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Call for Presentations!

It is time MHI and MHEI or the Manufactured Housing Educational Institute  is calling for presentations.  They are looking for proposals for educational workshops.  These workshops will be held during the 2013 Congress & Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing.

This expo will be help at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas on April 16 – 18, 2013.

If you would like to submit a proposal please click here for a form.  The submission deadline is October 10th, 2012 which is right around the corner.  There is additional information on the form about policies that are related to speakers.

Make sure your workshop is relevant to the industry.  The length of a workshop should be right around one hour and fifteen minutes (keep that in mind).

The proposals will be evaluated on the following:

  • Relevance and timeliness to topic in relation to the modular and manufactured housing industry
  • How well-defined the topic is
  • The practical application of the materials for the attendees
  • Presenter qualifications

Any MHI members may contact Ann Parman for more information.

September 21, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MHI’s 2012 Annual Meeting!

MHI’s 2012 Annual Meeting will be held at the Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, TX on October 7-9, 2012. Click here to register now and save $100. The early-bird hotel and registration fee deadline is September 7th which is coming up soon.

MHI has been working long and hard to hopefully amend the SAFE and Dodd-Frank Acts.  The laws, “threaten to limit the ability of consumers to obtain mortgage financing for manufactured homes and the ability of manufactured home retailers and sellers to provide home-buyers with adequate information to make an informed purchase decision or provide basic information about available lending options.”

Thankfully, progress has been made by the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, (S. 3484 and H.R. 3849), in the Senate and House of Representatives.  At the Annual Meeting there will be continued work on MHI’s priorities that which include a strategy to pass S. 3484 and H.R. 3849, CFPB regulatory implementation of Dodd-Frank and SAFE Acts; GSE reform and the government’s role in housing; and energy issues.

This year’s highlights include:

  • Initiatives & issues discussions on the recent legislation
  • Featured speakers
  • Information on the upcoming elections and health care reform
  • Special awards presentations, and so much more!


Please contact Cheryl Langley at 703-558-0668 or cheryl@mfghome.org for meeting information and sponsorship opportunities. Click here for a list of sponsorship opportunities.

MHI thanks the following members for their generous sponsorship of MHI’s Annual Meeting:

Gold Sponsors

  • Cavco Industries, Inc.
  • Hart, King & Coldren
  • NORDYNE
  • Style Crest, Inc.
  • Triad Financial Services, Inc.

Silver Sponsors

  • Assurant Specialty Property
  • CU Factory Built Lending
  • follettusa
  • Manufactured Housing Insurance Services
  • McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
  • RADCO
  • SSK Communities
  • T.R. Arnold & Associates
  • U.S. Bank

Make your plans today to attend MHI’s 2012 Annual Meeting!

September 6, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Recap of a Recent Home Show

We were recently in attendance at home show in Augusta, Maine on February 3 – 5th, 2012.  The home show had seven homes and five homes belonged to VBI group members.  The homes that were at the show included three from Pine View Homes, two from Titan homes and one home from Commodore Homes.

Showcase Homes had a Champion Home from the Claysburg, PA  facility and Fairlane Homes had a New Era modular, complete with attached garage!

Attendance was up 30% from 2011 which is quite exciting for our industry.  The overall quality of potential customers was quite impressive as well.

Hooray for 2012!

February 16, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2012 MHI Legislative Conference

There are many new legislators in Congress thanks to last year’s election.  That is why we are asking you to share how important our industry is to “the health of the economy and housing Americans” in 2012.  Everything that happens in D.C. can and most likely will shape our industry throughout 2012.

By attending MHI’s February 2012 Legislative Conference you presence and voice will be heard.  This meeting will be critical in reaching out to the members of the 112th Congress on issues of that are of great importance to our industry which include the following:

  • Dodd-Frank Financial Reform
  • EISA Standards
  • SAFE Act
  • The future role of government’s support of affordable housing programs
  • Vital industry tax credits
  • Increased oversight of the federal manufactured housing program

Get your voice heard and make sure the correct people are listening to you about how important our industry is in this economy.  Sponsorship opportunities are available here.  Check out the following registration deadlines which expires on Jan. 26th, 2012:

December 29, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Calling all Entries for MHI and NMHC Awards!

Calling all entries!  Calling all entries!  We are exited to announce that the National Industry Awards are looking for entries to award the following categories:

  • Best manufactured home communities
  • Best manufactured home retail sales center
  • Best industry leaders

Please submit your entry form and associated fee by February 10th, 2012.  Then submit your entry materials for judging by February 24th, 2012.  There are additional explanations in the links below.

The Congress & Expo Conference will be handing out the awards on April 10-12, 2012 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Each winner will receive a trophy and wonderful recognition by the industry communications.  The following information explains how to enter and gives you the entry forms:

December 22, 2011 Posted by | Events | Leave a comment

It’s time to Save-The-Date!

Even though April 2012 does sound very far away, it will be here before you know it, so save-the-date now April 10th – 12th, 2012!  Join everyone at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to gain the knowledge and resources to shine in today’s housing market.  This national show will consider the following topics and more:

  • What will the next decade bring for housing in America?
  • How will the U.S. housing marketing be affected by demographic trends?
  • Where will the Millennials call home?
  • What housing choices will seniors make going forward?
  • How can factory built housing gain market share?

Please feel free to visit Congress & Expo website for more information and here is the schedule.

November 28, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , | Leave a comment

The New York Housing Association’s 61st Annual Convention

Get ready for The New York Housing Association’s 61st Annual Convention from October 12th & 13th, 2011 at the Turning Stone Resort.  Senator Catherine Young (R,C,I) 57th Senate District will be on hand to address the attendees.   “Her committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development works to develop legislation to help revitalize communities; assist families in buying and preserving their homes; and create safe , affordable rental housing”.

The convention will allow for the 61st annual meeting to elect the 2012 Officers, approve the 2012 Association Budget and examine possible changes to the Association Bylaws.  There will also be a TradeExpo through-out the convention that will have vendors and suppliers displaying their goods and services.

Some of the following will be apart of the breakout sessions:

  • National Issues Perspective, including the SAFE Act & Dodd-Frank Update (by Thayer Long)
  • How to Dominate Your Market Area (by Tony Kovach)
  • Worker’s Compensation – All You Need to Know (by Heather Dougherty)
  • Well Water Compliance – New Requirements (by Jamie Herman)
  • Association and Recent Changes to the NYS Building & Energy Codes (by Timothy King)
Please feel free to contact Nancy Geer at (800.721.4663)
with any questions or additional details.

August 19, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Upcoming Events!

There are quite a few of upcoming events, open houses and meetings coming  up in the near future for the Volume Buyers members.

  • 9/11 – 9/13   Champion/Claysburg  (1-800-932-5121)
  • 9/12 – 9/13   New Era  (1-800-678-5581)
  • 9/12 – 9/14  Penn West  (1-800-727-4566) – (Commodore)
  • 9/12 – 9/16   Titan Homes  (1-800-937-3911)
  • 9/12 – 9/16   Eagle River  (1-717-656-2381)
  • 9/13 – 9/15   Commodore/Colony  (1-800-876-6870)

If you would like more information please feel free to call the numbers above. 

*Note*

On September 14th, 2011 there will be a Group Meeting from 8:30am – 12:30pm.  This meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn in Clarion, PA.  The agenda and additional information will follow.

We do have some rooms set aside on the evenings of 9/13 and 9/14 for those members not staying as guests of our manufacturing partners.  The rate is $75 per night and you can call (814) 226-8850 and ask for the Volume Buyers rate.

-M. Cicardi

August 1, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments