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The Tunica Show has been in existence for 16 years. Our annual show brings out an array of new manufactured home designs, the latest in technology, the best in suppliers’ offerings and a look at all the newest amenities and system-build options the industry can offer. The Tunica Manufactured Housing Show has distinguished itself as the largest manufactured housing show in the world! We want to thank all of our exhibitors who make the show a success each year.

“We were pleased with the results of last year’s show for all of our exhibitors, retailers, builder/developers, community owners/operators, and installers,” said Keith Bennett, SCMHI Chairman for the 2014 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show. “The show provides numerous “opportunities to network”, as well as an opportunity for serious buyers to move forward with new and existing business relationships.”

The show, which drew 1,234 retailers, builder/developers, community owners/operators, and installers this past year, remains the leading industry event … covering an expansive region which stretches from Illinois all the way to East Texas. The 2014 show is scheduled for March 26 – 28, 2014. We will once again use QMS of Alpharetta, GA to facilitate our online registration. Their web link service provides fast and efficient registration both before and during the show. QMS is a service organization dedicated to the goal of providing our shows with an overall registration package that meets or exceeds all of their needs and expectations.

Our New Homes Will Excite You

In 2014, over 80 new model homes are expected to be featured at the show. The models will offer a firsthand look at the latest technology, conveniences, efficiency, and state-of-the-art design modifications that have been developed during the past year. The don’t-miss showcase of homes is an essential element in getting a firsthand view for retailers, builder/developers, community owners/operators, and installers as they head into the spring selling season. Innovation is more important than ever and the showcase of homes makes certain that everyone sees, understands and can fully utilize the new technology found in our homes.

“The Tunica Show is an ideal opportunity to attend the latest in educational seminars… to enhance your business… and away to have fun while you are there” noted Gene Rogers, SCMHI Show Chairman for 2014.

Service and supplier exhibitors will number in the 100’s for the 2014 show. Supplier exhibitors are critical to our industry, providing vital services and products to the manufactured housing industry. Each year, this group of exhibitors showcases the newest technology, products and services that can be utilized by our industry.

“We depend upon each other within this industry and our service and supplier exhibitors ensure that everything that goes into building our manufactured housing products are superior,” Rogers said. “Their expertise across many areas translates into the best-built products.”

The Tunica Show Board of Directors Welcomes You To The 2014 Show

SCMHI Board of Directors: Keith Bennett, SCMHI Chairman, Kabco Builders; Gene Rogers, Show Chairman, Lexington Homes; Doris Hydrick, AMHA; Jennifer Hall, MMHA; David Brewer, Southern Homes; Ryan Campbell, Southern Colonel Homes, Inc.; Brent Harris, Southern Housing Enterprise, Inc.; Brent Cappaert, Brentwood Casa Community; Richie Swinney, Southern Housing, Inc.; Sam Huffman, Triad Financial Services; Paula Reeves, CIS Financial Services; Jeff Hood, River Birch Homes.

Our Scheduling

Continuing the excitement that accompanies another year at the world’s largest manufactured housing show, there are two free lunches that will be provided for attendees. The lunches offer a convenient and delicious way to luncheon at the show site and maximize your time. They will be held in the official SCMHI Hospitality Tent in the Manufacturer’s Exhibit Area. The annual Bloody Mary Mixer will be held Thursday morning, March 27th as a casual start to that day’s show schedule in the service & supplier exhibit area.

One of the ways we want to show our appreciation is through the exciting Sponsorship Program.

Sponsorships are an excellent brand builder for show exhibitors and offer an attractive array of special items at each level. As in previous years, the sponsorships include Gold, Silver and Bronze options and provide the levels of brand exposure that may fit best with an exhibitor’s marketing plan and budget. The shows past sponsors have been a key part of the success of each event. Sponsorship allows all of our sponsors to get the recognition and attendee awareness that are well deserved.

The show plans to provide NEW EXCITING SEMINARS. Stay tuned for more information about what seminars will be offered and how you can sign up. Tony Kovach, with www.MHMarketingSalesManagemt.com (MHProNews.com) will once again lead our seminar programming for the 2014 show. Seminars will be held on Wednesday March 26 and Thursday March 27. All seminars will be over by 12:00 noon on both days. We want to maximize your time at the show.

An Exciting Town

When show hours conclude, you have a city that offers a wide variety of entertainment and fine food. Tunica is the third largest gambling destination in the country, and boasts 9 world-class casinos. Excellent golf courses and dining options are numerous and meant to be enjoyed as part of your show day.

Show Hours

Show Hours

Wednesday, March 26th

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EXHIBITS OPEN

SEMINARS

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. SCMHI’s Hospitality Luncheon in the Manufacturers Exhibit Area

Thursday, March 27th

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EXHIBITS OPEN

9:00 a.m. BLOODY MARY MIXER in the Service and Supplier Exhibit Area

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. SCMHI’s Hospitality Luncheon in the Manufacturers Exhibit Area

Friday, March 28th

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon EXHIBITS OPEN

Registration will begin each morning at 8:00 a.m. There is no registration charge for retailers, builder/developers, community owners/operators, installers, or authorized service companies. Non-exhibiting manufacturers and service/suppliers will be charged, and are not allowed to solicit business during the show.

The Tunica Manufactured Housing Show is sponsored by The Alabama Manufactured Housing Association and The Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association. It is managed by Show Ways Unlimited. For information on either exhibiting or attending, contact Dennis J. Hill, Show Coordinator, at 770-587-3350.

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Daily Business News Briefs

TV ad buys down, Online Digital Media Up, Marketers say

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In a trend with implications for manufactured homes and other housing marketers, the U.S. TV industry has seen its first big drop in ad buys since the great recession of 2009. More is being allocated to internet based strategies, FT  tells MHProNews. The Wall Street Journal has previously reported on this trend, which according to Media […]...

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

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

  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 […]...

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Nimby Leading Loss of Affordable Housing? County buys MHC to close it

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De Kalb County, Illinois purchased to close “flood prone” Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park in Sycamore, the Daily Chronicle tells MHProNews. “I don’t have much of a choice, because we’re in a flood plain and I can’t fix houses,” the property owner, Frank Santoro said. “I have to accept what they are going to gi...

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Heckaman Homes – A+ with BBB – celebrates 45 years and 20,000+ systems buil…

Heckaman Homes – A+ with BBB – celebrates 45 years and 20,000+ systems built homes

Founded in 1969, Nappanee, Indiana based systems builder, Heckaman Homes has surpassed the 20,000 homes produced milestone. Rated A+ by the local Better Business Bureau (BBB), Heckaman was purchased by Craftech Building Systems Inc. in 1986. President John Mahnken “Started on the production line 25 years ago,” says Jeff Tanner, sales manager. Unl...

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U.S. Markets Down, Skyline leads gainers while MH Composite slides

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Twitter’s CEO sounded off on Snapchat’s 10 billion dollar valuation not being “absurd,” on a day that saw a modest retreat in U.S. exchanges. Dow 17,102.31 -4.39 (-0.03%). Nasdaq 4,564.85 -5.79 (-0.13%). S&P 500 1,997.83 -2.19 (-0.11%). Yahoo! Finance’s Manufactured Housing Composite Value: 848.7, today’s change: -0....

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CNBC says 5 to 6 Million Renting Should Own – Affordability = Credit Access…

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Mobile Home Energy Makeover Contest Winner, Timely Tips

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Manufactured home owner Connie Jeffries, a home health aid and member of Petit Jean Electric Cooperative, won an energy efficiency makeover for her house, ECT Coop tells MHProNews. “They’ve already installed the new roof, windows, water heater, patio door and the geothermal heat pump system,” Jefferies said. “My son has asthma so this is going [&#8...

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Canadian Housing experts divided – soft landing or continued house price gr…

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Teranet-National house price index continued to rise in July. The index tracks single family home sales in 11 major cities, and is up 4.9% year over year and 4.1% year to date. “On the same day, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation [CMHC] predicted the Canadian housing market would experience a gradual slowing, or soft […]...

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Market Tech Talk – iPhone 6 Housing Hot, Best Buy, Not

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Boomers are Zoomers, Kevin Clayton says in latest PR Image Campaign announc…

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“Our customer research has revealed to us that this generation wants a home designed for entertaining and hobbies,” Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes, says to MHProNews. “In fact, contrary to what some might think, this generation of retirees is very active and social. That is why they are referred to as...

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Triangle Investor Doubles Manufactured Home Community Portfolio, buying 4 M…

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by L. A. “Tony” Kovach American companies spend 2 billion a year on training. So why don't more manufactured and modular home (MH) retailers and communities invest properly in sales training? Read more

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RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inducts the Cl…

RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inducts the Class of 2014 into RV/MH Hall of Fame

(Back row l-r) Thomas "Tom" L. Kern, Style Crest Enterprises; Ed Evans, EPM; Gary McDaniel, YES! Communities ; Richard "Dick" King, King Insurance (second row row l-r) Barry Cole, Manufactured Housing Insurance Services; Bob Livingston, Good Sam; John D Roba, Roba and Associates (front row l-r) Mrs. James F Shields. accepting on behalf of her husband,James F Shields (deceased), Pan Pacific RV Centers; Debbie Brunoforte, Little Dealer, Little Prices and Peter B Orthwein, Thor Industries. ELKHART, Ind., August 5. 2014 -- The Class of 2014 was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall) last night in Elkhart, Indiana, in a gala ceremony before a record breaking crowd of more than 440 family members, friends, and colleagues from across the country. The Class of 2014 includes: Debbie Brunoforte, Little Dealer, Little Prices;...

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Steve Lefler - Modular Lifestyles and Ne…

Steve Lefler - Modular Lifestyles and Newport Pacific – Successfully Gaining Acceptance for Super Energy Saving, Green Manufactured Homes

Learn more at the article linked here, or by calling Steve Lefler, Vice President of Modular Lifestyles, Inc., a division of Newport Pacific Family of Companies at Ph. (888) 437-4587. Email steve@modularlifestyles.com. Steve is a Dual DRE and HCD Salesperson. Advanced Green Building Professional. CEC Solar Wind Retailer/Installer. http://www.modularlifestyles.com ##

the MHMSM Team 01 Aug 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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Sun Communities, Inc. to Acquire America…

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Mountainside Financial launches Dodd-Fra…

Mountainside Financial launches Dodd-Frank compliant non-MLO, MLO SUN Manufactured/Mobile Home Direct Loans and Refinancing

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the MHMSM Team 08 Jul 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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Call for Nominations for the RV/MH Hall …

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ELKHART, Ind., -- The RV/MH Hall of Fame Selection Committee has issued a call for nominations for the Class of 2015. Darryl Searer, Hall president, said, "The Hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors -- manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media, associations, etc -- for the class of 2015 and beyond. "The nomination guidelines and forms available online atwww.rvmhhalloffame.org/pages/nominations.cfm." According to the guidelines, anyone can nominate a person to the Hall of Fame that meets the eligibility requirements. The only people who may not be considered are those who currently serve on the Hall's Selection Committee. To be eligible the nominee must be, or have been, an active participant in any segment of the recreation vehicle, campground or manufactured housing industries for a minimum of 25 years....

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Grand Rapids, Michigan – JLT & Associates (JLT), the nation’s #1 market research company for the manufactured housing industry, today announced a 14-year summary report of its manufactured home community rent surveys for 6 Southwest markets. Recognized as the industry standard for manufactured home community market analysis for over 20 years, JLT Rent Surveys provide detailed research and information on communities located in 72 markets throughout the United States, including the latest rent trends and statistics, marketing programs and a variety of other useful management insights. The most recent JLT Rent Surveys for the Southwest region cover 261 manufactured home communities encompassing 69,728 homesites in Albuquerque, Greater Kansas City, Greater Phoenix, Las Vegas, Tucson and Salt Lake City. This summary report is based on rent and occupancy trends from 2000 to 2014. Findings...

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