‘Death of Salesman and Impact of Denial’ MHVillage, LearnMH, ManufacturedHomes.com, John Ace Underwood, MHI are ‘Gift that Keeps on Giving’ But Perhaps Not as Intended? Plus MHVille Markets Update


John Ace Underwood may not have intended to deal a card to himself and his colleagues from the bottom of the proverbial deck, but the effect of his own words via Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) owned MHVillage’s MHInsider and a press release associated with him may have had a similar effect. Per a press release on December 1, 2022 by Chris Nicely, “President of ManufacturedHomes.com and ModularHomes.com,” Underwood was “named” as the “Executive Director of LearnMH.” Underwood had MHVillage publish an article with his byline on 2.2.2022.  That press release stated: “LearnMH was founded with the goal of forging a powerful industry brand identity through training, education, awareness, marketing, and overall process improvement.” However, for whatever reasons, that self-proclaimed “powerful” “brand identity through training, education, awareness, marketing, and overall process improvement” was at the leading edge of a sharp downturn in manufactured housing production, which obviously is connected to manufactured housing sales. To say otherwise, based on the known facts, would be to be ‘in denial.’



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Part I

Kevin Clayton was once reportedly heard quipping: “dance with the one who brought you.” By that, Clayton meant that manufactured housing should never lose sight of the affordable side of the housing market.

That said, isn’t that what Clayton and Berkshire Hathaway are apparently doing? Losing sight of the affordable side of the housing market while they chase the phantasy of CrossMod™ manufactured homes and ever-greater investments in site-built housing?



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Back to Underwood, who’s article was entitled “Death of a Salesman…And the Impact of Denial.”

Said Underwood: “In the factory-built housing industry, the profession of selling, as we know it, is a dying profession.” That should be a concern, but not necessarily in the way that Underwood shared it.

MHProNews pointed out some years earlier that Clayton Homes was apparently moving toward the elimination of their sales force through the use of technology. Is it any wonder that Clayton Homes, and other ‘leading’ MHI members apparently have thousands of unhappy employees?


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Perhaps unaware that he was obliquely making points related to concerns previously made by MHProNews reports and analysis, Underwood said: “Manufacturers have discovered that sales organizations, independent or not, have always been the weakest link in the distribution chain.” He added that: “For years, manufacturers have been trying to address this shortcoming and the evolution of technology has given manufacturers the hope that they need not be so critically linked to this weak link in their distribution. I know this to be a fact as I was one of the people that was called upon to see if we could make a difference.”

Oops again, John and MHInsider, which don’t seem to realize that they are now pointing the finger directly at themselves. Underwood says he was called on to “make a difference” in manufactured housing sales. Following the press release announcing that ‘call,’ manufactured housing’s sales and production declined. Instead of sales rising, sales have been sharply falling. See the latest data and related insights in the report linked below.




So, Underwood, MHInsider, ManufacturedHomes.com have been called upon to boost sales, and in the wake of their input and methods, the manufactured home industry has been moving dramatically lower. Is that a coincidence? If there are causes other than their performance, then why aren’t they joining MHProNews/MHLivingNews in calling out the obvious problems that are causing that sharp decline? Hold those thoughts, because like a Ronco an old commercial, ‘But there is more…’ from Underwood.

“My own statistics [said Underwood via MHVillage/MHInsider] collected over the last 10 years clearly show that 75% of all website-generated inquiries are never responded to, save perhaps an autoresponder sent out by a CRM. My own statistics show that less than 44% of all inbound sales calls go to voicemail. When you can’t even manage to answer the phone when prospective buyers call, why would we then wonder why manufactured housing still represents 9% of all new housing starts, a few points less if you take out community sales.”

The companies’ Underwood is associated with reportedly charge thousands of dollars monthly (it is said in some cases $10-15K+/- monthly) for services billed to various manufactured housing producers. If so, then Underwood has made a fine case for cutting all of them loose.

In fairness to Underwood, Clayton Homes is not necessarily doing much better. That will be the subject of a planned special report, watch for it. But for now, note that SimilarWeb reports that Clayton’s traffic is falling. Their own previously analyzed annual reports reveal that they are doing a less than stellar job of converting visits to leads and leads into sales. But Clayton is part of the Berkshire conglomerate. That conglomerate has interests in real estate, conventional housing, and RVs. It may not matter so much to them if the manufactured housing industry’s production is less than stellar and falling, when the big picture from Omaha is examined. It may not matter too much to Clayton and their parent company if their automated and human sales team don’t generate what is possible.


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There is not much that Clayton and Berkshire couldn’t achieve, if they wanted to do so, given the mountains of cash available to them.


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Which then begs the questions:

  • why did ManufacturedHomes.com hire on an ex-Clayton manager for their role as president?
  • Why did ManufacturedHomes.com hire ex-MHI general counsel Rick Robinson?
  • Why doesn’t ManufacturedHomes expose what is occurring to limit manufactured housing from within and outside of the industry in a meaningful manner?
  • Why did ManufacturedHomes.com win an MHI award?




None of those issues are addressed by Underwood nor by MHVillage. Of course not, as the Upton Sinclair effect apparently kicks in.




In fairness to sales trainers, it’s not that everything that Underwood said and the MHInsider editor/publisher printed was wrong. Of course, sales people should have a sense of urgency in following up on leads. Of course leads deserve more than one attempt, and so on.

That noted, it is the implications of what they have collectively generated is devastating to their own claims and they undercut what MHI has said and done too. Why? Because MHI has “endorsed” and “awarded” members who are apparently part of the problem instead of part of the solution.

Meaning, if the results are so poor, what does it say about effectiveness of their methods? When manufactured home sales are trending lower year-over-year for 10 straight months, how “powerful” is what Underwood, MHVillage/ManufacturedHomes.com/LearnMH, et al proclaimed is their total “brand identity through training, education, awareness, marketing, and overall process improvement” in reality?

Ironically, Ken Corbin, another consultant who is apparently operating in the MHI orbit, promoting MHI leaders, etc. posted a video interview of Underwood on October 17, 2020. Total views? 85. Ouch. So much for: “John Ace Underwood is recognized as one of the foremost sales, sales management and sales leadership development consultants in the factory-built housing industry, having spent the past 35 years working with retailers, manufacturers and communities…” Imagine! You have MHI, ELS backed MHInsider, along with ManufacturedHomes.com and LearnMH backed organizations, and there are only 85 views in just shy of 3 years? (See total views to the right of the orange arrow below). Can you spell: embarrassing and revealing?




Isn’t the answer to the effectiveness of these platforms and pitchmen obvious from the industry’s total results?


The reason that 2002 is noted is that is the year that Berkshire Hathaway acquired a major stake in Oakwood manufactured homes. Their investment in Clayton Homes occurred in 2003. A steady wave of consolidation followed. Note: depending on your browser or device, many images in this report and others on MHProNews can be clicked to expand. Click the image and follow the prompts. For example, in some browsers/devices you click the image and select ‘open in a new window.’ After clicking that selection you click the image in the open window to expand the image to a larger size. To return to this page, use your back key, escape or follow the prompts.

To say otherwise, based on the known evidence is a kind of “Death of a Salesman” training and marketing “and the Impact of Denial” of those peddling those apparently ineffective and costly services. Thanks, Ace, for a pitch that has demonstrated something that is likely quite different than what you intended. The gift that keeps giving? That when the words of these MHI aligned groups are carefully examined, time and again, they contradict their own claims while buttressing the years of reports found here on MHProNews/MHLivingNews. For that, thanks, fellas. ##


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Part II. Daily Business News on MHProNews Markets and Headline News Segment


Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business – from the evening of 9.15.2023

  • Chaos is the strategy
  • UAW president says the union plans to ‘keep the companies guessing’ in order to give negotiators ‘maximum leverage’
  • United Auto Workers members walk in the Labor Day parade in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 4, 2023.
  • UAW to target strikes at Ford, GM and Stellantis at midnight if no deal reached
  • File – United Auto Workers members walk in the Labor Day parade in Detroit on Sept. 4, 2023. The union is threatening to strike any automaker that hasn’t reached an agreement by the time contracts expire on Sept. 14.
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  • In this 2010 photo, Carrie Tolstedt, senior executive vice president of community banking for Wells Fargo, speaks during the 8th Annual 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking Awards dinner in New York.
  • Former Wells Fargo executive avoids prison time for her role in fake-accounts fraud
  • A customer looks at LG washing machines and dryers at a RC Willey home furnishings store in Draper, Utah, US, on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023.
  • Despite rising gas prices, Americans feel more optimistic about inflation’s future
  • The exterior of Kunes Chevrolet GMC dealership in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
  • Buying a car? What the UAW strike means – and doesn’t mean – for auto sales
  • The big numbers that make up the auto strike
  • An 11-year-old boy looks at Tik Tok in the village of St Jean d’Aulps on April 4, near Morzine, France.
  • TikTok fined $368 million in Europe for failing to protect children
  • Striking United Auto Workers picket at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., shortly after midnight Friday, Sept. 15, 2023.
  • UAW workers launch unprecedented strike against all Big Three automakers
  • The numbers motivating UAW members to strike
  • General Motors CEO Mary Barra during an interview with CNN’s Vanessa Yurkevich in Detroit on September 15.
  • GM CEO Marry Barra tells CNN she’s ‘frustrated’ about the strike
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  • Chick-fil-A returns to UK after gay rights backlash forced a retreat
  • The latest data signals the Fed will pause next week and keep future rate hikes on the table
  • Apple to issue iPhone 12 update in France after sales halted over radiation levels
  • French supermarket chain is using ‘shrinkflation’ stickers to pressure PepsiCo and other suppliers
  • China’s economy shows signs of improvement but real estate is still a weak spot
  • China property woes deepen as a big developer suspends debt payments
  • ABC News staffers ‘freaking’ out over reports Disney is in talks to sell the outlet
  • Shares of AI chip designer Arm jump 25% after largest IPO in nearly two years
  • Bill Maher is returning to air despite the writers’ strike
  • Google reaches $93 million settlement in tracking location case
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  • US retail spending picked up in August, mostly due to sales at gas stations

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Headlines from right-of-center Newsmax 9.15.2023

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  • Trump: I’ll Testify I Didn’t Order Video Deleted
  • Jack Smith: Trump Has ‘No Valid Basis’ for D.C. Judge’s Recusal
  • Judge: No Oct. Start for Trump Election-Case Trial
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  • Giuliani: WH Saying ‘No More Fair Trial’ | video
  • More Trump Indictments
  • Newsmax TV
  • Trump Adviser Miller: Hunter Biden Made Dems Pro-2nd Amendment
  • Meuser: Biden’s Claims on ‘MAGAnomics’ Are ‘Foolish’ | video
  • Dershowitz: Hunter Biden Won’t Stand Trial on Gun Charges | video
  • Don Jr.: Equal Justice in US Is ‘Impossible’ | video
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  • Ford CEO Says UAW Terms Could Force Bankruptcy
  • GM Offers 20% Wage Hike as UAW Strike Deadline Nears
  • UAW President: Union Still Seeking Big Pay Hikes
  • Chamber of Commerce: Strike ‘Result’ of Biden Policies
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  • Jared Dillian: The Fed Will Cut Rates in 2024
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  • US Stocks Fall as Strike Hits Auto Sector
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