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Shanah Tovah, Happy Rosh! About Leaping Cultural Barriers, and Where the Buck Stops

September 8th, 2018 Comments off

 

 

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Here is important information for Rosh Hashanah 2018,” says Chabad, in their Jewish Practices module. Rosh is the Jewish new year and the date varies due to the fact that it operates based upon a lunar calendar. Manufactured housing has a number of people who are Jewish, at all levels of the industry. That includes some top, highly visible roles, as well as the rank and file.

 

Our rearing taught us that respect coupled with understanding are keys to leaping cultural or other barriers. 

Chabad continues saying, “Let’s begin with the dates:

        Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Sunday, September 9, 2018

        Rosh Hashanah ends at nightfall on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

Shanah tovah” (שָׁנָה טוֹבָה) means “a good year, explains Wikipedia, which adds “or “shana tova u’metukah” (שָׁנָה טוֹבָה וּמְתוּקָה) meaning “a good and sweet year.

So to our Jewish friends, colleagues, and fellow citizens – Shanah Tovah, a sweet new year and a happy Rosh Hashanah!

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A shofar horn and symbols of sweetness, used during a Rosh celebration.

 

Programming Notes, Game On, Thank You, Family, and Where the Buck Stops

There will be a special feature planned for MHLivingNews this weekend, on connections between prior presidents, mobile homes, and the emergence of modern manufactured homes. It should be good reading for industry pros, for reasons you will soon understand. 

There will also be an upcoming feature on MHProNews that we’ll tentatively call ‘Game On’ for now. It’s subject to evolutionary events, but as planned includes a look at Performance, Accountability, and resident organizations such as the DMHOA, NMHOA, and MHAction.  ICYMI, see the recent Daily Business News item, below.

MH Communities, Owners, MH Independents Alert – NMHOA and MHAction Next Steps? – Part 1

Game on!” will be important for the entire industry, but particularly so for the huge land lease communities sector of manufactured housing.

 

Thank You

During special events or long holiday weekends, such as last Labor Day weekend, you expect traffic to dip on a specialized website focused on manufactured housing (MH] industry and professionals. As we’ve noted several times before, this website is one of the largest in the industry, and is without question the largest and most popular trade media site for MH industry professionals, investors, advocates and other pros.  

Just a bit of tech talk for a few moments. Our platform has several cPanels – or back-end control panels – and more URLs than I care to recall. Checking them all for traffic counts takes time, and frankly isn’t absolutely necessary, but it is prudent to at least have a sense of how many are reading what topics.  

Keep in mind, MHI claims there are only 40,000 people working in the Manufactured Housing (MH) industry in March of 2018. 

With that 40,000 in mind, using data from only one URL – admittedly the original one, so larger than many others – we had last Labor Day on single cPanel 6006 visitors on the slowest day, ranging to north of 7700 on the busiest day. In what Nathan Smith of SSK Communities called a “boutique industry,” and an avoidably small business today, that’s an amazing total that no one else focused on professional readers could match in MHVille.  

40,000 people working in MHVille presumably includes those who sling nail guns in factories, transport and install, homes, do grounds-keeping, maintenance work, etc. So 6006 (remember – that’s plus the other cPanel totals!) visitors would mean that most owners, managers, executives, and other professionals visited the site, even on the slowest day of a long holiday weekend.

We Thank You, one and all, for being faithful readers. Its humbling and we take the responsibilities seriously, by seeking and providing facts, evidence, and common sense analysis. Of course, we thank our clients and sponsors, who make it possible. 

Keep in mind, this is a family business here. My wife Soheyla does several different things, much of which I never have to touch. Our son, as thousands of you know first hand, attends trade shows and other traveling events with us. We try to keep it educational, but still age appropriate for our son Tamas, such as handing out business cards.

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Soheyla Kovach, with her son Tamas and husband L. A. “Tony” Kovach, photo by 83 Degrees, see the featured profile they did, at this link here.

Then there’s moi. While Soheyla is involved daily, these eyes of mine touch the screen – and at times the keyboard too – on any article you’ve seen in the past year, and virtually every other article too. Soheyla and I share consultancy and other client focused duties. Beyond the tech, on much of the content side, the “Buck Stops Here” with me. 

When someone has praise, it’s shared, and appreciated. Again, thank you.  If there’s a bone to pick, let’s do old school, and please talk to or address me. 

 

Leaping Cultural Barriers 

At a private dinner with an author and her equally professional husband in a Houston, TX metro home some 14 years ago, the lady looked at Soheyla and then looked at me, saying “Tony, you have an amazing ability to leap cultural barriers.” If so, my parents get a bunch of the credit, and God gets the glory for anything good.  

We were raised to respect people of all backgrounds.

 

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There are various attributions to this motto, including Confucius or Eleanor Roosevelt.  But my first encounter with the maxim was as the motto of the Christopher Society. Light is a fine disinfectant. Only light can cast out the darkness.

My inlaws, friends, and circle includes Muslims, Buddhists, scads of various flavors of Christians, Mormons, JWs, agnostics, atheists, and others. Happily, I honestly can’t say that I know any satanists.  

We know people of a wide range of racial, educational, professional and other diversity group backgrounds.

But as we approach the Jewish new year, we wanted to take a moment, and tip the hat to that segment of America which is served by manufactured home industry professionals of Jewish background. L’shanah tovah tikateiv v’tichateimu, have a sweet, happy year, or just Happy Rosh! ##  (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Happy New Year, 2017 to Manufactured, Modular & PreFab Housing Industry Professionals, Investors

January 1st, 2017 Comments off

HappyNewYear2017DailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsAs a series of business and economic reports last week reflected, 2016 ended on several positive notes that could bode well for a good 2017.

Small Business Optimism Soars Post-Election

Consumer Confidence Soars Post-Election – 2017 Outlook

Nevertheless, the factory built home industry still faces some old, familiar challenges.  The recent NPR reports that put investor-owned manufactured home communities in a largely negative light is but one example.

With a more business-friendly administration less than 3 weeks from taking office, the renewed optimism that regulatory, tax, ObamaCare, energy, and other issues that previously slowed business and job growth can now be successfully addressed.

As the 2017 Louisville Show is approaching rapidly, 2017 could well start with a roar for our factory-built home industry.

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To see the Liquid Web Service Interruption Review Notice details and related story, please click here or the image above, which comes from the page that story is posted.

MHProNews Temporary Service Interruption – Upgrade Update

Regrettably, after a few days of attempting to resolve issues that were reported to Daily Business News readers in this article linked below:

…Liquid Web reported last night and again this morning that they are unable to make further progress, at least at this time.

MHProNews’ parent company – LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC – has engaged other technical support and our own people to correct and complete what was mistakenly caused by Liquid Web, our otherwise respected server company that has previously served our operations well for many years.

MHLivingNews.com continues to be unaffected by the glitches that have impacted MHProNews.

The upshot of that is that the MHProNews home page appearance and other functions may be impacted.  We will attempt to minimize that for our readers, while continuing our 7 plus year tradition of providing the most “Industry News, Tips and Views Pros Can Use.” ©

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Due to delays caused by the technical issues above, the Featured Articles for January 2017 may go live on Thursday, January 5th. We will keep our readers posted as these technical and related items are worked through and around.  The final goal will be to have an upgraded site with a new look, hopefully in the next few weeks.

From all us to all of you, we wish you a happy and prosperous New Year in 2017. ##

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Happy New Year 2015!

January 1st, 2015 Comments off

2014-12-31_2028Celestine-Chua-flickrcreativecommons=credit-posted-masthead-blog=mhpronews-com-2015There are many signs and facts that point to a continued manufactured housing recovery. We are in year 5 of year-over-year sales growth on new manufactured homes. There are new home sites being added in existing manufactured home communities, plus new communities are being planned. Investors are willing to place billions into manufactured housing.

There are also routine image issues, such as the one posted at the close of 2014. This is one of many ‘black eyes’ the industry needs to grapple with and overcome.  Doing so paves the way to more growth.

The new January 2015 MHProNews Featured Articles will be published by Friday evening, and will include more looks ahead that offer practical paths to positive growth.

A preview of some of those articles is found in Out with the Old, in With the New.

The stock markets are closed for New Year’s day, but will be open again January 2. Happy New Year 2015 to all. ##

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Happy New Year!!!

January 1st, 2013 Comments off

The staff of MHProNews wishes you and yours a Healthy, Prosperous, and Fulfilling New Year.

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