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Class of 2016 Inducted into RV/MH Hall of Fame

August 5th, 2016 Comments off

RV_MH_Class_of_2016_inductees_to_RV_MH_Hall_of_Fame postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsIn a gala ceremony before 300 friends, family and colleagues, the Class of 2016 was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall) Aug. 1, at the Hall in Elkhart, Indiana.

Prior to the induction ceremonies, Hall President Darryl Searer said after four years, with support from individuals and companies, the hall is closing in on its debt-free goal, and can now boast 90 percent equity.

Searer continued, mapping out future plans for the 40-acre site that include sustained growth with the MH and RV industries, the event center and the Scoular Manufactured Housing Museum. He says, “These plans will also insure a positive cash flow to make certain the Hall will be here forever. The goal would be to have the new expanded Hall of Fame, Event Center, rally site, offices and manufactured housing museum completed by 2020 or sooner based on how soon we can raise the funds so we are debt free when we occupy the new facility.”

In addition to the inductees, Searer presented the annual Hall of Fame Spirit Award to Barry Cole, owner of MH Insurance Services, Hall of Fame member and for chairman of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation.

For more extensive biographies of the inductees, more photos and a video, please click here. ##

(Photo credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame)

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RV/MH Leaders Applaud Darryl Searer’s Fourth Year Leading the Hall

March 9th, 2016 Comments off

darryl searer  rv mh hall of fame president  rv mh creditWhen Darryl Searer agreed to a one-year commitment to volunteer as president of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation and the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall), little did he know his passion for the position would grow to four years—and counting. Little did industry leaders realize the extent to which he would be able to raise the profile of the non-profit, significantly reduce its debt and increase its revenue.

As MHProNews has learned from the RV/MH Hall of Fame, the list of his accomplishments include reducing the debt from $5.5 million to $1.2 million, adding a manufactured home to the museum, adding several historic RVs to the collection, and developing the Northern Indiana Event Center (NIEC) into an entertainment facility that covers over 50 percent of the Hall’s operating expenses each year, among others.

He has been lauded by industry leaders for his selfless devotion to his position. RVDA President Phil Ingrassia said, “Darryl has done an outstanding job uniting the industry behind the RV/MH Heritage Foundation and the RV/MH Hall of Fame. As a volunteer, it’s amazing the amount of work he has done to improve the visitor experience, make the hall more inclusive of all industry segments, and diversify foundation revenue.”

Cavco’s President and CEO, Joe Stegmayer, said “Darryl, a successful businessman in his own right, offered to be president and chief staff person of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum. Darryl took on these responsibilities as a true volunteer–no salary, no incentive bonus, no compensation of any sort, no perks, no benefits!”

Barry Cole, former chairman of the board, said, “The RV/MH Hall of Fame is thriving and the building will be debt free shortly because of Darryl Searer. Not bad for a guy who would not accept any salary compensation in the four years since he took over.”

Stegmayer added, “I believe we owe a special debt of gratitude to Darryl Searer for taking the helm at a particularly tough and challenging time for the Foundation. The Foundation was mired in debt and was generating operating losses each year. Now, after four years of his volunteer service, the Hall operates in the black.” ##

(Photo credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame–Darryl Searer)

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Manufactured Home Community Owners Group to Bestow Awards, Discuss Issues

May 11th, 2015 Comments off

california_mobilehome_parkowners_allianceThe California Mobilehome Parkowners Alliance (CMPA) will honor seven manufactured housing industry members at its symposium May 31-June 1, 2015 in Las Vegas. Barry Cole of Manufactured Housing Insurance Services will receive top honors as recipient of The Chelu Travieso-Earhart Lifetime Achievement Award. Attorney Phil Woog will receive the Freedom Fighter award, and the Advocacy Fighter honor will be bestowed upon Jess Maxcy of the California Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI).

The Soaring with the Eagles Awards are given in three different categories: Finance, Manufacturer and Dealer. Dick Ernst of Financial Marketing Services is being honored with the finance award. Golden West Homes is receiving the manufacturer honor, and Horizon Home Sales will be honored in the dealer category. So Cal Manufactured Housing Construction Inc. is being honored for their overall contributions to the industry.

In addition the symposium will offer panel discussions regarding legal and rent issues, as well as the effect of the current drought crisis in California on the manufactured housing industry, as CMPA informs MHProNews. ##

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Challenge Advances

November 10th, 2014 Comments off

RV-MH-Hall-of-Fame-posted-on-mhpronews-comDarryl Searer, chairman and president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame tells MHProNews he’s encouraged by early support of the “Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Challenge” fund raising campaign.  The money being raised and/or pledged is to eliminate remain debts on the Hall.

Searer said, “Our goal is to raise $1 million in this campaign over the next 3 to 5 years.  These new pledges, plus Kevin Clayton’s initial pledge of $200,000, means that we are more than 35% there in only a few weeks since the campaign was announced.”  

Kevin Clayton’s $200,000 in pledges, plus others made by Gary McDaniel of Yes! Communities, Joe Stegmayer of Cavco Industries, Barry Cole, MH Insurance Services, Debra Pizer of Zeman Homes, Senco Brands and Fairmont Homes round out the top initial pledges. To see the breakdown of donations/pledges and more details, click here. ##

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Kicks off New Fundraiser Challenge

September 30th, 2014 Comments off

rv mh half of fame in Elkhart INDDuring the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) 78th annual meeting, Darryl Searer, chairman and president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Barry Cole, president of MH Insurance Services and past chairman of the Hall, urged assistance from the attendees to help retire the Hall’s debt, which has resulted from prior unfulfilled pledges. To that end, Searer unveiled a five year fundraiser to take on the debt, which is less than $2.45 million, having been reduced by $3 million over the last 30 months, as rvbusiness.com informs MHProNews. Cole, noting that Searer has been a volunteer president for the past two-and-one-half years, said the idea resulted from his conversation with Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes, who pledged $40,000 a year for the next five years after learning of the Hall’s improved financial position. The fundraiser will be called the “Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Challenge” in honor of his generosity. Cavco Industries, Inc. President Joe Stegmayer said, “We are presently reviewing the amount Cavco will be contributing to this worthwhile cause and will announce our pledge in October.” ##

(Photo credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana)

The Big 5 Point 0 Rapidly Approaching

September 9th, 2014 Comments off

 5th-anniversary-image-credit=fotosearch-posted-daily-business-news-mhmsm-com-In anticipation of the 5th anniversary celebration of MHProNew’s service to the factory-built housing industry, Howard Walker, Vice-Chairman of Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS), sent this message with his okay to quote:

The emergence of Tony Kovach’s group of publications has brought a new standard of professionalism to the industry. The thorough and unbiased reporting fills the vacuum that has existed for too long. It’s been refreshing to have these communications serving the manufactured housing industry, and here’s to their continued success.

Barry Cole has been serving as the Chairman of the RV MH Hall of Fame for many years and was recently himself inducted into the Hall as an honoree. Cole is one of the growing number of industry leaders and professionals who’ve sent a message of congratulations for the writers and team members who have made MHProNews – and the recently celebrated first anniversary of the new ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com – the leading publications of their kind in manufactured and modular housing. Cole said in part:

I enjoy receiving MHProNews and as I have told you before  – everyone I know in MH reads your pub.  Continue on forever with this great news worthy service.

Joe Kelly, who has lead the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association for some three decades, said, “Congratulations to Tony and his staff for five years of excellent work with MHProNews and other MH specific publications! …MHProNews is like a well-supplied buffet line…In checking them out, you’ll always find an article or an opinion piece of interest: something you need to know to become a more informed professional…” 

Kelly’s complete message in support and praise of MHProNews and MHLivingNews.com is found linked here. Other such messages are in hand and coming in, which will be published in the upcoming October issue of MHProNews.com as a featured article. ##

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(Editor’s note: Update! We are getting in a daily stream of comments from CEOs, owners, managers, state executives plus industry rank and file.

Your feedback – and that from MHPro readers like you – is welcome and encouraged, please send them with the subject line, 5th Anniversary Celebration to this email address, linked here, with our sincere thanks. We appreciate the opportunity to serve manufactured housing professionals, investors, researchers and all in this fashion…  

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The 2,028,336 page views in July 2014 is like 56,342 thirty two page magazines being read cover to cover.  This means we provide the content you and others crave!  Industry Pros want to Know and Grow.

Our sincere thanks to the dozens of experts, writers and sponsors who’ve made MHProNews possible, as well as the most widely read publication of its kind in manufactured housing history.)

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RV/MH Class of 2014 Inducted at Record-breaking Ceremony

August 5th, 2014 Comments off

rv_mh_2014_classA record-breaking crowd of 444 witnessed the Class of 2014 being inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana, beating the previous record of 434 attendees. The Class includes: Debbie Brunoforte, Little Dealer, Little Prices; Bob Livingston, Good Sam; Peter B Orthwein, Thor Industries; John D Roba, Roba and Associates; James F Shields (deceased), Pan Pacific RV Centers; Barry Cole, Manufactured Housing Insurance Services; Ed Evans, EPM; Thomas “Tom” L.Kern, Style Crest Enterprises; Richard “Dick” King, King Insurance; and Gary McDaniel, YES! Communities.

Prior to the ceremonies, Hall President Darryl Searer announced an additional $100,000 has been paid on the $600,000 debt to the bank for the Woodworth RV antique collection, and the induction dinner and golf outing will bring in an additional $50,000, which MHProNews understands will be used to further reduce debt. Barry Cole, board chairman and master of ceremonies, presented the annual Hall of Fame Spirit Award to Searer. ##

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Searer will Lead Hall of Fame for Two More Years

January 30th, 2014 Comments off

President and Treasurer of the Recreational Vehicle (RV)/Manufactured Housing (MH) Hall of Fame Darryl Searer has agreed to continue leading the Hall for an additional two years, according to chairman of the board Barry Cole. Searer will also become chairman when Cole’s term expires in 2014 because Jay Hesse, who was serving as vice-chairman and was scheduled to become chairman, had to step down from his post due to family concerns.

In March of 2012, on a non-compensation basis, Searer volunteered for a two-year term to restructure the finances of the Hall in an attempt to sustain it for the future. He managed to reduce the debt from over $5.5 million to $2.5 million, MHProNews has learned.

Searer said, “I am pleased for the opportunity to continue for two more years, as challenging as it will be. My goal during the past two years was to get the Hall where it was financially viable — we’ve done that. But our new challenge of making the Hall debt-free is incomplete. During the next two years, we hope to move as close as possible to making that a reality.” The Hall has an outstanding $550,000 bank loan, as well as a $3 million matching loan from the “Boots” Ingram family that can be paid off with $2 million, according to the terms of the agreement.

(Photo credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame)

Honorees chosen for RV/MH 2014 Hall of Fame

January 10th, 2014 Comments off

Ten new honorees will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2014 on Aug. 4, 2014 at the Hall facility in Elkhart, Indiana.
MHProNews has learned the inductees from the manufactured housing industry are:
• Barry Cole, president of Manufactured Housing Insurance Services and Cole Housing Corp.(insurance supplier to RV/MH industries and MH communities).
• Ed Evans, managing partner of EPM (MH community owner and developer).
• Thomas “Tom” L. Kern, CEO, Style Crest Enterprises (RV/MH supplier).
• Richard “Dick” King, founder and CEO of King Insurance (insurance supplier to RV/MH industries).
• Gary McDanial, CEO, YES! Communities, (MH communities).
RV/MH Heritage Foundation President Darryl Searer said, “We had a record number of new nominees on both the RV side and MH side. The fact that we had so many deserving nominees this year is a wonderful testament to the renewed relevancy of and excitement for our Hall of Fame.”

(Photo credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana)

Nominations for RV/MH Hall of Fame Due

September 12th, 2013 Comments off

The Recreational Vehicle (RV)/Manufactured Housing (MH) Hall of Fame (Hall) Selection Committee is actively seeking nominations for the class of 2014. Darryl Searer, Hall president, said, “The Hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors — manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media, associations, etc.” The nominee must have been involved in either industry for at least 25 years. Hall Chairman Barry Cole said, “Time is running out for nominations to the Hall’s Class of 2014, so I urge my colleagues to honor their friends and co-workers by submitting their nominations before the October 31 deadline.” MHProNews understands the nomination process has been streamlined by the Board of Directors. For more information, click here please.

(Photo credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame)