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‘We Want Your Money’ – 2018 MHI Membership, Infographic Fact Check

January 10th, 2018 Comments off


All 2018 MHI membership payments are due by end of the January.  We look forward to welcoming your company back as we continue to make important strides within the manufactured housing industry,” reads MHI’s latest appeal for renewal of the dues of their members.

The second sentence begs the question, what strides?

Given their previous “MHI Zen,” and “Got Clout?” claims, where’s their documented, measurable success?

How would they answer the following questions?

Stating the obvious that they ignored: emails sent to Congress are not success, legislative passage is.

After about 6 years, and millions spent, why do they have exactly nada to show in the way of accomplishing their own main goal?


MHI in the same email that contained this graphic FINALLY began a ‘written’ debate of the issues. Great. But why did they duck most of the tough questions, while replying with a cool looking graphic that has still more misleading info? Do they hope razzle dazzle will get or keep the industry on board with a failed agenda? An agenda that’s arguably harmed thousands of independents, while helping big companies?

One graphic – below – could sum up MHI’s documented failure to advance the industry’s agenda.


If MHI’s program was so successful, why is the industry going backward? Graphic provided by Ross Kinzler when he was then the executive director of the Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA).

Killing Off 100s of Independent Manufactured Home Retailers, Production Companies – Tim Williams/21st Mortgage “Smoking Gun” Document 2

MHI totally ignores that they passed on a negotiated deal that could have given everyone in the industry relief from the MLO rule.  See the emailed document within the report, linked below.

Warren Buffett, “the Moat,” Manufactured Housing, Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt, Wells Fargo, NAI…

More important, they utterly ignore numerous, well documented concerns and claims, often made by their own current or past members.  Many of those claims include documents from MHI’s own key members.

Manufactured Housing Institute VP Revealed Important Truths on MHI’s Lobbying, Agenda

Those claims include that they are working to promote their largest members, to the disadvantage of smaller ones and independents.

“Accurate, but Misleading” MHI Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act Alert – ‘Weaponized New$,’ Fact Check$

MHARR vs. MHI on DOE Energy Rule, Pushback Pay$ Off?

Why have they never publicly explained notable moves, like the one linked below?

HUD’s Pam Danner Announces former MHI VP Lois Starkey Joining HUD

Their latest emailed “MHI Spin” update, dated today, is arguably an example of more spin.




There are several one-liners that MHI should try to answer.  Warren Buffett, left, supported Hillary Clinton, who supported Dodd-Frank.  Duh?  Who does MHI think they are fooling? Credit Wikipedia. Tim Williams, right, credit, LinkedIn. Collage credit, MHProNews.

Given that they clearly tried to respond, in several ways, didn’t they enter into a written debate?


Given that their messaging in their emailed update today fail to address several issues their own members have raised, isn’t it a de facto admission that the claims and allegations against them – and the dominant MHI members – have merit?

Maxine Waters Statement, Preserving Access Manufactured Housing Act 2017, Warren Buffett, Clayton Homes

Sources say they clearly made numerous attempts to appear to respond to their critics, without actually addressing them.

Why not do an open discussion/debate – video recorded, so the entire industry can see it – done next week at Louisville? We’ve emailed just such an invitation to Dick Jennison, and key MHI staff, which was copied to others. Let’s see if they take up the challenge, shall we?


If they do a video recorded debate, their members – and everyone in the industry – can have a better sense of the truth of their claims, as well as the many published concerns.  Isn’t that fair before independent members have to write their MHI renewal, dues checks?

They’ve made it the issue with their infographic.  Why pay dues to MHI?  Many, the big boys, clearly will.  But the independents?  What’s in MHI for them?




Lavin is an MHI award winner, and a success story in communities, retail and finance.

GSE’s Duty to Serve MH Rigged, Benefits 21st, VMF, Clayton, Buffett’s Berkshire, Harming Consumers & Independents, per MH CEO, Calls for Congressional Investigation

Or is that too transparent for them?

Let MHI fact check the articles linked above, and respond to each one.

Or better yet, let their president debate their performance in public. “We Provide, You Decide.” ## (Fisking, analysis, commentary, fact check, news.)


L. A. “Tony” Kovach, photo by Mark Simon, He’s the publisher of the industry’s two largest and most popular trade media, and

By L. A. “Tony” Kovach, managing member,
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