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Errata, Apologies, Explanations, Tunica Talk, and Manufactured Housing

April 1st, 2019 Comments off

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Perfection is not attainablebut if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” —Vince Lombardi, per BrainyQuotes.

 

There’s significant value to live events of many kinds, and the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show last week underscored that on several levels.  The MHProNews team was there, and we had a chance to hear from scores of readers – like yourselves – face to face.

 

Among the feedback, which ran the gamut of topics?

Failure to accept ‘friend’ or ‘connection’ requests on a timely basis.  Guilty as charged.  But the reason is time, we get floods of such social media requests, and we strive to accept them as a matter of habit.  But some are missed, and it should never be taken as personal.  There are very few we deliberately decline.  For example, if someone appears to be connected with a sex-trade, we are not interested in that.

 

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But well over 90 percent of spotted invites are connected, once we’ve had a chance to glance at a profile. So please don’t stop sending those social media connections for Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.  We appreciate them and accept them routinely.

 

 

Errata

We periodically apologize for typographical or ‘auto-correction’ errors that get by us.  No one in manufactured housing publishes more content than MHProNews and MHLivingNews does, it isn’t even close. Others get typos too. In fact, the mainstream media gets typos, as this in L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach’s mail this morning spotlights.

 

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This error today in the NY Times is not meant as a slam on them, it happens in all media, ours included.

 

We strive to curate content from sources across the left-center-right media divide. We don’t have to agree with a publication’s editorial perspective to consider it, because in fairness, all media produces some significant and accurate reports, even if their editorial viewpoint may be skewed or agenda driven.

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Many of these quotes are from MHI insiders.

The cause for typos and editing errors should be clarified, not just for us, but for all media.  When Google-Facebook take up a growing share of ad dollars, that means that mainstream and even specialized media has less revenue.  In turn, that means editing or other features suffer.  That’s one reason why we periodically pop up the reader comment in the quote shown, it is heart warming that so many – we thank you – overlook that, presumably due to the content’s value.

 

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But the most common feedback we received during the Tunica Show included these two words – “thank you.”

Scores of independents stepped up to say “thank you” – or the periodic ‘gracias’ – for covering industry topics that no one else in manufactured housing trade publishing dares to cover.  Besides the mom-and-pop operations, those words of thanks came from larger companies too.

Heads of a well-known, larger operations were among those that specifically said words to the effect that, ‘You [MHProNews] take complex topics and make them easier to understand.  We routinely read what you publish, and can’t thank you enough for what you do.”

Or this one:  ‘The issues [related to] market manipulation you [MHProNews] cover are essential for a clear understanding of why manufactured housing is underperforming. Keep it up.’

TheyTheBigBoysThinkTheyOwnUsIndependnetsQuoteOr, another corporate head, while thanking us, pointed to a topic that they think we need to spend a bit more time on.  That subject?  State associations.

Frankly, it’s a difficult issue.  Here’s why.  On the one hand, state association executives are among our sources for news tips and insights. Let us hastily add that so too are sources within the Manufactured Housing Institute, or other “Big 3,” or Knoxville-connected, and other operations too. For those who are part of a larger organization, we remind you again to use a non-company cell phone or a private email to send us your thoughts and tips.  Sad that it should be that way, but we have sources that have told us that mails are being scanned by larger firms.  That said, our news tips sources are part of the reason why we get subjects no one else in the industry does.

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That noted, the corporate leader who slammed state associations – many of which that MHI-connected firm is a member of – has made a valid point.  While state associations do battle certain issues with success, there are others that arguably go unaddressed or are allowed to slide. Why?  It could be summed up in this prior report, linked below.

 

 

Given the fact that zoning-placement issues are among the top concerns for HUD Code manufactured home retailers – and thus broad swaths of the industry –  state executives and MHI ought to be at the forefront of such challenges.  MHProNews spot-checks have revealed that it is often sadly true that the “enhanced preemption” that is part of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 (MHIA) are going unmentioned in zoning-planning board or other local issues.  Given that several state association executives, and MHI, ought to be very familiar with the MHIA 2000 and “enhanced preemption,” why is it going largely unmentioned, save by MHARR, MHLivingNews, and MHProNews? Why have state execs who previously called on HUD to enforce this law, go silent?

 

The solutions to the industry’s challenges are in many cases hiding in plain sight.  Good laws are already on the books.  Why does Clayton Homes, state associations, and MHI so often fail to mention or highlight those good laws?  Why do they posture activity, but don’t use their best arguments?

When one looks at the true, underlying causes of the industry’s lack of advancement since 2003, it can be boiled down to a few simple principles.

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Good laws that are going largely or entirely unenforced.  Two examples are:

  • Duty to Serve manufactured housing by the Government Sponsored Enterprises, a decade after it was made law in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA).
  • Enhanced preemption – part of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (MHIA) of 2000.

 

The bonus example is that good news from third parties about manufactured housing are being left to languish.  Third party good news reports are going largely unused, save here on MHProNews or on MHLivingNews.  One of the better examples, from 2018, by a respected sources such as the National Association of Realtors (NAR) is their report on manufactured homes by Scholastica Cororaton, CBE.  It touted the value of manufactured homes, and debunked numerous myths.  Yet that report is nowhere to be found on the MHI website, why?  Yet, MHI claims to represent ‘all segments of factory-built housing.’ If they do, aren’t they doing a pitiful job of it?

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Keep in mind too that besides publishing, we are doing various kinds of promotion, consulting, and business development services for clients.  We have a lot on our plate, but we strive to balance it all out. Our clients routinely praise our work product.

 

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An MHI only member company leader was stunned at Tunica to learn that we get some 10,000 (+/-) unique visits daily on MHProNews, given the relatively small size of our industry.  The 1.2 million (+/-) page views those visitors generate monthly speaks to the content that keeps industry pros and investors coming back for more. We thank you.

 

Finally, for those sending messages that haven’t had a reply or acknowledgement, never hesitate to pick up the phone and call. A good subject line helps us sort through items in our inbox too.  Thanks for the input at Tunica. That’s this morning’s MH Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,” where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, MH Industry Pro Feedback, Day 1

March 26th, 2019 Comments off

 

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There is always something far more personal to those face to face contacts with professionals across the span of the industry.

 

Some of the things heard today, in no particular order of importance, from those at the Tunica Show were:

  • The mood was generally good.
  • Builders still report several weeks of orders in their pipeline.
  • It is time for public days, not just trade days.
  • It is time for a new venue.

 

  • While some were perhaps a bit cool towards the MHProNews team, that was from sources perhaps to be expected.
  • The feedback from independents was strong and encouraging. Examples:
  • I read what you publish every day. Thank you [MHProNews] for being a voice for the independents of our industry.’
  • If it wouldn’t be for what you [MHProNews] publish, the majority of what the rest are saying is the same old, same old.’

 

  • You [MHProNews] are like the MH Industry’s Fox News, fair and balanced.’
  • I can’t thank you [MHProNews] enough, and several of the independents I know feel the same.’
  • Builders said that getting enough labor was a hurdle.
  • Financing was described as a challenge.

 

  • Placement and zoning issues came up, as fewer places are accepting or allowing HUD Code manufactured homes.
  • There is a broad disappointment from most independents about the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), but in fairness, some of those who were cool were likely big MHI fans.
  • There are a dwindling number of independents, and the time to act to change that dynamic for the better is now.
  • Only one person came up to try to dispute the concerns of market manipulation, but that party had clearly not read all of the key items, watched the key videos, or looked at the same document trails. To paraphrase that source, ‘I disagree with your conclusions about the extent of market manipulation, but I do agree that Clayton [Homes] is evil.’ That same party said, The industry needs 21st, for only they will buy some of the paper that other [lenders] don’t.’  That said, he also stated that there were numbers of article he had not read. That last point is a straw man argument, because even if the FTC/DOJ would break up 21st and Vanderbilt, that would just open the industry up for more competition, not less.

 

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There was a brisk, at times heated discussion with that last party and our publisher/consultant, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, but it ended amicably enough.  Tony stressed what our articles have said, we don’t tell people who to do business with, and we don’t call for boycotts. That same party said that as a Libertarian, he was strongly opposed to the federal government stepping in and breaking Clayton up for antitrust or any other reason.  Let the industry compete with and beat Clayton, said that source.

It would be good if Clayton, 21st, MHI, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac each had one or more representatives – and it can be their attorney(s) – come to Session 1 of our Thursday 12:15 PM meeting. It would be great if they would be as robust in explaining their position on issues like what happened to the ‘Mobile Home Militia,’ or Heath Jenkins, and other reports that we’ve done. The ‘big boys’ have been directly invited, time will tell.

One MHI member that represents a big 3 company hustled over in the Resorts hotel to say, “I will be there” for that meeting.  That would be great to have that input – or others like it – during Session 1. For those who have any doubts that the market is arguably being artificially manipulated, or that MHI is purportedly failing on a range of issues, a respectful, candid discussion is welcome and healthy. Long-time readers know that we’ve been making that invitation for a public discussion and/or debate for years.  If it happened Thursday afternoon, it could be healthy.

As one state executive put it, ‘If they [Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington] could disprove your thesis, they would do so.’

To the party that thinks it wrong to use antitrust law, perhaps they need to go back and look at what happened in the aftermath of the AT&T breakup.  Antitrust laws exist to protect the free market.  When voices across the left-right spectrum are calling for antitrust action against a range of goliath companies, why shouldn’t MH Industry independents want their playing field leveled too?

BTW, some Clayton guys came up and hugged our publisher today, so let it not be said that everyone takes this personally.  Many get it that this is a professional discussion and analysis, and people often have to be separated or distinguished from the organization(s) they are with.

Separate wheat and chaff with all people and all things.

Of course, with the late scheduling of the “Fix the MH Industry Tricks” event, the turn out will be a fraction of the main show, and that is just fine.  We deliberately decided not to ‘compete’ with the main event and discussed that with Dennis Hill. We want to play fair, just as we want the industry’s independents to be treated fairly.

 

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But the indications are that turn out will be higher than what occurred to start the launch of the NCC, MHARR, NAMHCO and other such trade organizations.  If so, that would be encouraging.

But this isn’t a numbers game at the start.  It is about having people with skin in the game that are serious enough to discuss with their peers the issues face to face.  From that there can be an effort to get ball rolling for a growth oriented post-production association.

P.E.P.  Protect, Educate, Promote.  Those are the three things that the industry’s post-production sector must robustly do.  MHI can talk or spin all they want to, but the shipment numbers tell the story.  How seldom they publicly attempt to refute false or misleading claims about the industry tells the tale too, doesn’t it?

 

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If an MH trade association does this repeatedly, time and time again, it will make a difference in public perception. We’ve seen this proven in local markets. See an example, one of several, linked here.

Those days aren’t over, but a new era could be about to begin.  A new post-production trade group could interface with NAMHCO, MHARR, NFIB, and others in ways that could arguably mitigate the harm done by Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington on issues such as DTS.

While it remains to be seen what NAMHCO will do in their community segment of the industry. NAMHCO has committed to participating in Thursday’s first meeting, along with MHARR, non-aligned, MHI members and others.

Be the turn-out modest or standing-room-only, it is the character and earnestness of the discussion that matters.  The American revolutionaries of 1776 started small, but rapidly grew.

The manufactured housing’s independents revolution is standing near its birth.

Among those who’ve committed, they’ve routinely said word to the effect that

  • You guys [MHProNews] are 100% right, the independents need their own pro-growth trade association.’
  • Tony, I don’t like email much, but I can’t thank you [MHProNews] enough for telling it like it is.’
  • Many who date back to the 1990s know all too well that with an affordable housing crisis, the industry should be doing several times its current output.

 

Clearing Up A Misunderstanding

As a closing point, there was a party that felt that our publisher’s comments about 3D tech or videos meant something other than what it does.  Sometimes people read or see something in a fashion that it was not said, much less intended. If 3D tech, quality videos, or fine websites was what the only thing necessary, then the industry would already be doing 500,000 of more new homes a year.  Here’s exactly how our publisher has said it.

 

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That’s not a slam on anyone, it’s the obvious truth, because Clayton Homes has done all of the above for years, and yet the industry is doing fewer shipments today than it was in 2003 when Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway bought Clayton and Oakwood, and began to gobble up chunks of the industry. That’s reality.

Some don’t want to get into the trenches.  They don’t want the industry to be ‘divided.’  Pardon us, but the lines were drawn by others, not us.  If anything, we have been too moderated at first, hoping that the powers-that-be would change.  They made it very clear that they would not.  That’s their call, it is ours to take the matter to the next level.

The fact that only about 4 percent, per some third-party sources, of housing shoppers even consider a manufactured home is plenty of reason to realize that the industry has gone in reverse from the days when several states had 1 out of 3 new single-family homes was a HUD Code manufactured home.

Happier days, more profitable and opportunistic days can lie ahead. We are optimists, not pessimists. But it is unrealistic to not address what is, because only getting to the root issues will effect the cure.

Doctors don’t ignore symptoms, they look for the cause of as symptom, and seek the cure.

That will obviously not occur by doing the same things the same way they’ve been done since 2003.

As one HUD Code builder put it to our publisher, Tony, why would any independent retailer be a member of MHI?’

Good question, and some are perhaps regrettably beginning to ask that question of state associations, in cases where they are also becoming more openly Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington aligned. The independence of the state associations needs to be restored, but that too would be fostered by a robust national post-production trade group.

 

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The fact that the HUD Code industry is underperforming historically is the acid test.  The rest are details and commentary.

Check in tomorrow with your email or hear on the Daily Business News on MHProNews for more meeting details, and how to RSVP to attend the sessions that begin Thursday at 12:15 PM. Attendees are encouraged to start arriving at 11:45 PM.

 

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Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, Photo Report, Day One

March 21st, 2018 Comments off

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Rain and dreary weather outside did not keep hundreds of manufactured home retailers, communities, builder/developers and others from coming to the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show yesterday.

 

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Board members from the SEMH trade group that ‘owns’ the show have given positive reviews and upbeat feedback from exhibitors and attendees.

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New products and exhibitors were evident in several displays.

Just a few photos from the event hall where exhibitors were on display, yesterday.

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One of several exhibitors who reported good, healthy traffic.

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2015 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show Flash Report

March 28th, 2015 Comments off

Photo_credit__hotels_comThe 2015 Tunica MH Show is now in the history books. While final numbers need to be cross checked and adjusted for accuracy, the first word heard is that the new location at the Hollywood and Resorts Hotels and Casinos near Tunica MS drew more attendees than the previous year.

Dennis Hill with Show Ways Unlimited told MHProNews that the early look suggests that attendance was up in every category. Retailers, Communities, Builder/Developers and Installers all turned out in greater numbers, even though the show had rain the second and third day.

More details will be published next week, once the final figures are at hand. Other anecdotal comments from exhibitors to MHProNews suggests that this was a good show for manufacturers, suppliers, vendors and at the popular Business Building Seminars. ##

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The Tunica Manufactured Housing Show Will Go On!

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dennis-hill-showways-unlimited-host-l-a-tony-kovach=mhpronews-manufacturedhomes-com-manufactured-housing-news-Questions have been coming in about the status of the 2015 Tunica Show, given Harrah’s closure of the site where the manufactured housing show has been held for the past 17 years.

Dennis Hill at Show Ways Unlimited, the trade show’s coordinator, has told us that alternative options are in hand. Plans that incorporate those options are being considered and that a recent trip to Tunica with Keith Bennett – the Tunica Show Chairman – identified backup options, should those be needed.

“The Show will go on, there is no question about that fact.” said Dennis Hill to MHProNews.com. “Once all the details are worked out, we will make a formal announcement. Exhibitors and attendees alike should plan for a 2015 Tunica Show that will be as robust as ever.”

As a programing note, RV MH Hall of Fame inductee Dennis Hill will be featured in an upcoming exclusive video interview in July, in a behind the scenes look at what happens at a trade show such as Louisville or Tunica. Hill is one of the under-sung heroes of our industry, and the video will be of keen interest to thousands of industry professionals.

That video and article with Dennis Hill will go live on the MHProNews home page – along with 9 other “Inside MH” videos, A Cup of Coffee with…Barry Cole (soon to be inducted into the RV-MH Hall of Fame) plus other new featured articles and reports. The new features should be live by this time next week. ##

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Even with Thunderstorms, Tunica Pre-Show Estimates Exceeded

March 30th, 2014 Comments off


2014-tunica-manufactured-housing-show-entrance-south-central-manufactured-housing-institute-harrah's-convention-center-tunica-msWhile weather and other factors kept some potential attendees away, preliminary figures from Show Ways Unlimited and the registration company indicted that a total of 2195 professionals attended the 2014 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show.  Pre-Show estimates on total professionals expected at this year’s event were for 2100 total.

The timing of Ceasar’s Entertainments public announcement on March 26 that their Harrah’s Tunica property would be closed may have confused some potential attendees.

Sources close to the Show speculated that the property may still be sold prior to the June 2 planned closing date for the casino and hotels.  If indeed the property closes, a few ideas were floated for new potential locations for the show, including a new all indoor location in Nashville, TN.

One way or another, this March Manufactured Housing Show is expected to continue on.

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Free Manufactured Housing Finance, Business Seminars and Forecast

March 24th, 2014 Comments off

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The Tunica Show features more homes and exhibitors than any other industry trade show in North America. Networking and free luncheon’s are part of the show line up.

Popular finance and business building seminars are offered free to industry attendees. General information about the finance and business building seminars are found linked here.

Tunica offers popular free manufactured and modular home finance panels, which features top industry lenders as well as MH Community commercial lending panels, both moderated by MH finance expert, Dick Ernst..

Business Building CRM, Marketing and Sales building programs and a Manufactured Home Community Lesson’s Learned panel discussion are on the schedule. A guest column by Brad Nelms on Why Retailers and Community Operators should Go Tunica, is linked here.

A possible program change may occur in the MHC Lessons Learned panel, which is being moderated by the National Community Council’s VP, Jenny Hodge. Rick Rand has advised seminar management that he may not be able to attend, but seasoned veteran and MHC-MD.com consultant, L. A. “Tony” Kovach will be available as an alternate panelist for that session. Featured MHC panel experts include Tammy Fonk with CBRE who has years of experience in a family owned community, as well as Maria Horton, a respected executive from west coast MHC powerhouse Newport Pacific. Seminars will be held in the Harrah’s Convention Center exhibit hall.

Video interviews are planned at the show, such as the ones linked here.

The current forecast for the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show is a sunny on Wednesday 3/26/2014 with a low of 43 degrees and a high of 55. Thursday’s forecast is partly cloudy, with a 10% chance of rain, low of 54 and a high of 63. Friday’s forecast is mostly sunny, but 40% chance of rain, with a low of 43 and a high of 69.

This is an industry trade show, and is not open to the general public. Industry professionals are reminded that they can typically gain free admission by bringing their photo ID and business card. ##

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ManufacturedHomes Adds Library of MH Producers

March 4th, 2014 Comments off

Technology-based marketing services company SearchCore, Inc., which connects consumers with brands, products and services through comprehensive websites, announces additions to their ManufacturedHomes.com site including the most extensive list of producers of manufactured homes (MH), retail centers and floor plans available in the entire industry. The company’s next step will be to consolidate other MH services which include banking, insurance, mortgages and construction, according to wsj.com.

ManufacturedHomes.com recently posted interviews of top professionals from the Louisville Manufactured Home Show in conjunction with MHProNews.com, and has been chosen to provide digital media services for the 2014 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show in Tunica, Mississippi, March 26-28. As MHProNews.com reported Feb. 19, 2014, SearchCore has begun opening MH retail centers. ##

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2013 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show – by the Numbers

April 1st, 2013 Comments off

attracting-more-customers-with-cash-good-credit-seminar-2013tunica-show-posted-mhpronews-com-Increased optimism, higher attendance and more sales by factory-builders were reported by those who attended the 2013 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show. Kevin Flaherty, Vice President of Marketing at Champion Enterprises, told MHProNews that “Champion had a very successful show with most retailers citing a significant increase in lot traffic starting 60 days ago.  While appraisals and financing still exist as hurdles, there is a definite feeling that this year will outpace 2012.  It appeared that all manufacturers placed a greater emphasis on interior design components with exciting applications found throughout the show.  The number of supplier displays and the activity at their booths is further evidence that confidence in manufactured housing is returning!” Dennis Hill, Show Coordinator for the Tunica Show confirmed that statement, saying, “All of the factories I spoke with reported this was a selling show.”

Others made similar comments.

By the numbers, attendance at the Show was up in every category in 2013 over 2012.

2012 vs. 2013

37 – 62 = Builder/Developers (167% increase over 2012)

48 – 82 =  MH Community owners/managers (170% increase over 2012).

39 – 45 = Installers (115% increase over 2012)

899 – 1,045 = MH Retailers (116% increase over 2012)

Compared to 2012 when 2,028 attendees and exhibitors came to the Tunica Show, 2013’s final report reflected a grand total of 2,204 attendees and exhibitors.

All attendees who took part in the educational seminars were asked to give a written evaluation of their experience. On a scale of 1 being the poorest and 5 being the best, all presenters and/or panels were ranked by attendees as a 4.0 (“good”) or better. When asked “Is having business building seminars a positive, appealing attraction for coming to the Tunica MH Show?” with 1 = no attraction to 5 = a “strong attraction,” attendees rated the seminars as a 4.82 overall attraction (good to strong). ##

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Manufactured Housing Industry Execs Meeting over ByLaws Controversy; Legislative Agenda Advances

March 20th, 2013 Comments off

manufactured-housing-institute-gavel-bylaws-issue-posted-manufactured-housing-pronews-The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is in the process of updating their bylaws, which was last done circa 2007, and led to controversy over proposed changes. The issue revolves in part around state association executives who seek to have a strong voice in MHI’s legislative and other agendas. MHI CEO Dick Jennison was contacted about the topic for comment. Jennison’s reply was: “…it would be inappropriate for me at this stage to officially comment while the bylaws changes are “pending” before the MHI Board for its consideration.”

It should be noted that bylaws are a matter of any association’s governance, and as such, are normally discussed and decided by board members, which makes Jennison’s response to our inquiry understandable.

State association executives were also contacted for comment, a number of whom shared thoughts about the topic off the record and copies of list-serve emails were provided to us about the controversy. From the state perspective, a number of executive directors feel their states deserve a strong voice at MHI, as their work is often critical in grass roots efforts. While some state associations threatened a possible walk out, a source close to the issues tells us that posture was walked back the next day. It should be noted that some execs clearly took a pro-MHI stand on the bylaws topic.

Reportedly a pair of non-state association parties have attempted to stir up the bylaws issue for some weeks.

An informed source close to MHI and the associations in question tells MHProNews that the offending language change in the bylaws was offered to be struck shortly after the issue arose in late February, in an effort to settle the issue between MHI and the state executives. With “bruises” evident in the respective camps, a private meeting was scheduled to take place at the upcoming Tunica Manufactured Housing Show to bring the various parties together for a resolution.

As one informed source stated, with similar comments from others to MHProNews, “I hope this gets resolved soon, as we certainly have bigger issues facing our industry than the MHI bylaws.”

The good news amidst this bylaws controversy is that it seems that progress is still being made in lining up bi-paritsan support for MHI’s federal legislative agenda. Our sources tell us that the plan is to file bills with bi-partisan support in both the House and the Senate at the same time, which is expected to take place “soon,” likely in the second quarter of 2013. That progress suggests that the parties nationally and locally are still working together in a professional manner. ##

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