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by Ron Thomas, Sr.

ron thomas sr 50x53During its long history the “Louisville Show” has grown to include virtually every exhibitor who has wanted to capture the Midwest and Northeast markets.

As home designs changed, as they became more complex and more beautiful, as they incorporated state-of-the-art features that appealed to every segment of consumers, these exhibitors recognized that the showcase represented by The Louisville Show was valuable as a marketing medium.

Exhibiting at Louisville offers one of the best ways to get in front of your customers and prospects in a relatively short amount of time. Louisville gives you the opportunity to not only show your homes, products, or services, but also creates that all important first impression. The Louisville show is worth the effort!

You will be in good company if you plan to attend the extravaganza that is The Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. It is the New Year’s premier industry event.

A veritable army of retailers, builder/developers, and community owners/operators will descend on the Kentucky Exposition Center over the course of 2 ½ days and will order or purchase millions of dollars worth of inventory.

The importance of this show to buyers cannot be underestimated. New designs, new configurations, new features, new conveniences, and new amenities. Homes of all sizes from single sections, to multi-sectionals to modular system-built will be on display.

Service and supplier companies will turn out by the hundreds, hoping to persuade you that what they have to offer will be exactly what you want and need. Many of the products, systems, and equipment are being introduced for the first time.

In order to move inventory, exhibitors will be eager to negotiate great deals. They will have their top execs along to answer questions. Attendees can double their capabilities, expand into new areas, increase productivity while cutting overhead, and see market penetration soar. This is an absolute reality if they apply what they observe and acquire the necessary inventory at the show.

Our manufacturer home commitments, which is at 48 homes, is 9 MORE HOMES THAN LAST YEAR.

At the 2013 show we had 1370 builder/developers, retailers, community owners/operators, and installers representing 573 different companies who attended the show. All of our exhibitors were pleased with the traffic flow that the show provided in 2013. Sales were made!

The degree of enthusiasm that was expressed in 2013 by all of our exhibitors and attendees points to a healthy show.

Louisville Website Goes Live!

We are proud to announce the update of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show’s website for 2014!

With our new website, we are providing professionals like you more of the sights and sounds of what makes the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show the granddaddy of them all.

The new site will provide far more information that we can provide any other way. Please click the link below and enjoy our new website. See you in Louisville, January 22-24, 2014.

www.LouisvilleManufacturedHousingShow.com

Community Series Homes

Community Owners/Operators! Grow your profits by filling vacancies faster and more profitably. There are dozens of reasons to be at the Louisville Show in 2014.

Business Building Seminars that help you finance, market and sell your homes are some of those reasons. Learn the latest community financing and refi-options straight from the lenders who make the loans, in an update from last year’s commercial lending finance forum.

Why keep refurbing that older model home? Why keep chasing ‘good used inventory’ that costs you a bundle to move and update, and it is still just a used home?

Why not experience the latest in community series homes from companies such as Adventure Homes; Appalachia; Clayton/Middlebury; Giles Industries; Schultz/Middlebury; TRUmh; Dutch Homes; Fairmont Homes; Fleetwood Homes; Fortune Homes; Halls; Harmony Homes; Hart Housing; Manufactured Housing Enterprises; Maynardville; Norris; Redman Homes; Rutledge and Skyline all under one climate controlled roof!

Come to Louisville and you’ll see why those who want to Show You The Money will join over 1000 professionals like you who came in 2013.

FREE Show Me the Money Educational Seminars!

When it comes to seminars, we listened! The plan for 2014 is to hold all sessions in the mornings, so you can spend your afternoons touring the supplier displays, model homes and networking with your peers!

1) Get the LATEST on How to not only Survive, but Thrive in this lending environment! Complying and Surviving with Dodd-Frank rules in Manufactured Home Lending” This finance panel will be moderated by the widely acknowledged top independent expert on MH Financing, Dick Ernst of FinmarkUSA.com and representatives of EACH of the major MH lenders active in the business today! See what the latest options are in the post Dodd-Frank, CFPB era at this all important session.

2) Lesson’s Learned: A Panel Discussion by Manufactured Home Community Owners and Professionals on Proven Ways to Improve Your MHC and Bottom Line Performance. If you are in the MHC business or even thinking about investing in a manufactured home community, this is a must attend session for you!

  1. Using the latest online tools and resources to close more sales at YOUR location! L. A. “Tony” Kovach will lead this session, and share proven systems to market and close more sales – especially with those customers who have the cash or the good credit! Kovach has over 475 endorsements on marketing, sales, and image building from industry pros like you. Tony founded MHProNews.com and the popular Manufactured Home Living News image-building website. Come and see why this hard-hitting 50 minutes of information is valuable for you to grow your results. LATonyKovach.com

4) MHC Community Finance Panel! Do you own a manufactured home land-lease community? Are you planning to buy, sell or refinance in the next 12-36 months? Then this panel discussion, featuring Dick Ernst (FinmarkUSA.com) as moderator and 5 of the top MHC commercial lenders will be featured. Bring your questions! These pros have the answers.

Notice: Watch MHProNews.com and the show blog as well as the

http://louisvillemanufacturedhousingshow.com/louisville-2014-show-money-seminars/ page for seminar updates coming in November!

MANUFACTURER EXHIBITORS SOLD OUT / SOLD OUT / SOLD OUT

Adventure Homes

Appalachia

CMH/Family of Brands

Clayton/Middlebury

Giles Industries

Schultz/Middlebury

TRUmh

Commodore Homes

Dutch Homes

Fairmont Homes

Fleetwood Homes

Fortune Homes

Halls

Harmony Homes

Hart Housing

Manufactured Housing Enterprises

Maynardville

Norris

Ritz-Craft

Redman Homes

Rutledge

Skyline Homes

SERVICE & SUPPLIER EXHIBITORS September 2013

21st Mortgage Corporation

ABT Water Management

Alliance Credit LLC

Alan Tye & Associates

American Insurance Alliance LLC

Blevins, Inc.

Cascade Financial Service

Country Place Mortgage

CU Factory Built Lending

Cutting Systems

DMA Skirting

Donald C. Westphal Associates

Dura-Bilt Products, Inc.

Electric Eel Manufacturing

Electrolux Major Appliance

Equity Trust Realty

Everlock Systems

First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation

Harbor Floor Products/N Tech Industries

Heritage Distributing

Illinois Manufactured Housing Association

Indiana Manufactured Housing Association

Jamie’s Interiors

Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute

Kentucky Code Officials

Louisiana - Pacific Building Products

Manufactured Housing Institute (NCC)

MHPronews.com

MHVillage.com

MHWC

Michigan Manufactured Housing Association

Minute Man Products

Mobile Tire and Axle

Mountain Side Financial

NADAguide

Net-Wire

NORDYNE

NTA, Inc.

Ohio Manufactured Housing Association

Oliver Technologies

PolyVulc USA

Premier Home Mortgage Special Products Group

Rainmaker Software

Rent Manager

R-CO Products

R E Michel Company Inc.

Rustique Enterprises

RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum & Library

Seisco International Limited

Shaw Industries/Wingate Carpets

Style Crest

Tennessee Manufactured Housing Association

Tie Down Engineering

Tink Translift

Triad Financial Services

US Bank Manufactured Housing Finance

Whitley Mobile Home, Inc.

Wisconsin Housing Alliance

Wolfpack Chassis

The Kentucky Exposition Center Is the Best Indoor Facility and Houses the Largest Indoor Show in the Nation

The Exceptional Experience of Louisville

Start with the Kentucky Exposition Center a show venue that is considered the best facility of its kind in the nation, where you’re assured of a show that offers ample exhibit space and amenities. Couple this great venue with the Louisville Show’s HEADQUARTERS HOTEL, THE CROWNE PLAZA, WHICH IS LOCATED DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE EXHIBIT HALL. Hotel rates will be affordable, $107 double/single and reservations can be made by calling: 888-233-9527 or by visiting their web link at:

https://resweb.passkey.com/go/MMHF

The airport is within 3 minutes of the show site and there is ample safe parking at KEC. As everyone knows, Louisville offers a multitude of fine restaurants and other entertainment venues.

We with last year’s show, we will again use QMS Services, Inc. of Alpharetta, GA to provide web link registration services. Their services proved to be a great help to all concerned parties before the show, during the show and after the show as well.

http://www.prereg.net/2014/lmfs

SHOW HOURS

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. until noon

Note: Registration opens each morning at 8:00 a.m.

Additional information regarding this year’s Louisville Show will be sent out to all concerned exhibitors and guests in the near future. If you have any questions about this year’s show, please call Dennis J. Hill at (770) 587-3350.

We'll see YOU in Louisville! ##


ron-thomas-sr-rona-homes-founder-mmhflouisville-show-chairman-postedmhpronews-com-75x75-Ron Thomas, Sr. is the Chairman of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, Chairman of the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) and the founder of Rona Homes. You can learn more about Ron and his career at this interview, A Cup of Coffee with...Ron Thomas, Sr.. If you haven't already seen the popular video interview with Ron - which covers different ground from the link above! - you can find that linked here.


Daily Business News Briefs

Sunday Morning Recap – February 22, 2015 to February 28, 2015

Lots of news this week about manufactured home communities.  Some large communities have changed hands, while residents in other communities are moving out to make way for new condos or commercial developments. It seems there is a lot of development taking place all over the country, but particularly in Texas, California, and Florida. Despite the...

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California Investment Firm Buys Tulsa MH Community

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Park Street Partners, Ladera Ranch, California, recently announced the acquisition of the Broken Arrow Estates Mobile Home Park in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, in the Tulsa metro area. This is the fifth manufactured home community acquired for this private equity investment firm. PR Web tells MHProNews that Brad Johnson, Co-Founder of Park Street...

28 Feb 2015

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Arizona Manufactured Home Community Sells for $23.85M

Arizona Manufactured Home Community Sells for $23.85M

Chaparral Mobile Village, a fully improved, 359-site, all-age manufactured home community in Tempe, Arizona, recently sold for $23,850,000, which equates to $66,435 per space at a 6.25 percent cap with a 43.75 percent expense load or $3,232 in expenses per site. Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine tells MHProNews that the sale was handled...

27 Feb 2015

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Beware of Patent Trolls

Beware of Patent Trolls

So, what’s a patent troll? These are individuals and / or companies that buy patents for products they didn’t invent or manufacture, and then file lawsuits against those using them in an attempt for a pay-out. They file lawsuits against small businesses that lack the resources to fight false patent infringement claims. Presently, they are [...

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U.S. Stocks fell Friday but have best month since Oct. 2011; MHCV Stocks Di…

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MHCV values went down 1.28% today.  In the stocks we track, most went down. There were a few minute gains as evidenced in the list below. USA Today tells MHProNews that stocks fell Friday as the Nasdaq failed to hit the 5000 mark again, but markets still managed to post strong gains for the month. […]...

27 Feb 2015

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Latest GIA Reports Show Consumer Preference for Factory-Built Homes

The increased need for affordable housing in today’s market along with concern about the present economic climate is influencing consumers to be wary of spending heavily on site-built homes. These conditions lead to increased consumer preference for houses that can be built quickly with cost efficiency, and factory-built homes can meet that need. T...

27 Feb 2015

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UMH Communities Showcased, Affordable Solutions in Oil and Gas Boom Areas

UMH Communities Showcased, Affordable Solutions in Oil and Gas Boom Areas

In various areas of the country where oil and gas development is booming, serious housing shortages can occur.  Workers often have difficulty in finding affordable and acceptable housing arrangements. This has certainly been the situation in the Marcellus and Utica Shale areas of Pennsylvania where housing has become limited and expensive.  An i...

27 Feb 2015

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Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. Updates Q1 Earnings Guidance

Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. Updates Q1 Earnings Guidance

Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE:ELS) issued an update on its first quarter earnings guidance on February 24.  American Banking News tells MHProNews that ELS provided earnings per share guidance of $0.78-0.84 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $0.76. ELS also updated its FY15 guidance to...

27 Feb 2015

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Home Ownership Still Part of the American Dream

Home Ownership Still Part of the American Dream

Although there has been a lot of talk in the news lately about Millennials delaying marriage, kids and home ownership, research shows that home ownership still remains a goal for the vast majority of American renters. The Sioux City Journal tells MHProNews that a recent survey by Freddie Mac revealed that 91 percent of renters […]...

26 Feb 2015

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U.S. Stocks Drift Lower; MHCV Stocks Rise Slightly

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MHCV values went up 1.31% today. In the stocks we track, SKY went up 3.11% and NOBH went up 1.52%. The Associated Press tells MHProNews that U.S. stock indexes are drifting mostly lower, pulling the Dow Jones industrial average slightly below its latest all-time high. The Dow fell 10 points, or 0.1 percent, to close […]...

26 Feb 2015

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Building Manufactured Housing Image via Video Interviews

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ManufacturedHomeLivingNews.com – our  public-focused, sister site – has been lighting up with a growing number of video interviews. Consumer and industry traffic has been growing in the wake of those videos. You saw prevously the Bill Matchneer interview, a powerful perspective from a former federal official. That interview is drawing...

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Featured Articles and Reports - March 2015 Vol. 6 No. 6

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COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

The Latest on the CFPB and Finance Regulations

The Latest on the CFPB and Finance Regulations

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COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

Financing for Manufactured Homes in Lease Communities bill

Financing for Manufactured Homes in Lease Communities bill

by Sandra Lane A bill proposed by the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) to create a special funding program for manufactured housing loans was passed in their state's House Economic Growth... NSP_READMORE

FINANCING

Understanding How Electricity is Used

Understanding How Electricity is Used

by Steve Lefler Many questions are asked by potential home buyers on energy efficiency in new home construction. The primary question most often asked is how much will my electric bill... NSP_READMORE

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

What If HUD’s building code for manufactured housing was eliminated?

What If HUD’s building code for manufactured housing was eliminated?

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2015 Louisville Manufactured Home Show Report & MH Communities Lessons Lear…

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I Heard It Thru The Grapevine

I Heard It Thru The Grapevine

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Revisit the Paradigm

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The NEW Tunica Manufactured Housing Show - Reborn for 2015!

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GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS

A Cup of Coffee with…Scott Roberts

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Showcasing The Good, Bad and the Ugly = Ticket To Manufactured Housing Succ…

Showcasing The Good, Bad and the Ugly = Ticket To Manufactured Housing Success?

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Tunica Manufactured Housing Show Videos!

Tunica Manufactured Housing Show Videos!

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Stress is an employee performance killer

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Exit Strategies or is it Time to Pull the Trigger

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PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

ZigOn Gossip

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There are three types of salespeople

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RV/MH Heritage Foundation Acquires Manuf…

RV/MH Heritage Foundation Acquires Manufactured Home on Display at the RV/MH Museum

ELKHART, Ind., - Thanks to several generous donations, the manufactured home on display at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, is now owned by the RV/MH Heritage Foundation (Foundation), according to Foundation President Darryl Searer.  The home was originally erected and donated by Fairmont Homes for a period of one year for the purpose of showing visitors to the museum the evolution of mobile homes of the early to mid-20th century to today's modern affordable manufactured homes.  Since it was opened to the public in late 2013 it has been toured by thousands of visitors to the museum. As the clock was counting down to the end of the year when the home would have been removed by Fairmont Homes, Jim Shea, president of Fairmont Homes, offered to let the Foundation acquire...

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FREE Educational Seminars Are Scheduled …

FREE Educational Seminars Are Scheduled for the  2015 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show!

These seminars were a major HIT at the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. MHPros from Coast to Coast and Canada came... ...they praised the practical information for their businesses. We expanded seminar room space 30%, and still filled it! Come see why... Wednesday March 25th, 2015 Wednesday 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM. Lisa Tyler from Walden University and other MH Experts will be speaking on reasons why Realtors ®, investors, MH veterans and other housing professionals should be joining the ranks of profitably advancing America's most affordable new home construction. Opportunities in Modern MH. This will be a fast paced panel presentation, with Q&A planned. Wednesday 10 AM – 11 AM. Super-Charged Marketing! Dominate your area with savvy Marketing! Learn how to sell more homes and how MHCs can fill more vacant sites. Attract more customers with cash and good credit....

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Bill Matchneer, Dick Jennison and Ron Th…

Bill Matchneer, Dick Jennison and Ron Thomas Sr. to address Louisville Show attendees

MHProNews  has confirmed that attorney Bill Matchneer, previously with HUD and the CFPB, will be addressing the attendees of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. So too will Richard "Dick" Jennison, MHI's current President and CEO. MH community and street retail Hall of Famer, Ron Thomas, Sr. - who is also the Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF) Chairman - will speak on financing and MH growth related topics, rounding out what promises to be a faced paced opening hour to the seminars on Wednesday morning. The doors will open at 8:15 AM on Wednesday at the seminar room so MH Industry professionals can network with peers and colleagues. The session featuring these three industry leaders will begin at 8:45 AM sharp. They will be introduced by one or more of the executive...

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Fairmont residents purchase community

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the MHMSM Team 11 Jan 2015 Corporate Press Releases

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Tunica manufactured home show 2015 updat…

Tunica manufactured home show 2015 update

Introducing… A Phoenix Rises Is widely considered the “premiere” show of the year… Is a unique show that totally sets it apart from all others… Is so distinctive that retailers will never see the same product at other shows… Is such an inclusive show for the south east region that it has appeal for virtually everyone who attends… Encompasses all levels of affordability, from HUD homes to spectacular system-built housing… One would have to be awfully shortsighted to fail to see that our show could present an enormous marketing opportunity. And one would have to look far and wide to find another event with the pizzazz, panache, and prestige of such a show. That’s because it doesn’t exist. But this one does. You already know it. It’s called The Tunica Manufactured Housing Show. This show possesses every one...

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2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Sho…

2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show New-Year Updates!

If you are a manufactured housing pro, you can't do better than starting 2015 out right by attending all 2 ½ days of the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show! Here is the brochure link with the latest updates. The full brochure can be downloaded from this link here. See you in Louisville! ##

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