Month: May 2010

Thoughts for Memorial Day


It is the VETERAN,
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN,
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN,
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the VETERAN,
not the politician,
who has given us the right to vote.

It is the VETERAN
who salutes the Flag,

It is the VETERAN
who serves under the Flag,


We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where or when they serve.

God Bless them all!!!

Makes you proud to be an AMERICAN!!!!!

Submitted by Ryan Mantey at Asset Development Group and John Scharlau at Pleasant Valley Properties.

Inspirational and Thought Provoking Quotations for Friday

“To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” ~Anatole France

“Blindness in a leader is an unpardonable sin.” ~ J. Nehru

“Our emotions are powerful motivators, and more than almost anything else in our lives they will drive our behavior. Sometimes our greatest challenge is to get inside our own heads to understand what makes us tick. Why do we feel and behave the way we do?” ~Mac Anderson

“Conceive it. Plan it. Act it. Believe it. Live it. Achieve it.” ~ Tony Kovach

Surprising Benefactor for Hurricane-Ravaged Town

It was moving day recently for dozens of families in Oak Island, Texas. Their new homes are gifts from a stranger. In September of 2008, Hurricane Ike splintered Oak Island – ruining 345 out of 350 homes. A church circle prayed in the ruins for a miracle. A stranger joined them. He never said a word – he just listened…

Video and Story Submitted by
Ronnie Richards
American Homestar

Extreme Home Makeover and ALS Awareness

Please take 3 minutes and go the link below. Watch the video. Every time it is viewed you are raising money to cure ALS. Plus you get a sneak peak at the season finale of Extreme Home Makeover airing on May 16.

We (Palm Harbor Homes) were/are honored to build the first MODULAR for the show and this family is INCREDIBLE! Enjoy and Share with others. We need this video seen to raise funds. Blessing’s!

Visit for more information on this video and how you can help find a cure for ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease by watching this video and telling a friend! Or go to You can help Jeremy and other amazing people like him diagnosed with this disease.

Submitted by Steve Reyenga

Sales and Motivation Quotes

I was looking at a series of motivational quotations and came across these:

”If you are not taking care of your customer, your competitor will.”

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” – J. Maxwell

“Don’t’ just stand there, MAKE IT HAPPEN.” – Lee Iacocca

“The customer may be wrong but they are still the customer.” – Dave Phillips

“Keep going, keep learning, keep working & keep getting better! Everyday, every effort gets you closer.” – Marston

Please post your favorite inspirational quotation below. Let’s get some new inspiration started!

Quotes for May 4, 2010

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
~ John Muir

“If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say book, friends, and nature; and the greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand is nature. Nature we have always with us, an inexhaustible storehouse of that which moves the heart, appeals to the mind, and fires the imagination; health to the body, a stimulus to the intellect, and joy to the soul.”
~ John Burroughs

Quotes are from

Submitted by Rich Osty

Quotes for May 3, 2010

“Life is an echo – what you send out comes back.”
~ Chinese Proverb

“Taking full responsibility for a relationship…it’s so simple that we will miss it if we don’t pay careful attention. Its simple truth is accompanied, for most of us, by some difficulty since carrying it out requires counterintuitive thinking and action. It requires that you and I treat other people with dignity and respect even when we think they don’t deserve it, and even when people around us say they don’t deserve it.”
~ Al Ritter

Quotes are from

Submitted by Rich Osty

The Meramec Ex. Once is not Enough

Are you an owner, manager, executive or front line in the manufactured housing or factory built home industry? If so, this is important for you and/or your team’s growth, development or improvement.

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” Jim Rohn

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” Bobby Unser

In most areas of our life, we don’t do something once and expect it to work forever. We don’t eat once, sleep once, put fuel in your vehicle once, try to walk or talk once. We must do most things of value or necessity repeatedly.

To master something, we must constantly be monitoring our performance and/or that of our team, and then be willing to adjust actions to enhance our performance.

Repetition is a key to learning, communications and marketing. From business to sports to living or loving, doing the basics well and often demands attention.

You may be the top performing person in your role at your firm. If so, that’s wonderful. But how about in comparison to a competitor’s firm? To that new, rising star over there? Are you routinely advancing your skills and that of your team to stay ahead of the game?

One reason for sharing the critical importance Silver Bullet Challenge is precisely the points noted in the quotations in this post. When you learn and routinely apply the fundamentals, when you routinely prepare for improvement by reading, studying and applying what you learn, success or enhanced success becomes more likely; with persistence, success even becomes a given.

The importance of repetition was struck home for me on the drive across Missouri on the way to and from The Great Southwest Home Show in Tulsa, OK at the QuikTrip Center in Expo Square. On I44, you can’t help but notice the signs for Meramec Caverns. Billboards dot the landscape once or more a mile for dozens of miles in either direction of the exit for Meramec Caverns. A novice might ask, why do they have so many signs? Isn’t putting that sign up once enough?

No, it isn’t.

The Meramec Example tells us you must repeat a message many, many times if you are to get a successful outcome. The same is true in any endeavor. The first time you try to prepare a certain recipe, the outcome is not likely to be as good as the 10th or the 50th time you do the same recipe.

A key to the recipe for success is learning. Another key is repetition. Don’t just ask your team to read something once and expect them to get it. Don’t just read something important once yourself and expect to get it. Repeating and honing your skills in “The Basics” or fundamentals are keys to success.

Weight Reps by jesset23
Proper Repetition is a key to Success in any endevor. Photo by jesset23

We’ve all heard and believe that “Knowledge is Power!” if you want the power to succeed in manufactured housing and factory home building, come to where the experts share their wisdom here at If you want to succeed, don’t just read once, repeat often!

“Success doesn’t come to you… you go to it.” Marva Collins

Come to or enhance your manufactured housing success. Read the tips of top pros. Repeat often. Come to a.k.a. – if you want success for your team, organization or yourself badly enough – you’ll be glad you do this daily.##

Posted by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach – editor

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