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1) Who, What and Where: (Your name, and your role/job title at what organization or firm)

I'm Don Westphal, managing member of Donald C. Westphal, Associates, LLC a Landscape Architecture and Site Planning firm located in Rochester, Michigan, serving clients nationwide.

2) Background (Educational/Professional before entering the factory-built housing arena):

I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape architecture from Michigan State University and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Illinois. Before opening my firm in 1968, I worked at planning firms in Louisville Kentucky and Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.

3) When and How: (When and how you got into the Manufactured/Modular Housing Industry)

I was accepted into Graduate School late in the spring of 1963 and was unable to find suitable married housing. We purchased a 36X8' Brentwood mobile home in Muskegon Michigan, welded a hitch on a farm semi and towed it to the Glover Street Trailer Park in Urbana, Illinois. Our little home was perfect for students, but the 17 site trailer park was less than ideal. Rent then was $25.00 per month, and we ended up not having to pay the site fee, in exchange for keeping the washer and dryer in the laundry building clean and placing the mail in each mail slot daily. While doing some research for a term paper on mobile homes, I found references to the Mobile Homes Manufacturers Association in Chicago and paid them a visit. I met Dick Beitler and Herb Behrend there and was hired as one of two consultants to their Land Development Division which was offering site planning services to developers as a way to improve the design of mobile home parks. The industry was trying to improve its image way back in the 60's. I ended up writing my master's thesis on Manufactured Housing and as they say, "the rest is history." I continued as a consultant to MHMA designing communities for several years and taught sessions on planning at several MHMA Site Development Seminars in the late 60's and early 70's. Interestingly, Danny Ghorbani joined the staff at MHMA a year or two after I started consulting with MHMA.

4) What are your personal interests or hobbies? How do you like to spend non-work time?

I enjoy time with my wife, my children and grandchildren, especially during the summer months at our RV campsite in central Michigan. I am active in Church where I direct an English Handbell Choir and I have been very involved in the Rochester Lions Club for 40 years. I joined the musicians union when I was 14 and still pay drums with a Dixieland band. I enjoy woodworking in my shop, built a home from the ground up in the 80's, and have completed a frame up restoration of a 1955 MG TF1500 which I drive in good weather.

5) What do you consider the largest challenges facing the industry in general today?

For years I have said that the Manufactured Housing Industry has succeeded in spite of itself. Fragmentation of the industry segments has resulted in a serious lack of consumer confidence. Many in the industry have neglected the needs of our customers who could ultimately be our best salespersons. Too many of us blame government or our regulators for the sorry state of the industry. I believe that if the industry spent more of its resources in conveying the value of our product to the public and taking care of our customers, we would have a base of support that would help us to overcome the regulatory and finance issues we face today. Think about it, potentially 20,000,000 sales people for our products and way of life.

I'm convinced that we are perceived as self serving business persons beating our drums for our own benefit. Beating our drums too loudly and for too long may be causing others to tune us out. If the public and our customers believed as many of us do, that we are the last best hope for reasonably priced, quality homes, they would demand that policies be adopted that make our homes more available. "If not us, than who?!"

6) What are the biggest challenges to community operators/developers? How do you see redevelopment needs and opportunities?

Many of the homes in our established communities are thirty or more years old and functionally obsolete. If the industry entered upon a campaign to facilitate the replacement of five to ten percent of these homes a year, factory production would grow significantly. Henry Ford once said that if he never produced another car, he could live comfortably supplying parts to keep the existing ones on the road. The same could be said of the manufactured housing industry if we intentionally replaced the aging homes and filled existing vacant home sites with new homes. This is a perfect time for this to happen. The desire and push for bigger and more upscale homes is being replaced of necessity by a realization that we need to live within our means and be more conservation oriented. Saving energy costs through replacement of older homes with more efficient new ones is not only good for the pocket book, but also socially responsible. Like it or not, responsible consumption will be a watchword of the future world.

7) How do you personally approach challenges that come up for you professionally? (In other words, how do you try to tackle problems and arrive at effective solutions?)

A lifetime of experiences as a planner has taught me to view the whole picture as issues arise. I do not believe in the Band-aid approach to problem solving. I believe that we overcome challenges through creativity, much like a planner who thoroughly analyzes the site and overcomes difficult site problems through creative and innovative, sometimes new approaches to the problem.

8) There is quite some still about the Virtual Louisville Housing Show© concept. You've done trade shows, what is your take on this type of virtual show approach that can be used to move wholesale and retail ahead rapidly?

I had attended or participated as an exhibitor in the Louisville Show since the sixties and have a lapel pin to prove it. I have also been a presenter and exhibitor at the MHI Congress in Las Vegas since the beginning. These events offered a great opportunity to meet friends and future clients as well as keep oneself current on industry issues and trends. Being up to date and aware is essential if we are to effectively plan for the future. I will miss that experience here in the mid-west with the demise of the Louisville show and I believe there is still a need for members of the industry to get together to network and promote our product. Yet, as I said in the previous answer, new times and conditions create new challenges and we all need to embrace technology and the opportunities it presents. I am anxious to participate in the Virtual Housing Show adventure and will also be participating in a virtual RV show later this year.

9) It seems that we as an industry need to learn to work together better. As one industry pro recently said, we don't have a product problem we have a communications problem. You've been around longer than most; you've done new things as well as the tried and true. How can the various 'camps' or voices in the industry achieve that for the good of all concerned?

As a seasoned industry member, I am reluctant to say that I believe we may need a 'changing of the guard' and the addition of some more flexible and innovative young blood in the mix. Some of us have been beating the same drum so loud and for so long that we have become deaf to the sounds of change and too set in our ways to adapt to a new paradigm. Here is an example: We recently requested some specific product illustrations needed to convince a municipality that we're not proposing a 350 site 'trailer park.' After some attempts at communication, the response from the plant sales manager was the old school 'mob-dog' response, essentially: "we can make anything you want, how soon do you want em?" Similarly, I regularly have conversations with owners of ailing communities who are unwilling to make even the most modest upgrades to their community image needed to preserve the value of their property and instill pride of ownership in their residents. And let's not fail to mention the finance company that would rather take a home back and ultimately wholesale it at an enormous loss than work with a faithful resident who has made payments on time for ten years and is now experiencing hard times.

Each of us should start the day asking ourselves: "Is what I have done in the past working for me today??????????????? If the answer is "no", then commit to change or step aside and pass the torch to a new generation.

10) Other remarks or comments, industry related.

I recently read in a trade publication that the RV industry is predicting a 30% increase in sales this year. Their success is directly related to their "go RVing" campaign. It's a shame that our industry isn't unified enough and willing to commit to a similar campaign for the good of all of us. Perhaps in lieu of a top down campaign, we could start a unified grass roots promotional campaign by creating an industry slogan we could all use in our advertising to promote the product and lifestyle. Got any ideas?

A bit older and some wiser, but still optimistic about our future…

Daily Business News Briefs

Despite Cautionary Data, Housing Market Improves Modestly

Despite Cautionary Data, Housing Market Improves Modestly

Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) dipped .06 points to -2.59 last month, indicating a flat housing market, although on the year the housing market has improved by .86 points, according to housingwire.com. The all-time low was -4.42 in Nov. 2010, MHProNews has learned. Other housing market indicators are more favorable, as...

23 Jul 2014

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NBC News Today Show report shows Manufactured Home did as well as Conventio…

NBC News Today Show report shows Manufactured Home did as well as Conventional On-site Construction in hurricane high winds test

“Regarding this previous portion of the test, IBHS indicated: “When one of these high wind-rated HUD-Code homes is installed on a permanent foundation, in most of the country, it would end up resisting wind storms better than surrounding site-built homes.” So stated a MHI President and CEO, Richard “Dick” Jennison in a longer report to [...]...

23 Jul 2014

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MHC Residents Protest Seizure of Belongings

MHC Residents Protest Seizure of Belongings

Residents at Blackhawk Estates manufactured home community (MHC) in an unincorporated area near Des Plaines, Illinois protested Monday after their property managers allegedly enforced what the residents are calling “the fine print” in their leases by walking through the community and taking belongings from residents’ yards, including chi...

23 Jul 2014

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Wells Fargo Reports Growth in Originations

Wells Fargo Reports Growth in Originations

According to nationalmortgagenews.com, Wells Fargo executives welcome the effort by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director (FHFA) Mel Watt to expand mortgage credit availability, but caution that capturing the lower-credit quality homebuyer is not likely to increase the size of the mortgage market nor impact earnings of mortgage originators. The...

23 Jul 2014

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Fitch Predicts Housing Market will Expand 16 Percent

Fitch Predicts Housing Market will Expand 16 Percent

Fitch Ratings expects the housing market to continue growing this year and become much stronger in 2015, according to housingwire.com. Fitch forecasts single-family housing starts to grow 9.5 percent the remainder of the year to 677,000, and new home sales to advance eight percent to 465,000 while home volume will drop five percent to 4.835 [...]...

22 Jul 2014

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Manufactured Home Performs well Under Wind Test

Manufactured Home Performs well Under Wind Test

Following a story MHProNews posted July 17, 2014 regarding a manufactured housing wind test sponsored by the insurance industry, Dick Jennison, MHI president and CEO says the results will be on the Today Show tomorrow morning, July 23, between 7 and 7:30 AM. Conducted in several phases by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home [...]...

22 Jul 2014

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LPX Gains Most of Tracked Stocks; Dow, Nasdaq, S&P Nudge Up

LPX Gains Most of Tracked Stocks; Dow, Nasdaq, S&P Nudge Up

Healthy company earnings for the second quarter spurred investors to push all three indexes to make modest gains as the Dow Jones Industrial Average nudged up +61.81 points, +0.36 percent, to close at 17,113.54, according to what CNNMoney tells MHProNews. The Nasdaq added 31.32 points, +0.71 percent, to end the day at 4,456.02, while the [...]...

22 Jul 2014

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Reservations for RV/MH Hall of Fame Ceremony nearing Record

Reservations for RV/MH Hall of Fame Ceremony nearing Record

MHProNews has learned from the RV/MH Hall of Fame that the 400 reservations for this year’s Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Aug. 4, 2014 have already surpassed the 311 who attended last year, and Darryl Searer, president of the Hall of Fame, expects to exceed the 434 record high. The induction ceremony for the five [...]...

22 Jul 2014

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Property Rezoned to Manufactured Housing

Property Rezoned to Manufactured Housing

At the Dorchester County Council meeting in southern South Carolina, MHProNews has learned the council rezoned 1.98 acres on Claussen St. from Multi-family Residential to Single-family Residential, Manufactured Housing, according to journalscene.com. ## (Image credit: Bing Images)...

22 Jul 2014

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Pittsville Modular Closes; Stratford Homes picks up Ferkey

Pittsville Modular Closes; Stratford Homes picks up Ferkey

According to wisconsinrapidstribune.com, custom modular homes builder Pittsville Homes, Inc. of Pittsville, Wisconsin is closing its doors after 40 years in business. Once one of the largest employers in town with 50-60 employees and a 40,000 square foot facility capable of building up to eight homes at one time, owner Jim Hoogesteger declined to...

22 Jul 2014

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Stepping back into Housing Bedlam?

Stepping back into Housing Bedlam?

Writing in nationalmortgagenews.com, Lynn Effinger states evidence is mounting we are sliding back into another housing downturn. He says the shadow inventory of foreclosures which have not been released into the marketplace is artificially inflating home values. He notes the rise in institutional investors buying up bank-owned properties and...

21 Jul 2014

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Featured Articles and Reports - July 2014 Vol. 5 No. 10

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by Joe Karns By now I'm sure you already know the many benefits to running a blog strategy around your business. However, there is an easy (and FREE) way to get... Read more

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Tattoos, Technology and Manufactured Housing Sales Growth

Tattoos, Technology and Manufactured Housing Sales Growth

by Jason Brady Before we bought out ManufacturedHomes.com – which was previously a part of SearchCore - one of the big draws for that operation was their tattoo website. Read more

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Community Management: The $20,000 Dog

Community Management:  The $20,000 Dog

by Kathleen Bianculli It’s exciting. You just purchased a manufactured home community. It has fifty (50) sites, forty eight (48) of which are occupied by home owning tenants paying $300/month... Read more

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Same Sex Harassment in California

Same Sex Harassment in California

by William “Bill” Hart, JD In Hart King's continuing efforts to bring recent developments in California employment law to our clients who employ workers in the state, we provide this summary... Read more

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

With this ring…

With this ring…

by Nadeen Green, JD June is now just a memory as we continue into the summer of 2014 - the month often associated with weddings by which happy couples are traditionally... Read more

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Is It Really Progress? Manufactured Housing Finance, Dodd-Frank and the CFP…

Is It Really Progress? Manufactured Housing Finance, Dodd-Frank and the CFPB

by Marc Lifeset, JD The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) amended the federal Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”), directly impacting the manufactured housing industry in a... Read more

FINANCING

Why Don’t States Do More to Promote Affordable Housing?

Why Don’t States Do More to Promote Affordable Housing?

by Doug Ryan Since 2005, CFED has promoted manufactured homes as a viable housing opportunity, particularly for low- and- moderate-income families. We have focused on making manufactured housing part of the... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Following-up on Dirty Laundry

Following-up on Dirty Laundry

by Stacey Epperson Earlier this year I wrote about “Dirty Laundry,” the tendency to keep the two million pre-1976 mobile homes in the United States out of sight and out of... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

HUD Code Manufactured Homes and Attached Garages, a Regulatory Update

HUD Code Manufactured Homes and Attached Garages, a Regulatory Update

by Lois Starkey I am following up on a communication I sent to manufacturers in January regarding attached garages.  As you know, late last year it was brought to MHI’s attention... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Louisville 2015…The Road to Success

Louisville 2015…The Road to Success

by Ron Thomas, Sr. The numbers really add up. Think about all of the exciting brand new homes. Think about the 1,561 plus customers who visited in 2014. Think about the... Read more

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Time to Pull Ourselves Together

Time to Pull Ourselves Together

by Bob Vahsholtz There’s work to be done. Those of us still involved in housing need to pull up our socks and get the wheels turning in the direction of industrializing... Read more

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Taking Inventory in Manufactured Home Communities Today

Taking Inventory in Manufactured Home Communities Today

by Maria Horton As we enter the second half of 2014, we find ourselves taking inventory of goals met, goals yet to be achieved and pondering our new goals for the... Read more

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Stacey Epperson, CEO of Next Step, Discusses Affordable Housing and the Ene…

Stacey Epperson, CEO of Next Step, Discusses Affordable Housing and the EnergyStar Manufactured Home Solution – Inside MH

by L. A. 'Tony' Kovach Next Step is a unique organization with a not-for-profit as well as for profit divisions. Stacey Epperson is the President and CEO of both, and she... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

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Mark Belicky-Carlyle Group, Maria Horton-Newport Pacific, Frank Rolfe and more at the 2014 MHI Congress and Expo

by L. A. 'Tony' Kovach This 137 second video gives you a snapshot of the personalities and the energy that was found at the 2014 Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Congress and... Read more

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“We Need Everyone to fell like its for Everybody” - Dennis Hill video back …

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by L. A. 'Tony' Kovach Every video we do brings unique insights that a motivated professional could put to work to improve their career, location, organization or investments in manufactured housing. Read more

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“Manufactured Housing Industry Cohesion!” - Paul Bradley, ROCUSA on Cohesio…

“Manufactured Housing Industry Cohesion!” - Paul Bradley, ROCUSA on Cohesion, MHCs they admire, the Value they bring Owners, Residents and the Industry – Inside MH Video Interview

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach Breaking the Stereotypes! Proven Strategies for Profitable MHC Advancement! If there are two phrases that suggest what this interview reveals, those would certainly both apply. ROC... Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

“...I kill politicians.” - Attorney Rick Robinson on Manufactured Housing …

“...I kill politicians.”  - Attorney Rick Robinson on Manufactured Housing Lobbying, Writing the Industry “Then and Now” and more – Inside MH Video Interview

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach We enjoy doing and bringing you all of our video interviews, but some are funnier than others. Put this video with Rick Robinson, JD -Vice President... Read more

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Inside Manufactured Housing, video interview with Richard “Dick” Jennison, …

Inside Manufactured Housing, video interview with Richard “Dick” Jennison, President and CEO of MH Institute at 2014 Congress and Expo, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas NV

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach The Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) 2014 Congress and Expo was widely seen as a big success this year, and you'll hear the details of the records... Read more

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A Cup (err...glass) of Beer with...Barry Cole

A Cup (err...glass) of Beer with...Barry Cole

1) Who, What and Where (Your name, formal title in your company and where you are based). Barry Cole, Manufactured Housing Insurance Services (MHIS) Orange, California. Read more

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

Inside Manufactured Housing Video Interview: a Behind the Scenes look at t…

Inside Manufactured Housing Video Interview: a  Behind the Scenes look at the Industry with Kathleen Bianculli of  American Insurance Alliance, LLC

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach We caught up with Kathleen Bianculli – American Insurance Alliance, LLC - at the 2014 Manufactured Housing Institute Congress and Expo (C&E) in Las Vegas to... Read more

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Are Voluntary Sprinkler Standards Still Needed? Ask the State Executives!

Are Voluntary Sprinkler Standards Still Needed? Ask the State Executives!

 by Bill Matchneer, JD I attended the MHI Summer Meeting in Indianapolis to assist the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) with the compliance effort for the new Dodd-Frank valuation rules I worked... Read more

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Has everyone written off new manufactured home community development outsid…

Has everyone written off new manufactured home community development outside of the Dakotas?

by Paul Bradley When I talk with friends about new manufactured home community (“MHC”) development, the conversation usually devolves to zoning and planning regulations that don’t permit MHCs or make their... Read more

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Ken Segall, Author of Insanely Simple and Apple Marketing Guru, An Inside M…

Ken Segall, Author of Insanely Simple and Apple Marketing Guru, An Inside MH Video Interview

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach We caught up with fabled Ken Segall, author of Insanely Simple, the marketing whiz who was part of the legendary Steve Jobs/Apple success story. Read more

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Newport Pacific Regional Manager, Maria Horton, sounds off on the Professio…

Newport Pacific Regional Manager, Maria Horton, sounds off on the Professional Property Management Option in this edition of - Inside MH

by L. A. “Tony” Kovach Newport Pacific has long been a West Coast powerhouse in the manufactured home communities (MHC) sector. More recently, they've expanded Eastward and have been exploring more... Read more

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The 6 critical factors of employee performance

The 6 critical factors of employee performance

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ZigOn Community Values

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by Zig Ziglar Ed Shipman is a throwback to those people who believe in free enterprise, independence, hard work, faith, commitment and responsibility. Read more

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Creative selling vs. same stuff, different day

by Tim Connor, CSP Any time is a good time to sell creatively.  Uncertain economic times are an excellent time to sell creatively. And, poor economic times require that salespeople sell creatively. Read more

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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

Using online articles, banner ads and video, Mountainside Financial is announcing the launch of the evolution of their direct lending platform promotion. As a division of San Antonio Credit Union (SACU), Mountainside has a unique 14 year history of making direct to consumer loans on manufactured and mobile homes. Direct loans are often done in "partnership" with brokers, communities, Realtors ®, other housing professionals and manufactured home retailers who refer consumers to them. Anthony Ducharme, Direct Channel Manager for Mountainside, explained how they created their new SUN System with Manufactured Home Professionals in mind who needed a compliant process to navigate SAFE Act and Dodd-Frank regulations enforced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). "If you've been originating your own loans, talk to us. If you want to have a legally complaint...

the MHMSM Team 08 Jul 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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Call for Nominations for the RV/MH Hall …

Call for Nominations for the RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2015

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....

the MHMSM Team 08 Jul 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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Southwest Region Manufactured Home Commu…

Southwest Region Manufactured Home Communities Showing Rent and Occupancy Growth, Outpacing National Average, According to JLT & Associates’ 14-Year Market Summary Report

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...

the MHMSM Team 01 Jul 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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RV/MH Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Dinner…

RV/MH Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Dinner Reservations Outpace Last Year's Event

ELKHART, Ind. -- The RV/MH Hall of Fame's Induction Dinner Committee Chairman Mark Wasson (BlueLinx Corporation), reports reservations for the induction dinner honoring the Class of 2014 are running significantly ahead of last year's reservations.   Wasson said, "As of June 19, more than 175 friends and family of the inductees have registered which is more than double the number of registrations for the Class of 2013 induction ceremony by the same date." This year's RV/MH Hall of Fame's annual Induction Dinner will be held on August 4, 2014, at the Hall of Fame's Event Center in Elkhart, Indiana, according to Darryl Searer, president, RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall). According to Wasson, this year's program begins with a private cocktail party in Champion Hall from 4:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m honoring all the past inductees, board members...

the MHMSM Team 20 Jun 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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Trey Miller Tapped as Chairman of the 20…

Trey Miller Tapped as Chairman of the 2014 RV/MH Golf Classic Annual Fundraiser

ELKHART, Ind., -- Atwood Mobile Products' Aftermarket Sales Director Trey Miller has accepted the position of chairman of the 2014 RV/MH Golf Classic annual fundraiser,  according to Darryl Searer, president, RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall). Searer said, "We are delighted that Trey has stepped up to lead our golf fundraiser.  Trey will be contacting golfers from the RV/MH industries in the coming months, and I encourage all golf enthusiasts to join us for a fun-filled day and at the same time, help support the Hall.  The Hall's 2014 Golf Classic fundraiser will start at 7 a.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014, with a full breakfast followed by a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at the Bent Oak Golf Club in Elkhart.  The awards luncheon begins immediately following the golf tournament. Individuals can sign up as a...

the MHMSM Team 20 May 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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Senate Banking Committee Approves GSE Re…

Senate Banking Committee Approves GSE Reform Bill

On May 15th, the Senate Banking Committee approved legislation (currently unnumbered) on a 13-9 vote that would eliminate Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and overhaul the nation's secondary housing finance market. The bill, authored by Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and ranking member Mike Crapo (R-ID), now moves to the full Senate. A floor vote this year appears unlikely after several key Democrats on the panel voted against the plan out of concern that it goes too far in eliminating the current system and does not do enough to preserve affordable housing finance options. The bill expands on legislation introduced last year by Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) and replaces Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a system where the government would explicitly guarantee big losses in the housing market but...

the MHMSM Team 16 May 2014 Corporate Press Releases

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