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Danny Ghorbani, President and CEO of Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) Retiring

November 20th, 2014 Comments off

danny_ghorbani_photo_manufactured-housing-association-for-ress46 year manufactured housing industry veteran, Danny D. Ghorbani, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) will be retiring effective December 31, 2014.

In a release anticipated by MHProNews, MHARR stated that Mr. Ghorbani, “A 46-year veteran of the manufactured housing industry who has served since 1985 as the first and only President & CEO of MHARR, Ghorbani was  asked by the MHARR Board of Directors — and has agreed — to continue as the Association’s Senior Advisor on national policies. Further, to ensure a totally seamless transition and uninterrupted continuation of the Association’s national policies and activities, the Board has selected the Association’s current Senior Vice President, Mark Weiss, to be MHARR’s new President and CEO effective January 1, 2015.”

MHARR Chairman John Bostick stated that “In his 46 years of service to and representation of the  manufactured housing industry, Danny Ghorbani has contributed  tremendously to the advancement and evolution of all aspects of our  industry. We wish him and his family a well-deserved and enjoyable retirement, knowing that he will continue assisting MHARR and the industry going forward.”

From their offices in Washington, D.C., Ghorbani said: ”It has been a privilege and honor  to work for, represent and advance an industry that I love and a product that I truly believe in.” He  continued, “but the real reward for me personally has been and will continue to be the literally thousands of friends and supporters that I have been fortunate enough to know and  work closely with in advancing this great industry.”  

MHARR members and others will think of him for his decades of tireless efforts at advancing the cause of independent manufactured home producers as he uniquely  saw that vision. He has been honored as a member of the RV MH Hall of Fame. The entire MHARR release, is available at this link here.

MHProNews wishes Danny, his family and all those whom he has served only the best. ##

(Photo credit: MHARR)

 

Inside the CFPB and the HUD Code Manufactured Housing Program

August 18th, 2014 Comments off

hud-label-cfbp-logo-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comCertainly reports from MHI or MHARR carried here on MHProNews bring you news and information about the CFPB as well as HUD’s manufactured housing program. But nothing is quite like the insights from someone who has recently worked in both offices. That is the true “inside perspective” brought found in our exclusive interview,A Second Cup of Coffee with…Bill Matchneer.

Matchneer – who has been doing consulting work for MHI – has also responded to a recent MHARR press release sent from Danny Ghorbani’s email address; see Bill’s reply here. ##

(Images: HUD Code home label for MH and CFPB logo)

 

Cheers and Jeers; Allen and Ghorbani

January 15th, 2013 Comments off

Two new Industry in Focus reports drew cheers from numerous industry business and association leaders from coast to coast. Sources close to George F. Allen and Danny Ghorbani whispered they met the reports with jeers – and in concert with their close knit group of cross-promoters – are already discussing potential response tactics. Ken Rishel provide a spirited defense of Allen, his ally, in a one page article in an emailed document. But A Manufactured Controversy? shredded Rishel’s defense, including by quoting Allen himself as indicating he is starting a ‘new association’ because he can’t sell his business interests to prepare for his desired retirement.

Danny Ghorbani, president of MHARR, allegedly attempted to divert attention by issuing a statement on a different topic. A source in the MHARR camp informed MHProNews about a division in their association. One faction favors working more closely with the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), while another backs Ghorbani out of a sense of loyalty for a man willing to fight for what the HUD Code ought to give our Industry by law.

A source told MHProNews that the challenge is that Ghorbani, while smart and talented, is a bridge burner. That source and others have said they have personally watched Danny as an “equal opportunity” attacker of U.S. Senators, Congressmen, regulators and/or their respective staffs when he doesn’t get his way. “They (public officials) simply don’t want to talk to him.” the source told us. “That makes it hard for Ghorbani to be an effective association leader.” Another said, “MHARR’s factories could save 6 figures a year and quadruple their policy impact overnight. When will they figure that out?” The report on threats made by Ghorbani is in Industry In Focus, linked here.

“The phones lit up Monday morning and our email brought numerous kudos messages,” said MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach. “There was one light defense of Ghorbani and one of Allen. But most of our readers feedback agreed, with some congently pointing out that the industry has only advanced its agenda in DC when MHI, MHARR and MHEC (Manufactured Housing Executives Committee) all worked together.”

“There is no doubt that Ghorbani and Allen have small pockets of support.” Kovach said. “But as our Masthead’s blog, Bring it On! analysis demonstrates, their own supporters are arguably among the most harmed by the divisive actions of these two ‘anti-leaders.’ They are similar in the sense (that) they both attack MHI, but they never stop to think that the lack of unity, which their published negative missives foment, harm everyone.”

“Logically, that includes their own constituencies of Allen’s ‘small communities,’ and MHARR’s independent manufacturer.” Kovach added.

A Manufactured Controversy? quotes MHI CEO Dick Jennison and includes downloadable documents. MHI declined comment on the Ghorbani threats article. “MHI routinely keeps it positive or silent about MHARR publicly, depending on how MHARR’s president behaves.” Kovach observed. Links to each of the stories and the related downloadable documents are found in red above. ##

(Photo: George F. Allen (l), Danny Ghorbani (r))

 

HUD Suspends MHCC Activities

May 17th, 2012 Comments off

Following HUD’s suspension of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) Administering Organization (AO) services by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) because of HUD’s failure to pay the NFPA, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) sent a letter to Carol Galante, HUD Assistant Secretary-Federal Housing Commissioner. In reminding Ms. Galante of their meeting last fall in which the importance of the MHCC as part of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 was stressed for proper operation of the MH program, MHARR President Danny Ghorbani reiterates HUD’s disregarding the role of the MHCC as intended by Congress. He says, “…the indefinite suspension of all MHCC activities threatens to return the program to the type of closed door, unaccountable and non-transparent regulatory practices that Congress sought to end through the reforms of the 2000 law.”

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