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RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Inducted in Gala Ceremonies

August 13th, 2018 Comments off



The Class of 2018 includes: (Back row left to right) Bill Wilson, Cherry Hill Mobile Home Park and Indian Hill Estates; Roger Faulkner, General Coach Canada; Mike Cirillo, Star Management; John Evans, CMHI. (Front row left to right) Derald Bontrager, Jayco, Inc.; Joan Cohron, accepting for Darrel/Harrel Cohron, Dealer and Community Owner; Becky Lenington, PA RV and Camping Association; Carol Mix, accepting for Gub Mix, Association Executive; Dan Pearson, Pleasureland RV; Gregg Fore, Dicor Corporation


ELKHART, Ind., — “Over 400 industry leaders, friends, colleagues and guests gathered at RV/MH Hall of Fame  last night (August 6,  2018)  to help celebrate the induction of the Class of 2018 into the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall),” said the hall in a statement to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

The RV industry inductees include Derald Bontrager, Jayco Corporation; Roger Faulkner, General Coach Canada; Gregg Fore, Dicor Corporation; Rebecca (Becky) Lenington, Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association; Daniel R Pearson; Pleasureland RV,” per Ryan Szklareks.

On the manufactured housing side, the inductees include Michael A. Cirillo, Star Management: Darrel Cohron and Harrel Cohron (deceased), Cohron’s Manufactured Homes; John Evans, California Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI); Gub Mix, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona State MH Associations; Bill Wilson, Cherry Hill Homes, Inc.,” said Szklareks.

Before the induction ceremonies, Hall President Darryl Searer, said in his “Annual State of the Hall” address, “Besides this being our 46th year in existence, this is our eleventh year at this beautiful location and my seventh State of the Hall address.  I’m excited as we continue to make great progress in all areas of the operation. Income is up and expenses are down. Our debt continues to be paid down at an aggressive pace, and we are financially stable and operating in the black. But we still have a very small amount of debt.”

I can now announce with certainty that on or before December 31st of this year we will be debt free!  We would never have been able to achieve this goal without all companies and individuals that have made this goal possible by their generous donations.  I especially thank those who have contributed to the Kevin Clayton Debt Reduction program which started less than four years ago is now at 98 percent of its $1 million goal. Thank you all.”

For more about the RV MH Hall of Fame, see the article linked above, or one of the related reports, at the end of this post.


Extended Quotes from RV MH Hall of Fame

Spirit Award


2018 RVMH Heritage Foundation’s Darryl Searer Spirit Award honoree Jim Scoular (r) accepts the award from Foundation President Darryl Searer(l).

Searer also presented the 2018 RV/MH Heritage Foundation’s “Darryl Searer Spirit Award” to Jim Scoular.  The Spirit Award is an annual award to honor the person who has demonstrated his or her desire and dedication to further the legacy of our great heritage.

In making the presentation Searer said, “Jim Scoular is no stranger to the Hall of Fame. He is the second generation to be involved on the board of directors and has been instrumental in making sure the Hall of Fame remains the shining star of both the RV & MH Industries for many years to come.”

Searer pointed out that when it looked like the Hall of Fame could become a thing of the past. He said, “Jim rejoined the board of directors and did something about it. Today our financial worries are behind us thanks to this man’s concern and love for the Hall.

“He also has been the driving force behind the temporary Scoular MH Museum now available for all to enjoy.”


Extended Bios


Derald Bontrager

Jayco, Inc.



Derald Bontrager has dedicated his career to the advancement and betterment of the RV industry and has done so by leading with integrity, passion, and a desirable work ethic. He is one that many respect and admire as a mentor for his strength and determination to always do what is right, not just profitable. Not only has he led Jayco through several economic down turns to come out stronger on the other side, but has been actively involved in RVIA for many years, serving as members of various committees, the Executive Board, and Chairman of the Board.


Michael A. Cirillo

Star Management


Manufactured Housing


Mike Cirillo has been an institution in the MHRV world in California and Nevada for years, and now after 35 years he is dedicating a huge amount of time to educate a new generation of MHRV leaders with Pacific Current Partners. Whether with park residents, vendors, or clients, Mike consistently shows incredible patience and professionalism, striving always to make the right decision and treating his stakeholders with the utmost respect. With his hands-on approach, Mike leads by example every step of the way.


Darrel/Harrel Cohron

Dealer and Community Owner


Manufactured Housing


Darrel and Harrel operate a manufactured housing dealership and have developed six different communities outside of Indianapolis. These communities represent 1800 sites. They were in at the start of the mobile home community business and worked hard to maintain a good image. Their communities represent a lifestyle that is attractive, clean, and safe for their residents. The Cohron’s dealership and communities are ranked highly as a family owned Manufactured Housing business in America.


John Evans



Manufactured Housing


John Evans definitely has earned the reputation for his values, morals, and hard work for the Manufactured Housing Industry. John began his career with Phillips Industry. After a stint with Elixir Industries, he returned to Phillips where he stayed until he joined the Kinro family in its west coast expansion. John was instrumental in helping the company’s growth in the manufactured housing industry in California and Idaho. His hard work, perseverance, and many contributions have been recognized several times with industry awards from various associations.


Roger Faulkner

General Coach Canada




Roger Faulkner has been one of, if not, the most recognized individual contributor and influence of the Canadian RV Industry for over 25 years. Like in the United States, the great recession almost completely decimated RV Manufacturing in Canada, but Roger’s vision, persistence and commitment towards maintaining the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association ensured that the CRVA remained a vital component of the North American RV Industry. CRVA would not be in the same regard as it is today without Roger’s dedication and tireless efforts in the RV Industry in Canada.



Gregg Fore

Dicor Corporation




Gregg’s leadership as president of Dicor led to many new innovative products for the RV OEM and aftermakerts. He has distinguished himself during his 42-year RV Industry career as a highly successful businessman, community leader, National Industry Association volunteer executive, and RV Industry promoter. His During Gregg’s term as RVIA Chairman he led the Association to be more inclusive of all interests in the industry resulting in much improved communication, cooperation and team effort leading to a much stronger RV Industry. Gregg has led with grace, humility and respect.

Rebecca Lenington

PA RV and Camping Association




Rebecca Lenington is synonymous to RVing in Pennsylvania. She has truly dedicate her life to making sure Pennsylvania has one of the strongest RV and camping industries in the country. Whether it involves the RV show, education or legislative work, Rebecca made it her life’s mission to see that the industry she cares so much about is a success. With Rebecca’s leadership, PRVCA has been able to gather members from all segments of the industry to share a common table, put personal agendas aside, and work for the good of the industry.


Gub Mix

Association Executive


Manufactured Housing


There are state executives and then there is Gub Mix. He was the rare industry veteran that went on to become a state executive. In fact, at one time he simultaneously lead four state associations – Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. Gub was a voice of reason and a constant industry promoter. Northwest Pride was followed by the creation of the National Congress in Las Vegas. He correctly saw that there was no national convention for manufactured housing and Las Vegas was the perfect venue. The National Congress grew quickly and became the place to be each Spring.


Daniel R Pearson

Pleasureland RV




Dan Pearson started his RV industry career at Pleasureland RV as a lot/parts runner in 1975, also did various jobs in the parts and detail area. He transferred into sales and eventually became Sales Manager. In 1982 he became president and has served in that role ever since. He has taken the dealership with one location to multiple locations. Time and again, he has proven to be a strong and loyal RV industry advocate. His years of service to RVDA and his skills in industry relations have always been impressive.


Bill Wilson

Cherry Hill Mobile Home Park and Indian Hill Estates


Manufactured Housing


Through the years, Bill Wilson unselfishly volunteered countless hours of personal time to represent KMHI and MHI, as well as the industry, on important issues and legislation that shaped the present and future of the industry. His expertise and very personal experiences in the retail business and industry was a great asset for his business, as well as the association and the industry. Bill has a passion to make this industry as great as it can. ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Inducted in Gala Ceremonies

Deadline for Nominations for the class of 2018 RV/MH Hall of Fame Closes on October 31

October 3rd, 2017 Comments off

RVMHHallofFameElkhartIndianaDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsDarryl Searer, Hall president told the Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews that, “The deadline for nominations for the Class of 2018 is October 31st, so we are encouraging all those who plan to nominate a candidate to get their paperwork submitted as soon as possible.”

Searer added, “The Hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors, such as, manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media, and associations.  Also, the Hall is now accepting nominations from the Canadian RV/MH industries.”

The nominating committee is especially interested in receiving nominations for deserving early pioneers who may have been forgotten…or overlooked in the past,” the Hall’s president said.

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Darryl Searer, RV MH Hall of Fame.

Details on applying can be found at their press release to MHProNews, linked here.

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Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Aug 7-Aug.14, 2016

August 14th, 2016 Comments off

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Children of home owners more likely to own homes. Trump tells NAHB he identifies with them. Residents of closing community continue trying to obtain relocation compensation. Boston testing mini-modular prototype for city lots. Can MH lenders base loan term on age of applicant, legally? Heartland Estates in Fla. sold. Lowry Grove MHC tests first right of refusal law in Minn. Southern Idaho has 10,000 shortage of homes. California obtains control over use of manufactured homes for fire survivors. Assisted Living homes on the rise. Canadian First People getting modular homes. Comparison: Manufactured Homes vs. Tiny Homes. Philly sees 50-unit modular apartment rise over one weekend. GOP, Dems have different ideas about housing market. UMH posts positive notes. Maine MH community expanding.

Saturday, Aug. 13 , 2016

Living in an Owned Home Young Begets Living in an Owned Home Later

Friday, Aug. 12

Trump’s Speech Plays to National Association of Home Builders

Manufactured Home Community Tangled in Legal Issues, Resident AG Complaints

Cavco continues to lead as Manufactured Housing Composite Value (MHCV) best the broader markets, posting gain

Modular Apartments may Alleviate Boston’s Housing Crunch

Discrimination? Was a Limited MH Loan Approval Legal? MHProNews Investigates

Developers Pare Down Size of New MH Community; Neighbors Still Unsure

Thursday, Aug.11

Cavco Industries biggest gainer as Manufactured Housing CV climbs

Florida’s Heartland Estates changes Hands

Cavco Industries, Second Largest Producer of Manufactured and Modular Homes, Reports Quarterly Results

First Time First Right of Refusal Law in Minn. Will be Tested

RV/MH Hall of Fame Releases Expansion Plans for Northern Indiana Event Center

Is Student Loan Debt Stifling the Economy?

Modular Housing Suggested for 10,000 Affordable Housing Shortage

Wednesday, Aug, 10

Nobility Homes rising, The Carlyle Group slips and Manufactured Housing CV dips

Manufactured Home can Provide Temporary Health Care

FEMA Grants California Control over Distribution of Emergency Manufactured Homes

Drew’s Q2 – Dividends and Insider Trading

Kashechewan First Nation getting Modular Homes following Major Flood

Management Group Increases Holdings in Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS)

Tuesday, Aug. 9

Mainstream newspaper shares the love for MH, compares favorably to trendy Tiny Houses

Modular Apartment Building Rises in Three Day Weekend

UMH leads gainers, Skyline slips as MHCV trails the broader markets

Senior Single-family Market Remains on the Upside

Housing Platforms: Dems say Up the Ante; GOP says Shut Federal Spigot, Throttle Regulators

UMH Properties Q2 Conference Call Reveals a Winning Strategy in Manufactured Home Communities sector

Mon. Aug 8

Maine Manufactured Home Community Plans to Expand

Skyline 4Q Leaps Skyward, MH Composite Index rallies despite Dow’s slide

Media in North Coastal Oregon Advocates Manufactured Homes

Unemployment Rate Tells One Story; Labor Participation Rate Determines Revenue, Federal Debt

Three Delaware Residents of Manufactured Homes Receive Scholarships

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News July 31-Aug. 7, 2016 ##

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Honoring the Past – Prefabs Built to Last

December 16th, 2014 Comments off

prefab-museum-uk-credit-huffpo-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-After the end of World War II, there was an urgent need for housing in England due to the fact that so much had been destroyed during the conflict, particularly in London. As a result, according to information furnished by the Prefab Museum in London, 150,000 prefabricated buildings were built between 1946 and 1948. These houses were constructed all over the United Kingdom to house former soldiers, their families, and others who had lost their homes from bombing and rocket attacks.

It was thought that these houses would last about 10 to 15 years compared to the lifespan of traditional-built housing. However, many today still stand and are in use.

Unfortunately, most are threatened with demolition, to be replaced by modern dwellings. Some think that the new housing won’t be as durable as the old prefabs.

According to the Huffington Post, a museum was organized in by Elisabeth Blanchet at Excalibur Prefab Estate in Catford, Lewisham. Someone agreed to lend her an empty prefab so she could create a museum to celebrate life in those dwellings. 

Many people were delighted at the thought of having a museum to preserve some of their happy memories of living in the prefabs,” Blanchet said. “The word spread, and people came from far and wide with donations and memories.”

The empty prefab quickly filled with prints, photographs, maps, hand-drawn pictures, vintage china, and curious neighbors who stopped in for a cup of tea and to reminisce about life on the prefab estate.

One gentleman, who had lived nearby in his prefab for the past 30 years, lent the museum a 1950s radio that still worked.

Before long, visitor numbers passed 5000, and Lewisham Council became interested in the museum. The tenancy was extended until 2017.

Unfortunately, a fire in the museum forced Blanchet to shut the museum doors.



There is still interest in having a museum, so Blanchet is looking for a new location. Know anyone in England with a post-WWII prefab to lend?

Meanwhile, Blanchet is currently launching her new book that covers this history, entitled Prefab Homes.

Preserving this prefab-ulous past reminds us of domestic modular home enthusiast/author Sheri Koones,  This prefab British museum sparks thoughts of the RV MH Hall of Fame found in Elkhart, IN. To learn more about the evergrowing and improving RV MH Hall of Fame, click here.

Factory-built housing history is important to celebrate on both sides of the pond. ##

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Nominations due this Month

October 1st, 2014 Comments off

RV MH hall of fame in elkhart indianaThe RV/MH Hall of Fame has issued a reminder that the deadline for nominations for inductees into the Class of 2015 will end Oct. 31, with selections made in Jan. 2015. Nominees must have 25 years experience in any segment of the manufactured housing or recreational vehicle industry in order to be considered for inclusion, with emphasis given to those who do volunteer work within the industry, and have accomplishments and innovations to their credit. The only people who cannot be considered are those on the selection committee, according to Nominees not selected may be considered for the successive two years, as MHProNews understands. Those selected will be inducted at the annual dinner in August. Searer said, “The Selection Committee is made up of an equal number of members of the RV and Manufactured Housing industries, and members will only vote on nominees from their respective industries.” ##

RV/MH Hall of Fame Kicks off New Fundraiser Challenge

September 30th, 2014 Comments off

rv mh half of fame in Elkhart INDDuring the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) 78th annual meeting, Darryl Searer, chairman and president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Barry Cole, president of MH Insurance Services and past chairman of the Hall, urged assistance from the attendees to help retire the Hall’s debt, which has resulted from prior unfulfilled pledges. To that end, Searer unveiled a five year fundraiser to take on the debt, which is less than $2.45 million, having been reduced by $3 million over the last 30 months, as informs MHProNews. Cole, noting that Searer has been a volunteer president for the past two-and-one-half years, said the idea resulted from his conversation with Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes, who pledged $40,000 a year for the next five years after learning of the Hall’s improved financial position. The fundraiser will be called the “Kevin Clayton Debt Elimination Challenge” in honor of his generosity. Cavco Industries, Inc. President Joe Stegmayer said, “We are presently reviewing the amount Cavco will be contributing to this worthwhile cause and will announce our pledge in October.” ##

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The Big 5 Point 0 Rapidly Approaching

September 9th, 2014 Comments off

 5th-anniversary-image-credit=fotosearch-posted-daily-business-news-mhmsm-com-In anticipation of the 5th anniversary celebration of MHProNew’s service to the factory-built housing industry, Howard Walker, Vice-Chairman of Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS), sent this message with his okay to quote:

The emergence of Tony Kovach’s group of publications has brought a new standard of professionalism to the industry. The thorough and unbiased reporting fills the vacuum that has existed for too long. It’s been refreshing to have these communications serving the manufactured housing industry, and here’s to their continued success.

Barry Cole has been serving as the Chairman of the RV MH Hall of Fame for many years and was recently himself inducted into the Hall as an honoree. Cole is one of the growing number of industry leaders and professionals who’ve sent a message of congratulations for the writers and team members who have made MHProNews – and the recently celebrated first anniversary of the new – the leading publications of their kind in manufactured and modular housing. Cole said in part:

I enjoy receiving MHProNews and as I have told you before  – everyone I know in MH reads your pub.  Continue on forever with this great news worthy service.

Joe Kelly, who has lead the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association for some three decades, said, “Congratulations to Tony and his staff for five years of excellent work with MHProNews and other MH specific publications! …MHProNews is like a well-supplied buffet line…In checking them out, you’ll always find an article or an opinion piece of interest: something you need to know to become a more informed professional…” 

Kelly’s complete message in support and praise of MHProNews and is found linked here. Other such messages are in hand and coming in, which will be published in the upcoming October issue of as a featured article. ##


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Your feedback – and that from MHPro readers like you – is welcome and encouraged, please send them with the subject line, 5th Anniversary Celebration to this email address, linked here, with our sincere thanks. We appreciate the opportunity to serve manufactured housing professionals, investors, researchers and all in this fashion…  


The 2,028,336 page views in July 2014 is like 56,342 thirty two page magazines being read cover to cover.  This means we provide the content you and others crave!  Industry Pros want to Know and Grow.

Our sincere thanks to the dozens of experts, writers and sponsors who’ve made MHProNews possible, as well as the most widely read publication of its kind in manufactured housing history.)

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RV/MH Class of 2014 Inducted at Record-breaking Ceremony

August 5th, 2014 Comments off

rv_mh_2014_classA record-breaking crowd of 444 witnessed the Class of 2014 being inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana, beating the previous record of 434 attendees. The Class includes: Debbie Brunoforte, Little Dealer, Little Prices; Bob Livingston, Good Sam; Peter B Orthwein, Thor Industries; John D Roba, Roba and Associates; James F Shields (deceased), Pan Pacific RV Centers; Barry Cole, Manufactured Housing Insurance Services; Ed Evans, EPM; Thomas “Tom” L.Kern, Style Crest Enterprises; Richard “Dick” King, King Insurance; and Gary McDaniel, YES! Communities.

Prior to the ceremonies, Hall President Darryl Searer announced an additional $100,000 has been paid on the $600,000 debt to the bank for the Woodworth RV antique collection, and the induction dinner and golf outing will bring in an additional $50,000, which MHProNews understands will be used to further reduce debt. Barry Cole, board chairman and master of ceremonies, presented the annual Hall of Fame Spirit Award to Searer. ##

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Reservations for RV/MH Hall of Fame Ceremony nearing Record

July 22nd, 2014 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from the RV/MH Hall of Fame that the 400 reservations for this year’s Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Aug. 4, 2014 have already surpassed the 311 who attended last year, and Darryl Searer, president of the Hall of Fame, expects to exceed the 434 record high. The induction ceremony for the five Class of 2014 inductees will follow the dinner at the Hall of Fame’s Event Center in Elkhart, Indiana. The 2014 RV/MH Hall of Fame Golf Classic has also surpassed last year’s participation. Says Searer: “I think the enthusiasm for participating in honoring these inductees says a couple of things. First, the Hall of Fame selection committee made excellent recommendations for the Class of 2014, and also, members of the RV and manufactured housing communities have a renewed interest and confidence in the long term viability of the hall of fame, museum and its programs.” ##

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Nominations Open for Class of 2015 Hall of Fame

July 8th, 2014 Comments off

The RV/MH Hall of Fame Selection Committee announces it is accepting nominations for the Class of 2015. “The Hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors — manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media, associations, etc.,” says Darryl Searer, president of the Hall of Fame. Nominees must have a minimum of 25 years experience to be eligible, and their nomination form must be accompanied by three supporting letters that meet the hall’s guidelines. Materials for nominations must be received by Oct. 31 of any year, and those persons not selected for the following year may be considered for two successive years, according to As Searer tells MHProNews, “The Selection Committee is made up of an equal number of members of the RV and Manufactured Housing industries, and members will only vote on nominees from their respective industries.” Those selected will be announced in January for induction at the Hall’s annual dinner in August. ##

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