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Manufactured Housing Institute announces Executive Committee election results

September 15th, 2014 Comments off

mhi-logoThe Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has announced the election of their new officers, which took place during their annual meeting at Scottsdale, AZ 9-15-2014.  

The executive committee officers are; Nathan Smith (SSK Communities), Chairman.   Tim Williams (21st Mortgage), Vice Chairman.  Howard Walker (ELS), Treasurer.  Kevin Clayton (Clayton Homes), Secretary.
The annual meeting included division meetings, with those officers expected to be announced later this week. ##
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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. ##


(Editor’s note: Update! We are getting in a daily stream of comments from CEOs, owners, managers, state executives plus industry rank and file.

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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“What Recovery?” Unemployed ask Federal Reserve at posh Jackson Hole conference

August 28th, 2014 Comments off


Fischer, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System, speaks with a demonstrator at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole

Stanley Fischer (2nd R), vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System, speaks with demonstrator Reginald Rounds from Ferguson, Missouri at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming August 22, 2014. REUTERS/David Stubbs

Unemployment is a factor in home purchases that industry leaders such as Cavco Industries Chairman and CEO, Joe Stegmayer, cites as a reason for the current level of home buying. While millions have reportedly given up on finding work, others have taken their case public, with a recent example at the Federal Reserve’s Jackson Hole WY conference, where Reuters tells MHProNews that Reginald Rounds and others called for action to create economic growth and jobs.

Rounds is a St. Louis area resident, 57 and says he is trained in green technology, but can’t find a job. “From the world where I reside, there is no recovery. We need a boost. We need a jump start,” said Rounds. “The key is jobs creation.” 

Rounds was one of 10 who made the trip to protest, part of a 70 organization coalition, that also released an open letter to Federal Reserve officials urging them to hold off on interest rate hikes until wages and jobs showed gains.

The 10 activists managed face time with senior officials. On Thursday, they spoke conference host Esther George for 2 hours. George is the President of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. On Friday, Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer stepped out of a meeting to spend ten minutes to listen to the pleas of Rounds and his associates.

As regular Daily Business News readers know, Rand Ghayad recently raised the topic of Dodd-Frank’s role in a Huffington Post OpEd, for more details, click here. The Collingwood Group’s Tim Rood recently pointed out on CNBC that current dynamics were keeping some 5 to 6 million home buyers on the sidelines. In factory built housing, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) says that every home built represents one new job, so if Rood is correct, 5 to 6 million jobs could be added to the work force by having a more pro-housing and less restrictive regulations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. ##

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Innovative Composites International has New CEO

May 29th, 2013 Comments off

MarketWire informs MHProNews the board of directors of Innovative Composites International, Inc. (ICI) has appointed Mark Rivers to serve as vice-chairman and interim CEO of the company, replacing Terry Ball, the previous CEO who has taken on the mantle of President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). ICI manufactures proprietary engineered composite products, including modular housing and shelters for those rendered homeless as the result of catastrophes. Currently a director of the company, Rivers has founded several businesses as well as helped existing companies with conflict resolution, mergers, partner buyouts and strategic alliances.

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NAHB Testifies before Congressional Subcommittee

April 10th, 2013 Comments off

The National Association of Home Buyers (NAHB), testifying before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, urged lawmakers to move cautiously in reforming the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) because the tight lending standards are already preventing qualified home-buyers from obtaining mortgages, as MHProNews has learned. NAHB First Vice Chairman Kevin Kelly stressed the important role the government has played in this recovery because the private sector has “been unable or unwilling to meet housing capital needs,” especially for first-time home buyers, minorities, and those with limited down payment capabilities. “Changes to FHA’s programs cannot be separated from the larger discussion of reforming the complex housing finance system, including future reforms to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Housing has led America out of every economic downturn and can do so again if the future policies regarding housing finance reforms are addressed in a manner that provides liquidity for the entire housing sector,” he added.

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Improving Markets Index Holding Steady

April 5th, 2013 Comments off

The National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) informs MHProNews the list of improving housing markets remains virtually unchanged from last month. Five new markets showed improvements in employment, housing permits and home prices for at least six months, while six fell from the ratings. NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe says following seven months of growth, “the number of markets is holding steady at a high level.” Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Company, notes, “With 75 percent of the country seeing measurable improvement in housing market conditions, the outlook is definitely brightening for local economies this spring.”

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Nathan Smith takes over as MHI Chairman, as Don Glisson, Jr. steps down

February 25th, 2013 1 comment

Don Glisson, Jr. has stepped down as Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) for personal reasons. Nathan Smith, who was previously elected vice-chairman, has now assumed the role of chairman. A motion was passed thanking Don Glisson Jr. for his service, who as president of Triad Financial Services will continue on as an active member of MHI, as MHProNews has learned.

(Photo credit: top, Nathan Smith, mycn2. bottom, Don Glisson, Jr., Triad Financial Services)


MHI’s Conference Offers Top Speakers

February 1st, 2013 Comments off

Several Washington insiders have been invited to speak at the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) Legislative Conference and Winter Meeting Feb, 24-26 in Arlington, VA. The lineup includes Byron York, chief political reporter for the Washington Examiner and syndicated columnist; chief economist and vice-president of Freddie Mac Frank Nothaft, a noted expert on housing finance and economic issues; Congressman Gary Miller (R-CA), vice-chairman of the financial services committee; and Joe Donnelly (D-IN), twice elected to the House of Representatives and recently elected as U.S. Senator from Ind. Both Miller and Donnelly are strong supporters of the manufactured housing industry, and as representatives along with another member of Congress, introduced H.R. 3849, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, as MHProNews reported Aug. 5, 2012. For more information on the conference, click here.

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AMHA Chooses Leadership

December 7th, 2012 Comments off

MHProNews has been notified the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA) has announced elected officers and directors for 2013-2014 at their recent 41st annual convention in Little Rock. The leadership positions are: Board Chairman, Sherman Price of Price Mobile Homes; Vice Chairman of the Board, Kevin Hawks of Hawks Homes; Sec., Brian Hardage of Livingston Homes; and Treasurer, Scott MacFarlane of US Bank. Other board members include Kyle Bennett, Neal Bodenstein, Dwight Chandler, Danny Mills, Matt Riley and Ken Ross.

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ELS Moves Up Personnel

October 19th, 2012 Comments off

MarketWatch reports Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (ELS) announces the company’s CEO, Thomas Heneghan, will become CEO of Equity International effective Feb. 2013. The company’s current president and CFO, Marguerite Nader, will fill the position of ELS’ president and CEO as of Feb. 1, 2013. As MHProNews reported Sept. 13, Heneghan replaces Gary Garrabrandt, co-founder of EI, whose sudden departure had Sam Zell temporarily holding the reins. Heneghan will also become co-vice chairman of the board of directors. Patrick Waite, with extensive experience in the manufactured housing industry, will become Senior Veep of Operations. He previously was Senior Veep of American Residential Communities (ARC). Zell says of Heneghan, “For almost two decades Tom Heneghan has provided outstanding leadership and service to this company, and we cannot thank him enough for all that he has accomplished. Equity International has raised over $2 billion from investors and has investments in 15 countries. ELS operates 382 communities in 32 states and British Columbia comprised of 141,077 homesites.

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