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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News August 6th to August 13th, 2017

August 13th, 2017 Comments off

A look at the new home page.

Our new August issue will go live tonight, Aug 6th.   Our featured articles will be available on the home page. Our August theme will be available mid-week this week.

 To see the line-up of over 2-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.


When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©


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Manufactured Housing Institute announces Executive Committee election results

September 15th, 2014 Comments off

mhi-logoThe Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has announced the election of their new officers, which took place during their annual meeting at Scottsdale, AZ 9-15-2014.  

The executive committee officers are; Nathan Smith (SSK Communities), Chairman.   Tim Williams (21st Mortgage), Vice Chairman.  Howard Walker (ELS), Treasurer.  Kevin Clayton (Clayton Homes), Secretary.
The annual meeting included division meetings, with those officers expected to be announced later this week. ##
(Image credit: MHI logo)

Tim Williams, 21st Mortgage, elected Vice-Chair during Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Summer Meeting

June 11th, 2014 Comments off

tim-williams-CEO-President-21st-mortgage-corporation-daily-business-news-manufactured-housing-mhpronews-The 2014 Summer Meeting for the  Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) concluded yesterday with Tim Williams, CEO of 21st Mortgage, was elected as Vice-Chair of the industry’s largest national trade association.  Williams, a respected industry icon, was unopposed.

97 industry leaders, plus MHI staff, friends and family attended the June 8-10 event at the Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis, IN.  “On the heels of Congress and Expo, and with a number of state association meetings (taking place), we are very pleased with the number of attendees.” said MHI President, Dick Jennison, to MHProNews.

Pam Danner, HUD’s new manufactured housing program director and Bill Matchneer, who recently retired from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), we’re among the featured guests.  Danner assured attendees that she would listen to the industry, resolve back logged issues and seek to elevate understanding and use of programs manufactured housing at HUD.

Bill Matchneer, who is consulting for MHI on appraisal related issues,  urged members to get the story of MH home  owners who lost financing due to CFPB regs to have their stories told to regulators. See Matchneer’s related guest column here.

Educational, business meetings and networking mixers were all part of the agenda. ##

(Photo Credit: MHProNews)

S 1828 Co-Sponsors grow in wake of MHI Legislative Session

February 14th, 2014 Comments off

wikicommons-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com.jpgSources with ties to Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) tell MHProNews that the number of sponsors and co-sponsors for S 1828 has jumped from 4 to 9 as a direct result of the recent visits by members to their U.S. Senators. Dan Coates (R-IN), Rand Paul (R-KY), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) all joined sponsor Joe Donnelly (D-IN), original cosponsor Tom Coburn (R-OK) and cosponsors Tim Scott (R-SC) and Pat Toomey  (R-PA).

There are also 108 Congressman – 20 Democrats and 88 Republicans – who have signed onto the House version of this legislation, HR 1779.

“This proves that we have positive movement.” a source close to the lobbying efforts said. Sources tell us there are more expected to sign on in both sides of Congress in the days ahead. Industry members are urged to contact their Senators or House members to ask for their support. ##

Invitation and 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Updates

December 10th, 2013 Comments off

H:\1 SK MHMSM\1 DBN\kmhi-ky-manufactured-housing-institute-reception-mixer-2014-louisville-show-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-.pngPre-registrations for the 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show are up over 50% over the same time frame as last year. So state the facts supplied by Show Ways Unlimited, who manage the show for the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF).

Show Chairman Ron Thomas, Sr. reports that in 2013, “Louisville in 2013 we had 1370 builder/developers, retailers, community and owners/operators, representing 573 different companies who attended.”

If that 50% increase in registrations for the industry’s largest event trend holds, that would mean that over 2,000 attendees would arrive in Louisville in 2014. Combined with exhibitors, it could yield a total attendance of over 3,000, compared to some 830 that go to the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI’s) fine annual Congress and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“It is an interesting comparison, but frankly it’s not exactly apples to apples.” said L. A. “Tony” Kovach, industry veteran and point man for the online promotion for the Louisville Show.

“Louisville will have 48 new model homes on display.” Kovach explained. “These decorated models will include manufactured homes and modular homes. MHC owner/operators will find Community Series Homes (CSH) on display. Retailers and builder/developers will see residential style and entry level multi-sectional and single section homes. MHI’s annual Vegas event is terrific, I love to go there too. Both Louisville and MHI’s Congress and Expo (C&E) have educational seminars and booths. MHI’s C&E by contrast has more educational events. But having homes on display ads a very different dynamic to what happens in the climate controlled Kentucky Expo Center, where the all-indoor 2014 Louisville Show is held.”

Speaking of MHI, Kovach added that the MHI staff – including their NCC division – will be very visible at Louisville in 2014. “Dick Jennison’s and his colleagues will be co-hosting a mixer with the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI). Betty Whittaker does a great job with that and combined with MHI’s presence, it ought to be terrific.”

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) members often have a private meeting during the Show.

“Norris Homes made the decision to display at the 2012 Louisville Home show after being absent for several years.” said Gary Boerner. “I can honestly say we will not be absent again. The dealer traffic was great and we were able to see and talk to prospects we might have never been exposed to.  It turned out to be a great decision on our part. We are looking forward to another successful show in 2014.”

Skyline Homes’ Terry Decio indicated they will display 4 homes in the KEC’s East Wing, next to the “Show Me the Money!” Seminar room. Enthusiasm is high, with sold out show space and the large boost in early registrations.

“The Louisville Manufactured Housing Show is an excellent showcase…With many networking opportunities and a well laid out exhibitor area, we look forward to the 2014 event as an opportunity to grow our manufactured housing business.” said Sherrie Clevenger, NADAguides. ##

For more information,

please see Show Chairman, Ron Thomas Sr.’s report:

And/Or go to: for a complete list of free business building and finance seminars, networking events, exhibitors/manufacturers and KMHI-MHI mixer.

Interviews we’ve done that mention the Louisville Show include:

A Cup of Coffee with…Terry Decio

A Cup of Coffee with…Wally Comer

A Cup of Coffee with…Barry Noffsinger

A Cup of Coffee with…Dick Ernst

Boehlert promoted, Rick Robinson new GC at the Manufactured Housing Institute

November 21st, 2013 Comments off

rick-robinson-vice-president-government-affairs-general-counsel-manufactured-housing-institute-mhi3-posted-mhpronews-com-.pngArlington, VA. An announcement of the promotion for Jason Boehlert to Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) will accompany the announced appointment of Rick Robinson as MHI Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel. Sources close to the Manufactured Housing Institute tell MHProNews that the formal announcement could come later today or tomorrow. The change is said to be geared towards ‘beefing up’ MHI’s efforts with regulators and on Capitol Hill. Updates and additional information will be available in the Corporate News Release and in the MHI news module. ##

(Photos of Rick Robinson, MHProNews)

RV/MH Hall of Fame Elects New Board Members

August 14th, 2013 Comments off

Seven new members have been elected to the RV/MH Hall of Fame Board of Directors at their recent board meeting, according to Board Chairman Barry Cole. The new members are: Dick Jennison, Manufactured Housing Institute; Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries; Mark Wasson, Bluelinx Corp.; Mick Ferkey, Greenway RV; Dana Nelson, RV Pro Magazine; Beverly Gardner, RVBusiness Magazine; and Raymond Padgett, Blue Ox. Additionally, fifteen members remain on the board and two others have retired. Says Cole, “These new board members will join the existing board members in helping us meet the challenges as we move forward and take the Hall of Fame to new levels of success.” As MHProNews knows, the Hall of Fame is located in Elkhart, Indiana.

(Photo credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame)

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))


KMHI Director to Serve on Buildings Committee

October 12th, 2012 Comments off

LaneReport tells MHProNews Kentucky’s Governor Steve Beshear has reappointed Betty C. Whittaker to serve on the High Performance Buildings Advisory Committee. Executive director of the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI), Ms. Whittaker is scheduled to serve until her term expires Aug. 22, 2014.

(Photo credit: Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute)

MHI Chairman, TDHCA Director, to Address MH Issues

February 18th, 2012 Comments off

In an exclusive communication from the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA), has learned Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Chairman Joe Stegmayer will speak at the Hyatt Regency on Lasoya in San Antonio March 6 following the TMHA Second Quarter Board Meeting. He will address issues facing the national manufactured housing industry, recent federal developments, and MHI’s protection of the industry. Following his presentation, Joe Garcia, Executive Director, Manufactured Housing Division, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) will speak on Texas regulatory developments. For reservations contact

(Graphic credit: MHI and TDHCA)