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Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation Official Louisville Show Communique to MHProNews

January 25th, 2019 Comments off



If you are catching flak, you are over the target.” – variation on an Air Force maxim.


A traditional role of news media is to challenge the powerful on behalf of the powerless or disadvantaged in search of truth and justice,’ paraphrase from various elements of the Society of Professional Journalist’s (SPJ) Code of Ethics Page.



The Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) are the ‘owners’ of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. They sent a letter to the managing member of MHProNews 10 days ago, or less than two weeks prior to the event.  That attorney’s letter said that show credentials for our parent company’s organizations – MHProNews, MHLivingNews and all others, or anyone associated with our team – were being denied.

No reason for the MMHF denial was stated in the attorney’s letter.

MHProNews’ publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach protested, as well as asked for reasons for the denial. No reason has yet been provided for the denial of show badges and entry passes.

Here below is the text of the most recent message from their attorney regarding this matter.



“Mr. Kovach,

I am in receipt of your email and the attached letter.  As stated in my previous correspondence, you will not be granted access to the 2019 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show.  MMHF contacted you well in advance of the show to save you the trouble and expense of traveling to Louisville.    If you attempt to gain unpermitted access to the show, you will be removed.

Gregory T. Dutton
Attorney at Law | Frost Brown Todd LLC
502.779.8557  Direct.

Note that the screen capture above reflects that each of the state association executives who make up the MMHF were in the CC line.

In fact, MHProNews had already booked accommodations and made other travel arrangements. Arguably, the MMHF and their attorney could surmise that to be the case. They might also know that lining up local legal representation on short notice would be dicey at best, as this sort of legal issue is likely to drag on for months, perhaps years.

In short, for the first time since there was no Louisville Manufactured Housing Show in 2010, the MHProNews team will regrettably not be in attendance at the annual event held at the Kentucky Exhibition Center (KEC).



Tim Williams, and other MMHF executives, Dennis Hill from Show Ways Unlimited, in writing and/or on video, have all praised the work MHProNews did to jump start the come back of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. Facts are facts, and history is what is.

But that doesn’t mean that this matter is over. More on that another time.  The above or what follows should not be misconstrued.



News Media, Interviews, and You

Behind every dark cloud, there may be a silver lining if it is diligently sought. MHProNews’ protest over this matter isn’t over.  Nor will it likely be over even after the event is completed.

That said, there were several interviews and other professional engagements that would have taken place. MHProNews planned to have a video crew at the show, which may be part of the unstated reason that show credentials were denied. It is manifestly unjust. But reality is what is.  Given that our now 12 year old son Tamas Kovach comes with us to such trade shows, we did not want there to be in an incident that might adversely involve him.

So, a plan B is necessary. The first element of Plan B will be explained further below.

Let’s step back and ask the obvious questions.

Why would the organization credited in writing by the MMHF leadership and Show Ways Unlimited for the recovery of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show after it was cancelled – MHProNews – now be blocked from attending the event, that in conjunction with others, we helped save?

The obvious and thus most likely answer is the news, fact checks, and analysis that uniquely takes place here on MHProNews.

Is it a stretch to think that the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis, allies, and their surrogates were at work in this matter?

‘Hardly’ comes to mind. The details of that can be discovered over time.  But note for now that George F. (F?) Allen, who was the surrogate called upon to ask for a “boycott” of this publication, is now being promoted on the MMHF’s Louisville Show home page.  See the collage below.



The first takeaway is that the axis, surrogates/stooges and their allies apparently feared direct questions from MHProNews. They apparently feared that occurring on video.

Here is the text of the email from our publisher sent to show management, which was followed by the MMHF’s attorney’s first letter.



Subject Line: Dennis and Michele, registration and related for Louisville and Tunica


At this time, we would need the badges for Louisville and Tunica, for the following:

L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

Soheyla Kovach

Tamas Kovach



Tim Ward

Donald Tye, Jr.


Might be others, and will let you know.

Next, regarding the use of video and photos at the events.  Please see the below.

Photos/Videos and The Right To Privacy | Hutson & Harris, Attorneys … › Blog

Jul 30, 2015 – It is well-settled precedent that a person has no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public place. … There is no right to privacy in public, because a reasonable person would not expect to remain private in a public setting. Anyone with a camera who wants to take your picture can do so.

We want you to clearly state in writing that you will not prevent us from using video at these events. As you know, others are shooting video, and for you to keep us from doing so is a clear violation of our rights.  Kindly confirm you have this, and will honor our rights.

Thank you.



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As the email to Dennis Hill/Show Ways Unlimited above noted, the law provides for privacy in many circumstances.  But in a public place, the law and the courts have widely held that the right to privacy is implicitly waved.  There is ‘no expectation of privacy’ in a public place.  More on that at a later time.



Invitation to Make a Difference, Have Quiet Fun at Louisville, And Help Regrow MH

The manufactured housing industry is arguably being artificially throttled from growth. See the article linked here for more details.  MHI President Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison has stated publicly that the industry could be doing 500,000 new HUD Code manufactured home shipments. Okay, then why are we only at roughly 100,000 (+/-) shipments instead?

That’s a multiple-billion dollar a year question, with evidence based answers.  At the heart of what MHProNews has been about since we launched in mid-October, 2009 is to be a voice and platform that could spark new, ethical, sustainable growth for the manufactured home industry, which means operations like yours.  Regrettably, what has been learned is what MHI members Frank Rolfe, the founders of NAMHCO and others have said, that there are forces within in the industry that have failed for years.

Exposing that is a necessary, but not the only, part of the solution to what the evidence and money trail suggest artificially limits manufactured housing operations of all sizes.

MHProNews is hereby asking for 50 people who plan to attend the event to respond to the invitation below.  It can be interesting, rewarding, and useful for the growth of the manufactured housing industry.


To report a news tip, click the image above or send an email to – To help us spot your message in our volume of email, please put the words NEWS TIP in the subject line.

We need individuals inside the companies and organizations that are exhibiting – and/or show attendees – to step up to the plate. 

There are several possible rewards for this.  For example, there are laws that provide for whistleblower awards for up to 30 percent of recovery.

You ask the questions, and/or lawfully record with your smart phones with video or audio the public statements that are useful for exposing corruption and collusion inside manufactured housing. Contact us pre-show, at-show, or post-show, but we can explain how this is done.



Catching Flak

If you’re not catching flak, you’re not over the target,” is the actual, common way the U.S. Air Force maxim is expressed.  When one considers the others that publish in manufactured housing trade media, are they catching flak from the powers that be?  No.  Why?  Logically, because they are not over the target.  They are part of the echo chamber forged by the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis, what MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss called earlier this week, “the Illusion of Motion.”

KosmicDebris is a page of an anti-NDAA journalist cited the following quotes on a page. In quoting some of her work, we are not supporting or opposing her specific cause – as we’ve not researched that topic, but rather we note with ‘wheat and chaff’ interest some keen quotes she selected, as shown below.


Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people” – John Adams – Second President – 1797 – 1801.

There is no Left or Right — there is only freedom or tyranny.  Everything else is an illusion, an obfuscation to keep you confused and silent as the world burns around you.” – Philip Brennan.

One may well ask: How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others? The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are fast approaching the stage of ultimate inversion: the stage where government is free to do as it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.” – Ayn Rand.

Note that the intersection of government power and private power over the government has been rising for some time and is exemplified in the photos shown below.  Warren Buffett’s grandson served in the Obama White House.




It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” – Samuel Adams.


Credits are as shown.


They have money, and clear connections to political power. It is absurd on its face to believe what the Manipulative Housing Institute, err, Monopolistic Housing Institute, sorry, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) claims is their clout. Where is the growth?  The photo ops between MHI, key members and others with federal officials mean nothing if there is a lack of robust growth.

Warren Buffett helped elect and then sat with then President Barack Obama.  Obama publicly awarded Buffett for his efforts. Buffett’s grand son was in the White House, as the Wikipedia citation above reflects.

Buffett is the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway.  Berkshire Hathaway member companies like Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage have dominated MHI’s executive committee, dues structures, and in other ways the Arlington, VA based trade group.  Why was that clout used against manufactured housing?  Why wasn’t that clout used for implementing the policies that could have taken us to what the Dick Jennison – MHI’s puppet president – pledged, namely, 500,000 new HUD Code manufactured home shipments?

These can be called allegations, or they can be called logic.  It is increasingly self-evident that the normal resources used to protect or grow an industry, trade associations like MHI and several state affiliates of theirs – have been weaponized to work against the manufactured home industry’s independents interests.

This episode at Louisville is just the latest example of a larger struggle for the freedom from the tyranny of corporate giants and their politically connected masters. More on Louisville related as time marches on.  Sign up for our industry-leading emails at the link to the bottom right, below.

Do the math. Even using Dick Jennison’s 500,000 shipment figure means that the industry should be about 5 times larger than it is today. Consider what 5 times more business would mean to your bottom line. This is about you, and others like you against the giants who have purportedly manipulated and colluded to throttle the industry, so they could consolidate it on the cheap.

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Louisville and Tunica Manufactured Housing Shows, Controversial Profitable, Problematic Issues Loom

December 10th, 2018 Comments off



Manufactured housing trade show season begins in only a few weeks. First at Louisville, then about 2 months later at Tunica, independent producers of HUD Code manufactured homes, state coded modular housing, ANSI code RV ‘Park Model,’ and tiny houses are among the types of factory-built housing products that are routinely on display.



In addition, there are dozens of exhibition booths, with products, services, and associations being represented.

The formal show dates are as follows:

  • Louisville Manufactured Housing Show are Jan 30, 2019 – Feb 1, 2019
  • The Tunica Manufactured Home Show dates are March 26-28, 2019.



Good, Bad, and Controversial

These association-connected industry-only trade events are an important part of the industry’s business model for numerous operations.  Millions of dollars in business is done every year at these venues. That’s good.

There are several controversial aspects to these events in recent years, some of which are problematic, missed opportunities, or potentially risky – and that’s arguably bad.

For example, informed sources with deep ties to Show Ways Unlimited, the contracted event company, have told the Daily Business News on MHProNews that Clayton Homes has purportedly attempted to undermine the Tunica Show.


Tunica, Nashville Trade Shows and Manufactured Housing Glory Days


An award winner with connections to the association that runs the Tunica Show told MHProNews recently that, “I have consistently said over this last decade that SOME in our industry focus on an entirely different goal every morning: “What can I do today to make my competition go away?” – vs. merely trying to grow one’s sales, profits, CSI, etc.  It was a reference to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Shaw, and other brands operating in the professional side of the manufactured housing industry – MHVille.

Furthermore, show sources remind MHProNews that Clayton Homes only entered the Louisville Show initially as a “defensive” move, which they naturally tried to use to grow the Berkshire Hathaway “moat.”

It was largely independents – not Clayton – that brought the Louisville Show back.  That was accomplished working in conjunction with MHProNews to make the event a success. MHProNews drew praise from show management and association leaders alike, as the example further below reflects.  As one source said, the only difference between the declining years of manufactured housing’s Louisville Show and the successful turn-around of the same Louisville Show was the promotional work of MHProNews.  While the industry was in decline, that was essential.

Now that the industry is modestly growing, running a decent show is arguably easier.

A source at Show Ways also accused “the Claytons” of sabotaging the Carolina trade show, which has since been canceled. They are concerned that Tunica could go the same way.



MHVillage – a high-profile member-supporter of MHI – have been given a leadership role at these events, in “educational,” and other matters.  Where has MHI leadership led the industry?

The industry has quietly spoken about MHVillage’s interestingly named, MH Insider.  Has there been anything but praise from MH Insider toward MHI or Clayton?

The industry’s members have left scores of copies of that glossy, slick-publication unread, on the racks. See that photo, taken on the last day of the show, further below.


Every Year, the Same Questions from Exhibitors

Factories bear the brunt of the cost for putting on a trade show. Booth exhibitors pay to display too.

Those exhibitors have asked MHProNews’ publisher – L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach – for years, ‘why aren’t these trade shows opened up to the public?’

Good question.

At the Kentucky Expo Center (KEC), RV and boat shows are among the events that have “public days” have been done for years. When RV sales soared past manufactured housing in the last 2 decades, one must ask, why aren’t these costly MH Industry events also extended for a few more days, like some RV events have done?

Yes, there’s added costs, but there’s more benefits too.

The old Bartle Hall MH Show in Kansas City had public days for manufactured housing.  More recently, so did the Tulsa Show.  Thousands of locals came to tour manufactured homes on those public days.  That can only be a positive for the industry. The Ohio association had a public show too.


Public days at the Ohio manufactured home show.



Danny Ghorbani, former MHI VP, later MHARR’s President and CEO.

According to former MHI Vice President Danny Ghorbani, the industry had two national shows up until the mid-1980s.  At Louisville, per Ghorbani – who was in charge of the event circa 1976 to 1985 – after the completion of industry days, manufacturers turned over the displayed models homes to their retailers.  Those public days were successful for the industry.

Public days also attracted positive regional and national media.   So, while there was some added costs, there was a serious, positive payoff.

Sources also say there were more international visitors to the event in those days too.  The Louisville event was far bigger, as the graphic further below suggests.

After Ghorbani left MHI to help form what is now MHARR, the Louisville show became a regional show, operated by 5 state associations, that contracted out show management.


It Was Successfully Done Before, Why Not Today?

Show Ways Unlimited – who operate the two trade shows now – has given their formal reasons for why they don’t do public days. But privately, it is hard for them – or anyone else – to argue that there are good reasons to do public days at Tunica and Louisville.

In hindsight, the question is arising — is that lack of public days one more ploy by MHI backed Clayton, et al?  Even if not, isn’t it an obvious oversight?



According to Danny Ghorbani, there were homes throughout the show hall, not just one wing. There were so many shows, models were on display outdoors too.


Dennis Hill and Retirement

Furthermore, Dennis Hill is going to step aside at some point in time. When that happens, what will happen to the independents and non-Berkshire Hathaway exhibitors – especially if pro-MHI, pro-Clayton forces – like MHVillage – take over the show completely?

These are real issues that the manufactured housing industry’s independents need to address.

In the meantime, the parent company for MHProNews – LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC – could provide the industry’s independents with several ways to turn the tables on MHI and the big boys like Clayton, 21st, Vanderbilt, Shaw, MHVillage, and others closely aligned with them.  Those MHI insider forces arguably have manipulated matters to favor the ‘insiders’ at various events.


MHProNews blows away the engagement rate of all other industry trade media, per third party information and visual evidence, like what these photos on the last day of the show last year revealed.

For example, the MHVillage’s Louisville and Tunica websites have purportedly been arranged, to spotlight ‘MHI Insiders’ over independents.  For example, notice how they conveniently have the drone fly over the MHI booth, and the 21st Mortgage booth too?

The same is true of the MHVillage (MHV) led ‘education.’  It must be noted – not as a put-down, but as an evidence based reality – that Darren Krolewski has admitted publicly in front of dozens of industry professionals at Tunica last year that he can’t explain why so few visitors to their website actually become buyers.

Using their own data, just a small fraction of a single percent of MHV surfers become manufactured home buyers, and most of those buyers turn to a pre-owned home, not a new manufactured home.

The industry doesn’t need more glossy happy talk. It needs reality, which includes proven ways to grow the industry to its true potential, which during an affordable housing crisis should be 5 to 10 times (+/-) current shipment levels.



Boosting Results for SPOTLIGHTED Independents

The issues noted herein or elsewhere could be flipped, by creating synergies with LifeStyle Factory Homes owned trade show websites in conjunction with select independents.

Given the large investments that companies make to display at Louisville and Tunica, some additional marketing support only makes sense to help insure a more successful event for a given company.

These 2 trade events could also be used as opportunities to better establish new post-production associations to compete with MHI and the ‘big boys’ allied with the Berkshire brands.

The original Louisville and Tunica show websites are now the web properties of LifeStyle Factory Homes, and can be used to promote SPECIFIC companies – like your company – before, during, and after a given event.   That can be done with budgets starting from $500 to $15,000 (+/-), the later of which can include videos and other longer-term promotional items.

Or, live educational events could be included for select company(ies) products and services.  Those educational events can be organized to promote a company-specific product or service.

As the promoters of MHIdea have noted,if the industry keeps doing the same things, the same ways, with the same people, then those companies will keep getting the same results.’

The latest MHI email – if accurate – no longer projects an increase of shipments to 100,000 units for 2018. That’s a warning sign.  As Jenny Hodge at MHI said in their emailed message today:

The seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of [new HUD Code manufactured home] shipments was 92,236 in October 2018, down 2.8% from the adjusted rate of 94,877 in September 2018. The SAAR corrects for normal seasonal variations and projects annual shipments based on the current monthly total.” Are these the people the industry’s independents need to be following?

More details will be provided in the days ahead as plans and potential synergies emerge.  The return of more ‘dealer days’ could be a win-win-win. Those kinds of proven concepts need to be revived, and could be in 2020. But in 2019, more successful promotion of specific companies could set that stage.

There’s more words heard…

But first things first.  It is wise to start in to explore opportunities for individual companies at Louisville or Tunica in 2019 to get their results up.  To explore 2019 and 2020, you can click to email or call 863-213-4090.




It was MHProNews – in conjunction with others – helped lead-the-charge for the comeback of the Louisville Show, and kept the Tunica Show from sliding backwards when Clayton pulled much of their inventory out. We’re planning to be a part of not just spotlighting problems other trade media avoid mentioning, but of providing profitable solutions to industry independents too. That’s MH “Industry News, Tips, and Views that Pros Can Use,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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2017 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Attendance, Insider Feedback

February 1st, 2017 Comments off

North wing of the KEC – not far from the site of the 2017 Louisville Show, photo credit: MHProNews.

The final numbers are in for the 2017 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, and they show another increase in attendance.

We had 1,933 people representing 753 companies in these four categories. If you add in the additional representatives in these categories, it comes to 346 more people in 2017 than came in 2016. This is a significant increase from one year to the next,” Dennis Hill of Show Ways Unlimited, Show Coordinator told MHProNews.

In addition, if you add in the exhibitors and special guests, our total number comes to 2,929 individuals representing 962 companies. I think everybody would agree that this year’s show was a success. The degree of enthusiasm was most rewarding. We are looking forward to the 2018 show. Again, thanks for your continued support for the Louisville Show. Without you, nothing happens!


Dennis Hill, left, Ron Thomas Sr., right. Credit, MHProNews. For interviews with each, please click the links on their respective names.

Manufacturers gave the show a solid B (on an A to F grading scale),”  outgoing Show Chairman, Ron Thomas Sr., told MHProNews.

The show was an improvement over last year, exhibitors told MHProNews, but still not what the show was like 15 or more years ago.  Exhibitors agreed that the show traffic was up over 2016, some said, due in part to the improved weather this year over last.

The total number of homes on display was down slightly from the prior year, but the feedback from attendees on the models on display was routinely positive.  ##

Editor’s Note: These totals and other numbers are deemed to be the most accurate, and are different (higher) than prior reports put out by other industry sources.  This is in keeping with our tag line and publishing principle,  “Often First; Always the Best Industry Coverage.”  ©

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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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2015 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show Flash Report

March 28th, 2015 Comments off

Photo_credit__hotels_comThe 2015 Tunica MH Show is now in the history books. While final numbers need to be cross checked and adjusted for accuracy, the first word heard is that the new location at the Hollywood and Resorts Hotels and Casinos near Tunica MS drew more attendees than the previous year.

Dennis Hill with Show Ways Unlimited told MHProNews that the early look suggests that attendance was up in every category. Retailers, Communities, Builder/Developers and Installers all turned out in greater numbers, even though the show had rain the second and third day.

More details will be published next week, once the final figures are at hand. Other anecdotal comments from exhibitors to MHProNews suggests that this was a good show for manufacturers, suppliers, vendors and at the popular Business Building Seminars. ##

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matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com  Article submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.

Bill Matchneer, Dick Jennison and Ron Thomas Sr. to address Louisville Show attendees

January 11th, 2015 Comments off

bill-matchneer-prevously-hud-cfpb-richard-dick-jennison-manufactured-housing-institute-mhi-ron-thomas-sr-mmhf-chair-RV-MH-Hall-fFame-MHProNews  has confirmed that attorney Bill Matchneer, previously with HUD and the CFPB, will be addressing the attendees of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. So too will Richard “Dick” Jennison, MHI’s current President and CEO. MH community and street retail Hall of Famer, Ron Thomas, Sr. – who is also the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) Chairman – will speak on financing and MH growth related topics, rounding out what promises to be a faced paced opening hour to the seminars on Wednesday morning.

The doors will open at 8:15 AM on Wednesday at the seminar room so MH Industry professionals can network with peers and colleagues. The session featuring these three industry leaders will begin at 8:45 AM sharp. They will be introduced by one or more of the executive directors of the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF).


The MMHF state execs are as follows, in alphabetical order by last name.

  • Mark Bowersox – Indiana.

  • Frank Bowman – Illinois.

  • Tim DeWitt – Michigan.

  • Betty Whitaker – Kentucky.

  • Tim Williams – Ohio.

A number of other state executives are planning to be at the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show too, along with an anticipated over 2,000+ attendees and exhibitors.


The Louisville Show has been the best attended event in manufactured housing for the last two years. Pre-registrations suggest that 2015 will show yet another increase in attendance over the previous year.

New Homes on display – Manufacturers.

Financing – homes, inventory and communities.

Services and Suppliers – compare providers all under the same climate controlled roof.

Business Building Seminars – see floorplan map for location.

Networking & Mixers. Have fun and learn while talking to other industry pros.

dennis-hill-showways-unlimited-manufactured-housing-mhpronews-com-50x50-Show Coordinator Dennis Hill’s latest update is linked here. The Crowna Plaza – the Show hotel – is booked solid, but other nearby hotels should be checked for room availability. The full – free – business building seminar line up is linked here, and the Louisville Show website is linked here.  

Seminar space was expanded 30% by Show Management to allow for the overflow crowds last year. 


Most MH Industry professionals can attend free, with a photo ID and business card.  For details click here.


(Editor’s Note: MHProNews, MHLivingNews and our sister operations that do Website, Marketing, Sales Training, trade Media and consulting are at booth #115, near the main show hall entry. Please stop by and leave a business card for free updates on the pending new MH lenders, lending program and more industry news, tips and views pros can use. For MH finance related news update, see blog post, linked here.)

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Dennis Hill at Show Ways Unlimited, says Louisville Show Pre-Registrations are ahead of 2014

December 10th, 2014 Comments off

home sales rising  housing wire com  creditAmanda Fraser, assistant to Dennis Hill at Show Ways Unlimited, told MHProNews  that At this time last year we had 490 Attendees, and this year we are at 554.” RV MH Hall of Fame inductee, Dennis Hill, confirmed the fact that as of today, pre-registrations for the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Home Show are up some 13% over the same time frame last year.

We want to be cautious about making too much or too little from this early report, Dennis Hill said.There are certainly a variety of factors that could raise or lower that percentage between now and show time.”

But when pressed, Hill acknowledged it is a good sign that the 4 year uptrend at the Louisville Show will continue.

Hill explained that the show is sold out on the manufacturing side, and has been for months. There may be one exhibit space left, a fact which needs to be confirmed.

Even with cold, wintery weather last year, attendance reached another post 2010 record. A range of details and videos about the rapidly approaching 2015 Louisville Show are available at this link. This month’s pre-show report by Ron Thomas Sr. and Dennis Hill is linked here.

As the first and best attended industry event in the last two years, many believe it is part of the rising tide of manufactured home sales.  ##

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Bill Matchneer, prior HUD MH Program and CFPB Insider, will speak at Louisville Show

December 8th, 2014 Comments off

williams-bill-matchneer-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-William “Bill” Matchneer, JD, previously the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Manufactured Housing program administrator, will be a featured speaker at the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show.

Matchneer was also key in writing the soon-to-be-implemented “Appraisal Rule” for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which goes into effect in mid-2015.

Now retired from federal service, Matchneer is an attorney with the Arant Boult Cummings law firm.

Matchneer formally accepted the invitation to speak to industry professionals extended by the education program coordinator for the Louisville show, L. A. “Tony” Kovach and Dennis Hill, Show Coordinator acting on behalf of the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF).  

What makes Bill Matchneer different than many other federal officials at the CFPB,” said Kovach, “is that he really understands the manufactured housing industry and respects business. My impression of Bill is that he wants to see manufactured housing succeed. Bill wants regulations to be effective, not destructive. So he’ll bring an amazing set of insights that you won’t want to miss as part of the strong educational line up at Louisville.”

You can read more about Bill Matchneer at this exclusive interview, linked here.

MHProNews has also learned that Matchneer will be added to the Louisville Show’s update blog soon.  The sessions he’ll address will be the MH Finance panel, moderated by Dick Ernst.  Matchneer will also address the early (first) session on Wednesday, for more information, click here. ##

(William “Bill” Matchneer photo credit: MHProNews)

Dates Set for Louisville Manufactured Housing Show

October 1st, 2014 Comments off

Louisville_mfg_show_2015The 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show will be held Wed., January 21 through Friday January 23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center near the Louisville Airport.

The show has grown each year recently in attendance, number of exhibitors and number of manufactured homes on display, providing a marketplace for builders, developers, retailers, lenders, community owners and operators and installers to access new customers and prospects, as well as renew relationships. It has been the best attended industry event the last two years.

Seminars have been added to the 2015 lineup to bring attendees up to date on financing, governmental rules and regulations and other important developments that affect the industry.

As MHProNews understands, the show is sponsored by the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation, which is comprised of the manufactured housing associations of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

For more information, click here. To pre-register to attend – and for details on which industry pros can attend free – click here.##

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Louisville Show is Approaching a Sell-Out

July 28th, 2014 Comments off

2014-louisville-manufactured-housing-show-crowd-photo-credits-mhpronews-manufacturedhomes-com-There are almost 6 months to go before the start of the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, and booth space and manufacturers exhibit space is approaching a sell out.  MHProNews has learned there will be 2 new factory builders planning for the 2015 event, and apparently all the current manufactured and modular builders are expected to return.

Registration for the 2015 show opens on October 1, 2014.  Dennis Hill of Show Ways Unlimited suggests it’s wise to mark your calendars now for the 2015 show.

“Louisville has been the best attended industry event 2 years in a row.” Dennis Hill said.  “As videos from attendees in 2014 posted on our updated show website underscore, the enthusiasm and value for attending the show has not been better in a decade. Our popular Business Building Seminars will be back, and because they were often standing room only in 2014, we’ve expanded the seminar space.  The full seminar line up will be available this fall.”

Show Chairman Ron Thomas Sr. had only this to say, “It’s the best way to start off your new year. Don’t miss it!” ##

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Louisville (Slugger) Manufactured Housing Show Hits Homer

January 22nd, 2014 Comments off

Show coordinator Dennis Hill said by 1:00 PM, Wednesday Jan. 22, the first day of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, more people had come through the gate than for the entire show last year. The finance panel discussion, moderated by Dick Ernst and featuring most of the major lenders in manufactured housing, was standing room only. The marketing seminar conducted by MHProNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach was also full. The 80 booths, 48 manufactured homes on display and the aisles by the exhibitors were brimming with attendees who braved unseasonably cold weather to warm up their business prospects for 2014 at the show. ##

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