancy about it.”

It’s a place where people have birthdays, Christmas, they raise their kids. It’s not a manufactured house — it’s a home,” said Scott Cannon, national sales manager of a Clayton Homes manufacturing facility in Waco, TX.

Or as Diane Mack said about her new manufactured home and land, I want my own property where I can raise my grandkids like I was raised.

I’ve told many city officials that I don’t believe that manufactured homes belong on every lot in every zone in every town – but I DO believe there are MANY lots in MANY towns which restrict manufactured homes where a factory-built residence would provide access to decent, affordable housing for working Arkansans — without having an adverse impact on surrounding property values or the quality of life in that neighborhood,” Harper’s said.  His full commentary is linked here.

The Stuttgart council voted to table the ordinance until the Dec. 20 meeting, to receive clarity from the Planning Commission on definitions.

The Daily Business News has covered this growing issue, including federal preemption to allow a manufactured home to be sited. ##

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