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Arrested! Attorney General Files Charges on Manufactured and Modular Home Retailer, Police Arrest Suspect

February 20th, 2019 Comments off

 

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In a press release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, is the following from the New York State Attorney General’s (NY AG) office.

 

The release contains the details of the suspect arrested and charged with swindling over a $1 million dollars from would-be buyers of factory-built homes.  The NY AG’s release will be followed by additional, related news, an ABC affiliate’s video, plus some commentary and links to related issues.

 

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Attorney General James And NYS Police Announce Arrest Of Upstate Resident For Scheme To Defraud Over 40 Homebuyers

Sherrie A. Burton, Owner of Valued Homes, Charged With Stealing Over $1 Million from Buyers of Modular and Manufactured Homes throughout Upstate New York  

UPSTATE NEW YORK – Attorney General Letitia James and State Police Acting Superintendent Keith Corlett announced today the arrest of Sherrie A. Burton for defrauding homebuyers throughout Upstate New York of over $1 million. The defendant was arraigned today on a 9-count felony complaint including charges of Grand Larceny in the Second and Third Degrees and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree. A joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau and the New York State Police revealed that Burton allegedly used her businesses, Valued Manufactured Housing, Inc. (“VMH”) and Valued Homes (“VH”) to fraudulently solicit deposits, down payments, and even full cash payments from unsuspecting customers of modular and manufactured homes. She then allegedly used the money for personal expenses and to further her ongoing scheme.   

“We will never tolerate any fraudulent behavior that takes advantage of hardworking New Yorkers,” said Attorney General Letitia James. “Instead of fulfilling the dream of homeownership, Ms. Burton allegedly defrauded homebuyers and used their savings for her personal expenses and gains. My office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute anyone who engages in activities that harm our residents.” 

“I applaud the work performed on this case by the New York State Attorney General’s office and our State Police Investigators,” said Acting New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett. “This individual perpetuated a devious scheme to defraud hardworking New Yorkers out of thousands of dollars for her own gain. Because of the strong collaboration among law enforcement, we were able to expose this fraud. The State Police will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to end these types of fraudulent practices and hold accountable those who prey on innocent people.” 

According to the felony complaint and statements by the prosecution in court, between at least March 2015 and July 2018, the defendant operated VMH and VH in South Glens Falls, Saratoga County, which offered to sell homebuyers newly built manufactured and modular homes. Manufactured homes are factory-built houses engineered and constructed to the specifications of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s federal building code, while modular homes are factory-built homes that are built to state building standards. Both manufactured and modular homes are transported on a carrier and permanently set on a foundation.   

Prosecutors allege that Burton falsely represented to customers that they needed to put a substantial deposit in order for the manufacturer to begin construction of their new home, while in reality the manufacturers did not require such a deposit.  Burton then allegedly diverted the deposits for her own use, instead of using them towards the purchase of the victims’ homes.  In other multiple instances, Burton allegedly used the deposits to pay her own personal expenses, including purchases at Zynga Games, Amazon.com and the Home Shopping Network, expenditures at Turning Stone Resort and Casino, payments for hotels, groceries, gas and alcohol, credit card payments, and cash withdrawals. In other instances, Burton allegedly used deposits from new victims to further her ongoing scheme by paying manufacturers for homes she had promised to prior customers months before. 

Also according to prosecutors, Burton obtained financing to purchase floor plan or display models, yet sold them as new models to many customers, leaving the victims without legal title to the home and the lenders believing the homes were still on display at her showroom.   

In one instance, a victim received a home from Burton but could not obtain title allowing her to insure or borrow against the home for over a year. In another instance, a victim provided a deposit of $8,000 to Burton, who never remitted the money to the manufacturer, and the victim therefore had to obtain a mortgage for the full price of the home — essentially paying the deposit twice. Many customers who paid Burton never received a home, and never got a refund of their money. 

Burton was charged in the Attorney General’s felony complaint, filed today in Saratoga County,  with three counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, five counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony, and one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony. 

The Attorney General’s investigation is ongoing. According to the prosecution, the investigation has thus far uncovered over 40 victims of Burton’s scheme in and around Upstate New York, who were allegedly defrauded out of over $1 million.   

Burton, 64, was arraigned today in Town of Moreau Justice Court before the Honorable Jeffrey B. McCabe. Bail was set in the amount of $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond. 

If convicted of all counts, Burton faces up to 10 to 20 years in state prison. The charges against the defendant are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.    

The criminal investigation commenced after multiple victims filed complaints with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau. To protect yourself from becoming a victim of a home or property sale scam, Attorney General James offered the following tips: 

  • Before contracting for a large purchase, DO YOUR HOMEWORK:
  • Ask for references and call them.
  • Research online for complaints:
  • Check the better Business Bureau website and review the basis for their rating, including the complaint summaries, which are usually available online.  If you see anything that gives you pause, take your business elsewhere.
  • Be wary of providing a large deposit upfront.  Remember, if the business fails, you will likely not get your deposit back.
  • If you give a deposit that is supposed to be used for a specific purpose, demand proof that it has been applied to that purpose.
  • Review any contract carefully before signing it and keep a copy for your records. You will be bound by the contract terms — any oral representations made are unenforceable.
  • If you believe you have been scammed as part of a home or property sale, submit a complaint to the New York State Attorney General’s Office: https://ag.ny.gov/consumer-frauds/Filing-a-Consumer-Complaint

 

Attorney General James thanks the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Financial Crimes Unit for their valuable assistance on this investigation.  

Consumer complaints were handled by Assistant Attorneys General Amy Schallop and Emily Auletta of the Attorney General’s Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Laura J. Levine and Bureau Chief Jane Azia. 

The criminal case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Philip V. Apruzzese and Special Counsel Benjamin S. Clark of the Attorney General’s Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau, with the assistance of Legal Support Analysts Kira M. Russom, Rebecca Jacobson, and Supervising Analyst Paul Strocko. The Bureau is led by Bureau Chief Stephanie Swenton and Deputy Bureau Chief Joseph D’Arrigo. The Criminal Division is led by Chief Deputy Attorney General José Maldonado. 

The OAG investigation was conducted by Investigator Samuel Scotellaro, III, under the supervision of Supervising Investigator Mark Spencer and Deputy Bureau Chief Antoine Karam. The Investigations Bureau is led by Chief John Reidy.  

— end of NY AG’s Press Release —

 

 

Local Media

With but one factual error, that the news source themselves then clarified/corrected, the Daily Gazette made some useful additional points to the above.

Also, prosecutors allege, Burton would obtain financing to buy floor plan or display homes and sell them as new. This left victims without legal title to the home and left lenders believing the homes were still on display at her business.” Those display models, if they were purchased new, are new in the eyes of the law.  But the practice described is known in the industry as ‘Sold out of Trust’ or sometimes as SoT for short.

The following is also from the Daily Gazette, and lays out some insightful background.

The Better Business Bureau revoked its accreditation of Valued Manufactured Housing on Nov. 15, 2018, for not making a good-faith effort to resolve the disputes. 

The BBB website shows 10 of these complaints, some with responses. 

On Jan. 17, 2017, “Bruce and Sherrie” gave a lengthy explanation for the situation that led to a complaint and a promise to resolve the matter. 

On Aug. 30, 2018, in the same response to multiple complaints, the unidentified writer states that she is distraught at her own incompetence; that the family business is shut down after 26 years; that her son Jeremy and her husband were integral to the business and had both died; and that she’d made arrangements with a builder so that customers would get their homes and not lose their money.

An obituary published in his native Utica indicates Bruce Burton died Feb. 12, 2017, and that he was predeceased by his son Jeremy.”

 

There are several takeaways from this incident.  In no particular order of importance:

  • The New York State AG’s tips to home seekers are relevant, but it clearly should apply to all housing being sold or leased, not just factory-built homes. For example, scams on Craigslist or elsewhere involving conventional housing are legion.
  • The NY AG has previously brought to heel manufactured home community operators who were doing ‘contract for title’ or ‘rent to own’ a.k.a. ‘lease to own’ purchases, which are arguably errantly are still promoted and taught by George F. (F?) Allen, Spencer Roane, and their SECO colleagues. An MHI affiliated member attorney has told MHProNews that given the current state of federal law, he believes that the days of so-called Lonnie Deals are over, and that all such ‘rent or lease to own’ plans are illegal, because they are ‘disguised credit transactions.’ So industry professionals should approach with skepticism those who advocate such methods.
  • Once a given state begins to target an industry, it is not uncommon for other states to follow suit. Manufactured housing post-production associations are in some cases apparently failing to advise their members of the risks involving some practices. Indeed, the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF), and others have to some degree promoted Allen, Roane, and SECO, when they are advocating and engaging in practices that are risky to industry professionals, and purportedly are harmful to any number of consumers, like those reported here.

While it may not seem related at first blush, the second half of the article linked below very much relates to some of the issues bulleted above.  You can access the following, or other articles below the byline and disclosures, by clicking on the linked text/image box.

 

Do Looming Shareholders Suits Against Cavco Industries Foreshadow Problems for More Manufactured Home Industry Publicly Traded Firms?

 

Hungry! But Don’t Go The Wrong Way

The vast majority of the manufactured home industry’s independents and other professionals are looking to earn money honestly.  They are often hungry for knowledge. They want authentic education.  But in many cases, they clearly do not know which way to turn.  When an association or trade group gives tacit or active support to those who teach problematic behaviors, is the association opening themselves up to possible liability?  We have legal sources that say, yes.

Furthermore, a good trade group ought to condemn any bad behavior, while offering examples of the opposite.

In practical terms, this incident and the others like it are another wake up call to the industry’s ethical independents to organize on educational, lobbying, and communications. There is an affordable housing crisis.  There are many options for selling more homes in an authentic, sustainable and legitimate ways that could lead to record sales.

That can be done by individual businesses, or by some teaming up and working in concert. To learn more, click here and scroll through the options.

 

The Legal Process Grinds Slowly

There are reasons to believe that several large industry firms are under various federal investigations.  So when an individual retailer gets arrested and charged, one should not forget that this is a reminder that larger operations could face similar legal woes in the days ahead.  See more in the related reports, below the byline and disclosures.

 

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State-Level Data Provided for Total Manufactured Home Shipments in 5 Key States for 2018

February 12th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The information that follows was forwarded from the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA) as a news tip to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

 

It reflects data from the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) states. It includes the so-called ‘birth place’ of manufactured home production in Indiana, and the states around it.

Note that 2 states dropped, 1 state rose, and the remaining 2 states were essentially flat.

 

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The data should be an alarm that challenges the amen-corner that falsely claims that postures that ‘all is grand’ and that there is ‘momentum’ in manufactured housing.  During an affordable housing crisis, how is it possible that the overall results for these 5 historically key states are down?

  • 2017 totals for the 5 MMHF states are: 12,548.
  • 2018 totals for the 5 MMHF states are: 12,210.

Furthermore, while most haven’t mentioned it, the number of homes on display at the 2019 Louisville Show was down from last year too.

Facts are what they are.  BS from the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis may seemingly talk, but it obviously doesn’t move the needle as needed. See the related reports, further below.

 

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Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation Official Louisville Show Communique to MHProNews

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If you are catching flak, you are over the target.” – variation on an Air Force maxim.

 

A traditional role of news media is to challenge the powerful on behalf of the powerless or disadvantaged in search of truth and justice,’ paraphrase from various elements of the Society of Professional Journalist’s (SPJ) Code of Ethics Page.

 

 

The Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) are the ‘owners’ of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. They sent a letter to the managing member of MHProNews 10 days ago, or less than two weeks prior to the event.  That attorney’s letter said that show credentials for our parent company’s organizations – MHProNews, MHLivingNews and all others, or anyone associated with our team – were being denied.

No reason for the MMHF denial was stated in the attorney’s letter.

MHProNews’ publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach protested, as well as asked for reasons for the denial. No reason has yet been provided for the denial of show badges and entry passes.

Here below is the text of the most recent message from their attorney regarding this matter.

 

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“Mr. Kovach,

I am in receipt of your email and the attached letter.  As stated in my previous correspondence, you will not be granted access to the 2019 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show.  MMHF contacted you well in advance of the show to save you the trouble and expense of traveling to Louisville.    If you attempt to gain unpermitted access to the show, you will be removed.

Gregory T. Dutton
Attorney at Law | Frost Brown Todd LLC
502.779.8557  Direct.
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Note that the screen capture above reflects that each of the state association executives who make up the MMHF were in the CC line.

In fact, MHProNews had already booked accommodations and made other travel arrangements. Arguably, the MMHF and their attorney could surmise that to be the case. They might also know that lining up local legal representation on short notice would be dicey at best, as this sort of legal issue is likely to drag on for months, perhaps years.

In short, for the first time since there was no Louisville Manufactured Housing Show in 2010, the MHProNews team will regrettably not be in attendance at the annual event held at the Kentucky Exhibition Center (KEC).

 

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Tim Williams, and other MMHF executives, Dennis Hill from Show Ways Unlimited, in writing and/or on video, have all praised the work MHProNews did to jump start the come back of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. Facts are facts, and history is what is.

But that doesn’t mean that this matter is over. More on that another time.  The above or what follows should not be misconstrued.

 

 

News Media, Interviews, and You

Behind every dark cloud, there may be a silver lining if it is diligently sought. MHProNews’ protest over this matter isn’t over.  Nor will it likely be over even after the event is completed.

That said, there were several interviews and other professional engagements that would have taken place. MHProNews planned to have a video crew at the show, which may be part of the unstated reason that show credentials were denied. It is manifestly unjust. But reality is what is.  Given that our now 12 year old son Tamas Kovach comes with us to such trade shows, we did not want there to be in an incident that might adversely involve him.

So, a plan B is necessary. The first element of Plan B will be explained further below.

Let’s step back and ask the obvious questions.

Why would the organization credited in writing by the MMHF leadership and Show Ways Unlimited for the recovery of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show after it was cancelled – MHProNews – now be blocked from attending the event, that in conjunction with others, we helped save?

The obvious and thus most likely answer is the news, fact checks, and analysis that uniquely takes place here on MHProNews.

Is it a stretch to think that the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis, allies, and their surrogates were at work in this matter?

‘Hardly’ comes to mind. The details of that can be discovered over time.  But note for now that George F. (F?) Allen, who was the surrogate called upon to ask for a “boycott” of this publication, is now being promoted on the MMHF’s Louisville Show home page.  See the collage below.

 

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The first takeaway is that the axis, surrogates/stooges and their allies apparently feared direct questions from MHProNews. They apparently feared that occurring on video.

Here is the text of the email from our publisher sent to show management, which was followed by the MMHF’s attorney’s first letter.

 

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Subject Line: Dennis and Michele, registration and related for Louisville and Tunica

Dennis,

At this time, we would need the MHProNews.com badges for Louisville and Tunica, for the following:

L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach

Soheyla Kovach

Tamas Kovach

 

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Donald Tye, Jr.

 

Might be others, and will let you know.

Next, regarding the use of video and photos at the events.  Please see the below.

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Jul 30, 2015 – It is well-settled precedent that a person has no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public place. … There is no right to privacy in public, because a reasonable person would not expect to remain private in a public setting. Anyone with a camera who wants to take your picture can do so.

We want you to clearly state in writing that you will not prevent us from using video at these events. As you know, others are shooting video, and for you to keep us from doing so is a clear violation of our rights.  Kindly confirm you have this, and will honor our rights.

Thank you.

Tony

 

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As the email to Dennis Hill/Show Ways Unlimited above noted, the law provides for privacy in many circumstances.  But in a public place, the law and the courts have widely held that the right to privacy is implicitly waved.  There is ‘no expectation of privacy’ in a public place.  More on that at a later time.

 

 

Invitation to Make a Difference, Have Quiet Fun at Louisville, And Help Regrow MH

The manufactured housing industry is arguably being artificially throttled from growth. See the article linked here for more details.  MHI President Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison has stated publicly that the industry could be doing 500,000 new HUD Code manufactured home shipments. Okay, then why are we only at roughly 100,000 (+/-) shipments instead?

That’s a multiple-billion dollar a year question, with evidence based answers.  At the heart of what MHProNews has been about since we launched in mid-October, 2009 is to be a voice and platform that could spark new, ethical, sustainable growth for the manufactured home industry, which means operations like yours.  Regrettably, what has been learned is what MHI members Frank Rolfe, the founders of NAMHCO and others have said, that there are forces within in the industry that have failed for years.

Exposing that is a necessary, but not the only, part of the solution to what the evidence and money trail suggest artificially limits manufactured housing operations of all sizes.

MHProNews is hereby asking for 50 people who plan to attend the event to respond to the invitation below.  It can be interesting, rewarding, and useful for the growth of the manufactured housing industry.

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We need individuals inside the companies and organizations that are exhibiting – and/or show attendees – to step up to the plate. 

There are several possible rewards for this.  For example, there are laws that provide for whistleblower awards for up to 30 percent of recovery.

You ask the questions, and/or lawfully record with your smart phones with video or audio the public statements that are useful for exposing corruption and collusion inside manufactured housing. Contact us pre-show, at-show, or post-show, but we can explain how this is done.

 

 

Catching Flak

If you’re not catching flak, you’re not over the target,” is the actual, common way the U.S. Air Force maxim is expressed.  When one considers the others that publish in manufactured housing trade media, are they catching flak from the powers that be?  No.  Why?  Logically, because they are not over the target.  They are part of the echo chamber forged by the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis, what MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss called earlier this week, “the Illusion of Motion.”

KosmicDebris is a page of an anti-NDAA journalist cited the following quotes on a page. In quoting some of her work, we are not supporting or opposing her specific cause – as we’ve not researched that topic, but rather we note with ‘wheat and chaff’ interest some keen quotes she selected, as shown below.

 

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people” – John Adams – Second President – 1797 – 1801.

There is no Left or Right — there is only freedom or tyranny.  Everything else is an illusion, an obfuscation to keep you confused and silent as the world burns around you.” – Philip Brennan.

One may well ask: How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others? The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are fast approaching the stage of ultimate inversion: the stage where government is free to do as it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.” – Ayn Rand.

Note that the intersection of government power and private power over the government has been rising for some time and is exemplified in the photos shown below.  Warren Buffett’s grandson served in the Obama White House.

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It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” – Samuel Adams.

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They have money, and clear connections to political power. It is absurd on its face to believe what the Manipulative Housing Institute, err, Monopolistic Housing Institute, sorry, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) claims is their clout. Where is the growth?  The photo ops between MHI, key members and others with federal officials mean nothing if there is a lack of robust growth.

Warren Buffett helped elect and then sat with then President Barack Obama.  Obama publicly awarded Buffett for his efforts. Buffett’s grand son was in the White House, as the Wikipedia citation above reflects.

Buffett is the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway.  Berkshire Hathaway member companies like Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage have dominated MHI’s executive committee, dues structures, and in other ways the Arlington, VA based trade group.  Why was that clout used against manufactured housing?  Why wasn’t that clout used for implementing the policies that could have taken us to what the Dick Jennison – MHI’s puppet president – pledged, namely, 500,000 new HUD Code manufactured home shipments?

These can be called allegations, or they can be called logic.  It is increasingly self-evident that the normal resources used to protect or grow an industry, trade associations like MHI and several state affiliates of theirs – have been weaponized to work against the manufactured home industry’s independents interests.

This episode at Louisville is just the latest example of a larger struggle for the freedom from the tyranny of corporate giants and their politically connected masters. More on Louisville related as time marches on.  Sign up for our industry-leading emails at the link to the bottom right, below.

Do the math. Even using Dick Jennison’s 500,000 shipment figure means that the industry should be about 5 times larger than it is today. Consider what 5 times more business would mean to your bottom line. This is about you, and others like you against the giants who have purportedly manipulated and colluded to throttle the industry, so they could consolidate it on the cheap.

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

December 8th, 2014 Comments off

williams-bill-matchneer-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-William “Bill” Matchneer, JD, previously the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Manufactured Housing program administrator, will be a featured speaker at the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show.

Matchneer was also key in writing the soon-to-be-implemented “Appraisal Rule” for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which goes into effect in mid-2015.

Now retired from federal service, Matchneer is an attorney with the Arant Boult Cummings law firm.

Matchneer formally accepted the invitation to speak to industry professionals extended by the education program coordinator for the Louisville show, L. A. “Tony” Kovach and Dennis Hill, Show Coordinator acting on behalf of the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF).  

What makes Bill Matchneer different than many other federal officials at the CFPB,” said Kovach, “is that he really understands the manufactured housing industry and respects business. My impression of Bill is that he wants to see manufactured housing succeed. Bill wants regulations to be effective, not destructive. So he’ll bring an amazing set of insights that you won’t want to miss as part of the strong educational line up at Louisville.”

You can read more about Bill Matchneer at this exclusive interview, linked here.

MHProNews has also learned that Matchneer will be added to the Louisville Show’s update blog soon.  The sessions he’ll address will be the MH Finance panel, moderated by Dick Ernst.  Matchneer will also address the early (first) session on Wednesday, for more information, click here. ##

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Dates Set for Louisville Manufactured Housing Show

October 1st, 2014 Comments off

Louisville_mfg_show_2015The 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show will be held Wed., January 21 through Friday January 23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center near the Louisville Airport.

The show has grown each year recently in attendance, number of exhibitors and number of manufactured homes on display, providing a marketplace for builders, developers, retailers, lenders, community owners and operators and installers to access new customers and prospects, as well as renew relationships. It has been the best attended industry event the last two years.

Seminars have been added to the 2015 lineup to bring attendees up to date on financing, governmental rules and regulations and other important developments that affect the industry.

As MHProNews understands, the show is sponsored by the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation, which is comprised of the manufactured housing associations of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

For more information, click here. To pre-register to attend – and for details on which industry pros can attend free – click here.##

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Adventure and Granger love Louisville

September 16th, 2011 Comments off

Kentucky Exhibition Center - credit Wikimedia Commons - posted MHMSM.com, MHProNews.com Ron Thomas, Sr., Chairman of the  Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF), said: “I’m happy to tell you the Louisville Show is scheduled for January 11, 12, and 13.  Everyone I talk to is very pleased the show is moving forward in 2012.”  As if to underscore Thomas’ point, Wally Comer, President of Adventure Homes, told MHProNews.com that: “I went to the (January 2011) show very skeptical; prepared for the worst and hoping for the best.  Was I surprised!  We had lousy weather on day one and still entertained a good crowd.  On day two, the crowd got larger and business got better.  Adventure is having a very good 2011 and I attribute our strong start to our participation at Louisville 2011.” Granger’s Shawn Cravens stated: “Granger Plastics is extremely pleased that the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show is returning to Louisville in 2012, after a great return show in 2011….(The)…2011 show in Louisville showcased an overwhelming number of sales opportunities for us to capture after missing out on the 2010 show. “  Comer added: “Adventure took 5 homes last year; however, this year we will have 6 homes in the show!  We are expecting a larger more enthusiastic crowd …(in 2012).”   Ron Thomas wrapped up his comments  to MHProNews.com by saying: “This year’s show is in a growth mode and we expect the show to be bigger and better than last year.  I would like to invite everyone to come to Louisville 2012, a true “cornerstone event” in our industry.”

(Editor’s note: for more information on the 2012 Louisville Show, please see this link.)

Register FREE online at this link below.

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