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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.


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