Implementing Inspirational Dissatisfaction

It’s human nature. We all have something – personal, professional, social, spiritual, political – we wish would change for the better. Wishing and hoping are …

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Ora et Labora; Why One State’s MH Battle Matters to You

In Michigan, a reporter for MLive on back-to-back days has done stories on fires that involved a factory-built home. One appeared to be a true …

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Mandamus! Magnificent May in MHVille, 2017

Fight! Fight! Fight! Example 1, of many possible examples. Mandamus! Mandamus – Wikipedia › wiki › Mandamus “Mandamus (“We command”) is a judicial remedy in …

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MHVille’s Magnificent May Movement, 2017

It’s America. There are lots of possible paths to achieving a goal. Whether you’re in business, an investor, or a paid professional, readers here tend …

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Merchants and Crusaders

One of the industry’s well-known personalities told me the following. “Tony, you’re a crusader. I’m the merchant, the one who sat at the side of …

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BREAKING Bad – plus Critical Updates, Upgrades

Before diving into “Breaking Bad,” let’s start with the scheduling and programing updates. The new version 3.0 of is scheduled to go live – …

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This I Believe

These things, I believe. I believe in faith, family, flag, and fortune made through honest, free enterprise. Everything else is details and commentary. I believe …

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Happy Birthday, First Lady Melania Trump!

Today will be short and sweet, in every sense.  When the president’s detractors are hurling all sorts of slurs at him, please step back and …

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Manufactured Housing Industry on Threat Issue – From, About – MHI, MHI Members and Supporters

The feedback cited and published below were deliberately limited to those from MHI members, meeting attendees and their supporters. That should make this information more …

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Life, Death, and Resurrection

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be …

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Mistakes, Standards, Admissions, and Progress

You’re in a grocery store, and bump into someone by mistake. Perhaps you did not see them. Whatever the case may be, it’s common courtesy …

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Poverty vs Prosperity?

There is a principle useful in understanding the true impact of a government intervention. It’s summed up in this simple phrase. “Whatever you subsidize, you …

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Manufactured Housing Industry Politics – Complicated Cross Currents, or April Fools?

“There are thousands of professionals wise enough to be in the manufactured home industry, who have the noble intent of earning an honest living, by …

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Tunica Sizzle$ with Succe$$! – Looking for Growth? Tunica Manufactured Home Show Loom$ Large

“Show me the Money!” Looking for growth? Searching for new products and services? Then look no further than the Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, which takes …

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“It’s War!” & “Feeding the Hand that Bites You?”

First, a pair of programming notices, before we dive in to the headline topic. A) Manufactured Home Communities star and media-magnet Frank Rolfe will be …

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Apples-to-Apples re: MHI and MHARR Budgets, Mission, and Analysis

First, a programming note on the rapidly approaching Standing Room Only Business Building Seminar Series on March 28, the afternoon before the industry’s largest trade …

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The Manufactured Housing Industry’s March Madness

It’s not just basketball! The Manufactured Housing Industry has its own version of March Madness. For example, there’s the rapidly approaching Tunica Manufactured Housing Show. …

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Richard “Dick” Jennison, President, CEO Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) to Tony Kovach,

In the wake of the death of my wife Soheyla’s father yesterday, key people at MHI allegedly arranged to have a sign of their sensitivity …

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Threats, Intimidation, and Manufactured Housing

Let’s allege the following. There are those who would prefer to control the manufactured housing industry’s narrative. Unlike MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, the plotters may not …

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President Donald Trump’s Historic Opportunity for America’s Rebirth

The President of the United States (POTUS), Donald J. Trump’s agenda could be described as a blend of common-sense Republican, Democratic and Independent political positions. …

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day was beyond busy for an already busy operation here. So, what was conceived as a Masthead post weeks ago, will …

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Frank, Frustrations, and Free Enterprise February in MHLand, 2017

Let’s be frank.  As nice as a roughly 15% growth of 2016 over 2015 is, manufactured housing could be several times larger than its current …

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Frank Rolfe, Darren Krolewski, MHI and Media Engagement

The Top Line – Media Engagement Matters to Your Operation’s Bottom Line. That’s why this issue matter$ to you. In another exclusive report from the …

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Correction! Accountability, Politics, Media and Manufactured Housing

Let’s start with something I will close on.  As a seasoned association executive told the Masthead, they ‘are not in the business of defending bad judgments …

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“Sharp Elbow Accountability!”

“What a difference a day makes,” said National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) President Juanita Duggan, in a widely-hailed report on the Daily Business News. …

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Louisville and The Don of a New Day

As the Louisville Show formally was closing down, the oath of office at the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States was taking …

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Obscene Profit Break

“Obscene” is how some people tragically view private enterprise, perhaps unaware of all the good that free enterprise has done to lift billions out of …

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Jiu Jitsu January in Manufactured Homeland, USA

Stating the obvious brings clarity. There are direct, indirect and a combination of methods that can be employed to deal with a given challenge — especially …

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MHAction Disrupting Manufactured Housing Industry Business as Usual

Let’s look at a pattern that is hiding in plain sight.  This pattern has and is being used to disrupt the manufactured housing industry. If …

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R2D2? Seriously?

Imagine that your garbage collection worker vanished. No one takes that person’s place. Life would get pretty smelly, bug-and-rodent infested pretty quickly, right? Picture that …

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Loved. Hated. Misunderstood. Distrusted. Feared. Enslaved…and possible Breakthrough to Freedom?

Labels, thinking, deeds and inactions all may have limiting consequences. Stating the obvious often brings clarity. Those professionals who do not define themselves will find …

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Faithful Foundations

The Christmas and Chanukah (Hanukkah) holidays are a bit like Thanksgiving in a variety of ways. They are opportunities for us to reflect on what …

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What is the business of America?

Both America and our industry’s members face a similar set of challenges and opportunities. Common sense suggests what is needed, and yet agendas that often …

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Open Letter to Dr. Ben Carson – How You Could Lead HUD to Historic Achievements by Ending a Form of Discrimination

12.17.2016 A.D. To: Dr. Ben Carson – named by President-elect Donald J. Trump as his desired Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). From: L. …

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Skeptic on DTS Rule Having Much Short-Term Impact on Manufactured Home Lending

Those who’ve read this column for years know that your Masthead writer is: Pro-manufactured housing, Believes in a potentially strong future for manufactured housing, Is …

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Manufactured, Modular and PreFab Housing Industry News Never Sleeps

It’s lunchtime somewhere on planet Earth. As reports we’ve done for years – and added more to this past week – there are international stories …

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MHVille – “When Hell Freezes Over”

World War Three could lamentably begin. Global warming (cooling or whatever their latest belief is…) could hit tomorrow, and we could all melt or freeze. …

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DAAD = Dramatic! Advent! Adventure! December 2016!

Before we dive into our Featured Articles for the month and our headline topic, a sincere tip of the hat to Jim Visser at the …

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It’s not Brain Surgery! Dr. Ben Carson Offered HUD Secretary; Push-Back and Cheers

Anyone confident enough to run for the highest office of the land ought to be even more confident that he can dive into fixing what’s …

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Lessons from The Patch

The article linked below in the Patch suggests some of the reasons why manufactured housing pros – no matter who you supported in the primaries …

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