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To Educate – “Leading Forth” – for Affordable Manufactured Housing Success

October 3rd, 2018 No comments

 

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It’s unbelievable how much you don’t know
about the game you’ve been playing all your life.”

– Mickey Mantle

 

Every state has its heroes and heroines. Mickey Mantle is a favorite son from Oklahoma, where I began my manufactured home career some years ago.

 

Hillsadale College’s president says that the word education means to lead forth.  Education and information which leads to an ever better understanding about manufactured homes are at key to what the industry needs to achieve its potential.  Rephrased, education – information done correctly – is leadership.

 

From the outset – which is now approaching 9 years since our launch in mid-Oct, 2009 – MHProNews has strived to challenge, motivate, and lead in the needed ways.

Call me slow, naive, or steadily evolving, but every year we’ve adapted, and then done things no one else in our industry’s trade media has previously done. 

 

Don’t Do It! 

Don’t be political,’ said some industry pros. Sorry, but problematic, bad and even corrupt policies at the local, state, and federal level are key factors restraining manufactured homes.

Don’t touch on religion or morality.’ Excuse me? Is this America, with freedom of speech and freedom of faith? How do you do what’s right, unless you first know what’s moral or ethical?

When Jesus walked this earth, he was a highly controversial figure. He still is. “Who do people say that I Am?” – the Jewish Jesus asked his 12 disciples. That very question Jesus – the carpenter/builder – asked is still debated today, and has been for approaching 2,000 years.  It’s amazingly relevant.

Jesus picked Peter, and handed him the “keys to the kingdom,” yet Peter denied Jesus three times. Does that mean Jesus goofed, or does it mean that Jesus was reminding everyone that even ‘chosen’ people make mistakes.

Perfect human leaders before or after Jesus of Nazareth don’t exist. So, every mature adult makes allowances for each other, knowing we need that mercy and understanding too.  That said, some people will smile at you, while they rob you blind.  Recognizing that trait in others is useful as an adult. Then there are controversial figures that may not communicate as you or I would, but once understood, are surprisingly spot on. 

President Donald J. Trump is human, and has flaws. But he’s arguably the best President of the United States (POTUS) since Ronald Reagan. As an award-winning history major, I’d say, he’s already at least as good, if not better, than POTUS Reagan in his first two years.  That was a different time, Democrats and Republicans then were able to compromise.  Today, not so much.

Our manufactured home industry – and a host of other professions – need President Trump, if we are to have any hope of breaking the chains that previous politicians, bureaucrats and their big money backers have foisted upon us.

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Our nation, not just manufactured housing, has been moving steadily toward oligarchy. Monopolistic maneuvers unethically enrich a few, at the expense of the many. I’m all in favor of free enterprise. It wasn’t news, but I’m increasingly aware to the high degree that Vulture and Crony Capitalism are not free enterprise 

The answer is to break up the monopolies and oligarchies. Not regulate them, break them up under a combination of civil litigation and federal antitrust laws.

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For the president to succeed, he needs a Congress and Supreme Court that work with him, not against him.  While laws are on the books that are useful, if his political opponents keep him tied up by winning the midterms, the opportunity for POTUS Trump to liberate American Workers and Businesses narrows.

MHI is demonstrably often wrong, and arguably often lying, deceitful, dishonest tool of Berkshire Hathaway and a few others. We’ve offered to debate their positinos, results, and methods.  They run for the hills. Why? If they are right, why not debate the issues, and practices?  

That doesn’t mean that everyone in MHI, much less every one of their members, are corrupt or evil. Some are scared. Some go along, to get along. Some hope to be the last one eaten. My sense is that the majority are nice people, but the organization they pay dues too is corrupted at its core. But those who can, should stop feeding the hand that bites them.

Danny Glover, Presidents Barack Obama & Donald Trump, Promises Kept, and Affordable Manufactured Housing

We’ve documented time and again, false and misleading statements made by MHI. They posture one thing, but often do another. 

For some examples, please see the links herein and below. 

The industry must break free of those who control MHI. Oddly, some of the like minded politicos and fellow travelers of Warren Buffett – for example, George Soros – also support in various ways MHAction, per our sources.

Enemies of Manufactured Homes, Communities; Rent Control, MHAction, George Soros, Ignorance, & Entropy

Jimmy Carter wrongly blasted President Trump, while overlooking the failures of the Obama Administration.  The report below covers that topic. The charts below the linked teaser shows just how badly the Obama Administration preformed on housing issues.

President Jimmy Carter Blasts Trump Administration on Affordable Housing, Carter’s Manufactured Home Ties

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How could MHI have failed to move manufactured housing ahead, given the facts implied in the above? Both of those trend lines are historic reasons for manufactured housing to advance.

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The facts are unmistakable.  A new alliance in manufactured housing must be forged. One that works for happy home owners through good, honest business practices. MHARR does fine by their members. They are at the head of the line cheering on the creation of a new, post-production trade group.  

Clayton Homes Ripped by Customer Complaints Spotlighted on ABC News

How can an industry trade group have dignity, when some of its most prominent members are plagued by scandal after scandal?

Has the Manufactured Housing Institute Accused Former MHI Chairman Nathan Smith of Federal Law Violations?

The industry is only slowly recovering from the disaster of 2008. Berkshire, Clayton, MHI, and people like Democratic supporter Nathan Smith are at the crux of the issues. That’s my considered view, based upon facts, evidence, reason, and analysis. MHI, Clayton, Clayton’s Attorney, Nathan Smith – they’ve all been given a chance to respond or debate.  Silence. They fail to defend the industry time and again, on issues like the one linked below.

Rumble over Anti-MH Law-State Association, Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), Clayton Homes, and MHARR

To educate or inform is to lead forth.  The short-term focus must be to get candidates that will support the Trump Agenda into office or re-elected. Once that’s done, a new trade group must be forged, that can work with MHARR and independents of good will to advance the industry. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ##  (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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The Rich, Famous, PreFab Homes, Manufactured Housing, Hypocrisy, and You

September 17th, 2018 No comments

 

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Millions of Americans, along with hundreds of millions of others around the world, are star struck.  That has been true for decades. If someone is rich or famous, they are automatically accorded a special status that wealth, influence, and their access can bring.

For several reasons, ‘stars’ of all kinds, including athletes, are held up for others to consider as role models. Such figures are thus often used as tool, a prop, a means of manipulating others.

Let’s consider two examples of thousands of possible examples. During Vietnam, actress Jane Fonda went to North Vietnam to condemn the United States. President Trump had not yet been sworn into office, and famous figures like Madonna had already pledged to speak against him at post-election protests.

 

  • Warren Buffett,
  • Bill Gates,
  • Jeff Bezos,
  • George Soros,
  • Tom Steyer – all of those are billionaires –
  • leaders at giant companies like Apple, Google/YouTube (parent Alphabet), Facebook, or Twitter leaders,
  • athletes like Colin Kaepernick,
  • actors like Jim Carey,

are among those rich and famous who’ve paraded out to cameras and waiting reporters to espouse positions in favor of big government, varied Democratic Party candidates, including many openly espousing socialistic positions.

Why do they do that? And why should MHPros, prefab professionals, or millions of others care?

Simply because these mavens influence the politics that controls the bureaucracies that can limit, influence or destroy your business and/or investments.

Rephrased: you as a business owner, professional, or investor aren’t just trying to sell a product or related services. You also must comply with the rules, or the rules can be used against you.

Those who ignore politics do so at their own professional risk.  All of those rich and famous figures above are deeply engaged in politics.  MHPros like Democratic supporter Nathan Smith of SSK Communities, and former Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Chairman, are deeply engaged in politics. Smith, like Buffett, supported Democratic Senator Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton for president.

Facts are facts.

 

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Facts are Facts. Click here to see the Full Sized Infographic.

 

Today – September 17, 2018 – is Constitution Day

Among the things that often left-leaning academics or others like those noted above in positions of influence, money and power do is demean and besmirch the U.S. Constitution and our nation’s founding fathers.

What utter hypocrisy. The U.S. Constitution is what defends their freedom of speech to decry what gives you, me, and some 325 million others in the U.S. the ability to make more of our lives that what our parents attained.

Intellectual curiosity alone is reason enough to challenge commonly promoted assumptions.

But when people seek to exert a serious degree of control over your life, you, I, and those we love should care enough:

  • to learn,
  • ponder,
  • and act accordingly

in order to better and more properly shape the world of tomorrow.

 

In the Minority

On a personal note, I’m one of those in a minority of Americans who married a woman from the Middle East who was born a Muslim. Her extended family are Muslims. Soheyla is no ordinary woman, as hundreds of professionals in our industry have learned first-hand, and thousands more have learned by reading.

Soheyla speaks 3 languages, and she has studied two others. She’s highly educated, motivated, and quite passionate about many issues. By the way, for those that know Soheyla, her circle of friends and colleagues includes Jews and numerous Christians. She’s demonstrably inclusive, and broad minded.

All of that is background to say the following. Given her background, she supported then-candidate Donald J. Trump, after he promoted during the GOP primaries the “strict vetting” of Muslims, along with strong immigration reform. Soheyla knows what Muslim radicals are capable of doing. She wants no such thing for America, or for the future of our son and your children.

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the article was first published in May 2016, but still has points relevant today. http://www.MHProNews.com/featured-articles/may-2017/12-reasons-an-educated-professional-iranian-american-woman-supports-donald-trump While our family supported then – and now – President Trump as the fighter needed to stand up to leftist tactics, the Manufactured Housing Institute put two paid pro-Clinton speakers on stage, just days before the 2016 election. The record matters.

Soheyla studied in a Hungarian University.  Hungary put up a border fence, to stop the flow of illegal immigration from the Middle East into their country.  Many of those were innocents, but enough were dangerous that crime, rape, and terrorism in Europe ha spiked. But not so in Hungary. They dealt with it in a practical way, by protecting their border.

It goes without saying that Soheyla is not anti-Muslim, nor anti-Middle Eastern. She wants better for her family in their native land. She wants better for our son, and that means better for you and your loved ones too.

How is that done? By sound information and education. By sharing the facts via the “News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use.”  © Third-party data ranks our news site the runaway #1 in MHVille. We are not going to be politically correct when that means warping the truth.  Providing fact and evidence based articles have made us number 1, and we’ve more than doubled traffic in the last year.  We seek to promote a common sense agenda that are good for the vast majority of Americans.

That means we editorially support the legitimate aspirations of all people of any backgrounds, demographic groups, or beliefs.

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The Wealthy Can Literally Buy 0r Manipulate News, That’s Used to Influence Others

We’ve said for years, we are all for honestly earned wealth. That said, many in positions of wealth, influence or power – wittingly or not – divide and segment Americans into groups that are then pitted against each other.

Why?

 

  • Why are blacks, Hispanics or other minority groups artificially pitted against whites?
  • Why are women in the news or in story lines often pitted against men?
  • Why are everyday Democratic or socialist supporters set against everyday conservatives, Libertarians, or Republicans?

Actively retired Rev. Donald Tye Jr., a manufactured home advocate who owns an updated pre-HUD Code factory-built home said why. “Divide and Rule.” Tye is an independent today, buy was active in GOP politics for years.

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Tony took the photo at the right.

Tye is also a big believer in the U.S. Constitution. So are we, along with millions of other Americans.

There’s a strong narrative that’s being pushed by many in media, among the rich and by people in positions of power that are promoting socialist, big government, or leftist ideals. Then why are they Democrats or socialists, but still keep their money and power?

Propaganda and manipulation are alive and well in America today. Not all news is tainted. But some is. That said, I’ve seen first hand – going back over twenty years in media stories I happened to be involved in – how a narrative is spun by a reporter, producer or editor that was different than reality. There is real news, and there is faked news. That’s not new, it goes back hundreds or years.

We, the People” must therefor learn to discern right from wrong. I’m not sure how that can be done other than by applying Godly moral, reason-based, evidenced supported, and ethical principles.

Socialism has a history of taking from one group what they earned, and by force or coercion, giving it to another. Before Karl Marx and the first socialists, big governments throughout history have done similarly. Marxists just dressed up legalized theft in different clothing.

As soon as someone is pitching a socialist solution, you can reject it as immoral and contrary to the interests of society. “Thou shall not steal” is believed by Christians, Jews and other religious groups too.

 

Theft by Government is Still Theft

The Democratic leaders of today are not the Democrats of the President Jack Kennedy era.

President Kennedy (D) rolled back taxes, as did President Ronald Reagan (R), and now former Democrat turned Republican, President Donald J. Trump.

My friends and colleagues include sincere Democrats. We’ve had clients who support Democrats. I’m not trying to insult anyone or hurt someone’s feelings. My younger brother Tom is a Democratic supporter, has won city elections, and has said publicly said to me, “I disagree with your politics, but not your ethics.”  Tom’s tested IQ is 156, way over the genius level.

Tom and I agree to disagree without malice, but have robustly debated numerous issues. We listen to each other, so we can understand each other’s perspectives. It’s what our genius father and gifted mother taught all of us siblings.  Our parents were Kennedy Democrats, who became Reagan Republicans.

Facts are facts. Facts must be distinct from opinions. The quote below is by a famous Democrat, who likely wouldn’t recognize the party he was a member of today.

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What did former President Bill Clinton mean when he said the famous quote below?

 

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CNS reported that federal revenues have hit a new high, after tax reform. Several of the successful economic principles of Presidents Kennedy and Reagan are being applied by President Trump.

Was former President Clinton only being pragmatic when he said that, because the political winds had then shifted against his party? Because today, he’s back to being big government Slick Willy.” Bill is about as crooked – and rich – as they come.  Look carefully at the history of who’s caused our industry’s image issues?  Look at who they associate with?

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Democratic leaders today sound sympathetic to the poor and needy, but they are either:

  • badly misinformed,
  • frauds,
  • con artists,
  • hypocrites,
  • ignorant of history,
  • Ignore economic evidence,
  • don’t understand the harm of socialism, or the good in free enterprise,
  • or they are fools. Take your pick, or some combination of them.

Acclaimed Poverty Inc. Video, MHVille – Why Left & Right Should Listen, Learn From Each Other

 

We the People

America’s first constitution, the so-called Articles of Confederation, was failing. So in “order to form a more perfect Union,” representatives of “We, the People” gathered to pass reforms that yielded the U.S. Constitution as amended.

Hillsdale College, and Prager University create videos to teach Constitutional principles to those who were never taught or learned them in school. Here’s the Bill of Rights, below.

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I’m still a political independent, but I’m far more likely to vote for a President Trump backing Republican, for reasons similar to what Jon Voight and Peter Thiel outlined.

In retrospect, PayPal billionaire cofounder, Peter Thiel – who’s invested in prefab/modular homes at sea, nailed the Trump phenomenon:

I think one thing that should be distinguished here is that the media is always taking Trump literally. It never takes him seriously, but it always takes him literally. … I think a lot of voters who vote for Trump take Trump seriously but not literally, so when they hear things like the Muslim comment or the wall comment, their question is not, ‘Are you going to build a wall like the Great Wall of China?’ or, you know, ‘How exactly are you going to enforce these tests?’ What they hear is we’re going to have a saner, more sensible immigration policy.”

Jon Voight has stared in numerous movies like Deliverance, with co-star the late Burt Reynolds.  He’s stood up for candidate and now President Trump, when much of Hollywood is pro-Democratic.  Here in his own words, why.

The recent, full interview with actor Jon Voight on Life, Liberty and Lavin is below.

Today as I write this, the Nov 6, 2018 midterms are only 50 days away. Millions will be sincere, but will nevertheless be duped into voting for a leftist, socialistic, or Democratic figure.

As an award-winning history major with a journalism scholarship, that loves manufactured housing as a profession, let me tell you that

  • the Democrats are the party that created the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
  • The man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln was a Democrat, actor John Wilkes Booth.
  • Jim Crow laws were passed by Democrats.
  • President Woodrow Wilson was a racist Democrat, who manipulated America into World War I.
  • Wilson’s manipulation of the media was studied by Adolf Hitler and famous Nazi propagandist, Joseph Goebbels.
  • Please don’t take my word for it, because you can find a lot of this on Wikipedia, and/or other resources online in moments.
  • These are easily sourced facts.  But unless you look, listening to the wrong source can lead good people to wrong conclusions.

“Shadows of Liberty” Movie Introduction, Affordable Housing, and You

President Lyndon Banes Johnson (LBJ) pulled a clever pivot in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. It was mostly Republicans who supported the Civil Rights Act. LBJ got enough of his racist Democratic buddies in Congress to vote for the Civil Rights Act that they earned the trust of the very minority group they hated, blacks. LBJ’s Great Society programs were arguably another clever way to hook people in government programs and government jobs.

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Consider the evidence.

Quora and HuffPo both are among those that cite the following about the crafty Democratic bigot, LBJ.  LBJ, speaking to some of his racist Democratic buddies, he said: “These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days.” He said something had t be done, because they were gaining political power. So he crafted pivots and programs – and got his buddies to buy in with the following promise, “I’ll have those n*ggers voting Democrat for two-hundred years.” Ouch, tragic, but per several sources, apparently true.

LBJ already achieved 50 of those two hundred years. Part of their game is to call their opponents racists, when they are the ones using “plantation politics.” Democratic policies are what has run devastated Detroit. Democrats ran Puerto Rico, so that when Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit last year, their infrastructure was already a mess, before the storm, and they were near bankruptcy economically. Chicago is a Democratic town, and in some ways, has parts of that great city as more deadly for Americans than Afghanistan is for our military.

The list could go on and on.  But a growing number of high profile blacks are rejecting plantation politics.

Kanye Controversy, Universal Income, Venezuela, President Trump, Manufactured Housing, First Principles, and You

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As an independent, but also as a pro-business, pro-free enterprise history buff, if I knew nothing about a GOP or Democratic candidate – other than their party label – I’d tend toward a modern GOP candidate.  That would be especially so if the GOP candidate was pro-President Trump.

So why do Warren Buffett, and so many rich and famous want Democrats in power? Why do they want socialistic policies?  Simple. Because big government they can control would give them more power.

Venezuelans voted in socialism, and millions today regret the lies they were sold.

It is critical for every American to learn basic history and the U.S. Constitution. Our form of government was developed by men who risked all to be free of English tyranny. It has been twisted over the years, and it won’t be fixed overnight.  POTUS Trump and those in Congress who support him are improving the economic conditions of blacks, Hispanics, businesses and others.

So, if you want to be free of tyranny in our age, don’t vote for a socialist or most Democrats.  Take the time to share the information that might keep a colleague, worker, friend or family from voting for a Democratic or socialist candidate.

Listen to the Jon Voigt interview. Voigt is compelling intellectually and emotionally.

Please share the related resources below. They could be the difference in your district – or to those living in another – between a pro-Trump GOP member, and an ignorant, misled, manipulative, or duplicitous socialist or Democratic one.

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Changes of the MH Guard – Nathan Smith to Tim Williams; Dee Pizer to Jeff Fannon

October 18th, 2015 No comments

Let’s start in reverse order from our headline.  After well over two decades with Zeman Homes, Dee Pizer is stepping away from the CEO role, which will be assumed by Jeff Fannon. Zeman is one of the industry’s largest MHC operations, and our sources tell us they are now looking to expand beyond their upper Midwest region.

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Dee Pizer, left, Jeff Fannon, Right. Credits – Zeman Homes, WGN/YouTube.

The Daily Business News brief on the change is linked here, and A Cup of Coffee with…Dee Pizer interview is linked here.

A personal observation; Dee’s story at Zeman is a little like Carly Fiorina’s stump speech – from secretary to CEO! The big differences? There was arguably less tumultuous drama, a happier ending and more success for Dee at Zeman than Carly’s time at HP.

Our best wishes to all there.

MHI Chairman…Next

As we reported last week from Boca Raton, FL – the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has a new Chairman and Executive Committee.  Nathan Smith’s work as Chair was widely praised during the meeting.  Smith will continue to be heavily engaged in Government Relations (GR) and the MHI PAC.

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Standing next to signed photos of himself with VP – and possible Democratic Presidential condender – Joe Biden, and with a signed pic of Barack Obama is Nathan Smith, SSK Communities and prior MHI Chairman. Photo credit, The Enquirer.

Nathan’s time as Chairman was not without controversy, which the recently published comments by Frank Rolfe – linked here – is an example. Others also made thinly veiled, private or public slams on Smith for his staying on in his role as MHI Chairman, while facing various law suits and regulatory actions related to SSK Communities.  As if in reply, Smith and company routinely stated they’re confident in the outcome, are improving communities, so why shouldn’t he continue on?

Nathan is a colorful character, highly likable and well suited for local, state or national politics. In his own words, he often acknowledged “sharing the love” (campaign donations) with the Democratic candidates he often felt more personally aligned with, while still sharing that same kind of “love” with Republican candidates too.

Publicly and privately, the other MHI Executive Committee members seemed unconcerned wth the periodic local news flaps Smith/SSK encountered, valuing the many hours and resources that Smith donated to MHI’s causes.

Controversies aside, there is no doubt that MHI is in a better place today than during the bottom of the Great Recession of 2008. While that wasn’t any one person’s doing, Smith no doubt worked to do his part.  Our A Cup of Coffee with…Nathan Smith, is linked here.

Tim Williams, 21st Mortgage, new MHI Chairman

Politically and in terms of their personalities, it’s hard to imagine two more diverse leaders than the outgoing Smith and the new MHI Chairman, Tim Williams.  While Williams is not shy, he is soft spoken compared to the boisterous Smith. Each is confident and successful, but in dramatically different ways.

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Tim Williams, incoming MHI Chairman, explaining why he’s optimistic about the future of MH. Williams was elected Chairman of MHI at the annual meeting, thanking the outgoing Nathan Smith and others for their service.

There are already quiet rumblings and concerns among some – and quiet enthusiasm found with others – over the new MHI Chairman.

In his talk to members in Boca, Tim Williams outlined a strong fact-based case for MH Industry growth, and why it should happen. Certainly that should be music to the ears of thousands of pros from coast-to-coast who are feeling that the worst is behind us from the triple whammy that hit MH from the peak in 1998 to the third hit that struck MHVille in the crash of 2008.

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There are still some in the industry who doubt MH will return to 100,000 shipments any time soon.

Others believe that – the ramp up period needed to increase a given plant’s production aside – MH could hit new highs in the coming years, for reasons like those Williams outlined in his talk to MHI members.

Your Masthead scribe has long sided with that second, upward, forward looking group, as the links further below will reflect.

For a better understanding of the capabilities and experience of MHI’s new Chairman, please see A Cup of Coffee with…Tim Williams, linked here.  For a quick sense of the practical need for bipartisan approaches in MH lobbying, click here. 

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Nancy Geer, NY Housing Association, addressing SAA team during their meeting and discussion with dozens of members of the New York Housing MH association. Photo credit-Mark Simon.

Another Old/New Threat

We touched base with industry players in NY Friday, to see what-if-anything has transpired since our last report about the “rogue” state field rep for the NY SAA.

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The word heard is that Nancy Geer is working to rapidly assemble the industry faces who will represent the association’s members in talks with the NY SAA to resolve potentially costly issues revolving around foundations and installations.

The NY SAA case has national MH Industry implications. If you missed the report on that topic, you can catch up at the link here.

And the Good News is…

Shipments continue to rise, as does the overall confidence of many industry members. Williams’ talking points could have been a summary of reports we published this past summer (June’s reports linked here and July’s reports are found here), that outline step-by-step why MH is poised for serious growth.

But that growth will not come without effort.  The easy-lending money of the go-go 90’s years are finis.  The challenges we face are real, as DJ’s guest column linked here made clear that a threat arose, but was rapidly met.

How was their risks to MHVille met?

dj_pendleton-TxManufacturedHousingAssociation-MHProNews-com-In DJ Pendelton’s case in TX, association leaders advised members of a pending threat.  Those members, armed with data from the association, quickly made their presence felt with local officials.  The MH speakers were “competitors!” But by working together, they beat back a regulatory change that would have damaged businesses in that jurisdiction.

Again, DJ’s take is linked here, our Daily Business News report, was linked here.

Could one business have accomplished that victory in TX solo?  Not nearly as likely as when others from the same segment of the industry come riding in together, facts in hand, to save the day.  The same is going to be the case in NY or elsewhere.

That’s what success in MHVille looks like.

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From failures, struggles or successes, one can find the motivation and drive needed to improve most any circumstance.

Pending…

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Let’s unlock the door to more manufactured home lending. MH lenders pose no risk to the financial system. They are a proven, positive option for those seeking to be home owners. Photo credit, WikiCommons

We are close on HR 650/S 682.  By itself, the bill won’t cure all in MH, but it will be a big relief from regulations that harm MH home owners and businesses alike. It is such joint efforts that pay off.

For those you know who haven’t yet picked up the phone, consider this.  Local ‘testers’ who are de facto stringers for government could be calling your sales center or MHC.  They could then turn you into CFPB and/or a state agency; for example, merely for advising a consumer on their best lending options, if the person giving a simple suggestion is not an MLO.  Some in MH are reporting exactly that taking place in various parts of the U.S., and while no cases are yet known to flow from such activities, that doesn’t mean they aren’t coming.

HR 650/S 682 can fix that threat, and make loans below 20k and others now restricted above that level available again. The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act will cut lenders costs and regulations, without harming consumer safeguards. It will bring more capital – more loans, and thus more sales – into MHVille.

Find and Contact your Congressman or Senator via this link here.  You can keep it super simple, call and just ask that they support/continue to support HR 650/S 682.  Or, if you want to give them reasons why they ought to support passage, you can email them the links below.

Even if your Congressman or Senators are on the bill (see Senate co-sponsors here, Congressional reps, here), call and say thanks, please keep up your support when the budget hits, as the Senate version is currently attached to the funding bill.

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Popular HR 650/S 682 Resources

The Hill Congress Blog – Manufactured Home Financing Regulations

Doug Ryan, CFED, Manufactured Housing and Financing – What’s Wrong, What’s Right

Renters’ Nation: The Dark Side of Dodd-Frank and its Impact on Affordable Housing

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L. A. “Tony” Kovach questioning NY SAA team during New York Housing Association meeting. Photo Credit, Mark Simon, Dirty Jerz Images.

 

By L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

Warm Welcome Extended to Pamela Beck Danner, JD, as Administrator for the HUD Manufactured Housing Program

March 8th, 2014 No comments

A breath of fresh air passed from Washington, DC to the parts of the country tuned into manufactured housing related issues. HUD notified Congress on March 5th of the appointment of Pamela Beck Danner, JD, as the new Career Administrator for their Manufactured Housing Program. MHI sounded off publicly on March 6th with their welcome, as did colleagues, other association members and MHProNews.

On March 7th, MHARR sent out a welcome to Pam Danner that simultaneously protested to HUD the fact that she was appointed as a career, rather than a non-career administrator, per their understanding of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (MHIA) of 2000.

Here are some of the-on-record comments shared about Pam Danner:

  • “Being a past Administrator of the program makes Pamela well positioned to move us forward. Along with the rest of the industry, I welcomepamela_beck_danner__google_images-posted-manufactured-housing-pro-news-masthead-blog-mhpronews.png her back and look forward to working with her in the years to come.” – Nathan Smith, SSK Communities and Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).
  • “Ms. Danner will come to the table with a full plate of issues. Running her own law firm for the past two decades, her extensive industry background, and her prior HUD experience will enable Pamela to juggle and prioritize all of the pending matters before HUD. The selection of an excellent candidate to fill this important role is a major accomplishment for MHI and our members.” – MHI President and CEO Richard “Dick” Jennison.
  • “Pam is a good lawyer who thoroughly knows the HUD manufactured housing program. I always enjoyed working with Pam and know the program will be in good hands. Congratulations and good luck to her.” – Bill Matchneer, former head of the manufactured housing program at HUD and recent CFPB official.
  • “I’ve known Pamela for many years. She brings strong leadership skills and knowledge of the industry that is much needed at HUD right now.” – said Joe Stegmayer, Chairman and CEO of Cavco Industries of Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Stegmayer also served as a previous Chairman for MHI.
  • “From our past association, including your earlier tenure with HUD, and especially from working together to enact the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, we know that you are thoroughly familiar, not only with the law and the federal program, but with the industry itself and its unique attributes…That said, in the interests of full disclosure and fairness to you, while MHARR is very pleased that you have been named to this position and we will do our utmost to work with you to advance the objectives of this unique program, the 2000 reform law mandates the appointment of the program administrator on a non-career basis.” – Danny D. Ghorbani, President and CEO Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

Whew! What a comparison between the simple, warm welcomes from MHI and others, to the 'Gee, welcome, we think you are qualified, but HUD should have made you a non-career administrator' message from Mr. Ghorbani.

Think that's an exaggeration?

Here is, word for word, including the use of all caps, the headline from one of Danny Ghorbani's email accounts. "MHARR WELCOMES NEW PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR — WILL CHALLENGE HUD CHANGE TO LAW."

As a writer, you just can't make this stuff up and think it would be believable.

Doesn't this underscore some of the concerns shared by a number of industry pros quoted in the report, MHARR's Mission “Improve Relations…”…?

Danny, thank you for once again making the point for us.

Simple Questions plus Off the Record on Pam Danner

We'll ask a simple set of questions. If you were Ms. Danner, which of these styles of messages would likely yield the more open door for an organization? The many warm messages from MHI members or colleagues? Or the greetings from MHARR's CEO?

Which would make you want to meet with the sender?

Shifting gears…

Off the record, there were a range of other messages, mostly along the lines of the following:

  • Sorry, don't know (or barely know) the lady. Let us know more.
  • Echoing the warm welcomes shared in the quoted messages above, to this completely enthusiastic quote;
  • This could be the best thing for the industry to take place in years!”

MHProNews sent Ms. Danner a welcome and congratulations message Thursday. Pam and I spoke briefly about pleasantries in DC last month and have seen each other from time to time at MHI events.

For those who remember the Manufactured Home Merchandiser Magazine, Pam used to pen a popular column called the Grassroots Report, which was a recap of some news from various state associations.

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We also bring the interviews you won't find elsewhere. Those interviews from industry leaders and seasoned veterans yield insights, inspiration and ideas that can advance your career or business. Please see the 18 featured articles for March, found on the home page, immediately after our ever-popular Daily Business News modules.

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MHI's Congress and Expo is also roaring ahead, up – per our sources – 10% over last year! Lots of details, here, or register online for the industry's largest information/educational/networking meeting of the year.

Those who go to such events, routinely are the ones who grow. Who says? See what other industry leaders say in the videos linked here.

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Getting Past Mole Hills and Fabulous February!

February 2nd, 2014 No comments

Obviously businesses tend to start little and when successful, they grow. Regrettably, some little things can become big things, as when the proverbial mole hill is made into a mountain.

I was listening to comments from someone Danny Ghorbani, President of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform or MHARR, talks with. According to this source, Danny is convinced that Lois Starkey at MHI deliberately torpedoed the non-career administrator appointment effort that MHARR and MHI agreed to work together on. Was this one of the “reasons” for the broadside on HUD and MHI in Danny's latest MHARR missive?broadside-darius-danny-ghorbani-president-mharr-salvo-on-hud-logo-manufac ... r-regulatory-reform-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-.jp_-557x430.jpg

What do you think?

What was a bit funny, was that as this person was about to tell me why Danny was mad, I (sorry, but true) interrupted the called, and told him what I thought Danny said. “Hey, you're right. How did you know that, Tony?” Answer. Your Masthead commentator asks questions, then reads or listens. We've heard this same complaint – allegedly made by Danny – time and again since last summer, so it was no surprise to hear it again.

I happen to think that Danny is a very intelligent fellow, knows tons about the HUD Code and has expertise in many areas; although word has it (from multiple sources) that the MHARR CEO doesn't think so much about moi. No worries, we're still a pretty free country!

But let's think, can we all learn to get past some harms – real or perceived – encountered in our life? In fact, isn't letting go of some past whatever absolutely necessary for a civil society, for families and for any organization that wants to succeed?

If we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, 
soon the whole world will be blind and toothless.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Now perhaps to some, there is a big difference between a career or non-career administrator to be in the manufactured housing program role at HUD. Let's say for the moment, for discussions sake that this really is a bigger deal than first meets the eye. Even if so, is that sufficient reason to later blind side MHI, the organization you are “working with?”

Mahatma Ghandi would answer that with a “no.” Ghandi succeed in getting the Brits out as the de facto rulers of India, peacefully. I'm not saying that we all go sing kumbaya, we also believe in accountability! But an eye for an eye, let's get even? Nope.

MHProNews-com-We-Provide-You-Decide2-mharr-mhi-manufactured-housing-associations-.jp.jpgLet me whisper the open secret that, IMHO, ought to be a wake up call for a certain someone on MHARR's staff. Your members need the companies that are in MHI. Can't survive without them. Your members need HR 1779 and S 1828 to pass. Undercutting the good efforts of MHI in public, is like shooting your own members in the foot.

That said, there are some equally powerful reverse truths. The suppliers in MHI need MHARR's business too. The Louisville Show would never have come back without MHARR members. The Tunica Show Chairman is a MHARR member.

MHARR official positions are often right from a broad industry perspective, even if someone makes that periodic mistake on public tactics.

The point is, we are too small an industry to publicly spit ball one another. Frankly, I'm glad MHI 'turned the other cheek' and didn't respond officially to Danny's questionable public and written outburst.

Jumping to Conclusions

The other thing I've seen happen – all to often – in our industry is people who jump to conclusions. What happened to asking questions? Let's say, you suspect something. Why not ask questions, before making an accusation?

Speaking for myself, by doing so – asking questions vs. making accusations – there are times when what was suspected was simply not the case at all.

FYI, there are plenty of examples well beyond Danny, he just happens to have made himself via his release a recent topic of conversation. We routinely work well with good folks inside MHARR, those in MHI and those aligned with no groups or associations at all.

Florida's respected state executive, Jim Ayotte, made a solid case last summer for being united in our efforts.

Let's try to get along, because we will all get further, faster working together than working at odds with one another. That's the a big lesson learned from Louisville! We hope it will be the lesson this year in Tunica too, and well beyond.

Cautious Optimism

We are pumped about the possibilities for our industry's future. Clearly, there are challenges. A number of top flight pros (whose names you'd know) told me privately that this year could see a swing of 20% DOWN or 20% UP in new manufactured home sales. The wild card? Among them, four letters. CFPB.

Given the CFPB regs, there are those who think we will LOSE lower end sales – thanks so much Richard Cordray – and home owners with low priced homes will suffer as a result. Cordray's regs makes low balance loans too risky and costly to make. Its simple math.

In spite of that, the reason some are 'cautiously optimistic' is because we have an opportunity due to the economic malaise, rising rents and other factors to GROW our upper end sales.

Please come to the Tunica Show Seminars and see why we are among those who believe that we can grow more than 20% this year. And yes, we very much agree that we still need to get the CFPB regs changed. We would grow much more if the CFPB modifies the regs as needed, or if Congress passes HR 1779 and S 1828.

Enough said, on to the next topic.

Fabulous February!

We can't tell you how utterly motivated we are about this February issue of MHProNews.com!

First, we have the STRONGEST line up of Featured Writers in our industry, period, end of story. Just compare! That's one of many reasons we are the most read, largest and still rapidly growing trade media platform in our industry's history. We are bring you an amazingly insightful, cogent and useful line up of featured articles by a range of industry experts, pros and guest writers!

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Next, we have the first and only “A Cup of Coffee with…Nathan Smith” exclusive interview, and this is a DOUBLE first, because this interview is mostly by video!

Then, we have lots of post Louisville Show, pre-Tunica Manufactured Home Show and pre-MHI Congress and Expo commentary. Don't miss a word of it. Also, don't miss those upcoming events! We will do both, just as we did Louisville.

Here is our stellar line up of Featured Articles, from and for the rank and file on up to the C-Suite! Thanks as always for being here, and your feedback is welcome and encouraged.

Featured Articles and Reports for Vol. 5, No. 5, 2014

Alphabetically by Category


COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT & FAIR HOUSING (LEGAL)

 

• Things Your Lawyer Should Do For Free

by Robert Coldren, JD

Robert-Coldren-JD.jpgManufactured home community owners face many legal challenges. In all states, regulations can take quite a toll on typical community owners operations.

Read more…

 

• Aimee and Belle

by Nadeen Green, JD

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You may have been following the story of Aimee Copeland, an amazing young woman who first garnered national attention in May of 2012 when she fell from a zip line into a North Georgia river.

Read more…

 

Promoting Your Community: Design a Calendar

by Chrissy Jackson, ACM

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Calendars can be used for a wide variety of purposes, and the topic this month may be different than you think!

 

Read more…

 

• The Story of Colonial Heights

by Terri Lynn Prokorym

Terri-Lynn-Prokorym-umh-properties-colonial-heights-mhc-mhpronews-com-cropped-50x50-Colonial Heights is beautiful, newly renovated manufactured home community located in Wintersville, Ohio. The community is set in a quiet and peaceful environment yet just minutes from schools, shopping plazas and major attractions.

Read more…

 

• ROCs: The Resident Point of View on Buying their Manufactured Home Community or Park 

by Deane Sargent

deane-sargent-resident-owned-community-conversions-posted-manufactured-housing-pro-news2-50x50Tony asked me to write another article on resident park ownership. What he suggested, however, was the viewpoint from the residents – why they want to do it, what they expect, and what model they might choose – a Limited Equity Cooperative (LEC) (the ROCUSA model) or a Mutual Benefit Corporation (MBC).

Read more…

 

• Manufactured Home Community Project Focus Series, Andover at Grass Lakes 

by Don Westphal

don-westphal-associates-manufactured-home-land-lease-community-planing-mhpronews-com-50x50.jpFor nearly fifty years, our firm has been preparing plans for land development projects of all types, but primarily in the field of residential community design.

 

Read more…

GENERAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING INDUSTRY TOPICS


• The 2014 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show March 26 – 28, 2014

by Keith Bennett

Tunica-Manufactured-Housing-Show-201450x50Some things improve with age, and one of those is The Tunica Show. Now well into its 2nd decade, it has prospered during good times and difficult times. It becomes extremely important for all of us in the industry to stick together and lend support.

Read more…

 

• Louisville 2014 From the Eyes of an Industry “Newbie”

by James Cook

james-cook-mhc-manager-ma-posted-industry-voices-mhpronews_com-50x50pxl-(2)After seeing three Louisville shows pass by without attending one since entering the Manufactured Home Industry, I thought it might be interesting to finally go.

 

Read more…


• Pulling It All Together For Manufactured Housing and Pros Like You – See more at:

by L. A. 'Tony' Kovach

tonykovach/wp-content/uploads/tony-kovach(15).jpgSince the first time I heard Ron Thomas, Sr. talk about the Manufactured Housing being a “Phenomenon,” it was a powerful insight for me which I've repeatedly shared with others.

Read more…

 

• Shopping with Soheyla! America's Kids Have Talent, plus More! 

by Soheyla Kovach

soheyla-kovachAre you a parent? Love your child or children? Of course you do! So you know first hand that our children have talent! Have you ever dressed your child 'to the 9s' and showcased their talent at work? Don't just think about it – do it!

Read more…

 

• 2014 National Congress & Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing April 29 – May 1, 2014: Creating Opportunities – Building Success 

by MHI Staff

manufactured-housing-institute-logo-posted-mhpronews-com-50x50You won’t want to miss the 2014 National Congress & Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing to be held on April 29 – May 1, 2014 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Read more…

 

• The 2014 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show recap, a Community Owner's Perspective 

by Rick Rand

richard-rand-50-50For the 2,260+ professionals who braved the winter weather conditions in the Midwest and made it to Louisville, the trip was certainly worth the effort! I do not think that this year’s Show left anyone disappointed.

Read more…

 

• A Cup of Coffee with…Nathan Smith

/a-cup-mhmsm-com(17).jpeg1) Who, What and Where: (Your name, formal title with SSK Communities and at the MHI and where you are based).

Nathan Smith, Partner, SSK Communities, Erlanger KY.

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

Read more…

 

MANAGEMENT

 

• What Kind of Manager Are You? Employee mistakes, errors and failures. 

by Tim Connor

tim-connor-mhmsm-comWhat are your attitudes and/or responses when an employee makes a mistake or fails at some activity or project?  Here are some of the choices. You can:

Read more…

 

 

MARKETING

 

• Why You Still Need A Website – Back To Basics

by Joe Karns

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In today's social-media-rich world we all live in, you may be asking, "Why do I even need a company website anymore since I'm doing everything to drive traffic to my social media pages to try and build a community there?

Read more…

 

• Louisville, Tunica and the Future of Manufactured Housing Marketing and Sales 

by Jason Brady

brad-nelms-manufacturedhomes-com-posted-mhpronews-com-50x50 If you are one of the thousands of individuals who didn't let the worst winter in 20 years keep you from going to the 2014 Louisville Show, then you were in for a huge treat!

Read more…

 

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION

 

• ZigOn Vision

by Zig Ziglar

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In a major university a professor of economics gave a test to his class. The test had several sections of questions, each of which contained three categories. He instructed the students to choose one question from each section.

Read more…

 

 

SALES


• Are honesty and integrity your mantra?

by Tim Connor, CSP

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Too many salespeople today will say or promise anything just to close another deal.  Not only do these people cause them to eventually to lose the trust and respect of their clients, they also contribute to the overall general perception that prospects, customer and consumers have of the sales profession in general.

Read more…

 

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Big Names Bid Thayer Long Farewell & What’s Next for MHI?

October 9th, 2011 No comments

Many have thoughtfully shared there feelings and reflections on Thayer Long’s departure as the President of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) with us.  Those reflections below are followed by another key topic on Industry Professionals’ minds; namely, who and what’s next at MHI

First the Farewells to Thayer, in the order in which they were recieved:

Joe_Stegmayer,_Cavco_credit_MHProNews“Thayer Long has done a fine job for MHI over the years and especially as he advanced to the president’s position.  He managed fiscal affairs with sound diligence and provided excellent leadership for the staff.  In addition Thayer represented the industry in a professional, knowledgeable way that reflected well on all of us.  We will miss his positive attitude and attentiveness to the membership.  At the same time we wish him well with his new opportunity and the best of success in everything he does.  Thayer will be with us for the rest of this month to help with a transition.  We have an excellent team of people at MHI headquarters who will continue to keep things running smoothly and who will respond to member’s needs in a prompt and efficient manner.”

Joe Stegmayer, Chairman and CEO, Cavco Industries, MHI Chairman

 

New_York_Housing_Association_logo_posted_on_MHProNewsWhen Mike O’Brien left MHI, Thayer stepped in and has done a very good job.  Under his oversight MHI cut expenses and relocated to smaller quarters.  Anytime I needed information on a federal issue, Thayer was always responsive and helpful.  I wish him well in all of his future endeavors.

Nancy P. Geer, PHC, Executive Director, New York Housing Association

 

David_Lentz_credit_Green_Courte_Partners_American_Land_Lease_communities_posted_on_MHProNews“I’ve very much enjoyed working with Thayer and wish him great success in this next phase of his career. Thayer and his team have firmly established MHI as our industry’s key representative in Washington, and with Lisa Brechtel now in place as the head of the National Communities Council, the industry and the NCC should be well positioned both to address future challenges and to capitalize on the many opportunities that lie ahead.”

David Lentz, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Land Lease, and incoming Chairman of the National Communities Council (NCC)

 

Mark_Dillard_South_Carolina_Manufactured_Housing_Institute_-_posted_on_MHProNews“I hope Thayer’s successor works in partnership with the states as well as he did. He kept us informed and was accessible. He took an interest in how federal policy impacted the states.”

Mark Dillard, Executive Director, South Carolina Manufactured Housing Institute

 

Leigh_J._Abrams,_Chairman,_credit_Drew_Industries_Posted_on_MHProNews“It was truly a pleasure to work with Thayer. When you discussed a topic with Thayer you not only felt that he was listening, but that he understood the problem and would attempt to find a solution. We will miss working with him and wish him the best of success in his new venture.”

Leigh J. Abrams, Chairman, Drew Industries

Nathan_Smith_credit_SSK_Communities_posted_on_MHProNews“Thayer has spent the last 3 years moving MHI as well as the entire industry in the right direction.  His understanding of housing issues will be missed but he has developed a staff that will do a great job with those same issues in his absence.”

Nathan Smith, Owner, SSK Communities

 

Ross_Kinzler_credit_Community_Connections_posted_on_MHProNews“Thayer, from a state exec’s standpoint has been excellent to work with.  He respects our role and our advice.”

Ross Kinzler, Executive Director, Wisconsin Housing Alliance

 

Jim_Ayote_Flordia_Manufactured_Housing_Association_posted_on_MHProNews“Thayer has served MHI well during his time as president.  He came in during a difficult time and was able to provide stability and move MHI forward in a positive direction.  This was no small task.  MHI is a more focused and financially sound organization today due to Thayer’s hard work and leadership.”

James R. Ayotte, CAE – Executive Director – Florida Manufactured Housing Association

 

Susan_Brenton_-_AZMHCA posted on MHProNews.com“Thayer is very professional and was always willing to share his knowledge when questioned about national and local issues. He was always willing to assist those of us who served on the MHCC. I wish him well in his new endeavor. “

Susan Brenton, Executive Director, AZ MHCA

We’ve covered previous comments from others regarding Thayer Long’s departure in the initial story we broke last week on our MHProNews.com  Daily Business News Blog that was linked above.

We here at MHProNews.com and MHMSM.com add our own best wishes to Thayer and and the MHI staff, of which we are pleased to be members.

Part Two – Where Does MHI Go From Here?

Now, where does MHI go from here?  Beyond what has been noted above, what does Thayer’s departure mean?  Who will be the interim or permanent successor to Long?  What style and experience will they bring?  Should it be an Industry business pro?  An association leader? An Industry outsider?  A DC insider?  All of these and other questions and thoughts have been shared with us by Industry professionals like yourself.

Let’s begin by noting that there are scores of potential candidates from inside our Industry.

However, many of the association or business pros who could do this job simply won’t be interested in moving to Washington or it suburbs, with it’s high cost of housing, etc.  Many who might be considered have business ties that do not put them in a position to rapidly shift gears to partners or trusted managers.  Some in associations will have commitments and ties that keep them from saying yes, even if they would wish to do so.

Those points said, there are names which have been floated as ‘possible’ candidates for Thayer Long’s soon to be vacant role.

The names below are by no means the only ones mentioned.  Some would doubtlessly prefer not to be mentioned at all, knowing that others at MHI’s leadership already know them well.  The sheer numbers of possible candidates precluded our being able to reach or name but a fraction of the possibilities.

Some of those named below did not say “yes, I’d go if the offer made sense.” But – very important – they also did not say “no.”  With those disclaimers and backdrop, here are some names that have been mentioned, alphabetically:

 

jodyandersonTMHAtxRetailerPosted on MHProNews.comJody Anderson, long time Texas retailer, respected Board member, with considerable experience successfully stepping into a key association leadership role during a transition phase prior to DJ Pendleton’s arrival at the TMHA.  Anderson has the support of others, including Lance Inderman – a very successful Texas retailer, TMHA board leader and co-owner of Athens Park Homes.  In a conversation with MHProNews, Anderson’s confidence, passion for the Industry and straight shooting ability to “sell” manufactured housing to legislators and regulators was self-evident.  Anderson has a direct, common sense approach and with his hands on experience, would be able to relate well with Industry professionals as well as association, political and regulatory personalities.

Jim_Ayote_Flordia_Manufactured_Housing_Association_posted_on_MHProNewsJim Ayote is the respected executive director at the Florida Manufactured Housing Association has considerable experience at MHI already, and has served as the chair for MHEC – the Manufactured Housing Executives Committee. Ayote will be on the radar of those who favor experience in such roles and first hand knowledge of the players.  He has served in other state associations and has experience working with resident groups successfully.  Ayote’s state has been keen on promotion, which along with other background factors will be at play with this possibility.

 

Susan_Brenton_-_AZMHCA posted on MHProNews.comSusan Brenton from AZ MHC Association has a strong association background beyond her experience representing and working with manufactured housing community owners and residents.  Brenton served for years as the chair on the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), so she knows a broad cross section of Industry professionals, consumer interests, state and federal regulators.  Bretnon also has a working relationship with other state and community execs, MHI and MHARR.  Having fought and won tough personal as well as professional battles, and doing so with an upbeat attitude, Brenton’s “can do” spirit and solution orientation are evident to those who know her.

Doug_Gorman_MHCC_posted_on_MHProNewsDoug Gorman has years of experience in MH manufacturing, as a long time award winning MHI member retailer, active on the Oklahoma board, with the Great Southwest Home Show in Tulsa and years of service on the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). Gorman has a long string of endorsement letters for the MH Hall of Fame that includes politicians and a virtual who’s who of Industry leaders like Kevin Clayton, Joe Stegmayer, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and many others. We’ve covered in a recent Industry Voices Guest Blog item Gorman’s personal lobbying efforts with Oklahoma congressman and the Senate regarding  the repeal/reform of Dodd-Frank.

Rick_Rand_credit_Facebook_posted_on_MHProNewsRick Rand has decades of experience in developing an award winning community, operating or owning both large and small portfolio operations, with financing issues and home retailing. His high occupancy rates and low delinquencies at a time when so many others are struggling in his region should make Rand a go-to guy on manufactured housing community challenges.  Like Brenton, Rand has faced and overcome tough personal and professional challenges, and has landed on his feet.  He has served as MHI’s PAC Chair, and worked on many MHI task forces, including their national image campaign.  Rand has lobbied state and federal officials and knows many of the players on the field on a first name basis.

Other Factors

Some of these candidates have had experience working with Danny Ghorbani at MHARR, which could be a plus as independent builder/producer-focused Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform continues it’s recent trajectory of working more closely with MHI, since Chairman John Bostick has come onto their scene and made his positive presence felt.

Unlike a political election, where you will see and hear the names of the top candidates, and go through primaries and election cycles, the process for MHI is more akin to the hiring procedures of a corporation.  Some highly qualifies candidates will not be named above, for reasons already noted and thus the interim or final selection for the executive who leads MHI may not come from those named.

Questions we should be asking candidates might include:

– are you a consensus builder?

– are you able to work with a broad cross section of people and interests successfully?

– how quickly are you able to respond if the call is made?

– would you be willing to serve on an interim as well as a long term basis?

– what is your vision for moving the manufactured housing industry ahead in Washington and in the American housing marketplace?

– can you successfully protect and promote manufactured housing in these tough times, by leveraging relationships and resources to the maximum possible?

MHI has published their ‘focus items,’ so the views of prospective interim or permanent leaders of MHI on how those items might be best approached will also be noteworthy.   Industry pros coast to coast are keenly interested in how MHI will approach the subject of Industry promotion, turn around and growth.

Readers may want to contact MHI directly with their recommendations, and are welcome to post comments or send private messages to tony@MHMSM.com, in an Industry Voices guest blog column  or via iReportMHNewsTips@MHMSM.com.  An appropriate Subject Line in your email will help us better respond, thank you.

We will continue to keep Industry readers updated as events regarding these developments at MHI move ahead. # #

L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach
MHProNews.com