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What Happened-Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), Richard “Dick” Jennison Presentation Day 1, 17.2018, Louisville Manufactured Housing Show?

January 18th, 2018 Comments off


Richard “Dick” Jennison, President, and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) had been scheduled for weeks in advance to be the first presenter on January 17, 2018.

The subject was to be their new initiatives.

He was reportedly on the show floor, instead of presenting.


So MHProNews sought to catch up with him for a comment on why he wasn’t presenting.

Fake news!” was what Jennison audibly said numerous times, “Fake news!” – as he was walking away at a fast pace.

Q- ‘Whose news is fake, Dick?  Is it MHI’s?’  Was the query from the Daily Business News to his repeated rants.

There were essentially 3 different versions of ‘what happened’ heard yesterday.  But the Daily Business News on MHProNews would like to give MHI the opportunity to explain why Jennison decided “at the last minute,” per sources connected to show management not to present.

Jennison’s presentation was about 1:15 minutes after the following post was linked as part of the MHProNews emailed news update.  Per that report, it was not unexpected that Jennison would attempt to duck MHProNews’ questions.

The Top Twelve Questions for Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) CEO, Richard “Dick” Jennison

Yet, at 6:31 AM yesterday, an email went out from the Louisville Show’s promoter for 2018, which included the following screen capture.


Facts are often nettlesome things.

Less than 90 minutes prior to the start of Jennison’s portion of the event, the Louisville Show promoter sent out a reminder for attendees to come and listen to Jennison. As the photo above revealed, MHI’s president was on the show floor.

Would the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), National Association of Realtors (NAR), National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) – or any other major association president – cancel in such a fashion, and then be seen on the show floor during their time to present?


Is it emblematic of the state of the tragicomic Manufactured Housing Institute?

Among the reasons, per sources, that Jennison cancelled was recent reports on MHProNews, with the one below being among those specifically mentioned to the Daily Business News.

Kevin Clayton Interview-Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes CEO

MHI and Jennison can say what they want, and MHProNews would welcome and again invite their written comments – or better yet – an opportunity to discuss or debate via video/in person their association’s performance and concerns over allegations that span some 6 years.


This one graphic sums up the effectiveness of MHI’s leadership over the last 20 years. Graphic provided by Ross Kinzler when he was then the executive director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA).

But the questions for readers today ought to include,

  • If MHI wants to promote their highly self-touted plans, why didn’t they have the courtesy to address those who came to hear Jennison speak at the scheduled time? 
  • Wasn’t it at a minimum unprofessional for him to cancel on such short notice, when he was on the show floor, and clearly able to speak?

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Soheyla, Tamas L. A. "Tony" Kovach family

Soheyla Kovach, with her son Tamas (center, pronounced “Tah Mash) and husband L. A. “Tony” Kovach, will all be at the 2018 Louisville Show. For a third party profile of the family and business, click here.

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“Trailer Trash” (sic) Talk – Manufactured homeowners and professionals ask – What’s in a name?

September 28th, 2016 Comments off

poettrailertrashsfchron-postedmhlivingnews-manufacturedhousingindustrydailybusinessnewsmhpronewsWhen retiree Lois Requist decided to downsize from her two-story condo to a manufactured home community in the San Francisco metro area, she was met with some resistance by friends and neighbors—some unfortunately threw the awful “T” word – “tr—lr trash” – at her.

Despite the criticism, Requist is happy with the decision she made.  The poet laureate wrote about the experience in a recent letter to the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Meanwhile, half-way across the country, manufactured homeowner Terry Reynolds shared his and his wife’s story.  They invested in a triple-sectional with brickwork that costs about half of what his neighbors paid for their $300,000 to $400,000 conventional houses.

The funny thing is, visitors to his residential style manufactured home can’t tell the difference.

Neighbors were impressed,” Reynolds said. “They would swear up and down that it was a stick-built home and it’s not.”

These two home owners share perspectives manufactured housing professionals encounter and should better understand. Lois and Terry’s stories – with photos and video – are available at the link here. ##

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MHARR Presses MH Administrator to Retract New On-site Rule

February 4th, 2016 Comments off

mharr logoFollowing MHProNews‘ post Jan. 28, 2016 regarding the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform’s criticism of HUD for increasing the inspection of on-site manufactured homes, which also increases the cost to the consumer, the Sept. 8, 2015 rule is set to take effect March 7, 2016.

Presented during the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show at a Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) meeting in Jan., not one member of the MHCC voted in favor of it.

MHARR says combined with the current AC regulations, the new on-site measures would add “unnecessary on-site procedures and mandates so extensive and costly that they would destroy the ability of manufacturers and retailers to affordably provide consumers with features and amenities they clearly want.”

To this end, MHARR has written a letter to the manufactured housing program Administrator Pamela Danner. The letter is downloaded here.


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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Jan. 17 -Jan. 24, 2016

January 24th, 2016 Comments off

mhpronews_sunday_morningWhat’s New in public focused Manufactured

Reality Check – Living Better When Quality Living Costs Less

Outside the Box: Inventing New Looks for Manufactured Homes

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

Manufactured Housing Administrator Danner speaks at Louisville. What could slow retail sales mean for manufactured housing. Manufactured home community owner challenges rent control. Housing starts, sales and permits up on the year. Manufactured homes housing wildfire survivors. UMH declares stock dividends. Resident-owned community applying for federal funds. Zeman adds to portfolio. Asheville, NC may allow MH to be sited in all residential areas. Calif. Coastal Commission disputes permit. Modular housing draws more ire in Ireland. And much, much more in news and views for you to peruse this cold and snowy day.

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016

Existing Home Sales hit Nine-year High

Friday, Jan. 22

UMH Declares Dividends on Preferred and Common Stocks

Manufactured Homes Rolling in for Wildfire Survivors

HUD’s Manufactured Housing Head Danner Speaks in Louisville

Manufactured Home Community Owner Challenges Rent Control

Dec. Housing Starts, Permits Fall, but Up for 2015

Thursday, Jan. 21

Carlyle Posts Largest Advance, Skyline the Largest Loss

Investor reduces Position in Cavco

Council Approves Block Grant app for Resident-owned Community

Home Builder Sentiment Remains Steady at 60

Thursday will be last day for 2016 Louisville Manufactured Housing Trade Show

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Sun Communities Distributes Dividend

MHCV, Dow, Carlyle Inch Up

Residents of Pine Gardens Manufactured Home Community to Meet

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Zeman adds four Manufactured Home Communities to Portfolio

Louisville Forecast – Leave Early to Benefit from Indoor MH Show

What does collapsing Walmart, other retail sales mean for Manufactured Housing?

Another Irish Neighborhood Leery of Modular Homes for the Homeless

Monday, Jan. 18

Allowing Manufactured Homes in all parts of County being Considered

U. S. Stock Markets Closed Today

Coastal Commission, City of Pacifica Disagree about Permit

Urban Splash Building More Modular Homes

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Jan. 10 -Jan. 17, 2016 ##

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Louisville Forecast – Leave Early to Benefit from Indoor MH Show

January 19th, 2016 Comments off

2016LouisvilleMHShowForecast-credit-respectiveNewsitesGoogle-postedDailyBusinessNews-MHProNews-Locals have told MHProNews that until recently, winter in the Bluegrass state has been mild. But old man winter is striking just in time for the 2016 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. What promises to be the largest display in about a decade awaits the thousands of MH professionals who leave early and drive safely to the Kentucky Expo Center to benefit from the indoor show.

Thursday’s forecast is for warmer, above freezing temps, with light snow again possible on Friday.

Take a look at the business building, networking and other profitable reasons to go the 2016 Louisville Show, from the article linked below.

Hardy, Doers, Determined, Success-Minded MHPros + MHARR, MHI & HUD’s Pam Danner, Manufactured Housing Program Administrator @ Louisville

MHProNews, MHLivingNews and our marketing, video, website, consulting and sales training brands will be at booth #215. You’re cordially invited to stop by and say hello. You can also check out “What’s Your Plan for the 2016 Louisville Show?” on the Cutting Edge blog, linked here. ##

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MHCC to Meet in Louisville

December 29th, 2015 Comments off

federal_registerThe Office of the Federal Register informs MHProNews that the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) meeting will be held Jan. 19 thru Jan. 21 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, 9:00 AM to 5 PM each day, somewhat overlapping the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show.

The agenda for the first day includes reports from subcommittees regarding National Fuel Gas Code, Safety of Household Appliances, and Requirements for Motor-Compressors. Reference Standards Review will deal with indoor air quality, water vapor tests and national electrical code. Another Reference Standards Review will address fasteners, and design and construction of an all-plywood beam.

The Regulatory Enforcement Subcommittee will take on shower and tub valve adjustment, as well as SAA Funding Option Proposals. For the full agenda, click here.

The MHCC is an advisory committee, and can only make recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). ##

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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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Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Countdown Updates

January 2nd, 2015 Comments off

Louisville-2014-manufactured-home-show-seminars-standing-room-only-204x129The 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show is now less than 3 weeks away. The Louisville Show has been the MH industry’s largest trade event for the last two years. Registrations are up by 49 professionals over the same period last year, and will accelerate from this point forward.

Updates for the show will be found on the MHProNews home page when the new January 2015 issue of MHProNews goes live later tonight. Pre-Registrations for the show can be done free online at this link in seconds.  There are more manufacturers represented than last year, and exhibit space has also been sold out.

Last year’s sessions, as the photo suggests, were often standing room only. As a result, more seminar room space for attendees has been added for the 2015 show. Business Building Seminar information – including two new sessions added – are found at this link

Show Hotel rooms are reaching capacity. Management at Show Ways Unlimited tells MHProNews   that professionals should clearly tell the hotel when booking that you are with the Manufactured Housing Show, or you will be told that there are no rooms available. Link for hotel information, is here.  

The fast-paced recap video from the 2014 show is below, and will give those who haven’t come in years (or ever) a good idea as to why this event is so popular.

As in recent years, professionals are coming from coast to coast. Make or change your plans to be at the best place to start the new year in manufactured housing, the 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. The Louisville Show website is linked here. ##

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Manufactured Housing Industry Supplier Announces Leadership Changes

January 2nd, 2015 Comments off

stylecrest-hq-ohio-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-A prime supplier and manufacturer of products specific to the manufactured housing industry has announced some leadership changes, effective January 1.

Style Crest Enterprises, Inc., Fremont,Ohio, announced that Tom Kern, founder and past CEO of Style Crest will assume an active management role as Chairman of the Board of Directors and will continue to be a member of the leadership teams which manage all of the Style Crest businesses. Tom was recently inducted into the Manufactured Housing Hall of Fame.

Bryan Kern has assumed the responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer. Bryan began his career with Style Crest in 1995 and has served in roles as Engineering Manager, Plant Manager, and since 2005 as Vice President of Operations for all manufacturing, distribution, transportation and purchasing. Together with Ty Frantz, CFO, Bryan will be responsible for leading the business direction and overall management of the company.

Bill Vogel, has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Sales for Style Crest. Bill joined the company in 2009 as Director of Aftermarket Sales for the Manufactured Housing Group and more recently served as Executive Vice President , Sales – Manufactured Housing Group. Under his leadership, this group has experienced significant, continued growth.

PR Web says that since the company’s beginning 40 years ago as a manufacturer of fiberglass entry steps, “Style Crest has led the way in manufactured housing innovation.” They manufacture products engineered specifically for the manufactured home industry’s unique needs. Those include foundation enclosures – more commonly known as skirting – as well as vinyl siding and specialty exterior building products.

The company also makes products used by the residential housing industry. Stylecrest is a firm that routinely displays at the MH industry’s trade events, including the upcoming Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. ##

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Factory Built – Housing News – for 12-7 to 12-13, 2014

December 14th, 2014 Comments off

sunday-morning-weekly-manufactured-housing-professional-news-weekly-recap-mhpronews-12-7-12.13.2014Do you have your coffee, tea or other favorite beverage at hand? Ready to catch up on the headlines from the week just past?

We have an East Coast holiday-style heart-warming story, as well as a heart-breaking story from out West. We spotlight a looming threat to MH, and this one isn’t regulatory. MHARR made the news on several topics, while SUN Communities hits a new high in the wake of more good Corporate news.

Captive finance is a hot topic, and we’ve got a timely story you won’t find anywhere else.

If you go to this new play, you’ll find another manufactured housing put-down production.

Dennis Hill shared good news about the rapidly approaching Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. Those and dozens of other headlines, many you won’t likely find anywhere else in factory built housing news are gathered below for your insight and benefit. That’s why you’re here – to get and stay informed. Let’s dive in…

Saturday 12.13.2014

Home Depot selling 3D Printers – Chinese Printer Builds 10 houses in 1 day

Friday 12.12.2014

HUD and MHARR leaders meet to discuss pending industry issue

Patrick bucks MH stock down trend, as oil’s spill slides broader markets lower

T.J.T., Inc. Results for Q4 and Fiscal Year 2014 reported

Is home owning now twice as affordable as renting? Quentin Fottrell says Yes

Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association and First State Manufactured Housing Association team up for Christmas Charity

Sun Communities hit new 1 year high during Thursday’s trading


Thursday 12.11.2014

Golden U.S. Housing Opportunities for Chinese Investors

Most Manufactured Housing connected stocks rise, ditto 3 major U.S. markets

Mobile Home Park” Residents Legal Action Continues, drawing favorable rulings

Commissioners approves zoning amendment requiring Manufactured Home Communities be approved by BOA

Is Captive Financing a risky lending choice for Manufactured Housing Industry companies?


Wednesday 12.10.2014

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

Consumers happier, but crude slide bad for oil companies…and impact on Manufactured Housing?

SUI sole bright spot; MH Composite down, major exchanges continue slide

Frank Rolfes, knowing how to find Limelight, touts ways to purchase and run ‘mobile home parks’

R rated for “Redneck” (and raunchy?) musical “Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” uses MH for humor


Tuesday 12.9.2014

Mixed signals on housing debated by experts as 2015 approaches

Carson City Attorney’s Mission to Stop MH leads to Mission work for LDS

Manufactured Housing Composite spikes, Oil Rebound and Jobs…well, mixed markets

Many Voices being heard a Key to advancing the MH Industry?

Arizona Housing and MHIndustry firms uses AZ State Fair to showcase Manufactured Housing


Monday 12.8.2014

PATH prefabricated homes are targeting luxury home buyers

SUN bucks MH stocks downtrend. Big Shale/Oil/DOW getting spooked by OPEC?

Mary Landrieu’s defeat, what does it mean to Manufactured Housing?

The Carlyle Group’s (CG) Lows and Highs, per Recent Stock Market Reports

What does MHARR’s Danny Ghorbani and MHI’s Leigh Abrams, Randy Rowe, Steve Adler and others have

in common?

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


Sunday 12.7.2014

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Factory Built – Housing News – for 11-30 to 12-6, 2014 ##

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