Posts Tagged ‘Mark Bowersox’

Ron Breymier to Lead IMHA-RVIC

October 7th, 2015 Comments off

imha_rvic__their_creditThe Indiana Manufactured Housing Association – Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC) announces that Ron Breymier has been appointed Executive Director of the association. A veteran of IMHA-RVIC, he served as the Executive Director for five years from 1986-1991, and has lobbied on behalf of the association at the Indiana State House for over 25 years through LegisGroup Public Affairs, LLC, of which he is a partner.

As the voice of the MH and RV industries in its dealings with state government and his association management experience make him a good candidate for leading the IMHA-RVIC.

Association President Ken Eckstein said, “I’m not sure we could have found a better choice than Ron. His years of experience with the association and Indiana legislators should lead to a seamless transition into his role as Executive Director. Ron already knows all the players. He’s well known in both industries and down at the statehouse.

The previous executive director, Mark Bowersox, joined the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) in September. The association has 375 members. ##

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Bowersox Takes Vice President Position with Manufactured Housing Institute

August 14th, 2015 Comments off

mark_bowersox__linked_in__creditMHProNews has learned from the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC) that Executive Director Mark Bowersox has resigned his position as of Sept. 5, 2015. With IMHA-RVIC for 12 years, he began as the association’s RV director, added the title of marketing director before being promoted to Executive Director Jan. 1, 2010.

Association President Ken Eckstein said, “Mark became Executive Director in 2010 when both the manufactured housing and RV industries were struggling, and our association reflected the difficulties of the industries. In Mark’s tenure, our organization has increased its membership, financial reserves and impact with lawmakers. We appreciate his efforts and we believe that IMHA-RVIC is well positioned for success moving forward.

Bowersox is taking a position as Vice President of Industry Relations with the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) where he will be working with members and state association executives.

IMHA-RVIC has created a search committee to chose Bowersox’ replacement. Founded in 1945, IMHA-RVIC is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association based in Indianapolis with over 375 members representing all sectors of the MH and RV industries. ##

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RVIA Honors RVIC/IMHA Director Mark Bowersox

March 13th, 2015 Comments off

Mark b, RVIA pres Coon and ria chairman bontrager  rvbusiness  creditMHProNews has learned from rvbusiness that Mark Bowersox, executive director of the Recreational Vehicle Indiana Council and the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (RVIC/IMHA), has been honored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) with the National Legislative Award.

Bowersox was recognized for his leadership in addressing the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) issue regarding how park model recreational vehicles are measured. He lobbied Indiana’s congressional delegation to introduce legislation addressing the issue, and sought support from other state manufactured housing association for their assistance.

When the RV industry suffered a delivery driver shortage, he worked with the RVIA in lobbying the Indiana legislature to pass a measure that removes the requirement for deliverers to have a chauffeur’s license to transport particular vehicles. ##

(Photo credit: rvbusiness–RVIA president Richard Coon, left; RVIC/MHA Executive Director Mark Bowersox, middle; Derald Bontrager, RVIA Chairman, right)

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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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Indiana U. S. Representative’s Staff Visits MH Plant

July 24th, 2014 Comments off

The IMHARVIC (Indiana Manufactured Housing Association Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council) reports staff members of 2nd Indiana District U. S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski toured the Fairmont Homes factory in Nappanee, IN earlier this month. 2nd District Director Ben Falkowski and Field Representative Brian Spaulding attended the facility tour with IMHA Executive Director Mark Bowersox, as MHProNews understands, and discussion turned to the need for MH financing, the Dodd-Frank Act, and governmental regulation. ##

(Image credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum–Fairmont Home donated to Hall of Fame)

Will the CFPB Please Stand for Affordable Housing?

October 18th, 2013 Comments off

DJ Pendleton, executive director of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association, says on Oct. 1 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) clarified the rules defining what is considered a mortgage loan originator and what is not. A retail employee can only provide general information about buying a manufactured home. A more detailed and comprehensive list of permissible activities is expected to be forthcoming. Industry’s efforts to convince the Bureau to alter the APR rate and points and fees caps to avoid the high cost “predatory loan” issue did not succeed. Although the CFPB has agreed to look into the issue further, it will not change the caps before the Jan. 2014 date. For his Industry in Focus report, click here. Mark Bowersox, Executive Director of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association/Recreational Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC), also noting CFPB’s refusals of MHI’s requests, says it is crucial to contact your representatives in Congress to urge them to pass HR 1779, the “Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.” For his It’s Now or Never article, click here. Both the Oklahoma Manufactured Housing Association (OMHA) and the Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA) warn that any lease to buy or other lending related activities could trigger enforcement action by the CFPB. Additionally, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Retailers Council says remove all the financing signs unless you are licensed, and don’t base a decision on common sense. Meanwhile, Oklahoma and Texas are collaborating on a free lenders seminar for those who sell manufactured homes, probably after the first of the year. MHProNews and ManufacturedHomeLivingNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach offers a 3 Step Plan for Resident Engagement on HR 1779—click here.

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MH Gaining Strength in Hoosier State

January 17th, 2013 Comments off

Mark Bowersox of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) reports Indiana witnessed a 6.6 percent decline in MH shipments Nov. 2012 over Nov. 2011, but for the year shipments have increased 21.1 percent. As MHProNews has learned, the state’s production of manufactured homes Jan. through Nov. 2012 rose to 4,386, a 3.2 percent increase over the 4,252 homes for the same period of 2011.

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MHI Chairman to Attend Louisville Show in January

November 16th, 2011 Comments off

MHProNews has learned that Cavco Industries CEO and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Chairman Joe Stegmayer has accepted the invitation from the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) to address the 2012 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. When asked what topics he plans to cover, Stegmayer replied, “On behalf of MHI and the company I represent, Cavco/Fleetwood, I will discuss MHI and our industry’s efforts to work with FHA on financing and with HUD on regulatory matters. I also will look forward to sharing news about the growing membership in MHI and our search for a new president.”

MHProNews asked Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) executive director Mark Bowersox about the development. “Having Joe Stegmayer represent the Manufactured Housing Institute at the Louisville show creates a great opportunity for all industry members to hear about the national issues that impact their businesses everyday. In my opinion, Joe’s attendance, along with the increased size of the show, makes this a must attend event for anyone within driving distance of Louisville,” Bowersox said.

The MMHF state execs, show chairman Ron Thomas Sr., Dennis Hill and I are all very pleased to have MHI’s Chairman of the Board, Joe Stegmayer, attending the Louisville Show in January 2012. Last year was a strong return (for the Show) with lots of positive energy from attendees and exhibitors. The 2012 event promises to be even better. There are great networking and deal making opportunities. The business and profit building seminars and workshops alone would make the flight or drive worth while. There are more homes, products and services on tap that can easily be compared, all indoors in the state of the art Kentucky Exhibition Center (KEC).Those who come should walk away prepared to advance and improve in the new year. As a retailer, manufactured home community operator, developer, supplier or vendor, I would hate to miss this event. We will be there to hear what Joe Stegmayer and so many other movers and shakers will offer us.” said MHProNews publisher Tony Kovach.

(Editors note: you can get more read information about the 2012 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show at this link:

or go to the link on that page to sign up for free attendance).

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