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Green Courte buys another ‘Senior’ Manufactured Home Community

August 23rd, 2013 Comments off

green-court-partners-posted-on-mhpronews-comGreen Courte Partners, LLC announced the acquisition of Lamplighter Manufactured Home Community, an age-restricted land-lease community, containing 260 home sites, located in Port Orange, Florida. Green Courte engaged American Land Lease, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of its second fund, Green Courte Real Estate Partners II, LLC, to manage the community. American Land Lease manages Green Courte’s land-lease/manufactured housing community portfolio. That portfolio now includes over 19,300 developed home sites located across 54 communities in eleven states. American Land Lease will operate the community under their “55+” lifestyle brand, Solstice Communities. As MHProNews readers know, Green Courte Partners, LLC is a private equity real estate investment firm focused on niche real estate sectors, which includes manufactured housing, parking garages and more commercial real estate interests. American Land Lease CEO, David Lentz, is also the Chairman of the National Communities Council (NCC) division of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). ##

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Zell to Speak at National Communities Council Forum

August 15th, 2013 Comments off

The National Community Council’s Fall Leadership Forum will be held Oct. 16-18, 2013 at the W. Chicago City Center Hotel. Titled “Building a Vision for the Future,” Sam Zell, Chairman of Equity Group Investments and Equity International, which own Equity LifeStyle Properties, will be the featured speaker at the conference. Topics surrounding all aspects of manufactured housing communities (MHCs) will include The Future of Financing for Homes, Finding Ways to Improve the Customer Experience, and Learning from Innovative Smaller Operators. Other industry leaders are set to discuss combining traditional marketing with social media and mobile apps. As MHProNews knows, Zell’s Equity LifeStyle Properties is the largest owner of MHCs in North America. For more information contact Jenny Hodge at jhodge@mfghome.org.

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2013 NCC Fall Leadership Forum Announced

April 10th, 2013 Comments off

Image Credit: NCC LogoMHI’s National Communities Council (NCC) has announced that it is expanding its current slate of networking and business building opportunities by creating a new flagship leadership and networking event to be held each fall.  The first annual NCC Fall Leadership Forum will be held On October 16-18, 2013 at the W Hotel in downtown Chicago, and this year’s theme will be “Building a Vision for the Future.”  NCC staff and leadership are developing an outstanding group of industry veterans and leaders as speakers and panelists as well as speakers from outside the industry.  Highlighting the inaugural event will be Sam Zell, Chairman of Equity Group Investments, as a featured speaker.

MHProNews spoke to NCC Chairman David Lentz, President and CEO of American Land Lease, Inc., who commented about the event, “We are thrilled that the NCC is finally able to take this big leap forward by hosting its new flagship event this fall. This is clear indication that the MHI/NCC staff leadership team of Dick Jennison and Jenny Hodge is now well beyond the recent transition and already having significant impact, and we look forward to more exciting announcements about the future direction of the NCC in the coming months.” ##

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NCC’s Lentz: Attend Legislative Conference to Show Support

January 17th, 2013 Comments off

In a letter obtained by MHProNews addressed to members of the National Communities Council (NCC), Chairman David B. Lentz states members can overcome the challenges and embrace the opportunities presented to the manufactured housing industry, especially in light of the recovering economy. Noting the NCC is the only division of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) that represents community owners, he urges members to attend the MHI Legislative Conference and Winter Meeting Feb. 24-26 in Washington, D.C.. Lentz said such a show of support for MHI’s advocacy efforts and demonstration of industry unity on Capitol Hill in support of affordable housing makes good sense. Stressing the importance of a united front, Lentz points out the recent lobbying success in the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) exempting new manufactured homes from the appraisal requirements for higher-risk mortgages. He says new Dodd-Frank and CFPB regulations will alter the face of the regulatory environment, so members need to get and stay involved.

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MHI Selects Jenny Hodge as Veep of National Communities Council

August 30th, 2012 Comments off

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) announces Jenny Hodge has been selected Vice President, National Communities Council, with the responsibility for creating, managing, and developing programs to advance the interests of manufactured home land-lease community owners, managers, developers, lenders, brokers, and service/suppliers. Formerly Vice President of Marketing for the American Integrity Insurance Group, Hodge previously worked with the manufactured housing industry on a variety of insurance-related matters for American Modern Insurance Group. MHProNews has learned Richard Jennison, President and CEO of MHI, said “We are pleased that Jenny Hodge will be joining MHI and the NCC due to her extensive background and knowledge of the manufactured housing industry over the last decade and the industry knowledge she has gained during that period.”

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MHI to Announce Staff Changes

May 18th, 2012 1 comment

Sources tell MHProNews.com that MHI will announce a staff change today. Rae Ann Bevington, who has filled the role of Vice President of Legislative Affairs at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), MHI-PAC director and other duties is leaving to take on a new association role with ACA International, an international association of credit and collection professionals, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In her new position, Bevington will be responsible for raising the association’s profile and brand on Capitol Hill. When asked about the change, MHI President Richard A. “Dick” Jennison confirmed the fact and said they are sorry to lose Bevington, who has served MHI well for some 5 years. “Any departure from any key employee is a tough one.” Jennison said. “She will be missed. We are actively looking for replacements to fill her role.” Jennison made it clear that Bevington is leaving on good terms, and that she has offered to help in the recruiting process for her replacement. Jennison was also asked to confirm who is filling the role of Lisa Brechtel, Vice President and Executive Director of MHI’s National Communities Council (NCC). Jennison confirmed that Bruce Savage has been filling Brechtel’s role, while she is on maternity leave. “Bruce knows the industry, so there is no learning curve.” Jennison said. He added that the NCC role is “too important” to leave unfilled during Brechtel’s leave.

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MHI Responds to Unexpected Testimony at Congressional Hearing

February 8th, 2012 2 comments

MHProNews.com has received a memorandum from Joe Stegmayer, Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), regarding testimony at last week’s House Financial Services Committee hearing on HUD’s implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000. Noting the difficulty in gaining the attention of Congress, Stegmayer emphasizes the extended effort expended by MHI staff and members to obtain this hearing, and the opportunity to introduce bipartisan legislation (H.R. 3849) aimed at the unintended consequences of the SAFE Act and Dodd-Frank that negatively impact MH. Several members of Congress did remark on the importance of manufactured housing as a source of affordable housing. MHI had been asked to recommend a witness who could attest to HUD’s implementation of the MH Improvement Act of 2000. Manuel Santana, Director of Engineering for Cavco and a member of HUD’s Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) was chosen for this role. His testimony included HUD’s slow response to changes in the industry, and ineffectiveness in implementing regulatory directives contained in the Improvement Act. Another witness chosen by congressional staffers to testify was Ishbel Dickens, Executive Director, Manufactured Homeowners Association of America (MHOAA), also a member of MHCC. Ms. Dickens opted to use her testimony to lash out at MHC owners instead of the task outlined by the committee. In response, MHI/NCC (National Communities Council) will compose a letter to the House committee documenting positive attributes of community living while responding to the issues raised by Ms. Dickens. In addition, MHI/NCC will seek an opportunity for NCC to have a discussion with House committee members, and for an NCC representative to testify before the House Financial Services Committee.

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