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Association, Business, Professional Leaders Sound Off – MHVille, October 2017

October 6th, 2017 Comments off

ExtraExtraReadAllAboutItSocialNormsPGCC-eduDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsIn “Interview with the Commissioner,” Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO) Executive Director Deanna Fields, shares her insights on engagement – past, present, and planned – with public officials, and how that benefits the industry.  Click here.

In “Healthy and Unhealthy Personal and Professional Promotion,” best-selling author and consultant Tim Connor, CSP, outlines where the lines are – what’s right and what’s wrong – with various types of promotional efforts. Click here.

Ross Kinzler has sounded off on Congressman Keith Ellison’s recent manufactured home community, and finance, related published commentary.  That article will be coming soon to the Daily Business News. A well-known community professional is joining that discussion.

In “Sustained Manufactured Home Production Growth in August 2017,” Mark Weiss, JD – President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) – provides a snapshot of the latest facts on shipments.  Click here. A recent Daily Business News analysis of that data is found at this link here.

Another respected association leader sounds off in, “Kudos from Tim Williams to MHProNews on 9th Anniversary Celebration,” to see Williams’ kind words of encouragement, click here.


MHProNews has been goal and solution oriented from day one. Manufactured housing is the solution to the affordable housing crisis that is hiding in plain sight. Together with profesisonals who are passionate about advancing the industry,, MHProNews and our sister site – are promoting the Manufactured Housing Revolution.

In Overlooked Lending Option, you’ll see a finance source that’s competitive and…overlooked. As past, present and future reports on MHProNews have demonstrated, there are plenty of manufactured home lending options that for various reasons are just not getting the attention they deserve, yet, the mainstream home buying public wants them.  To check that article out, click here.

The above are just some of the first wave of Featured Articles in – Volume 9, Issue 1 – now published and live on the home page of MHProNews, in the featured article module.  Or you can scan and access them all by clicking here.


As thousands of daily, regular readers know, most of what you find here you’ll not find anywhere else in MHVille.

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New Manufactured Home Community Excitement, Reactions to Brewing Controversy

July 12th, 2017 Comments off

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How exciting it is that we are having a new community being built in Oklahoma!”

So says Deanna Fields, Executive Director of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma, as part of a guest column to the Industry Voices blog in, linked here.

Fields lays out additional facts not found in our original report, which is linked here.

Between the two, a professional reader gets a much fuller and more complete sense of the events, that the Daily Business News is told may be the first new manufactured home community in about thirty years.

But industry excitement is the opposite of the reaction of some locals, who don’t want their upper end bedroom community


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Bill Beneficial to Manufactured Home Industry

April 18th, 2017 Comments off

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An article in Tulsa World notes that Senate Bill 91 in the Oklahoma State Senate specifies that if personal property taxes become delinquent on a manufactured home situated on property not owned by the owner of the home, and the county treasurer places a notice in the local newspaper, then notice must also be submitted to the owner of the property.

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Deanna Fields, executive director of the Oklahoma Manufactured Housing Association (MHAO), said the bill is good for the MH industry and is set to be signed by the governor. She said previously, the land owner of the home site was not bound by law to be notified of the delinquency of the MH owner.

She said the land owner is not obligated to pay the tax, “..but if the home goes up for auction after 3-5 years of delinquent taxes the land owner will be notified. It’s a good bill!” ##

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Fire Safety in the Modern Manufactured Home

November 2nd, 2015 Comments off

nfpa logo  wikipedia commons creditA report by the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) John R. Hall, Jr., entitled Manufactured Home Fires documents that manufactured homes (MH), built after 1976 when MH production fell under the dictates of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), are more fire-resistant than comparable site-built homes. The study also discloses they are three times safer than pre HUD Code mobile homes from 40 years ago.

In Keeping the Home Fires From Burning: Fire Safety and the Modern Manufactured Home, award-winning consumer reporter Jan Hollingsworth

considers the debate over mandatory sprinkler systems and human no-nos that contribute to most house fire_station__modular_delray_beach_florida__m_space_modular_buildingsfires. Non-functional smoke alarms, overloaded electrical circuits and improper use of cooktops and ovens for heating are primary causes of seasonal home fires. HUD Code manufactured homes now include escape windows, flame resistant wall coverings and tough construction standards that reduce fire chances.

Deanna Fields, Executive Director of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma, says consumers can have sprinkler systems installed. “Some of our factories incorporate sprinkler systems in certain areas of the house, such as the kitchen or furnace, if the consumer wants to pay for it.

As pressreleaserocket tells MHProNews, Hall is a part of NFPA’s Fire Analysis and Research Division, and states, “A manufactured home is not a motor home or a trailer, and although it is often called a “mobile home,” it is not that either.

For Hollingsworth’s complete story about fire safety, please click here. ##

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Gov. Vetoes MHC Residents’ Safety Measure

April 17th, 2012 Comments off

Deanna Fields of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma tells us Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would have provided liability protection for MHC owners who shelter residents in their office during severe weather. HB 2296, which would protect the owners from civil liability passed unanimously in the House and 40-1 in the Senate. Gov. Fallin said the waiver of liability could be used to promote the MHC as having a storm shelter. “By only lifting liability for mobile home park owners, the bill treats one group differently and does not constitute good public policy,” she stated. has learned the bipartisan bill was co-authored by Sen. Brian Crain and Rep. Eric Proctor, and they will now seek to override the veto, which requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber.

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TX State Exec for the departing Thayer Long’s post?

October 31st, 2011 Comments off

DJ_Pendleton_Executive_Director_Texas_Manufactured_Housing_Association_TMHA_credit_MHProNewsMHProNews asked DJ Pendleton, the Executive Director for the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA), to comment about his being approached by MHI’s leadership to fill the role by the departing Thayer Long.  “I was exceptionally flattered to be mentioned as a potential replacement for Thayer, especially after I saw the list of other names of incredibly capable, passionate people much smarter than myself. I am continuously challenged and have a long list of goals I have not yet achieved in Texas. For both personal and professional reasons, coupled with the tremendous support of my TMHA members, the best place for me is to continue to zealously advocate and protect our industry’s interests in Texas.  I look forward to continue my participation with MHI and work to advance our industry’s collective national efforts.” Pendleton said.  From the north side of the Red River, came this comment comment that echoed the praise of Pendleton’s work in the Long Horn State: “DJ would of been a great asset to MHI if he accepted the position.  I’m being selfish, but I’m thankful he declined because Texas needs him! “ said Deanna Fields, Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO) and recent winner of MHI’s State Association Executive of the Year. In response to a previous question about published and unpublished names considered for the interim/permanent MHI leadership role, MHI PAC Chair Rick Rand said, “There are some extremely qualified association execs. This is something that the MHI Executive Committee is obviously working on, and I’m confident they have or will explore all of the best candidates.”  When asked about DJ Pendleton, multiple award winning MHI member Doug Gorman had this to say: “From what I have been able to observe from a neighboring state, DJ Pendleton has done an excellent job as the Executive Director of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association. I am sure that DJ would have carried those same leadership qualities with him to MHI had he chosen to accept that role in the industry.”  Others have shared similar sentiments about DJ Pendleton’s strengths as a leader among Manufactured Housing Executives.

(Editor’s note: Friday, October 27th was Thayer Long’s last day at MHI. Please join us in wishing him all the best in his new career.  Long is going to the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) as Executive Vice President, where he begins on Nov 1. Long previously worked for the National Association of Home Builders and American Chemical Society in Washington, DC.

There are hints from sources that a GM has been at MHI and an announcement is pending, but a different source with ties to MHI has denied this or that an announcement for a new/interim/permanent president for the Manufactured Housing Institute will come soon.)

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MHI Annual Award Winners and Board Officers

October 7th, 2011 Comments off

MHProNews has obtained the official list of award winners from the 2011 Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) annual meeting held earlier this week in Phoenix AZ.

MHI’s Chairman Award: Tim Williams, President, 21st Mortgage Corporation

State Association Executive of the Year: Deanna Fields, Executive Director, Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma

Jim Moore Excellence in Communication Award: Ken Anderson, President, Arizona Housing Association

Frank Walter Standards Award: Michael Wade, Director of Manufacturing, Cavalier Homes, Inc.

The following members were reelected to serve as MHI officers for 2012: Chairman, Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, Inc.; Vice Chairman, Don Glisson, Jr., Triad Financial Services, Inc.; Secretary, Kevin Clayton, Clayton Homes; and Treasurer, Nathan Smith, SSK Communities. Ken Cashin, Windstorm Holdings, Inc., will continue to serve on the Executive Committee in his role as Immediate Past Chairman.

In addition, David Lentz with American Land Lease, has been selected to serve as Chairman of the National Communities Council (NCC) for 2012.

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Governor announces storm shelter rebate offer

September 28th, 2011 Comments off

Oklahoma_state_flag wikimedia commonsBusinessweek reports that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced a program that could help 500 households in her state receive up to a $2,000 cash rebate for the installation of a qualified tornado shelter.  Using $1 million in federal grant money, the program offers a rebate of up to 75 percent of the cost of installation of an above- or below-ground shelter.  20,000 Oklahoman’s are expected to apply, so recipients will be selected randomly on Jan. 3, although priority will be given to residents whose homes were destroyed by tornadoes earlier this year, said Oklahoma Emergency Management (OEM) Director Albert Ashwood.  The shelter must meet Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  specifications. The OEM says an average of 800 tornadoes are reported each year in the United States, resulting in 80 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries, although 2011 storm death tolls were much higher.  The Oklahoma House Public Safety Committee met Tuesday for a study on how to better protect residents living in manufactured and mobile homes from tornadoes.  “”Manufactured housing retailers install homes properly and inspect the homes they sell, but, unfortunately, there are individuals who install their own homes and there are a number of older mobile homes out there that were never installed properly,” said Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore. “I think that if we can find a way to ensure that more homes are properly secured, we will see fewer deaths.” Tammy Short and Jaunita Dowling, who had a family loss in a factory-built home that was struck by an improperly anchored older mobile home, both urged lawmakers to consider mandating that “mobile home parks” provide a shelter for residents. “The park should be responsible for all of its residents. That’s why we pay our lot rent,” Dowling said. “We’re the taxpayers. We need to be protected. I don’t care how much it costs…If they don’t have facilities to accommodate all the people, shut them down.”  Ownby said, “It has to be market driven…I just don’t like mandating. And there has to be some personal responsibility in this as well.”  Deanna Fields, executive director of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma said, “Quite frankly, storm shelters are an amenity…I don’t know how many traditional housing subdivisions out there offer public shelters.” Fields made it clear that the Industry would resist any effort to pass a state mandate.

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Great Southwest Home Show Opens April 28 through May 1

April 28th, 2011 Comments off

Tulsa’s 3rd annual Great Southwest Home Show will take place at the QuikTrip Center at Expo Square, April 28-May 1.  It is the largest indoor manufactured home show.  The show begins April 28 and 29 for the industry and the doors will swing wide for the public Friday afternoon through Sunday.  Deanna Fields, of the Oklahoma Manufactured Housing Association (MHAO), says, “We will have 30 homes, over 50 exhibitors and more than a dozen home manufacturers.  We expect 5-8,000 people by the end of Sunday.”

Oklahoma Association Provides Tornado Emergency Outreach

January 27th, 2011 Comments off
An Oklahoma Legislator is working with the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma to help provide sample emergency plans for manufactured and mobile home communities to prevent deaths in the event of a tornado. Oklahoma State Rep. Pat Ownbey has made several legislative attempts to mandate the emergency plans, but has now agreed to cooperate on a voluntary basis. Ownbey says in a press release he was concerned his bill would have inadvertently created a liability for manufactured housing communities. The Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MAHO) and the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association will be sending sample emergency plans to 600 communities throughout Oklahoma. Deanna Fields, Executive Director of MHAO tells a law would have opened up liability issues and the association was against any legislation. “We also have plans that are more comprehensive and available to communities” Fields says. “We have the means to get the word out.”

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