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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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Manufactured Housing Grassroots Reports by state

November 19th, 2014 Comments off

ian-sane-flickrcreativecommons-grassroots=credit-grassrootsreport-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com450x360-Rick Robinson, general counsel for the Manufactured Housing Institute, tells MHProNews about two bills pending in Michigan, as well as other legislative topics from around the U.S. of general or specific interest to manufactured housing professionals.

Robinson says that the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association’s Executive Director, Tim DeWitt “informs us that, while both bills are positive for the industry and its customers, they are likely to die in the House during the state’s legislature’s current Lame Duck session.” 

The download for the Michigan related manufactured housing news items is found at the end of this article, below, one of which relates to the prior story on manufactured home communities reported by the Daily Business News at the link here.

n other news by state, Robinson says:

AK – Independent candidate Bill Walker was declared the winner of the Alaska governor’s race on Friday, after his lead rose to 1.7 percent as more absentee ballots were counted. Gov. Sean Parnell (R) conceded Saturday and pledged an orderly transition. Walker’s running mate, Byron Mallott, a Democrat, will be the next lieutenant governor. 

CO – Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D) was selected by her House Democratic colleagues on Friday to be the next speaker of the House. Rep. Crisanta Duran (D) was chosen as the new majority leader, giving the House an all-female leadership team for the first time in state history. 

IL – Lawmakers reconvene Wednesday for the start of the veto session — their first meeting since Republican Bruce Rauner knocked off Gov. Pat Quinn (D) in the governor’s election. Democrats may use the weeks long veto/lame duck session to pass minimum wage legislation and make permanent an income tax increase before Quinn leaves office. 

MO – Political pundits in Jefferson City, MO, and in Washington, D.C. are speculating that U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) vote against Harry Reid for Senate minority Leader last week was a sign that she may be leaning towards a run for governor in 2016. Current Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is term-limited in 2016. 

WI – State transportation officials submitted their budget request Friday and warned that lawmakers may need to increase the gas tax or vehicle fees in order to raise $750 million needed for state roads over the next two years. 

Periodic grass roots reports, along with the Sunday morning manufactured housing news recap, will be easy ways for manufactured housing professionals to stay informed on key issues impacting the industry. ##

(Michigan grass roots report download, linked here)

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