MHAM’S 2016 Annual Meeting was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport on October 20, 2016. Here are some of the highlights.
Bob Leclair and his staff at the State of Maine Manufactured Housing Board recounted several of the topics they have been dealing with over the past year. They touched on both Modular and HUD Code product; some of the issues regarding pre-emption, responsibilities of retailers, manufacturers and third parties; plans for updating the Modular Code in 2017; and some items involving installation requirements.
Rick Robinson, Senior Vice-President of the Manufactured Housing Institute, our eyes, ears and voice in Washington D.C., spoke at both the morning and afternoon sessions. He remarked about how HUD home production continues to increase; some of the construction and code items on which they are working with HUD; how they are working in the political process regarding Dodd-Frank and related issues; and how HUD is continuing to aggressively enforce the Fair Housing Act as well as other federal rules and regulations.
Joe Adams, President of The Housing Marketplace, Inc. also spoke during both sessions. He is considered one of the nation’s leading experts in manufactured housing, and predicts that shipments will continue to increase, possibly to 85,000 homes in 2017. He stated that we should be targeting Baby Boomers as our future buyers, since those people between the ages of 52 and 70 have the money to purchase our product, and they will be looking for quality products from reliable, knowledgeable, professional dealers. He also stressed how important it is for people wanting to be successful in our industry to develop good listening habits.
In the business portion of the meeting, three MHAM Board of Directors positions were open. Re-elected for a three year term as a Community Operator was Tinamarie Smith of State Manufactured Homes in Scarborough; re-elected for a three year At-Large position was Forrest Bryant of Ralph’s Homes in Waldoboro; and elected for a three year At-Large position was David Schmid of Coastline Homes in Ellsworth.
The consensus of those attending was that this was one of the best meetings we have had in some time. The atmosphere was upbeat as we look forward to a successful 2017.