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Texas Manufactured Housing Association event attendees cheer

September 7th, 2012 Comments off

The Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) celebrated their 60thAnniversary at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston, Texas Aug. 19-21 with a variety of representatives from retailers, community owners and lenders, to brokers, manufacturers, managers, informational and motivational speakers, and marketing pros. Kurt Kelley of Mobile Insurance says the classes and seminars were better this year. Quentin Fogan of Bank of America Merrill Lynch says it was helpful to hear what other lenders are doing. Oscar Power of Mustang Homes and Lands in Lubbock, Texas, in business since 1969, says it best: “It’s wonderful to be a member of TMHA.” MHProNews‘ own Tony Kovach was one of the presenters on the topic of Attracting More Customers with Cash or Good Credit. Kovach said, “DJ, Caitlin, Vickie and Rob on the TMHA staff, along with their active and supporting board did a great job of bringing together one of their best attended events in years. The business building and networking opportunities where enthusiastically met, as their video recap demonstrates. Dr. Harold Hunt, the finance panelists and TDHCA’s Joe Garcia insights and brought value. Food, folks, fun, networking and business building. This is what a good association event delivers.” 

TMHA Meeting Rocked

August 21st, 2012 Comments off

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The three day Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) annual meeting in Houston rocked with positive energy, reports of increased attendance, great mixers and acclaimed business-building seminars. TMHA’s outgoing Chairman Ronnie Richards said, “This is the best turnout we’ve had at a TMHA Annual Convention in recent years. The educational seminars and panel discussions were a strong, popular draw for our members and having nationally recognized presenters such as Tony Kovach and Eddie Hicks and so many others. DJ, Caitlin, Vicki and Rob all demonstrated the prowess the TMHA has in our top-notch staff. Our thanks to Tony Kovach for his role in pulling together marketing and finance seminars that drew such a positive response from our members.” Mobile Agency and AIA’s President Kurt Kelly, who was elected unopposed to a TMHA board position, added: “The Texas 2012 Annual Convention was the best one years…we were treated to multiple informative seminars on key industry topics.  Our top quality Executive Director, DJ Pendleton, gave us a detailed update on industry attempts to make the Dodd-Frank and SAFE Act legislation workable for the industry.  Dr. Harold Hunt’s economic presentation was very informative. The event was the best attended in many years.  I overheard several people mention they were very glad they came.” MHProNews plans a more detailed report with photos and a possible video wrap up with more attendee feedback for our upcoming September issue. ##

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MHI Chairman, TDHCA Director, to Address MH Issues

February 18th, 2012 Comments off

In an exclusive communication from the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA), MHProNews.com has learned Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Chairman Joe Stegmayer will speak at the Hyatt Regency on Lasoya in San Antonio March 6 following the TMHA Second Quarter Board Meeting. He will address issues facing the national manufactured housing industry, recent federal developments, and MHI’s protection of the industry. Following his presentation, Joe Garcia, Executive Director, Manufactured Housing Division, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) will speak on Texas regulatory developments. For reservations contact caitlin@texasmha.com.

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TX State Exec for the departing Thayer Long’s post?

October 31st, 2011 Comments off

DJ_Pendleton_Executive_Director_Texas_Manufactured_Housing_Association_TMHA_credit_MHProNewsMHProNews asked DJ Pendleton, the Executive Director for the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA), to comment about his being approached by MHI’s leadership to fill the role by the departing Thayer Long.  “I was exceptionally flattered to be mentioned as a potential replacement for Thayer, especially after I saw the list of other names of incredibly capable, passionate people much smarter than myself. I am continuously challenged and have a long list of goals I have not yet achieved in Texas. For both personal and professional reasons, coupled with the tremendous support of my TMHA members, the best place for me is to continue to zealously advocate and protect our industry’s interests in Texas.  I look forward to continue my participation with MHI and work to advance our industry’s collective national efforts.” Pendleton said.  From the north side of the Red River, came this comment comment that echoed the praise of Pendleton’s work in the Long Horn State: “DJ would of been a great asset to MHI if he accepted the position.  I’m being selfish, but I’m thankful he declined because Texas needs him! “ said Deanna Fields, Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO) and recent winner of MHI’s State Association Executive of the Year. In response to a previous question about published and unpublished names considered for the interim/permanent MHI leadership role, MHI PAC Chair Rick Rand said, “There are some extremely qualified association execs. This is something that the MHI Executive Committee is obviously working on, and I’m confident they have or will explore all of the best candidates.”  When asked about DJ Pendleton, multiple award winning MHI member Doug Gorman had this to say: “From what I have been able to observe from a neighboring state, DJ Pendleton has done an excellent job as the Executive Director of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association. I am sure that DJ would have carried those same leadership qualities with him to MHI had he chosen to accept that role in the industry.”  Others have shared similar sentiments about DJ Pendleton’s strengths as a leader among Manufactured Housing Executives.

(Editor’s note: Friday, October 27th was Thayer Long’s last day at MHI. Please join us in wishing him all the best in his new career.  Long is going to the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) as Executive Vice President, where he begins on Nov 1. Long previously worked for the National Association of Home Builders and American Chemical Society in Washington, DC.

There are hints from sources that a GM has been at MHI and an announcement is pending, but a different source with ties to MHI has denied this or that an announcement for a new/interim/permanent president for the Manufactured Housing Institute will come soon.)

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Texas MH PAC raises more funds than MHI PAC

October 5th, 2011 Comments off

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MHProNews.com has learned that the PAC drive results are in from the Texas Manufactured Housing Association’s (TMHA) annual meeting and from the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) annual meeting. Executive Director DJ Pendleton’s office at the TMHA reports that their recently concluded annual meeting raised over $50,000 for the TMHA PAC fund. Sources state that MHI’s PAC fund raised about $32,000 at their just concluded annual meeting. TMHA thanked their board, members and presenters at their meeting for their strong showing. MHI PAC chairman, Rick Rand of Great Value Homes, thanked Clayton, Cavco, Champion and George Allen for their singular efforts, while expressing appreciation to all MHI members and staff who made their achievement possible. Pendleton said: “That’s $50,000 we can use during this interim time and into the 2013 session to further protect and advance your industry.” Rand said, “We did some good numbers. We are excited about that. It took a lot of work on a lot of people’s part.”

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SAFE Act in Texas update available

August 29th, 2011 Comments off

TMHA Logo Texas Manufactured Housing Association logoTMHA reports to MHMSM.com that the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) published a 9 page overview of the SAFE Act and how it will play out in their state. TMHA’s Executive Director DJ Pendelton urges association members to get and stay up to speed and engaged on this key industry topic. Some of the highlights of the 9+ page report include: Texas won’t see any changes to the state’s S.A.F.E. Act until the Texas Legislature convenes for their next session in January 2013 and until then follow the Texas version of the S.A.F.E. Act. The de minimus exception TMHA helped pass in the 2011 Session still applies: you can sell five (5) or less owner-financed homes in a 12-month period WITHOUT a MLO license. The de minimus exception • DOES NOT apply to state licenses (Retailer, RBI, etc.) – who must be licensed with TDHCA to sell more than one (1) home in a 12-month period. TMHA will not know anything about the federal, regulatory agency’s position on the Texas law until at least 2013. Members can contact TMHA for more details. Non-TMHA members can contact their office to join and get the information. # #

(Editor’s Note: A single SAFE Act fine could pay for many years (in some cases, up to 50+ years) of membership at a state association.  Manufactured Housing Associations are an incredible value and resource for business owners and professionals.  In the current regulatory environment, now more than ever, membership in state associations is a must for Industry businesses.  TMHA and other associations contact information are found on our association’s page linked here).

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