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Serious September – Manufactured Housing Industry Newsmakers, Reports, Articles and Interviews

Serious September 2015. It could just as easily be named, how to Scale Success, or Sliding Sideways September.  Which of the later two it will be depends on how each of us views and responds to events and opportunities.  Before outlining our STRONG Serious September Featured Articles and Interviews line up, let me explain what …

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Where there is Smoke…is there Manufactured Housing Institute Fire?

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Some of the hardest working, savviest professionals in manufactured housing bear the title ‘state association executive director’ – or in some cases – ‘state association president,’ etc.. State associations are at the grass roots level of the industry’s representation. No matter how fabulous a national association might be or become, they would still require those …

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CFPB, MHI and MH Captive Finance Lending? Like “Screen Doors on a Submarine.”

Their headline was a strong tease. Indeed, there were two Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) representatives at the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Congress and Expo (C&E) event last week in Las Vegas. It was hardly an 'invasion.' Indeed, we knew the week prior to Congress and Expo that the pair had registered and paid to …

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Post 2014 MHI Congress and Expo, Private Party Report

Let's review some facts about the Manufactured Housing Institute's (MHI) just completed 2014 Congress and Expo at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, by the numbers: Most exhibitors since 2007 Most attendees since 2008 (some 952, 'the real number' per MHI's President, Dick Jennison) Overall positive energy and feedback. We use the word 'overall' because there …

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Manufactured Housing: Out of the Ashes, Phoenix Rising

Please think back to the painful, dark days of 2008, 2009 and 2010. Or do you recall IBISWorld's shocking March 2011 manufactured housing report? Some of you will recall reading the following: Derek Thompson, associate editor at The Atlantic, penned a commentary that included these words: "At the center of a perfect storm of boomer …

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Manufactured Housing’s Fairy Tales vs. Roaring Ahead

For all the noise being created from an office in DC and Indy, you'd think the famous 500 series race-cars were roaring; but they're not. We will park that thought for now, and before looking at a "manufactured housing fairy tale," briefly survey what's truly advancing in our industry, including: the 2014 Tunica Manufactured Housing …

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

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, …

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Arlington National Cemetery and MH DC Talk

The words 'freedom isn't free' can't be more eloquently expressed than when you see Arlington National Cemetery.   In and around DC, dead soldiers and dead presidents are among the many monuments and reminders of the difficult, tumultuous, yet noble tale of our American Republic. Freedom isn't free, and that includes our economic freedom, which …

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Through the Looking Glass

In literature, phrases and words can have various meanings. In the case of through the looking glass, it may mean a window, or a mirror. Let's talk today about mirrors and a valuable, proven Good to Great concept. When something goes wrong for a person or an organization, Good to Great author Jim Collins says …

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