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From Hollywood to Manufactured Housing Professional Growth, Profit

March 24th, 2015 Comments off

J:\\Exhibit-Hall-Registration-Area-2015-Tunica-Manufactured-Housing-Show-mhpronews-com-2.pngThe Hollywood Hotel and Casino – along with the neighboring Resorts Hotel and Casino – are the site for this years 2015 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show. Differing from the previous Harrah’s property, the Hollywood lives up to its name by featuring scenes and memorabilia from Hollywood movies and TV Shows. Titanic, Batman and Back to the Future, Ghostbusters and Elvis are among dozens of authentic screen items on display.

A photo report of some of those items will be posted on the Masthead.

The Exhibit Hall is located right next to the Registration area, which will take Tunica Show attendees past many of these movie and TV show items on display. This year’s show will feature some 85 new model homes on display. That display will be behind the Resorts Hotel. The second floor of the Resorts is also where the Seminars will be located.

As a trade show, the event is open only to industry professionals, it is not open to the general public. Industry pros who wish to attend and who haven’t yet registered can do so on site, bring your business card and a photo ID. For a map of the show and complete details, please click here. MHProNews.com will be at booth #73 in the Exhibit Hall. ##

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Louisville Show is Approaching a Sell-Out

July 28th, 2014 Comments off

2014-louisville-manufactured-housing-show-crowd-photo-credits-mhpronews-manufacturedhomes-com-There are almost 6 months to go before the start of the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, and booth space and manufacturers exhibit space is approaching a sell out.  MHProNews has learned there will be 2 new factory builders planning for the 2015 event, and apparently all the current manufactured and modular builders are expected to return.

Registration for the 2015 show opens on October 1, 2014.  Dennis Hill of Show Ways Unlimited suggests it’s wise to mark your calendars now for the 2015 show.

“Louisville has been the best attended industry event 2 years in a row.” Dennis Hill said.  “As videos from attendees in 2014 posted on our updated show website underscore, the enthusiasm and value for attending the show has not been better in a decade. Our popular Business Building Seminars will be back, and because they were often standing room only in 2014, we’ve expanded the seminar space.  The full seminar line up will be available this fall.”

Show Chairman Ron Thomas Sr. had only this to say, “It’s the best way to start off your new year. Don’t miss it!” ##

(Photo credit: ManufacturedHomes.com and MHProNews.com)

The Tunica Manufactured Housing Show Will Go On!

June 26th, 2014 Comments off

dennis-hill-showways-unlimited-host-l-a-tony-kovach=mhpronews-manufacturedhomes-com-manufactured-housing-news-Questions have been coming in about the status of the 2015 Tunica Show, given Harrah’s closure of the site where the manufactured housing show has been held for the past 17 years.

Dennis Hill at Show Ways Unlimited, the trade show’s coordinator, has told us that alternative options are in hand. Plans that incorporate those options are being considered and that a recent trip to Tunica with Keith Bennett – the Tunica Show Chairman – identified backup options, should those be needed.

“The Show will go on, there is no question about that fact.” said Dennis Hill to MHProNews.com. “Once all the details are worked out, we will make a formal announcement. Exhibitors and attendees alike should plan for a 2015 Tunica Show that will be as robust as ever.”

As a programing note, RV MH Hall of Fame inductee Dennis Hill will be featured in an upcoming exclusive video interview in July, in a behind the scenes look at what happens at a trade show such as Louisville or Tunica. Hill is one of the under-sung heroes of our industry, and the video will be of keen interest to thousands of industry professionals.

That video and article with Dennis Hill will go live on the MHProNews home page – along with 9 other “Inside MH” videos, A Cup of Coffee with…Barry Cole (soon to be inducted into the RV-MH Hall of Fame) plus other new featured articles and reports. The new features should be live by this time next week. ##

(Image Credits: ManufacturedHomes.com and MHProNews.com)

Free Manufactured Housing Finance, Business Seminars and Forecast

March 24th, 2014 Comments off

standing-room-only-2014-louisville-manufactured-housing-show-seminar-room-masthead-blog-mhpronews-com-Some 2100 +/- manufactured housing industry professionals from all segments of the industry are expected at the 2014 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show. Registrations have come in from states coast to coast.

The Tunica Show features more homes and exhibitors than any other industry trade show in North America. Networking and free luncheon’s are part of the show line up.

Popular finance and business building seminars are offered free to industry attendees. General information about the finance and business building seminars are found linked here.

Tunica offers popular free manufactured and modular home finance panels, which features top industry lenders as well as MH Community commercial lending panels, both moderated by MH finance expert, Dick Ernst..

Business Building CRM, Marketing and Sales building programs and a Manufactured Home Community Lesson’s Learned panel discussion are on the schedule. A guest column by Brad Nelms on Why Retailers and Community Operators should Go Tunica, is linked here.

A possible program change may occur in the MHC Lessons Learned panel, which is being moderated by the National Community Council’s VP, Jenny Hodge. Rick Rand has advised seminar management that he may not be able to attend, but seasoned veteran and MHC-MD.com consultant, L. A. “Tony” Kovach will be available as an alternate panelist for that session. Featured MHC panel experts include Tammy Fonk with CBRE who has years of experience in a family owned community, as well as Maria Horton, a respected executive from west coast MHC powerhouse Newport Pacific. Seminars will be held in the Harrah’s Convention Center exhibit hall.

Video interviews are planned at the show, such as the ones linked here.

The current forecast for the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show is a sunny on Wednesday 3/26/2014 with a low of 43 degrees and a high of 55. Thursday’s forecast is partly cloudy, with a 10% chance of rain, low of 54 and a high of 63. Friday’s forecast is mostly sunny, but 40% chance of rain, with a low of 43 and a high of 69.

This is an industry trade show, and is not open to the general public. Industry professionals are reminded that they can typically gain free admission by bringing their photo ID and business card. ##

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2014 Louisville Show Forecast; Cool, Busy!

January 18th, 2014 Comments off

louisville-show-onsight-registration-posted-masthead-blog-manufactured-housing-pro-news-.jpgThe tough winter of 2013-2014 has not slowed the record pace for pre-registertions for the 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. The long range weather forecast for the Louisville Manufactured Show are for lower than normal temperatures, with highs during the show generally in the mid to upper 30s. But the all-indoor show will be busy, with red-hot pace record numbers of retailers, community, installers and builder/developers pre-registering.  2400+ industry professionals are expected ‘all in,’ based on record pre-registration numbers and past historic trends. Those keen to grow their business and profits in 2014 will find 48 model homes, some 80 exhibitors, deal making, networking, mixers and special incentives to do business. “Show Me the Money!” Seminars and workshops include the latest programs offered by top industry lenders, marketing, sales, CRM and business development, lessons learned by community professionals, community lending and more. Most professionals can attend free with a business card and photo ID, more information at this link. Go to the LouisvilleManufacturedHousingShow.com for details. MHProNews will be in attendance, at booth #115. ##
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(Video and photo credit: ManufacturedHomes.com and MHProNews.com)

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:

http://www.MHProNews.com/home/featured-articles/december-2013/138-general-manufactured-housing-industry-topics/6692-why-will-the-louisville-2014-show-you-the-money

And/Or go to:

http://www.LouisvilleShow.com 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

Louisville Manufactured Housing Show Draws Praise and Enhanced Interest

October 9th, 2013 Comments off

louisville-manufactured-housing-show-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-The early sellout of model home floor space for the 2014 Louisville Show is one of many signs that the trade show is on a strong track. Last year set a post 2010 record for attendance, making Louisville the best attended manufactured housing industry event.

Attendees MHProNews has spoken to often mirror what Bob and Janet McDonald said, “The Louisville show is a MUST see. I was very impressed at the last show and I can’t wait to see the exhibitors at this year’s Louisville show.” Exhibit space is also almost sold out, for reasons highlighted by Ralph Metcalf from CuttingSystem who stated that “The Louisville Show is an excellent venue to introduce your products to the manufactured housing community. Manufacturers, dealers and set up personal all have a chance to view your offerings. We have been very successful at this show and highly recommend it.’”

Manufacturers have praised the show too. Gary Boerner from Norris Homes frankly observed: Norris Homes made the decision to display at the 2012 Louisville Home show after being absent for several years. 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.”

Wally Comer from Adventure Homes radiated praise for the Show, as well as for Ron Thomas Sr. – Show Chairman – and Dennis Hill – Show Coordinator – in his exclusive interview linked here.

Publisher and industry consultant L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach said, “From ‘mom and pops’ to mid-sized operations along side the largest players in the industry flocked to Louisville last year. More pros seeking to grow are bound to come in 2014. The strategies to move from survive to thrive will be showcased in the free educational offerings. Want to grow? Be there!”

Pre-registration is open along with many more details found at the Louisville Show website. ##

Manufactured Housing Industry Execs Meeting over ByLaws Controversy; Legislative Agenda Advances

March 20th, 2013 Comments off

manufactured-housing-institute-gavel-bylaws-issue-posted-manufactured-housing-pronews-The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is in the process of updating their bylaws, which was last done circa 2007, and led to controversy over proposed changes. The issue revolves in part around state association executives who seek to have a strong voice in MHI’s legislative and other agendas. MHI CEO Dick Jennison was contacted about the topic for comment. Jennison’s reply was: “…it would be inappropriate for me at this stage to officially comment while the bylaws changes are “pending” before the MHI Board for its consideration.”

It should be noted that bylaws are a matter of any association’s governance, and as such, are normally discussed and decided by board members, which makes Jennison’s response to our inquiry understandable.

State association executives were also contacted for comment, a number of whom shared thoughts about the topic off the record and copies of list-serve emails were provided to us about the controversy. From the state perspective, a number of executive directors feel their states deserve a strong voice at MHI, as their work is often critical in grass roots efforts. While some state associations threatened a possible walk out, a source close to the issues tells us that posture was walked back the next day. It should be noted that some execs clearly took a pro-MHI stand on the bylaws topic.

Reportedly a pair of non-state association parties have attempted to stir up the bylaws issue for some weeks.

An informed source close to MHI and the associations in question tells MHProNews that the offending language change in the bylaws was offered to be struck shortly after the issue arose in late February, in an effort to settle the issue between MHI and the state executives. With “bruises” evident in the respective camps, a private meeting was scheduled to take place at the upcoming Tunica Manufactured Housing Show to bring the various parties together for a resolution.

As one informed source stated, with similar comments from others to MHProNews, “I hope this gets resolved soon, as we certainly have bigger issues facing our industry than the MHI bylaws.”

The good news amidst this bylaws controversy is that it seems that progress is still being made in lining up bi-paritsan support for MHI’s federal legislative agenda. Our sources tell us that the plan is to file bills with bi-partisan support in both the House and the Senate at the same time, which is expected to take place “soon,” likely in the second quarter of 2013. That progress suggests that the parties nationally and locally are still working together in a professional manner. ##

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It’s Back and Better than Ever!

December 29th, 2011 Comments off

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Everyone I talk to is very pleased the show is moving forward in 2012. This year’s show is in a growth mode and we expect the show to be bigger and better than last year. “ said Ron Thomas, active retailer, community owner and Louisville Show Chairman. While it may not be a surprise to hear a Show Chairman say something like that, the sentiment is echoed in the feedback from other attendees and exhibitors. Perhaps most important is the fact that pre-show registrations are up from the surprising totals of 2011. Lorayne Scott, with Show Ways Unlimited – the firm which organizes the Louisville Show – told MHProNews that:We had 970 retailers, builder/developers, community owner/operator, and installers.  As for the exhibitors we had a total of 442.  The total attendance was 1412.” That total of 1412 from all facets of factory built housing made it one of the top 2 attended events in the manufactured housing industry for 2011. Numerous positive comments have come in from 2011 show attendees who are excited about the shows 2012 plan. One example is from Darrell Boyd with Triad Financial, who said, “I was pleasantly surprised at our attendance at the 2011 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show last year. I knew the 50 year history of the show and the spirit of our industry would bring us back. I just wasn’t sure what to expect in 2011. The traffic at our exhibitor booth was brisk and it seemed the renewed positive attitude of the attendees was infectious and spilled over during the show. I talked to many other exhibitors and manufacturers and they agreed with my sentiment. With the 2012 show approaching, I’m eagerly looking forward to our continued renewed growth.” The 2012 Louisville Show line up includes a strong cross section of free business building workshops and seminars, a special appearance and address by Cavco CEO and MHI Chairman Joe Stegmayer as well as even more homes and exhibitors than 2011. Free online registration is scheduled to end January 3. You can pre-register at this link, or get more information at this link.

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Major MH Event draws praise and launches new Video

November 1st, 2011 Comments off

MHProNews has learned that praise for the new early March show date and support for the Great Southwest Home show continues to grow.  “The Great Southwest Home Show is one of the best investments we make each year. We have fun while we work.” said Mike Harrison, President of QuikBrick. Triad Financial Service Regional Manager, Julie Dwyer, said Time and time again, the Great Southwest Home Show has proven to be a strong supporter for the manufactured housing industry. “ Dwyer added, “Growth and prosperity in this industry will continue with the dedication and commitment from industry manufacturers and exhibitors that showcase their products and services  to businesses across the region.” Retailer Bo Radley, President of Aspen Homes stated that “Attending the Great Southwest Home Show does help me keep in contact with key people in the industry and meet new contacts that I otherwise wouldn’t have met.  Most of the people I do business with today are people I met at trade shows. The Tulsa show features trade days March 1st and 2nd, followed by public days March 3d and 4th, where homes are sold direct to the public and hundreds of leads are created for exhibitors. Last year’s attendance was up over the previous year, and over 2000 attended public days. The video shown was just released, and more information on the show can be found at this link. Tulsa’s annual show has become one of the top 4 major Industry events for the year, an ongoing achievement by all those involved.

(Video credit: Great Southwest Home Show and MHAO)