Posts Tagged ‘masthead blog’


July 17th, 2012 No comments

I read Tony Kovach's recent Masthead blog post with some fascination. Because the upcoming elections are on my mind too. Many of us feel that we are watching something slip away. Many of us want to make sure that we continue what was started in 2010, when the House or Representatives was retaken by 'tea party conservatives'.


I did a post on LinkedIn recently, asking questions about the impact of the Nanny State on manufactured housing professionals. Here are a pair of the statements, quoted below verbatim, with the initials of the person who made the comment:

The industry is, I agree, significantly over-regulated. Often intentionally, exemplified with the number and types of superfluous disclosures to prospective residents our legislature seeks to add, and also as the unintended consequence of legislation targeting others (SAFE Act as to sale of park owned homes, Red Flags, Safeguard Rules, Patriot Act, etc.)” TD

The problem is that sometimes we get what we "wish for" – the HUD Code. Many manufacturers in the industry wanted HUD regulation to avoid regulation by each state. Tony is correct – the largest shipment year was 1974 – the year before the HUD Code, but, there were other factors at work as well.KR

Here are some quotes from historic leaders and masters on this subject of Liberty.

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” Ben Franklin

If we are together nothing is impossible, if we are divided all Will Fail.” Winston Churchill

The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” Thomas Jefferson

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person by person.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” George Washington

Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.” John F. Kennedy

To be free is not merely to cast off ones chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela

The history of freedom is never really written by chance but by choice.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

Lincoln Union Forces MHProNews

We have so many things that can inspire us Americans. One of the countless examples is Abraham Lincoln, who suffered defeat after defeat in his personal career, only to keep coming back through dogged persistence to accomplish his goal.

Lincoln is famous for three reasons one his election in 1860, two his struggle to hold the Union together in the Civil War. But Lincoln is also famous that his life was riddled with failure and he overcame it time and time again. Here is just a small sampling of his failures;

1831 Failed in business

1832 Lost his job

1836 Had a nervous breakdown in bed for 6 months

1843 – Ran for Congress and lost

1848 Ran for re-election to Congress and lost

1858 Ran for US Senate and lost

1860 Ran for President and won.

The question – how many failures can you endure and carry on? The answer that Abraham Lincoln gave with us with his life example is to keep on keeping on until you accomplish that worthwhile goal.

Great things can be accomplished by team work. Pulling together can happen professionally as well as politically. That is why associations and parties exist. One thing is certain, "United, we Stand. Divided, we fall."

There is no need for perfect unity, nor is it possible. America became free of England not because everyone stood together! They became free because enough stood together to make it happen. Some say that perhaps 1/3 of the people were engaged in the effort and supported independence.

So don't think that just because there is opposition that we are thus 'doomed to fail.' YOU be a part of the solution. Gather others of like mind. Share the truth well, and some will accept it. That is how you get 'enough.'

The same can be true for us now as it was for the American Rebels at the time of the Revolution, as we work to reverse a long string of legal and regulatory setbacks to our liberties. We can do it. We are Americans. Amer-I-CAN.

The economic times give manufactured housing professionals an in unprecedented opportunity. Lower incomes means more people than ever before are looking for affordable quality homes in America. But we won't accomplish it unless we get some regulatory and legal hurdles out of the way.

This is the election that we had better work hard to win. If you haven't already seen and shared this political cartoon linked here, please check it out and send it to your mailing list.

Doing so can do two amazing things. One, it can get more people thinking and engaged.

Two, it can get more people looking at the manufactured home lifestyle in a positive way.

Those are two things that can help you and your business. Together, Let's do this! Liberty – personal freedom – is worth working for, always. ##

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Tim Connor

Marketing & Sales,Website,AdvertisingandMHSpeakerTrainer– Manager = The MHIndustry's#1 News, Tips and View you can Use© resource. = Free resource to enhance MH HomeOwner Satisfaction and MH Image Building

Getting to Know

May 25th, 2012 No comments

For those old enough to remember, there is a song called, Getting to Know You. Ideally, that is what happens between customers and companies, but that is another topic for another time. Today what I want to share is the dramatic value of being and sharing 'in the know.' Why professionally knowing – and sharing – is so critical.

Compared to many industries, manufactured housing is rather small. But the potential is unbelievable. As I have said before, with over 60 million boomers retiring, that market alone has huge potential value to manufactured housing. Featured Articles, Tony Kovach's Masthead blog or the Daily Business News carries economic forecasts from time to time. So you can see and know what is happening, what experts think, and you get a shot at information that is USEFUL to your business.

Tony, the featured writers, the association leaders and experts who provide insights and information along with the growing team provide you with a one-stop-shop with the most factory-built housing Industry News, Tips and Views You Can Use ©.

It's GOOD for YOU.

  • It is good for owners.
  • It is good for executives.
  • It is good for managers.
  • It is good for associations.
  • It is good for rank and file (wouldn't it be great if all the owners, execs, managers and rank and file knew all the good information that was on these pages? Think about that for a minute. Do you want to have informed or uniformed team members? Make sure your team is reading here a 10-20 minutes daily too).

This is also good for advertisers and sponsors. What do advertisers need? More eyeballs and ears from their target market! More decision makers and influencers. I'd observe that companies that don't advertise here and cheating themselves and their tens of thousands of potential customers – there is no larger business to business audience of its kind anywhere in MH history – but that is not the point of this article, so another time.

What I wanted to say is that we not only need facts and figure, we need to know people. People who are in the know on 'whatever' the subject of importance to you.

People have to get to know people. That 'getting to know' may happen instinctively in moments, or it may happen over time. Once they get to know you, they can feel comfortable with listening, learning, leading, following, telling, doing, sharing or whatever the case may be.

I've written thousands of articles and dozens of books over the years in my work with companies in 23 countries, and have worked with some 200 firms in the housing and construction industries, ranging from modular and HUD Code builders, pre-fab, log homes, panelizers, suppliers, etc. All have a need to know.

All have a need to share too.

Tony reminds me that before he launched (being re-branding as he had 3 conversations. The first was with his wife. 8 minutes into the conversation, Soheyla was in. I'm learning that she does quite a bit behind the scenes, and you know what they say about behind every good man is a very good woman.

The next was with Bob, who has since gone on to other projects, but who Tony said he spoke to for about 10 minutes before he said, “I'm in.” Bob did the initial IT/WebTech work that is now ably carried forward by Joe Geller, who has delivered this wonderful new site's look, resources and feel.

Next, for some reason, Tony called me. We spoke for 12 minutes, and I told Tony I was happy to contribute articles on management, sales and of a reflection/inspirational variety. No doubt Tony had other conversations too, lining up the original writers, later lining up reporters and sales people, getting associations involved, etc.

When I want to talk to Tony these days, it is not as easy today as it was shortly after he first launched. Tony speaks with people from coast-to-coast and beyond our borders too about factory built housing. He is the 'face' of MHProNews at national and state conferences and trade shows. But this is NOT the Tony Kovach show.

This site is a team effort. The team includes:

  • You, as an owner, executive, manager or professional reader,
  • You, as a sponsor,
  • You, as an association,

all of you – all of us who care about factory built housing and its future! – are part of the team too. Knowing matters! Sharing matters too.

When I read this column of Tony's on communications, and this one on the importance of trade shows, gives you a tiny sense of what is taking place here. Another writer said that an industry can not be better than its trade publications or media. Wow, what a thought. So the critical need for this trade media becomes ever more clear.

As I reflect on how this factory-built housing trade media website looked a little over 30 months ago vs. how it looks now, it was a modest start at sharing and knowing. It has blossomed into a professional resource that many associations encourage their members to read regularly – I know – because I've seen their messages.

A number of associations share their news with, those that don't should.

Having a one stop place to learn and share has tremendous value. They say the rising tide raises all ships. Well, not exactly true. If you have tightly anchored your boat (by anchoring your thinking) and the water rises too much, you'll eventually sink. But to the degree you participate in getting to know and sharing, you grow.

In Israel, there is the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. Why is Galilee 'alive' and the Dead Sea dead? Because the Dead Sea has no outlets. The water that flows into the Dead Sea stagnates, and so life dies. When any of us cease to learn AND when we cease to share and care, we too stagnate and eventually die. That happens for people, that happens for organizations too.

Tony asked me to reflect on why sharing is as important as knowing. Look around here, look at what has happened in 30 minutes, and you will have your answer. At Louisville, it was motivating to see crowds of professionals younger, older and in between getting together by the hundreds to learn and share. The same thing happens here digitally every day.

While you read this, dozens or hundreds others are on this site at the same time as you, and in the course of the day, thousands will have come to this site. By the end of a month, well over 100,000 visits from pros like you take place.

Hey, while I'm plugging readership and sharing, I hope you check out the Words of Wisdom and my latest post Five Keys to Turning Your Business Around in a Sluggish Economy.

Growth results when those who share get together with those who you want to get to know. When we raise each other up through proven knowledge and experience, we truly all benefit and advance. ##

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Tim Connor