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May - June 2024

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A Message from THA

 "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."


-- Socrates --

The 2023 - 2024 THA Board of Directors enjoyed having MHI CEO Dr. Lesli Gooch speak at this year's 2024 THA Annual Member's Meeting! We have a lot of fun things to share and more pictures will be posting in the days to come. Visit www.thaannualmeeting.com.

THA Officer & Director Elections

Announcement

Elected June 11, 2024

2024 – 2025 Board of Directors

Service term begins July 1, 2024

OFFICERS

President

Owen Robertson, UFP Distribution, LLC

[2nd Term, expires 2025]

Vice-President

Rhyn Brogden, HouseSmart Construction

[2nd Term, expires 2025]

Secretary

Matt Belcher, Clayton Home Building Group

[2nd Term, expires 2025]

Treasurer

Paula Reeves, Land Home Financial Services

[2nd Term, expires 2025]

Immediate Past President

Matt Kerlin, 21st Mortgage Corporation

(Bylaws)

DIRECTORS

'At Large' Director

James McGee, Deer Valley Homebuilders, Inc.

[1st Term, expires 2025]

'At Large' Director

Stephen Cole, Champion Homes

[1st Term, expires 2025]

Insurance/Finance Director

Rob Peterson, CSL Finance

[1st Term, expires 2025]

Insurance/Finance Director

Mark Byers, Cascade Financial

[1st Term, expires 2025]

Manufacturer Director

Wade Wells, CAVCO Industries

[1st Term, expires 2025]

Service/Supplier Director

Trey Moyer, Blevins, Inc

[1st Term, expires 2025]

Mid-TN Regional Director

Barry Noffsinger, Credit Human

[1st Term, expires 2025]

Mid-West TN Regional Director

Scott Oliver, Oliver Technologies, Inc

[1st Term, expires 2025]

Community Director

Mark Vaughn, East Camp Village

[2nd Term, expires 2025]

Manufacturer Director

Marty Mansfield, Clayton Appalachia HBF

[2nd Term, expires 2025]

Retailer Director

Juha Miettinen, Clayton Homes (TN Region)

[2nd Term, expires 2025]

Northeast TN Regional Director

Marc Helton, Clayton Homes of Johnson City

[2nd Term, expires 2025]

West TN Regional Director

Christine Lindsey, UMH Properties, Inc.

[2nd Term, expires 2025]

Installer/Transporter Director

Charlie Morgan, HouseSmart Construction

[1st Term, expires 2026]

Service/Supplier Director

Sean Norem, LP Building Solutions

[1st Term, expires 2026]

East TN Regional Director

Steve Trent, Preferred Choice Homes, LLC

[1st Term, expires 2026]

Builder/Developer

Bobby Campbell, Champion Homes

[2nd Term, expires 2026]

Community Director

Kenneth McPherson, YES! Communities

[2nd Term, expires 2026]

Retailer Director

Tupper Baker, Preferred Living Homes

[2nd Term, expires 2026]

This Elected Board of Directors consists of industry representation as follows:

 

3 - Community

5 - Finance

2 - Installer/Transporter

6 - Manufacturing

4 - Retail Sales

4 - Service/Suppliers

Manufactured Housing Shows Off at the Innovative Housing Showcase

Last week, two manufactured homes featured prominently on the National Mall as part of the 2024 Innovative Housing Showcase, presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with MHI supporting the event as a co-presenter.

 

Events kicked off on Tuesday with HUD Acting Secretary Adrianne Todman hosting a press conference in front of the homes and touring the homes with MHI CEO Dr. Lesli Gooch. On Tuesday and Wednesday, numerous policymakers toured the homes and learned more about manufactured housing. Thursday, MHI led multiple panels during HUD’s educational program. The panels focused on the development, opportunities and challenges of the industry. The official opening kickoff event on Friday morning included additional tours for government leaders and Congressional staff. Through the weekend, visitors to the National Mall learned more about manufactured housing and the attainable homeownership opportunity it offers through conversations with industry professionals and experiencing the homes.

 

A quote from Rep. Andrea Salinas (OR-6) after her tour of the homes summarized the impact of the industry during the week: “We need to make sure that we are doing everything we can to invest in manufactured housing.”

Acting Secretary Todman addresses the press conference.

Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Tom Perez addresses the press conference.

THA President Owen Robertson Recognizes Recently Retired Assistant Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Gary Farley

(June 10, 2024) In recognizing Gary Farley with the prestigious President's Award, THA President Owen Robertson stated, "As President of the Board, I have the opportunity to select an individual to honor, who has provided support to the Association and the industry, in ways which have a greater impact outside of what is visible from just the day-to-day operations.

 

The success of our industry is more than passing plant inspections or home inspections. It involves relationship building, trust and integrity. Those relationships are necessary when an issue rises to the level which can cripple an entire process or result in predatory legislation. 

 

It is important to have leadership at the state level who understands our industry and can discuss the attributes and benefits of not just affordable housing, but factory-built housing.  As an industry, we need champions that have good relationships with code officials, city leaders, commissioners, and legislators.  Individuals who can speak the language of officials but understands the code process.  Also, we need individuals which can bridge the gap with other divisional Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners. 

 

We have had such a friend over the last several years and we would like to recognize him tonight."


President Robertson went on to thank Gary Farley for his support of our industry over the last several years and for the staff he has mentored and developed who will now be carrying out the opportunities established for our industry.


We all wish Gary Farley well in his next professional adventure!

Manufactured Housing Figures Prominently in Housing Supply Summit

On Tuesday (June 12), the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) held a panel discussion about manufactured housing and off-site construction at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Summit on Housing Supply Solutions. Speaking before thought leaders in government and beyond, the panel focused on manufactured housing’s role in the attainable and affordable housing spheres as well as its potential to solve the housing supply crisis. Beyond MHI’s panel, manufactured housing was a hot topic as the event took place on the heels of the Innovative Housing Showcase. Both Federal Housing Commissioner Julia Gordon and Chairman Emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential and founder and chairman of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families Ron Terwilliger included references to manufactured housing during other sessions. 

MHI Responds to Washington Post Article About Chassis

At the end of May, the Washington Post ran an opinion piece about the ongoing discussion about removing the permanent chassis requirement from the definition of a manufactured home. However, the authors incorrectly credited safety as the reason for removing the chassis, as opposed to what it really is—increasing the variety of home designs and subsequently expanding the housing supply. To correct this misinformation, MHI submitted a letter to the editor explaining the reasoning along with additional information about manufactured housing. 

Industry Continues to Push for

Small Business Protection


On June 7, MHI joined the real estate coalition in sending a letter to the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee urging the advancement of S.3625 the Protect Small Business and Prevent Illicit Financial Activity Act.


This act would extend the deadline for companies to report ownership information to the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to two years from the current one year.


The letter explains how the extension would allow for more thorough explanations and examinations of the requirements to take place, increasing the awareness of the rule particularly among small businesses and minimizing the number of businesses that could incur hefty penalties due to accidental non-compliance. 


Educational Conversations are Always Enlightening and Informative!

Manufacturer Forum

Financial Forum

Retailer/Community Forum

THA Annual Member's Meeting - Monday Morning - June 10th, 2024

CONTEST!

MOST BEAUTIFUL HOME AWARD


ATTENTION RETAILERS!

 

ENTER YOUR CUSTOMERS TO WIN $2,500

 

Two (2) PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED

 

HOMES MUST BE SOLD BETWEEN


April 1, 2023 - March 31, 2025


Announcement of winners will be made during THA's 70th Anniversary celebration, scheduled for June 8 - 10, 2025.

DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORMS HERE
OR VISIT :  https://tnmha.org/most-beautiful-home-award

2024 THA Golf Tournament

THA Annual Member's Meeting - Sunday Morning - June 9th, 2024

1st Place Team

2nd Place Team

3rd Place Team

We have a lot of pictures to process! So stay tuned! Visit our Annual Meeting webpage in a few days to see our Gallery! https://thaannualmeeting.com/

Make Plans Now to Attend This Special Anniversary Event in 2025

2025 THA Annual Member’s Meeting

"Power of the Past - Force of the Future"

June 8 - 10, 2025


Dollywood's HeartSong Lodge & Resort

1210 Dollywood Resorts Blvd

Pigeon Forge, TN 37863


Save the Date. More Information will be delivered to your door later in the summer!

Stan & Thelma Plumlee Scholarships

$2,000 Technical Scholarships

[Read More Here]

2024 THA-PAC Campaign

2024 THA PAC Campaign

Annually, we encourage our members to support Tennessee's legislative efforts, by contributing to the Political Action Committee campaign. Click on the Donate Button [right] to make an online contribution or you may choose to download a contribution form. 


The 2024 Campaign has a goal of $65,000. Please follow along with us this year and view the list of contributors as we build our PAC account in anticipation of the 2024 elections.


Find the PAC webpage here!

Donate Online HERE!
OR... Download a Form Here

Member Resource Section

Shipment Data For Tennessee

To view these charts visit the statistical page here!

Websites and Social Media Accounts

THA Association Website:      https://tnmha.org/

Go to THA’s main website for the latest industry news, show dates, legislative action items, licensing educational news, scholarship information, member listings, PAC updates and so much more! There is no log in or password needed for this site!

 

THA Educational Website: https://education.tnmha.org/

This is the direct link to the educational platform where courses are available for initial licensing/certification and continuing education! Please check the Association website (tnmha.org) throughout the year for special announcements, field updates, and yearend deadlines. You must have a log in and password for your educational account, but not the Association website.


THA Annual Meeting Website: https://thaannualmeeting.com/

This annual meeting website has been established for the purpose of collecting and posting annual notices and ongoing developments for future member meetings or special events. The main website will link to this site and save space on the member’s ‘business tool’ website to allow for more member photos of those special events!

  

THA Consumer Website: https://www.tennesseemanufacturedhomes.com/

This is a consumer-facing website which allows consumers to tour homes and send messages directly to THA members for home quotes, community inquiries, inquire about financing or reach one of our service/suppliers. You must be a THA member to have your business listed on this site.

 


Follow us on social media!

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https://www.linkedin.com/company/tennessee-housing-association/

 

https://www.youtube.com/@tennesseemha

 

Did you see the THA Member Tool Kit emails

in May and June?

Download the graphics and videos from your e-mails!

If you missed them, go back and search the dates or the subject lines with these titles...


May dated 5/2/2024 -

"Home is Where the Fun Is!"


June dated 6/11/2024 -

"June is Homeownership Month 🏡"

Pretty Home? Let Us Film It!

The production team at ManufacturedHomes.com is currently looking for installed manufactured and modular homes that will represent the industry in our state. If any of our THA members have recently set a home and the landscaping is now complete, drop a picture of the exterior to Rick@manufacturedhomes.com

TennesseeManufacturedHomes.com

is making a difference for our members!

Use these links to make changes or additions to your TennesseeManufacturedHomes.com listing.

RETAILERS
MANUFACTURERS
COMMUNITIES
FINANCE AND INSURANCE
SERVICE/SUPPLIERS (Listing includes Installers, Product Providers, Transporters)

Tennessee MH Education

Pick your course. Pay online. Access Online.

Print your certificate of completion right from your dashboard!

The educational portal opened on January 5th and will close on December 6th, 2024.

Initial LicensingRetailers/Installers
Continuing Education
Basic Field Training

Discounts are available for THA member companies ONLY!

(Email Office@tnmha.org for your member discount coupon, prior to purchase!)

2024 Class Deadlines may be found here.

Inspector Map Has Been Updated!

Community Owners and Managers Education

Accredited Community Manager (ACM) - Designation -

The ACM curriculum is a two-part course for owners and managers of manufactured home communities. Topics include management and resident policies, community maintenance, leasing and sales techniques, marketing communities, taxes, insurance, financial management, business planning, physical asset management, and federal and fair housing laws.

Learn More Here

Retailer Education

Professional Housing Consultant (PHC)
- Designation -

The PHC curriculum is a comprehensive study of manufactured housing for retail salespeople. Topics include retailer responsibilities, land-home and personal property financing, fair housing, and selling skills.
Learn More Here
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State Resources

Manufactured Housing and Modular Building Section
Apply for OS/OW Permit
Sales and Use Tax

-- Business Resources --

Existing Businesses
New Businesses
Licenses & Permits
Doing Business
Real Estate
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