George Allen, CPM Emeritus, MHM-Master
CPM Emeritus, MHM-Master
George Allen, CPM Emeritus, MHM-Master. Author & freelance consultant re: factory – built and affordable housing, as well as land-lease-lifestyle communities! Founded the Community Owners (7 Part) Business Alliance, a.k.a. COBA7. George authored textbooks on real estate development, investment, property management & history, plus a Chapbook of Business & Management Wisdom, and Collection of Figurative Language & Figures of Speech – a writer’s guide. Also pens the Allen Letter professional journal, & the Allen CONFIDENTIAL! business newsletters. Contact him via: Box # 47024, Indianapolis, IN. 46247 & (317) 346-7156 & FAX 346-7158. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit website: community-investor.com to read his weekly blog posting! Republic of Vietnam combat veteran, retired lieutenant colonel of U.S. Marines
Heather Blankenship has been the proud owner of Bear Cove Village RV Park in Pigeon Forge, TN for eight years. Heather recently converted to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg. She is also the Director of Business Development for the specialty group at Collier’s International that focuses on selling, apprising, and financing MH & RV Communities. Colliers is the 4th largest commercial real estate brokerage worldwide, has the number one RV appraiser and is number one in brokering of RV parks worldwide.
She received her undergraduate business degree from Western Illinois University before moving to Tennessee where she got her start in the camping industry. Heather is a former TNARVC board member and current co-chair for the ARVC Young Professionals. She has also taught classes at the national ARVC convention. She is certified in Outdoor Hospitality Management and is working to finish her MBA.
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Mike Callaghan is a co-founder and Managing Partner of The Four Leaf Companies, a national portfolio owner and operator of manufactured housing communities. Achieving double-digit organic occupancy growth every year since its 2010 inception, Four Leaf aggressively grew an expanding real estate portfolio of 24 properties with over $200M in assets. Following a property portfolio sale in the spring of 2018 to Yes! Communities, Four Leaf is pursuing new acquisitions and has launched property management services for the MH industry.
Callaghan founded Four Leaf Companies along with longtime business partner, Kevin Shaughnessy. In recent years, the partnership grew to include Matt Nelson leading acquisitions along with Lisa Lane, focused on market development and property management services.
The partners rapidly expanded, forming a separate manufactured housing mortgage loan company (First Choice), an insurance servicer for manufactured housing (Smart Choice), and an asset management company supporting property portfolio growth (Asset Management Partners).
With his focus exclusively on the manufactured housing sector, Callaghan is making Four Leaf Properties one of the most forward-thinking and fastest growing manufactured housing companies in the industry. The collective companies (loans, insurance and asset management), operating under The Four Leaf Companies banner, earn them a strong reputation in portfolio acquisitions while still demonstrating superior operational capabilities.
Prior to founding The Four Leaf Companies, Mr. Callaghan was CEO of Opus Group, a consulting firm he co-founded. The group sold to Verint Systems (NASDAQ:VRNT) in 2005. Prior to that, he managed new store build-out and development for Tiffany & Co.
Mr. Callaghan started his career as a Supply Corps Officer in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Marketing degree. He attended the Naval Post-Graduate School in Athens, Georgia.
Mike lives in Western Springs with his wife and two children.
Keith Campbell is president of Campbell Properties LLC. He and his youngest son, Jeffrey owns and manages two manufactured home communities in Weaver Alabama. He purchased his first one in 2002. He started his dream while residing in both parks at a young age. Both parks occupy 44 pads with 28 owned units. When he is not managing his parks he is advising clients that make up a very successful career in personal lines insurance. He and his wife Beverly reside in Oxford, Al.
Steve Case has owned and operated 13 different manufactured home communities since 1999. He co-founded Mobile Home University in 2005 to provide a training platform and an environment for investors to help maximize their success in this asset class. MHU was subsequently sold in 2011 to Frank Rolfe and Dave Reynolds. Steve has served on the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association Board of Directors and has been a part of SECO since its inception. His expertise also includes self storage, which is the bulk of his portfolio. He is very active in helping those in the manufactured housing and self storage industries.
Jayne Cohen founded Jayne L Cohen & Associates in 2012 and has over 40 years of outdoor hospitality and customer service experience. She owned a large and very successful family camp resort in New Hampshire until it was sold in 2003. For 8 years, until the latter part of 2011 she was the President of Adventure Bound Camping Resorts, a privately owned company with 10 camping resorts.
Jayne has extensive knowledge and experience in park operations and uses her skills and experience to assist clients to improve their revenues and profits by creating better experiences for their guests and creating systems, procedures, and strategic plans to obtain a client’s financial goals.
Ken Corbin has an extensive background in business accomplishments for our industry going back to the 1970’s.
As President of the #1 housing company in the country, there we’re MORE homes sold at Ken’s address than ANY other address ANYWHERE in the United States. That record still stands today.
He’s worked with over 800 manufactured housing communities, retailers, manufacturer’s and associations
Ken Corbin has been recognized 3 times as the Professional Speaker of the Year in specialized housing and development. He’s also the author of countless books on business growth, sales management and the problems facing the manufactured housing industry today.
Ken’s newest writing, “Selling the American Dream of Home Ownership” was just completed. The audio book is over 10 hours in length and was just released this summer.
Brett R. Danko, CFP® CRPC®
Brett R. Danko
Brett R. Danko, CFP®, CRPC® has worked in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years and is a featured nationwide lecturer on matters of personal finance. He is regularly called upon by the financial services industry to provide financial planning training to top tier financial advisors and to consult on complex planning issues affecting their clients.
Brett is the Founder and Managing Partner of Main Street Financial Solutions, LLC, specializing in financial planning and asset management. In that capacity, he helps the firm’s clients address their complex financial planning and investment situations. In addition, Brett is a dynamic speaker with the ability to deliver complex information to professionals and clients in an easily understandable way. He teaches all the required CFP® Certification Education Courses (Financial Planning, Insurance, Investments, Income Tax, Retirement and Estate) and CFP® Board Certification Examination Prep Courses throughout the United States. He also provides classroom continuing education to industry professionals. Brett is a regular speaker at key client events where he presents on emerging and hot topics in the financial planning arena.
Brett grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Lawrenceville, NJ with his wife and two children
David Gorin founded David Gorin & Associates in 2002, the predecessor to the new Gorin+Cohen Consulting Group established in 2015. From 1987 to the end of 2001, he was the President & CEO of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, an association which thrived and grew under his leadership for 14 years.
He is recognized as a leading expert on the RV park and campground business, consulting across the US, speaking widely before park owner audiences and regularly contributing articles to industry publications. He’s consulted with hundreds of park owners and aspiring owners and developers on issues from A to Z – from accessibility to zoning and just about everything in between. He founded the National School of RV Park & Campground Management, Outdoor Hospitality magazine and the leading industry consumer Internet site, GoCampingAmerica.com. David established Best Parks in America in 2004, a national brand for highly-rated RV parks and campgrounds that he sold in 2011, and was the co-developer and owner of Holiday Cove RV Resort in Florida.
Dawn Highhouse is the Vice President Customer Experience for MHVillage.com. She joined Datacomp Appraisal Services in 1999. In 2004 Datacomp leveraged their manufactured housing expertise to develop MHVillage (www.MHVillage.com), the Manufactured Housing Institute’s only endorsed national listing website. Today MHVillage is the industry’s largest and most active website with over 27,000 manufactured home listings and more than 25 million visitors annually. Dawn travels the country speaking with manufactured housing professionals on internet and digital marketing strategies.
Maria Horton serves as both Director of Marketing and Regional Manager for Newport Pacific Capital Company, Inc.
Newport Pacific is a full-service property management company located in Irvine, CA, specializing in manufactured home communities, apartment complexes, condo associations and RV resorts. Newport Pacific has been a leader in the property management industry since 1980 and oversees properties throughout the United States.
Maria has an exceptional business acumen in the manufactured housing industry. She also has extensive experience in property management, home sales, leasing, marketing, budget preparation, vendor contract negotiations and development of on-site personnel.
She holds her MCM, MHM, CAM, CMCA and AMS designations and also is a licensed manufactured housing salesperson.
In 2009, Maria was appointed by the Mayor and City Council of Carson to sit as a member of the Mobilehome Rental Review Board. She currently remains an active member of this board. The City of Carson is known throughout the state of California for its strict rent control ordinances.
Maria shares her passion through her dedication to continue to improve her knowledge in our industry with exemplary service. She is a frequent speaker and attendee at industry conferences throughout the United States where she proudly represents her company and its accomplishments.
Brad Huffines brings his 33 years as a meteorologist and 22 years as a certified emergency public information dissemination instructor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute. He also teaches for the California Specialized Training Institute for the California Office of Emergency Services. He is the Chief Meteorologist of WeatherCall Services, an MHI partner organization, promoting community safety through teaching, understanding and delivering solutions. His subject matter expertise includes all aspects of meteorology and earth sciences, emergency management training and exercise, emergency public information, the use of social media in disasters, strategic messaging, mass communication technology, and media, as a former broadcast meteorologist in local markets and the national stage at CNN.
Dave Jackson is a Commercial Realtor and Broker with Keller Williams Commercial/G2 Commercial Real Estate Services in Columbus, Georgia specializing in the sale of manufactured home communities, multifamily and self storage properties. He is a business owner and has been associated with the manufactured housing industry for 50+ years as a owner, operator, supplier, property manager and seller of communities in the southeastern US. Dave is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and the US Army Sergeants Major Academy.
Kurt D. Kelley
Kurt Kelley is co-founder and managing member of the American Insurance Alliance and serves as the president for Mobile Insurance, a Texas-based agency that specializes in insurance for manufactured home communities and retailers. It has been named the top commercial insurance agency by American Modern Insurance Group, and is one of largest manufactured home specialty agencies in the country.
Kelley also is a community owner and manager, is founder and owner of Expert Climate Control, is a member of numerous insurance companies’ policy development and advisory teams and serves on the board of directors for the Texas Manufactured Housing Association.
Darren Krolewski is Co-President and Chief Business Development Officer of MHVillage, the number one website for manufactured homes, retailers and communities online. Leads generated by the more than 25 million consumers who start their home search with MHVillage.com result in home sales transactions exceeding $3 billion annually.
Darren began his manufactured housing career with a large, regional retailer that eventually grew to become part of the industry’s largest vertically-integrated manufacturing, financing and sales organization.
Prior to joining MHVillage in 2014, Darren held senior marketing positions in the telecommunications, advertising and financial services industries – and was a partner in a marketing consulting firm serving the housing industry.
An award-winning marketing professional for more than 20 years, Darren has been instrumental in the success of numerous real estate developments, communities and retail sales operations across the United States.
Tom Lackey first started in the industry in1988 when he was the General Manager of a Manufactured Home Dealership in Michigan. Tom’s experience has been diverse in the industry from managing multiple Communities, Owing and operating Communities in several states, Owing and managing multiple dealer sales locations, operation of manufactured home insurance brokerage, and ownership of a national mobile home rental corporation. Tom is a member of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA), and the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association -having served on PAC Committee for the MMHA.
Jefferson Lilly is a mobile home park investment expert and educator. He is the co-founder of Park Street Partners, which owns 23 MHPs coast-to-coast totaling over $54mm in value. Prior to co-founding Park Street Partners in 2013, Mr. Lilly spent seven years investing his own capital acquiring and operating mobile home parks. Before becoming an investor full-time, Jefferson spent nine years in sales leadership roles with three venture-backed startups in Silicon Valley. Jefferson has been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg Magazine, and on the ‘Real Money’ television show. He’s earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Robert T. Love, CPM
Robert T. Love
Robert T. Love, CPM, is President and founder of Love Properties, Inc., an Atlanta-based AMO, full service, real estate firm. Love Properties, Inc. is presently operating about 1,000 multi-family units in addition to several commercial properties. Love Properties, Inc. has developed or managed 115 income-producing properties over the last 40 years, with a value in excess of $575,000,000. Mr. Love is a graduate of the University of Miami and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University.
Mr. Love is a past president and director of the Atlanta Apartment Association and the Georgia Apartment Association and past director and secretary of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association. Love Properties, Inc. is also a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®.
Mr. Love was appointed to serve a 5 year term as a commissioner on the Georgia Real Estate Commission in 2006 and as Chairman in 2011. Within the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Mr. Love was the National President in 1993. He also served as President of the Atlanta Chapter of IREM in 1981 and 1982, and was elected Property Manager of the Year for the Atlanta Chapter in 1983 and 1990.
Mr. Love was inducted into the Georgia Apartment Association Hall of Fame in 2011.
Tim Manson started in commercial real estate ten years ago, specializing in the construction side of the business. He began his real estate career at Clark Construction Group, based in Bethesda, Md., where he served as a Superintendent responsible for multi-family construction at the CityCenterDC and Square 54/The Avenue projects. He later served as Project Manager at Ditto Residential in Washington, D.C., overseeing the development, design and construction for the company’s urban infill, multi-family deals.
Most recently, Tim served as the Director of Development of Johnson Development Associates Self-Storage Division, leading the development, design and construction efforts for all of the company’s self-storage projects. At JDA, he orchestrated the growth of an $800 million, 70 deal self-storage pipeline with a focus on top 20 MSAs along the East and West Coasts. Tim hired and lead a team of 25 real estate professionals across 4 regional offices and under his leadership, they delivered ~2MM RSF of investment-grade, class A self-storage products with another ~2MM RSF under construction.
Originally from Lookout Mountain, Tenn., Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Washington & Lee University.
Larry R. Mathews
Larry R. Mathews
Larry R. Mathews is the Director of American Commerce Bank and retired Community Bank President. He holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Alabama and an M.B.A. from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Susan McCarty is co-owner of Spotlight Strategies, a marketing specialties firm, EMS Real Estate Enterprises, and Star Homes USA. Susan began her entrepreneurial journey in the early 1980’s earning her Real Estate Broker’s license and working in the family real estate business. Her first experiences with asset management, business finance and administration began in the manufactured housing industry under the tutelage of her father, George Allen. Over the past 28 years, together with her business partner, Erin Smith, they’ve grown their marketing and commercial real estate companies to be multi-million dollar enterprises, putting them in the top 2% of women business owners in the United States.
Susan has a strong work ethic and is committed to a servant leadership lifestyle. Additionally she commits her time serving in a Christian women’s ministry, and is co-owner of the not-for-profit, Pay It Forward Johnson County, which facilitates fundraising events supporting causes and organizations in her community. This mentally and physically demanding lifestyle is fueled by her passion for CrossFit workouts.
Foundational in Susan’s life is her commitment to her faith and family. Susan continues to celebrate married life with her high school sweetheart, Drew. Together they have two adult children, Heather Falks, and Travis McCarty. Susan also finds much joy and blessings in watching the developing lives of her two grandchildren, Hunter & Peyton Falks.
Amy McMahan was born and raised in Marshall, Texas. She currently resides in Longview, Texas. Amy’s Bachelor’s Degree is in behavioral science. Her work experience is diversified and includes public school teaching, keeping books for the family business, personal fitness training and group fitness instructor. She enjoys an active lifestyle. Amy’s hobbies include traveling, sports and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Amy and her husband, with another couple, purchased their first mobile home community in Longview this past November. They have thrown themselves into the business by trying to learn as much as possible attending conferences and trade shows. Amy’s role in their park has developed into the liaison between the partners and the residents. Their park manager reports to her, and between the two of them they facilitate a very positive and friendly environment. Amy’s main goal has been to beautify the community and help the residents take pride in ownership. She has personally met each tenant living in their park and she enjoys communicating with them.
Charles (Chuck) Meek
Charles (Chuck) Meek is President of Bay Acceptance, Inc and has owned and managed apartments, houses and mobile home communities for 25 years. He bought his first park in 2004 loves the MH community business. He’s a proud founder the “Trailer Park Kings” along with David Protiva and Mark Titshaw. The Kings started meeting in 2006 with like-minded community owners to share ideas on improving their parks and portfolios. Chuck lives in Jacksonville AL with his wife Sara and daughter Savannah and currently manages about 150 sites in 5 locations.
Steve Mehrer of CountryPlace Mortgage is the director for consumer lending with more than 24 years of experience in the field. He is a results-oriented leader with extensive sales and management experience in driving operational excellence. Mehrer consistently exceeding goals with profit and loss responsibilities for the sales and operations platforms, guiding more than 500 employees in a multi-branch and call center environment.
He has held senior positions in lending for manufactured housing prior to his work with CountryPlace, and for the last eight years has led initiatives for community finance programs, including launch of the recent REvive program in partnership with Cavco Industries.
As Director of Information Technology (IT), Randy Newby has over 28 years of progressive web development, hardware/software support and management experience. With roots beginning in hospitality management, Randy is well attuned to the needs of servicing the customer and in building systems to service residents, investors and community owners. Randy’s credentials include Fortune 500 experience and entrepreneurial skills gleaned from his own web development and computer support business where he directed a team of developers and technicians that serviced over 200 customers worldwide.
Gene Norman is a veteran broadcast meteorologist having earned Emmy and Associated Press awards over a 20-year period as the Chief Meteorologist at TV stations in Atlanta, Houston and Birmingham. His continuous reporting during Hurricane Ike in 2008 and the 2014 Alabama tornado outbreak is credited with saving lives. In 2015, he relocated to Atlanta and represents WeatherCall – a nation-wide severe weather monitoring service. This role combines Gene’s weather expertise with his passion for public safety. Gene is a sought-after speaker educating civic, community and business groups on weather risk management. He is a member of the National Weather Association, holds the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorologist Society (AMS) and has earned a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation. He also previously served as president of the American Meteorology Society’s Broadcast Board.
Tammy ORourke retired from a 33 year career in the financial banking industry with experience in mortgage lending, small business lending and management.
Tammy and her husband of 41 years looking at their future wanted to create income in their lives and get out of corporate. Tammy took her financial experience, along with her husband’s construction background and together became real estate investors in 2001. After purchasing several rental investments we purchased 2 parks moving from Florida to Georgia.
Both parks were not a place where most anyone would want to live or feel safe. As parks owners we soon realized who we wanted to attract and have transformed both parks into quiet communities that draws families, retirees and those on disability. Through this transformation we took these communities from being unprofitable to profitable and became very proficient in cash management.
Cole Phillips started his mobile home career in 1995 at the age of 18 on a mobile home retail lot selling new mobile homes. In 1997 he was promoted to assistant manager where he stayed until 2000, when he was promoted to run his own retail lot. He managed that retail center for five years. In 2005, Cole purchased a 166 pad mobile home community and then another 85 pad community. Two years later From 2005 -2014 he bought and sold countless foreclosures along with running his two communities. April of 2014 Cole added a 189 pad community strictly as a park rehab and flip. He rehabbed the complete park and in October 2016 sold it making a sizable profit as expected. Knowing he was not going to keep community three, Cole wanted to offer a service he felt was needed in the mobile home park industry. So in 2015, he offered a wide range of services to community owners. Services provided ranged from rehabs, new home installation, due diligence assistant and much more. Today, Cole still owns two parks while also helping community owners better their properties.
David B. Protiva
David B. Protiva
David B. Protiva’s first involvement with the industry started in 1995 when he purchased his first community. David has since purchased 7 communities and currently owns and operates several parks in the Atlanta area. He also provides financing to other park owners, collateralized either by land or by mobile homes. Since 2000, David has also occasionally provided consultation and brokerage services to individuals considering entering our industry, and holds real estate brokerage licenses in Georgia and South Carolina. David is a member of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA), having received the 2010 Pacesetter Award, and has also have been a SECO volunteer for the past 7 years.
Kim Reeve and her husband Rusty live in the suburbs of Dallas and purchased their first MHP in the Spring of 2017 in the Gadsden, AL area. Why would anyone purchase a park at the base of the Appalachian Mountains? We are still trying to figure it out! But the golf course view is stunning!
Our company name is Twenty Nine-Eleven Holdings, LLC based on Jeremiah 29:11 and we truly believe our mission is to bless, lift up, and give hope and a future to all those that live in our park.
With a background in special events, Kim has been able to use those skills to interact with the residents promoting a sense of community, inclusiveness and caring.
Kim’s background includes a degree in merchandising with a career at Gucci and other specialty retailers. She is also a certified legal secretary, and has served as the Director of Programs & Volunteers for a premier senior retirement community in the Dallas area.
Russell (Rusty) Reeve
Rusty Reeve and his wife Kim Reeve are new to the MH business, having recently purchased a small park northeast of Birmingham. Rusty worked over 40 years in the Defense and Intelligence community. Duties ranged from Engineering and Operations Management to Consulting and New Business Development.
Following his retirement, Rusty shifted his focus towards volunteer opportunities in the community. He is an active member of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton, TX. Rusty has been a mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters for four years. He serves on the Board of Directors for Lovepacs, a 501(c)3 dedicated to serving children who experience food insecurity. Last year Lovepacs served over 462,000 meals to 5700 children in 139 schools.
Rusty has been happily married to his wife Kim (real boss) for 15 years. They reside in Lucas, TX and enjoy spending time with four children and eight grand children. They own and manage a couple rental properties in the Dallas area. Rusty and Kim enjoy international travel, and try to make one trip each year.
Rusty holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University and did graduate studies in Management at Univ of Texas at Arlington. Rusty is a certified Six Sigma Master Expert and retired from Raytheon Company in 2014.
Kim Shultz-Rainford is a former corporate professional with a background in cash management, accounting and strategic planning. After selling over 65 manufactured homes, she took the leap into park ownership in 2013.
Over the years, Kim has successfully improved the living conditions and park atmospheres for her residents while increasing park capacity and profitability. She has received city infrastructure and utility upgrade approvals, generated a newfound sense of pride in her communities, and exponentially increased consumer awareness of her properties while adding and selling additional homes via owner finance. At Hardrock Park alone, her efforts have increased park profitability by 700% and park value by 800%.
Together with her construction-savvy husband, she continues to purchase and improve communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and currently owns three RV/Mobile Home parks and the finance company Innovative Housing Solutions.
Spencer Roane, president of Pentagon Properties, Inc., Atlanta, Ga., owns and manages four land lease communities in Georgia and Texas. His firm has sold over 350 new and previously-owned manufactured homes in his communities over the past 27 years via Lease-Option contracts. Over the past 8+ years they sold and seller-financed over 70 new manufactured homes with only 3 defaults. Since passage of the S.A.F.E. & Dodd-Frank Acts he has written about and spoken often to advocate use of Lease-Option contracts to sell new and pre-owned manufactured homes in communities in most states. He is a member of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association where he served as an officer and member of the board of directors. He served on the National Communities Council (NCC) and the Disaster Housing Task Force of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). He is one of the organizers of the Southeast Community Owners (SECO) conference which attracts upwards of 400 small and mid-size community owners annually. Spencer holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, a M.S. degree in Industrial Management, and both Mortgage Loan Originator and Mortgage Broker S.A.F.E. Act licenses. Contact him at email@example.com or (678) 428-0212. Pentagon Properties, Inc. website. Linkedin profile.
David Roden is co-owner of Mountain View Estates in Rossville GA. along with his wife Judy. Mountain View Estates broke ground on 46 acres in 1988 and built this community from woods and hay fields to one of the nicest communities in the south east. He and his family live onsite and have one of the only Tornado Shelters in the area that can hold every resident of the community. Rated for 250 MPH and FEMA approved, it is one of the most satisfying accomplishments in their companies history. With his wife as partner and his dad as manager for the past 25 years, it is truly a family run operation of which he is very proud of.