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MHI Elects New Officers and Presents Annual Awards

October 7th, 2015 Comments off

tim_williams__21st_mortgage_ceo__linkedinThe Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) elected a new slate of officers at the 2015 MHI annual meeting, and awards were presented to those honored for outstanding achievement, according to a report from our MHProNews person in attendance.

Tim Williams, of 21st Mortgage Corporation, was elected Chairman of the Board, replacing Nathan Smith of SSK Communities. Charley Lott, of Fleetwood Enterprises, a division of Cavco, was elected Vice Chairman of the Board. Howard Walker, of Equity LifeStyle Properties was chosen as Treasurer, and Tom Hodges, of Clayton Homes, Secretary.

Honored for their contributions to the manufactured housing industry: Steven P. Adler, of Murex Properties, NCC Chairman, received the 2015 MHI Chairman’s Award; Marla Y McAfee, Tennessee Manufactured Housing Association, was honored as the State Association Executive of the Year; Andy Gallagher, WV Manufactured Housing Association received the Jim Moore Excellence in Communications Award, and Manuel Santana, Cavco Industries, was the recipient of the Frank Walter Standards Award.

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HUD Announces Members of Manufactured Housing Concensus Committee

February 5th, 2015 Comments off


On February 4, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the newly appointed members of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee for 2015 as well as those appointed to a second term.

Robin Roy, Chris Flannery, John W. Weldy, and Joseph L. Anderson II will serve as new committee members while Mark Mazz and James Demitrus will begin their second three-year terms.

These first- and second-term committee members are joining existing members Steven T. Anderson, Debra Blake, Ishbel Dickens, William Freeborne, Dominic Frisina, Rick Hanger, Jeffrey T. Legault, Michael Lubliner, Timothy J. O’Leary, Leo Poggione, Manuel Santana, Gregory K. Scott, Timothy Sheahan, David Tompos, and Richard Weinert.  HUD expresses its appreciation to departing members, Michael Wade, Theresa Desfosses, Mark Luttich, and Frank Walter.

Established in 2000, the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee advises HUD’s Secretary on manufactured housing construction and safety standards. The Committee also provides advice on federal procedural and enforcement regulations for manufactured housing.  The new appointments include:

Robin Roy, Ph.D.

Roy is currently employed with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and has served as the director of Building Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Strategy since 2010.  He has worked for three decades to help meet society’s need for secure, economic, and environmentally sound energy. Over the past year, Roy has immersed himself in the manufactured housing sector by working with the industry, consumers, utility, and efficiency groups to understand their perspectives and build support for strong, workable, and affordable efficiency standards as required by federal regulations.

Chris Flannery

Flannery currently serves as the Supervising Inspector for the State of Nevada Manufactured Housing Division (MHD). As the Supervising Inspector, Flannery collaborates with building officials, members of the public, and other staff members, and also represents the Division as the prime point of contact for inquiries from local jurisdictions.  Prior to serving as the Supervising Inspector, Flannery served as the state of Nevada’s Building Official and Planning Director for eight years.

John W. Weldy

Weldy, currently employed with Clayton Homes, Inc., has served as the Director of Engineering since October 2005.  As the Director of Engineering, Weldy directs activities of the engineering department and coordinates projects from the design state to successful construction by leading a team of approximately 30 professionals.  Prior to joining Clayton Homes, Weldy served as the Director of the Design Approval Plant Inspection Agency (DAPIA) Services at NTA, Inc. where he was responsible for all outgoing DAPIA approvals and DAPIA correspondence with states, HUD, and IBTS.

Joseph Lee “Jody” Anderson

Anderson is the owner of Timberland Mobile Housing, LLC, and has been a manufactured housing business owner for 28 years as a Texas licensee for manufactured housing retail. He is also a manufactured housing community owner.  In addition, he is an active member of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA), a non-profit trade association representing the interests of a variety of businesses involved in the manufactured housing industry.

Mark J. Mazz

Mazz has served on the MHCC as a member of the “User” category since 2010. Mazz is a licensed architect with significant knowledge of accessibility design. He provides accessibility consulting to property owners, developers, construction managers, contractors, civil engineers, architects, other design professionals, HUD, DOJ, advocates, and attorneys.  In 2005, Mazz assisted the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in developing requirements for accessible emergency housing and co-wrote “Design Details for Accessible Disaster Relief Housing.”

James Demitrus

Demitrus has served on the MHCC as a member of the “User” category since January 1, 2012. He is a manufactured home owner and resident of Ohio, where he currently serves as the Commissioner for the Ohio Manufactured Home Commission (OMHC). He is also the President of Lakeside Terrace Homeowners Association in Ohio.  Demitrus retired from General Motors Corporation in Parma, Ohio, and is currently self-employed as an electrician. ##

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New Members of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee

April 22nd, 2013 Comments off

The Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s ManuFACTured Housing Newsletter reports the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) announces the appointment of three new members of the committee and the reappointment of six members, including the chairman, Richard Weinert. New members include: Debra Blake, Deputy Dir. for the MH Office, Arizona fire safety department; Dominic C. Frisinia, vice-president RoMar Homes of Pennsylvania; and Timothy O’Leary, Idaho Office of Energy Resources and manufactured home homeowner. Chairman Reinert is a codes and standards administrator for the Dept. of Housing and Community Development in Calif. Others returning are Michael Lubliner, Building Science Specialist at the Washington State University Energy Program; Manuel Santana, Director of Engineering for Cavco Industries and Fleetwood Homes; Gregory Scott, president of ScotBilt Homes; Timothy Sheahan, a manufactured home homeowner, is an advocate for homeowner associations; and David Tompos, head of NTA, Inc., a HUD-approved inspection agency in northern Ind. As MHProNews reported here April 12, a subcommittee of the MHCC will conduct a teleconference April 23.

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MHI Responds to Unexpected Testimony at Congressional Hearing

February 8th, 2012 2 comments has received a memorandum from Joe Stegmayer, Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), regarding testimony at last week’s House Financial Services Committee hearing on HUD’s implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000. Noting the difficulty in gaining the attention of Congress, Stegmayer emphasizes the extended effort expended by MHI staff and members to obtain this hearing, and the opportunity to introduce bipartisan legislation (H.R. 3849) aimed at the unintended consequences of the SAFE Act and Dodd-Frank that negatively impact MH. Several members of Congress did remark on the importance of manufactured housing as a source of affordable housing. MHI had been asked to recommend a witness who could attest to HUD’s implementation of the MH Improvement Act of 2000. Manuel Santana, Director of Engineering for Cavco and a member of HUD’s Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) was chosen for this role. His testimony included HUD’s slow response to changes in the industry, and ineffectiveness in implementing regulatory directives contained in the Improvement Act. Another witness chosen by congressional staffers to testify was Ishbel Dickens, Executive Director, Manufactured Homeowners Association of America (MHOAA), also a member of MHCC. Ms. Dickens opted to use her testimony to lash out at MHC owners instead of the task outlined by the committee. In response, MHI/NCC (National Communities Council) will compose a letter to the House committee documenting positive attributes of community living while responding to the issues raised by Ms. Dickens. In addition, MHI/NCC will seek an opportunity for NCC to have a discussion with House committee members, and for an NCC representative to testify before the House Financial Services Committee.

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Who Said All the Bad Actors are Gone?

February 6th, 2012 Comments off

Manuel Santana, director of engineering for Cavco Industries, told a congressional subcommittee HUD’s negligence in implementing the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 has contributed to the industry’s 80 percent decline in production. In testimony prepared for the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity, he said the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has made numerous suggestions to improve the 2000 measure, and adapt to changes in the industry, but HUD is slow to respond to these recommendations. CronkiteNews tells Santana, representing MHI said, “These delays result in lost sales and unnecessary interruptions in the construction process, which ultimately lead to loss of jobs and lost economic opportunity for the industry.” Noting the unknown impact on MH from new regulations, and the continuing struggle with lack of financing, he said HUD’s inefficiency has presented added problems to an industry that has seen 160 plants close and 200,000 jobs lost since 2000. Four other industry representatives also testified. Henry Czauski, acting deputy administrator for HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs, said to the legislators: “I want to assure the subcommittee the department has and continues to fairly and diligently implement the 2000 act in accordance with the statutory purposes to protect the quality, durability, safety, and affordability of manufactured housing.”

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MHI, Others Tell Lawmakers Slow Moving HUD Hurts Industry

February 2nd, 2012 Comments off

MHI LogoFrom Cronkite News and other sources, learns of testimony provided by Manuel Santana, the director of engineering at Cavco, who told congressional lawmakers that failure to implement the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 has weighed heavily on the industry. “Due to the inability of the HUD Code to keep pace with these practices, it often takes months to receive the required HUD approval of these non-standard designs,” Santana, testifying on behalf of the Manufactured Housing Institute, told the House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity. “These delays result in lost sales and unnecessary interruptions in the construction process, which ultimately lead to loss of jobs and lost economic opportunity for the industry,” said Santana. Henry Czauski, the acting deputy administrator for HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs told the committee the department has and continues to fairly and diligently implement the 2000 act in accordance with the statutory purposes to protect the quality, durability, safety and affordability of manufactured housing. Santana said an advisory committee has recommended three comprehensive updates of the code but that only one, has been adopted by HUD. The inefficiency, Santana said, has added to problems for an industry that is already reeling from a lack of financing and the uncertainty and impact of new financial services and regulations.

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