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Class of 2017 Inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame

August 9th, 2017 Comments off
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A group of 400 friends, family members, and industry professionals gathered Monday night, August 7, 2017, to celebrate the induction of the Class of 2017 into the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

Hall President Darryl Searer kicked things off with his “Annual State of the Hall” address before the induction ceremony began.

Besides this being our 45th year in existence.  This is our tenth year at this beautiful location, and my sixth Sate of the Hall address in the past  five-and-half years.  And the most exciting, as  we have continued to make great progress in all areas of the operation. Income is up and expenses are down. Our debt continues to be paid down at an aggressive pace. Our current debt is now 10-percent of the debt of $5.5 million just five years ago.

One last word as your volunteer President for over five years, if I had a genie in a bottle and could have two wishes granted by next year’s induction dinner, they would be first, that the Hall of Fame is debt free, and second, we have all the money in the bank to start construction on our new vision.

Together, I do know we can make it happen.”

You can see the full list of RV and MH industry professionals who were inducted into the Hall of Fame this year in a previous Daily Business News article here.

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The 2017 Spirit Award was also awarded on Monday night, going to Al Hesselbart, long-time RV/MH historian and librarian at the RV/MH Heritage Foundation. The Spirit Award is an annual award that goes to the person who has “demonstrated his or her desire and dedication to further the legacy of our [RV/MH Hall of Fame] great heritage.”

Don’t forget, if you’re thinking of nominating someone to be in the RV/MH Hall of Fame for the Class of 2018, they suggest you do so as early on as possible. You can read more about making a nomination for 2018 here.

It’s a lengthy process that should not wait until the last minute, so I urge those who are considering a nominee to download the guidelines and forms so their nominee can be considered for the Class of 2018,” Searer said.

MHProNews congratulates those inducted. ## (News.)

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2018 RV/MH Hall of Fame Call for Nominations

April 22nd, 2017 Comments off
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Even though six months remain until the deadline, Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation wanted to remind MHProNews, and industry professionals, that if they are considering nominating someone, now’s a good time to begin working on it.

Even though we are intensely planning for the induction dinner celebration for the Class of 2017 on August 7, 2017, it’s really not too early to start the process of nominating a deserving individual to the Hall of Fame for the Class of 2018,” said Searer.

It’s a lengthy process that should not wait until the last minute, so I urge those who are considering a nominee to download the guidelines and forms so their nominee can be considered for the Class of 2018.”

Nomination guidelines state that anyone can nominate a person to the Hall of Fame that meets the eligibility requirements. The only people who may not be considered are those who currently serve on the Hall’s Selection Committee.

In order to be eligible, nominees must be, or have been, an active participant in any segment of the recreation vehicle, campground, or manufactured housing industries for a minimum of 25 years.

Also, beginning with the Class of 2017, Canadians may also be nominated.2018RVMHHallofFameCallforNominationscreditMHRVHOF2-postedtothedailybusinessnewsmhpronewsmhlivingnews

 

 

 

 

The Hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors — manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media, associations, etc. — for the class of 2018 and beyond,” said Searer.

The nominating committee is especially interested in receiving nominations for deserving early pioneers who may have been forgotten, passed over or overlooked in the past. The Selection Committee is made up of an equal number of members of the RV and Manufactured Housing industries, and members will only vote on nominees from their respective industries.”

Additional details for Hall of Fame nominations are linked here. For more on Woody Paylor, retired founder of Woody’s RV, the first Canadian inducted into the hall, click here. ##

 

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Releases Expansion Plans for Northern Indiana Event Center

August 11th, 2016 Comments off

RVMHHallofFameNorthernIndianaEventCenterExpansionPlan-creditInsideIndianaBusiness-PostedDailyBusinessNews-MHProNewsRVMHHallofFameNorthernIndianaEventCenterExpansionPlan-creditInsideIndianaBusiness-PostedDailyBusinessNews-MHProNewsThe Elkhart, IN based RV/MH Hall of Fame has released more details this week about their plans for their Northern Indiana Event Center, Inside Indiana Business tells MHProNews.

RV/MH Hall of Fame staff projects they will triple the available space, to take advantage of the lucrative event-planning market.

Darryl Searer, President of the museums operator, RV/MH Heritage Foundation, expressed missed opportunities in upwards of $100,000 for the year, due to current limitations.

In addition to taking advantage of future prospects, the center will also provide a tourism boost for the region and local economy.

Searer further explained the internal benefits specific to the industry:

These plans will allow us to grow with the RV and Manufactured Housing Industries, as well as the greater Elkhart community to service the event center needs, office needs and the long-awaited Scoular Manufactured Housing Museum. These plans will also insure a positive cash flow to make certain the Hall will be here forever.”

Searer expressed that fundraising efforts will play a major role in financing the $8 to $10 million expansion budget, while outlining the optimistic goal of a 2020 opening.

The photo above is an overview of the proposed plans for the 40-acre property and you can see the virtual tour of the expansion at this link here.

MHLivingNews previously reported on the expansion while highlighting the RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Inducted Gala Ceremony in a story linked here.  ##

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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. ##

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Sally Miener Joins RV/MH Heritage Foundation as Vice President Marketing

May 16th, 2016 Comments off

RV_MH_Hall_of_Fame__Sally_Meiner__new__hire_5_2016MHProNews has been informed by the RV/MH Heritage Foundation that Sally Miener has been chosen as vice president of marketing and development for the non-profit, according to CEO and president of the foundation, Darryl Searer.

Miener has more than 24 years experience in a variety of management positions with Continental Research Corp. of St. Louis, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty coating and chemical products.

She began her career with Continental in 1991 as executive assistant to the chairman of the board for special projects. She was promoted to vice president marketing in 2004, and in 2009 joined a Continental after market startup called Directline Industries, selling advanced corrosion coatings.

She replaces Judy Jankowski following her departure last month.

Said Searer, “We are very lucky to find a person of Sally’s caliber so quickly. I spent several days with her earlier this month and believe she is a perfect fit for the challenges ahead and a creative voice in planning and executing our Foundation’s future.” ##

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HUD Coders Outpace the RVers in Hall Campaign Challenge

March 28th, 2016 Comments off

rv_mh_hall_of_fame_and_useum__their_creditThe ongoing campaign challenge to eliminate the remaining $2 million debt of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, pitting the MH industry against the RV industry, with a goal of $1 million each, reveals the manufactured home industry is way ahead, $674,750 to $132,500.

Chairman and president of the Hall Darryl Searer announced the updated totals from the campaign that began 18 months ago, when Clayton Homes CEO Kevin Clayton proposed the challenge with a contribution of $200,000 over five years. He asked others in the MH industry to pitch in, and many responded, including Joseph Stegmayer, CEO of Cavco Industries who donated $50,000.

Searer’s efforts during his four years as volunteer head of the Hall has resulted in the reduction of the organization’s debt from $5.5 million to $1.2 million, taking up the challenge when few thought the Hall could survive.

Noting that the RV industry has fully recovered from the Recession and now “the RV business is booming,” Searer said, “I believe that the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum is a shining light for our two industries and belongs to everyone related to these two industries. We each should be proud of our beautiful facility, our history and heritage that it represents–proud enough to financially contribute to its continuing legacy.”

Thanking the board of directors, volunteers and others in the industry for their support, Searer stated when the final $1,192,750 is paid, the Hall will be self sufficient. “Income from museum admissions, gift shop sales and hosting many events at our Northern Indiana Event Center will provide the funds to operate in the black. In addition, the board of directors passed a resolution that requires any new major project or addition to our facilities will not begin until it is fully funded.”

He added, “”What we need is for a few more ‘angels’ on the RV side to step up.” ##

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Head saves over $600,000

October 22nd, 2015 Comments off

rv mh half of fame in Elkhart INDDarryl Searer, chairman and president of the Recreational Vehicle/Manufactured Housing (RV/MH) Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana has announced that a 12-year loan taken out to purchase the David Woodworth antique RV collection has been paid in full— in just 2½ years, saving the Hall $565,000.

Searer successfully renegotiated the $1.165 million loan down to a $600,000 cash settlement, borrowing the money from 1st Source Bank. By negotiating the loan from a 4.5 percent interest rate down to a 3.5 percent rate, Searer saved the Hall an additional $50,000, as elkharttruth tells MHPronews.

When Searer took over the helm in 2012, the Hall was in danger of closing due to financial problems, but Searer has managed to turn the situation around. “There’s light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. The debt elimination challenge, initiated by Kevin Clayton of Clayton Homes, which is a competition between the MH and the RV industries to each raise $1 million, has resulted in more than $715,000 raised to date. ##

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Sept. 20-Sept. 27, 2015

September 27th, 2015 Comments off

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The Kennedy – Model Home Video Tour – New Durham Estates, Westville, IN

Jack and Betsy Norman, Whispering Pines 55+ Manufactured Home Community, Somerset, PA

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

Justice Dept. settles two MHC discrimination suits. Judge clears path for MH subdivision in MT. Debt reduced at RV/MH Hall. 3D home built in Italy; 3D home and car displayed in TN. More MH sought in BC, Canada. Carlyle adds to MH portfolio. MH finance vet Marty Lavin weighs in on MH lending, CFPB regulations. London garners mod ideas to address housing shortage. MH biz in news: UFPI, Sun, Cavco. MH to house survivors in CA, WY. Household formation increasing to 15M+. Much more MH news and views to grace your Sunday morning latte.

Saturday, Sept. 26

Judge Orders Approval of Contested Factory-built Subdivision, Awards $650,000

Friday, Sept. 25

$54,000 Raised Towards Eliminating RV/MH Hall Debt

Modular Housing in Italy, U. S., Look Nefarious from Air

MHCV Slips, Cavco Gains, Dow Moves Up

Production Errors on Manufactured Homes Being Investigated

MBA Report: Household Formation may Rise to Nearly 16 million by 2024

New Home Sales Rise in August, but Fed Head Concerned

Thursday, Sept. 24

Mortgage Applications Rise

UFPI has Bright Future, but Short Term Risks

MHCV Edges Up, Dow Slips, Home Sales Rise

3D Printed Home and Car can Share Energy

Manufactured Homes may House Fire Victims

Dublin’s Archdiocese Supports Modular Housing

Wednesday, Sept. 23

FEMA Provides Manufactured Homes to Flood-damaged Wyoming Town

Stocks Relatively Quiet, but MHCV Outperforms Dow, Nasdaq and S&P, Gains +0.29%

More Manufactured Home Community Development Sought in BC

Justice Strikes Again – another Manufactured Home Operation Settles Case

Sales of Pre-owned Homes Fell in August

Tuesday, Sept. 22

Carlyle Expands Manufactured Home Community Portfolio

Only one Covered MH-related Stock Rises; VW Shocks the World

Large Italian 3D Printer Prints Houses

Factory-built Structures will Provide Offices and Storage for Pipeline Build

Marty Lavin, JD – Dodd-Frank, CFPB Manufactured Home Regulations Impact on Owners, Businesses

London Receives 200 Innovative Proposals to Address Housing Shortage

Monday, Sept. 21

Another NC County Funded to Demolish Abandoned Manufactured Homes

Patrick Drops Sharply; UMH Gains Smartly

Justice Department Obtains Settlement against MHC

Cavco Industries, Sun Communities Shine on Wall St.

Former Lawmaker who Swindled Modular Home Buyers to Remain in Prison

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Sept. 13-Sept. 20, 2015 ##

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$54,000 Raised Towards Eliminating RV/MH Hall Debt

September 25th, 2015 Comments off

rv_mh_hall_of_fame_south_entrance__rv_business_creditThe Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) informs MHProNews that Darryl Searer, president and chairman of the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana reports $54,000 was raised toward Kevin Clayton’s Debt Elimination Challenge at the 4th International Networking Roundtable for Land-Lease-Lifestyle Communities in San Diego, California.

Champion Home Builders, Inc. donated $50,000 of the amount, bringing the total raised to $605,000 toward eliminating the RV/MH Hall’s $2 million in debt. The campaign was established to end the debt in three to five years. Both the manufactured housing and the recreational vehicle industries have commited to raise $1 million each. ##

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Honors Class of 2015

August 5th, 2015 Comments off

rv_mh_2015_hall_of_fame_inducteesThe Class of 2015 includes: (back row l-r) Paul E. Hanser, HWH Corporation; Bert V. Alanko, MBA Insurance; Joe Kelly, Iowa Mfg Housing Association; (front row l-r)Jerry W. James, Franklin Homes, Inc.; Bill Thomas, Bill Thomas Camper Sales; Marlene A. Sine, Marlene Sine & Associates, Inc.; Richard A. Mendlen, Manufactured Housing: . Not Pictured: Patrica A. Fiederer, Latham Oneota Homes; Sherman Goldenberg, RV Business Magazine; Robert West, Affordable Community Living

In a gala ceremony attended by nearly 350 guests and inductees, the Class of 2015 was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana, Monday, night, August 3, 2015. Before the ceremonies began, Hall President Darryl Searer addressed the gathering: I am extremely happy to report to you that your Hall has continued to improve financially for the third straight year and is now in the best shape it has ever been. It also is my pleasure to report to you that this year the Hall of Fame has continued its upward trend of improving its overall operations.

Searer also reported that the $5.5 million debt from three years ago has been reduced to $1.5 million, in large part due to the MH Industry Debt Elimination Campaign begun by Kevin Clayton of Clayton Homes as well as the RV Debt Elimination Campaign. Each campaign is committed to raising $1 million. To date, the MH sector has raised over $570,000 while the RV campaign is just shy of $100,000.

Furthermore, of the $600,000 the Hall borrowed two years ago to acquire David Woodworth’s antique RV collection, only $75,000 remains to be paid.

The Class of 2015 includes: Bert V. Alanko, MBA Insurance; Patrica A. Fiederer, Latham Oneota Homes; Sherman Goldenberg, RV Business Magazine; Paul E. Hanser, HWH Corporation; Jerry W. James, Franklin Homes, Inc.; Joe Kelly, Iowa Mfg Housing Association; Richard A. Mendlen, Manufactured Housing: Marlene A. Sine, Marlene Sine & Associates, Inc.; Bill Thomas, and Bill Thomas Camper Sales; Robert West, Affordable Community Living.

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In addition to the inductees, Don Magary, Hall of Fame member and publisher of RV News, was awarded the 2015 Spirit Award for his dedication to the RV/MH legacy.

Don Magary receives the Spirit Award from Hall President Darryl Searer. ##