George Allen is now a senior consultant & lead author at EducateMHC, George, via his GFA Management, Inc., owned & operated land lease communities since 1978.
His first book, Mobile Home Park Management was self-published in 1988; today’s 8th edition retitled as Community Management in the Manufactured Housing Industry. Not only has he authored all books in print, relative to manufactured housing & land lease communities, but has penned the monthly issues of The Allen Confidential! business newsletter for 30 years.
He enjoys the singular honor of being the first & only businessperson in manufactured housing & land lease communities, to be honored with Emeritus status by the Manufactured Housing Institute (‘MHI’) in Arlington, VA.
George Allen has also been inducted into the RV/MH Foundation’s prestigious Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN. And has been designated a Certified Property Manager (‘CPM’) Emeritus by the Institute of Real Estate Management (‘IREM’), and Manufactured Housing Manager (‘MHM’) – Master by EducateMHC.
Finally, George is a retired lieutenant colonel of U.S. Marines, having served a 13 month combat tour in the Republic of Vietnam, with active duty service during Operation Desert Storm. George & Carolyn, married 55 years, have two adult children, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Abraham Anderson is a top 100 mobile home park owner based in Tennessee. He started with apartments & now does mobile home parks exclusively. Abraham started with a 30 lot park in Knoxville & currently owns 632 lots across 11 communities.
Florida Manufactured Housing Association
Jim Ayotte is in his 28th year of service to the manufactured housing industry. Jim has been the Executive Director of the Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA) for the past 13 years. Prior joining FMHA, Jim was the President of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association, a trade group representing building material suppliers in New York and the six New England states.
Jim began his manufactured housing industry career in 1987 as the Executive Director of the New England Manufactured Housing Association based in Connecticut. From there, he became Executive Vice President of the Ohio Manufactured Housing Association in Columbus, OH. Jim made the move to the Manufactured Housing Institute in 1994. At MHI, Jim began as Vice President of the National Communities Council and elevated to Executive Vice President where he oversaw the Federated States Division, National Communities Council, and the Manufactured Housing Educational Institute.
Jim received a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. degree from Babson College. He is the immediate past chair of the Florida Society of Association Executives and was named Florida Association Executive of the Year in 2013. Jim is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) through the American Society of Association Executive. Jim was named State Association Executive of the Year by the Manufactured Housing Executives Council in 1994 and in 2010.
Iron Horse Interest Team
Ed Barber brings over 30 years of finance, acquisition, and development experience to the Iron Horse Interest team. He has worked on commercial and residential projects both domestically and internationally and brings specific expertise in strategic planning, capital procurement, financing, acquisition, investment, development and implementation of real estate solutions.
In 2016, Ed and Paul Chase founded Iron Horse Interests for the purpose of owning, managing, and developing land-lease communities for manufactured housing.
Previously, in 1997, he founded CRE Services, a private real estate consulting firm which specializes in capital placement, asset management and real estate consulting services. CRE Services has managed the development of a variety of projects including a $48 million Data Center, the development of an upscale subdivision with multi-million dollar homes, the $32 million world headquarters for Equifax and the $44 million development of Buckhead Church.
Between 2006 and 2011, Ed managed the valuation and restructuring of Lubert-Adler Partners’ complex, multi-state resort residential and land portfolio with a valuation in excess of $1 billion. He also sourced, analyzed, and managed the investment in retail, multi-family and commercial projects totaling more than $200M.
From 2012 until 2017, he served as asset manager to master-plan, develop and sell land parcels in Orlando, FL in excess of $100M, resulting in $200 million of further development, including the construction of three multi-family apartment complexes.
In addition, he advised SR Homes with the acquisition of property and capital for the development of several residential communities in the Atlanta area between 2014 and 2016.
Ed currently serves as a Director and treasurer of the Global Orphan Project, an international not-for-profit based in Kansas City, MO, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jamaica Boilers Group (a $500M publicly traded company based in Kingston, Jamaica), was a founding member of Buckhead Church in Atlanta, served on the Board of Trustees and as treasurer of the Genesis Innovation Academy Board of Trustees, a start-up Georgia-state Charter School that opened in August 2017.
Edward earned his CPA certificate in 1981, retains a Georgia Real Estate Broker’s license and previously held a Series 7 and Series 63 Securities License. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He has completed three marathons and successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2006.
Maxwell R. Baker founded The MHP Broker in 2010 as a commercial real estate broker specializing in helping Investors purchase and sell mobile home communities within the Southeast. His family has been involved with mobile home parks since 2000, and he has been a part of management, rehabilitation, and selling mobile home parks ever since they purchased their first park. The MHP Broker offers mobile home community owners and investors brokerage services, mobile home park audits, in-depth market research, and mobile home park financing consultation.
The MHP Broker has successfully closed well over $500 Million dollars worth of mobile home communities since Maxwell founded the company in 2010. Maxwell’s core competencies include structuring and negotiating complicated transactions, owner financing, research and outsourcing, and his “deal-making” capabilities.
– United States Marine Corps.
– Georgia State University – B.A. Real Estate
Memberships & Associations
– Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors
– Real Estate Broker – Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina
– Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA) member
– Southeast Community Owners (SECO) member
Blank Family Communities
Steven Blank is the president of Blank Family Communities, a third-party management group in the Midwest, with 10 years of MH owner/operator experience and membership in the MMHA. He has a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University in industrial/organizational psychology and is the creator of the Blank Operating Method.
Manufactured Housing Institute
Mark Bowersox is a seasoned trade association executive with experience leading nonprofits at both the state and national levels. In his role as President of the Manufactured Housing Institute he is dedicated to elevating housing innovation and expanding attainable homeownership.
He is a federally registered lobbyist and regularly speaks on behalf of MHI and the industry to a variety of constituent groups and industry associations. Additionally, Bowersox oversees the Manufactured Housing Educational Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of the Recreation Vehicle – Manufactured Housing Heritage Foundation.
Prior to joining MHI Bowersox served as Executive Director of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association – Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council, a group that represents all segments of Indiana’s manufactured housing and RV industries. In that capacity he led all aspects of the organization including financial and personnel management, membership recruitment, board member and volunteer development, industry promotion and advocacy. Representing both industries as a legislative and regulatory lobbyist he developed relationships with employees and elected officials in local, state and federal offices. Working at the state level of the manufactured housing industry for more than 10 years allowed him to build his knowledge of the industry from the ground up with first-hand experience in zoning, titling, installations and other challenging issues.
Triad Financial Services, Inc.
Darrell Boyd started his career in 1974 with Associates Finance and has spent the last 46 years in banking and finance. He worked in Community and Regional Banking in the 1980’s and 1990’s before opening a Regional Office for Greentree Financial in 1995.
Boyd went to work for Triad Financial Services in 2001, first as a Regional Manager for Kentucky and West Virginia and later as Senior Vice President for Midwest Financial Institution relations and National Sales Manager. He was involved with the creation of Triad’s Community Origination and Servicing platform in 2012 which has become an integral part of Triad’s business model today. He has previously served on RVMH Hall of Fame Board of Directors and as Co-chair the March of Dimes for the state of Kentucky
Ben Braband is a veteran in the affordable housing industry, Ben has assessed (underwritten and conducted on site work) in more than 1,500 individual Manufactured Housing Communities nationwide (35 US States), doing so as a principal, manager, consultant, educator, and expert witness related to the MH Industry. In the last 15 years, he has owned, operated, or consulted on more than 300 communities. Ben has deep experience with Life, Agency, CMBS, local, and private lenders in the Manufactured Housing Industry, and is highly involved with National and State Manufactured Housing Associations, serving as a Board Member and past President of the RMHA.
Prior to his work in the manufactured housing industry, Ben renovated and sold over sixty single-family homes and built over fifty homes over the course of five years, personally managing and maintaining the properties himself. With the knowledge and insight gained from this experience, he established Saddleback Valley Communities– a management company that now owns and operates twenty properties primarily in Colorado, Kansas, and Maine, and aims to improve the lives of its residents through superior value and uncommon service.
Previously, Ben served in the Navy and worked as a police officer with LAPD. Outside of work, you can usually find him spending quality time with his family off-roading in the desert, attending a rodeo, or cheering on the Denver Broncos.
Manufactured Housing Communities Association of Arizona
Susan Brenton has held the position of executive director of the Manufactured Housing Communities Association of Arizona (MHCA) since 2003. Prior to her position with MHCA, she represented the manufactured housing residents in Arizona for 18 years.
Susan received her Accounting/Business degree from Arizona State University, served for 9 years on the national Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee, and has held various positions with other organizations including the Arizona Manufactured Housing Board.
Indiana Manufactured Housing Association/Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC)
Ron Breymier serves as the Executive Director of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association/Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC). In 2019, the Manufactured Housing Executives Council presented Ron with the Jim Moore Excellence in Communications Award for his work with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business study “Manufactured Housing: A Solution to Indiana’s Worsening Workforce Housing Shortage”. In addition to his responsibilities at the association, he is a partner in LegisGroup Public Affairs, LLC a grassroots and lobbying firm in Indianapolis which has lobbied on behalf of the manufactured housing industry for over 30 years at the Indiana General Assembly.
Ron has worked in the Indiana State Senate and the Indiana House of Representatives where he served as Director of the Majority Staff for two separately elected Speakers of the Indiana House. Ron served as State Director to United States Senator Dan Quayle during his first term in the United States Senate. He served as a member of the International Advisory Board for the Ball State University College of Business and was twice appointed by the United States Secretary of Commerce to the Indiana District Export Council. He is a recipient of Indiana’s Sagamore of the Wabash award, is an Honorary Indiana Speaker of the House and an Honorary Indiana Secretary of State.
Ron holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration Degrees from Ball State University. He and his wife of 34 years, Beth, reside in Indianapolis, Indiana where they raised their children, Jessica and Ben.
Vantage Point Planning
Feraud Calixte is an Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™. Feraud owns and operates Vantage Pointe Planning, a fee only financial planning practice, and often consults clients on different real estate deals as part of comprehensive financial planning. Through his experience in the investment world, he believes Mobile Home Parks remain an attractive asset class for real estate investors. While running a financial planning practice, Feraud has also been able to acquire Mobile home parks and currently owns approx. 100 pads and still growing. Feraud has been quoted in a variety of publications such as U.S News & World Report, Yahoo Finance, and Investment News. You can connect with Feraud online here:
- Facebook: @vantagepointeplanning
- Linkedin: @FeraudCalixte
- Twitter: @Feraud_Calixte
- Instagram: @Vantagepointeplanning
4 Brothers Buy Houses
Jon Carcone is originally from Sparta, NJ, Jon went to Wake Forest in North Carolina and majored in Business. After graduation he moved to VA and took a job with Corporate Executive Board. He started there as an inside sales rep and moved into various sales management roles, ending as a sales manager managing a team of 20.
After a number of years of working for CEB he started looking into starting his own business and began down the path of real estate investing. In 2010 he did his first single family renovation and began wholesaling single family homes. By 2014 he was doing 25 deals, and by 2019 completed 70 deals at over $2.5 million in gross profit with a team of 9 people.
Since 2009 his real estate company, 4 Brothers Development, has done about 270 real estate deals including 150 renovation projects and 120 wholesale assignments.
He also co-founded a property management company with his brother in 2014 and ran it for 1.5 years before selling his stake to his brother, who runs the business currently.
Most recently, in 2018, he started 4 Brothers Commercial, which specializes in the acquisition of Mobile Home Parks and Self Storage Facilities. He leverages his expertise in sourcing off market properties to buy commercial properties at a discount that can be improved in order to increase their net operating income.
In his rental portfolio he owns 26 rental units in Binghamton NY, including 2 mixed use 4-6 unit residential properties. He also has an ownership stake in a 20 unit mobile home park in Chester SC, owns a 140 site mobile home park in Mansfield OH, and a 30K SQFT self storage facility in Albertville 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.
Iron Horse Interests LLC
Paul Chase, owner of Iron Horse Interests, LLC, has over 30 years of commercial and residential real estate development experience. He has developed over 2 million square feet of commercial space for both regional and national retail corporations. In 2009, Paul completed construction of his first ground-up, class “A”, multi-story 105,000 square foot self-storage facility in Smyrna, GA. Paul was a member of the GA Self-Storage Association for 5 years and retains an ownership stake in the project.
Paul saw the opportunity to leverage his development experience in land-lease communities. He acquired his first mobile home park in 2006 and has owned and operated 4 communities and over 700 lots. Paul and his team focus on the acquisition of under-developed and/or under-leased communities. They revitalize the communities and offer new homes via Lease-Option contracts. Iron Horse is currently operating communities in GA and TN. Paul and his team, Iron Horse Interests, LLC; are actively pursuing mobile home communities in the southeast United States.
Affordable Communities Group LLC
Mike Conlon, is the founder, CEO, and majority owner of Affordable Communities Group (ACG), LLC based in Cary, NC. ACG, started in 2005, currently owns 39 mobile home parks (MHP’s) consisting of 5,700 spaces primarily in the Southeast and Midwest. ACG has also bought, rehabbed, and sold 37 MHP’s consisting of 3,900 spaces since 2005 that produced over $35 million in profits.
From 2002 to 2005, Mike owned Southeast Financial based in Orlando, FL where he bought, rehabbed, and sold 7 apartment communities generating over $6 million in profits. From 1992 to 2002, Mike was involved in the financial planning business where he bought a broker-dealer, grew it from $1 million in sales to over $40 million, and then sold it to a large national insurance company. He also managed $100 million of client assets during this time. Mike received his Law Degree from the University of Minnesota.
Mike is also a best selling author with the book “Unconventional Wealth” which was published in early 2015.
Ken Corbin has a long and successful career in the manufactured housing industry.
He received his MBA from The University of Michigan and is an advisory consultant to the American Graduate School of International Management. Ken is also on the board of trustees of Habitat for Humanity and is a Certified Management Consultant.
He has worked with over 900 communities, retailers, manufacturers and associations in the manufactured housing industry. Ken’s consulting firm specializes in helping manufactured housing companies develop business strategies for maximum sales growth, financial fitness & long-term profitability.
He also coordinates all of the educational and training programs for both the Louisville and Tunica national home shows.
As an author, Ken’s audio books include “Growing Your Business” and “Selling The American Dream of Home Ownership”; both 10 hours in length.
Attorney at Hart King
Bill Dahlin has been practicing law and helping manufactured housing community owners and managers since July 1988. He has been trial counsel in multiple cases involving the protection of property rights, including disputes over rent control, mobile home park closures, subdivisions, park sales and purchases, ground lease disputes, failure to maintain and myriad other land use issues. Bill understands the needs and goals of park owners. Rent control, utility issues and residency concerns are the essence of Bill’s practice.
Clayton Home Building Group
Justin DeSpain has served in various roles since starting with Clayton in 2012. In his current position as a Business Development Manager, his team helps community owners/operators make their first purchase with Clayton Manufacturing. Outside of work, he enjoys commanding the grill, running, and spending time with his wife and daughter at the lake.
Marcus & Millichap
Glenn Esterson has been a commercial real estate broker since 2001 and bought his first manufactured home community in 2004. He has sold hundreds of parks nationwide and continues to be one of the industry’s most active brokers.
In 2019 Glenn was recruited by Marcus & Millichap as a Vice-President to build a national MHC/RV team with an emphasis on the east coast and sunbelt markets.
Most recently Glenn has authored a new book called The Mobile Home Park Manifesto which is now available on Amazon.
With more than nineteen years in the commercial real estate business, Glenn has successfully owned and operated mobile home parks, as well as assisting his clients buy and sell land lease communities throughout the U.S. markets.
Early in his career, he worked with low income housing and conducted apartment rentals & sales, condo-conversions and property management. From there, Glenn transitioned into investment sales of manufactured housing communities & RV parks throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic and now the entire nation.
Glenn works exclusively with institutions, syndication’s and private investors as their primary real estate investment adviser for their acquisition and disposition needs. He provides clients with expertise in asset management, portfolio analysis, site selection, optimizing and implementing achievable upside plans, traditional brokering and consulting. He has executed more than 275 transactions over his career.
In addition to his work as a broker, Glenn owns and operates a number of small businesses, and has owned multiple other commercial real estate assets.
Glenn is married to his lovely wife, Cassidy, and has three children. They reside in Wilmington, NC.
Fishman Group, P.C.
Ryan Fishman is an alumnus of Syracuse University’s prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Wayne State University Law School. He studied Arabic and International Relations at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Established in 1976, Fishman Group has spent the last four decades perfecting the debt collection law firm. Their practice has one focus, as a full service Creditors’ Rights law firm. Fishman Group partners the power of a law firm with the internal resources of a collection agency and the kind of location and asset information you’d expect from a private investigation firm — all under one roof. With this combination, they work to ensure top dollars net to you at every stage — from initial demand to post-judgment collection efforts.
Shawn Fuller bio coming soon
Chris Griesinger is the Director of Implementation & Training at Rent Manager (property management software). For 11 years, Chris has been responsible for building training programs designed to help customers take their operations to the next level through Rent Manager. He also provides direction to the implementation, documentation, and premium support teams that all work to elevate the knowledge, capabilities, and even the business relationships of their diverse user base.
Prior to working at Rent Manager, Chris was an instructor of data warehousing technologies. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where he won 9 state titles and four national championships on the school’s competitive speech team.
Ryan Groene graduated from The Farmer School of Business at Miami University(OH) in 2012 with a B.S. in Finance. During his academic career, Ryan played 4 years of collegiate baseball. After graduation, he worked in the Finance industry prior to getting into the mobile home park industry full time.
Currently, his portfolio has grown to over 5 parks, spreading across 230 lots across the Midwest and Southeast. Ryan also serves as the Director of Operations for Buckeye Communities where he oversees the operations of over 500 lots spread across 8 parks in Ohio and Michigan. Ryan has been involved with almost every aspect of finding, running, turning around, and refinancing/selling mobile home communities.
Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association
Randy Grumbine is in his fifth year as Executive Director of the Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association Housing Association. He came to this position after a 21-year career with Clayton Homes as a salesperson, manager, and district manager mostly in the Roanoke area. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech. His 3 young adult daughters challenge him to try to keep up and encourage an active lifestyle.
Newby Management has been active in the RV and Mobile Home for over 45 years. They specialize in full-service manufactured home property management. John Hall is a second generation in the industry, his parents managed RV communities for 30 years. John spent 17 years in the Supermarket industry as a Store Manager and joined the Newby team 8 years ago as a Regional Manager. He is currently the Director of Property Management and over-sees operations of 42 properties they operate in Florida.
Charlotte Harvey is the Director of Operations for Snickfish and oversees all title processes, verification processes, special cases, and also is the account director for Online Title Management processing. Charlotte started her career in K-12 Education, and Healthcare, prior to joining the Snickfish team.
Dorys Herman is the Co-Founder of Snickfish, a Nationwide Title Management & Processing Agency. Originally from Cuba, Dorys started her career in the Banking Industry from 2000-2009. After her banking career, she co-founded Snickfish with her husband to help mechanic’s process liens in Florida. Almost a decade later, with six industries and over 35 states under her belt, she oversees all operations for Snickfish’s nationwide accounts.
Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital
Matt Herskowitz is part of Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital that specializes in lending programs for Manufactured Home Communities through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Matt has worked alongside Tony Petosa, Nick Bertino, and Erik Edwards since 2015 in the San Diego office. Wells Fargo’s experience and dedication to this industry has made them a nationwide leader in community financing.
Dawn Highhouse has been in the manufactured housing industry for over 20 years. Her role at MHVillage plays a critical part in creating MHVillage’s customer experience strategy. She develops, executes, and manages projects, processes, and procedures to ensure a high-quality customer experience across all touchpoints and interactions. For many years, Dawn has been helping manufactured housing professionals across the country sell their homes.
Ryan Hill is an elementary school principal in Idaho who owns a manufactured home community in La Cygne, Kansas. He also has a pair of properties under contract with two first-time investors in the industry, which feeds his desire to help newcomers understand the nuances of manufactured home community ownership, management, and investment.
Newport Pacific Capital Company Inc.
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 Mobile Home 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.
Mary Hoxsey has been the Communications Manager for Metron Sustainable Services for the past two years. Driven by educating clients on water conservation and management, she takes pride in providing the best customer relations & training.
Brad Huffines has 33 years’ experience 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.
In his work for WeatherCall Services/HazardCall, he promotes 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.
Julio Cesar Jaramillo is a proud American who’s belief in hard work, fairness, and life-balance have enabled him to touch the lives of those around him. He was born in Medellin, Colombia and legally immigrated to California with his family in 1971, after fleeing the growing cartel violence in his beloved homeland. His appreciation of the opportunities he’s been awarded has propelled him to give back to others at every turn in his career.
Julio is the Founder, President, and Managing Member of Evergreen Communities, LLC, and its’ affiliates, the owner and operator of more than 4,000 homesites in 10 states. He formed the company in 1999 with a $5,000 investment and has built a $250 Million privately-held organization employing 75 Americans. Julio is fully involved and vested in the success of the company and oversees the day-today operations with his team. His win-win mantra governs all relationships he encounters and has recently led to several joint venture projects and subsidiary portfolios with the JCW Group, LLC of Denver, CO and Crown Properties, Inc. of Portsmouth, NH, where Julio and Evergreen serve as investors, principals, advisors, and mentors.
From 1988-1999, Julio learned the manufactured housing business at The Carlyle Group, Inc. in Southern California. He began as a part-time accounts payable clerk in college and concluded as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Acquisitions. During his tenure as CFO the company experienced its most significant growth in its twenty-five year history, while simultaneously maintaining an average portfolio occupancy rate of 98%. At Carlyle, Mr. Jaramillo was responsible for financial operations and property acquisitions for a $100 Million manufactured housing portfolio and he orchestrated three major portfolio refinances raising $15 Million, $40 Million, and $50 Million lines of credit.
From 1986-1989, Julio cut his teeth as a Credit Collector and Credit Authorization Representative for the May Company, where he handled 500 monthly collection accounts and maintained credit assessments on over 1,000 current purchasing customers. He maintained the highest credit collection percentage, 94% of all accounts attempted, and consolidated the report analysis of all Southern California stores’ collection performances.
After being named Burbank High School’s 1986 Salutatorian, Julio received the honor of National Hispanic Scholar and was awarded full scholarships to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After successfully completing his first year in Aerospace Engineering at Caltech, he transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and later completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration-Accounting at California State University, Los Angeles. He’s involved with several non-profits and formed and funded the Burbank High School Business Scholarship Program at his alma mater. On his off time, Julio is an avid cyclist and Ironman triathlete, and has ridden his bicycles in Armenia, Artsakh, Colombia, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Spain, and throughout the United States. He’s a devoted husband and father to his son Andrew and daughter Catalina.
Andrew Keel is the owner of Keel Team, LLC and his team currently manages 23 manufactured housing communities across ten states – AR, GA, IA, IL, IN, MN, NE, OH, PA and TN. His expertise is in turning around under-managed manufactured housing communities by utilizing proven systems to maximize the occupancy while reducing operating costs.
He specializes in bringing in homes to fill vacant lots, implementing utility bill back programs, and improving overall management and operating efficiencies, all of which significantly boost the asset value and net operating income of the communities. In order to successfully implement his management strategy Andrew’s team usually moves on location during the first several months of ownership.
Kurt Kelley is the president of Mobile Home Insurance and a co-founder and managing member of the American Insurance Alliance (AIA), an association of manufactured home specialty insurance agencies. He also owns manufactured housing communities among other real estate investments in Texas and serves as a member of and is past president of the board for the Texas Manufactured Housing Association.
Aaron King started with Clayton in 2007 and has served in various roles. Today, he has primary oversight of community sales and CrossMod developments. In his spare time, he enjoys boating, golfing, and spending time with his wife Jessica, and their two children – Paxton and Zoey.
Harrison Kjell is the National Sales Manager and Brand Strategist for ABT Water Management. With over 8 years experience in sales and marketing, Harrison believes in a two-pronged approach to business development: build lasting, personable relationships with existing clients while growing product awareness through tailored, aggressive advertising campaigns.
Harrison has negotiated and secured installation and billing contracts with mobile home communities, apartment complexes, and municipalities throughout the United States. He created ABT’s website and online store while maintaining the company’s web presence through organic search engine placements. In addition to his extensive sales and marketing experience, Harrison served as a board member of the Illinois Manufactured Housing Association.
Luke Kosorok has been with Metron for 15+ years. His career started as an installer and grew to a service manager, before eventually taking over the submetering division of Metron-Farnier as a General Manager. He is excited to be a part of the first virtual conference in the manufactured housing industry.
Darren Krolewski is co-president and chief business development officer for MHVillage, the number one website for manufactured homes, communities and retailers. More than 25 million consumers start their home search with MHVillage.com, which results in home sales and rental transactions exceeding $3 billion annually. Darren has been instrumental in the success of numerous real estate developments, communities, and retail 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.
Jennifer Lassen born and raised in Eatonton, the heart of the dairy capital of GA, Jennifer knows the value of hard work. Growing up she milked cows, baled hay and delivered baby calves. After graduating Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Jennifer began her career in the manufactured housing industry with Horton Homes, Inc. She started by assisting in sales at the factory and moved into the finance side of the business with Associates Housing Finance and then on to Green Tree. After a hiatus in the industry, Jennifer worked in the supply side with Style Crest. In December of 2019, Jennifer accepted the Executive Director position for the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association. And most recently has purchased a manufactured home standing firm in her belief in the industry.
Jefferson is the Founder and Managing Partner of Park Avenue Partners, a mobile home park investment expert and educator, and one of America’s Top 100 mobile home park owner/operators. Jefferson has acquired 33 MHPs in 15 states since 2007 totaling over $71 mm in value. He started the industry’s first podcast and the largest group on LinkedIn dedicated to investing in mobile home parks (www.MobileHomeParkInvestors.com). Prior to beginning to manage investors’ money in 2014, Jefferson spent seven years investing his own capital in mobile home parks and consulting to high-net-worth families with interests in the manufactured housing industry. Earlier in his career he held a range of consulting and sales positions with Bain & Company, Viacom, and Verisign. Jefferson has been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg Magazine, and on the Real Money television show. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Jefferson’s favorite mobile home is the 1954 Spartan Imperial Mansion, upon which Park Avenue’s logo is partially based. He finds the Bowlus Road Chief to be pretty appealing too.
Chuck McQuillan started his career in 1979 with a division of BankAmerica called Finance America Corp. He started, as many in the industry did, as a collector of loans. Through an accelerated management training program, he became the youngest Branch Manager of the company at age 23. As his career progressed, he became an independent Mortgage Broker in 1986 in the Minneapolis MN market. Times changed and he re-entered the Manufactured Housing industry in 1987. He was employed in several branch management and senior management positions throughout his career with MidAmerica Mortgage Corp – Minneapolis MN, ValCorp – Los Angeles CA, WESAV Financial, a subsidiary of Western S&L – Phoenix AZ, LSI – Bentonville AR, Pacific Home Finance Corporation – Portland OR and finally home to Minneapolis MN to form Berins. Chuck has spoken at various regional and national functions in Florida at the National Lenders Conference to the early days of the industry trade shows in Las Vegas, California, Oregon, Minnesota, and Iowa. As a broker he has worked with companies the likes of Greentree, 21st Mortgage, Triad Financial Services, Origen Financial, U.S. Bank Manufactured Housing, Credit Human CU, Formally CUFBL, All Valley Housing, Green Pointe Financial, Chase Manhattan, Security Pacific Housing, GE Housing, Ford Manufactured Housing, Sebrite Corporation and many other local banks, savings and loans and credit unions. Berins Mortgage Company was formed when the S.A.F.E. Act was ratified in 2011. Prior to that, Berins Enterprises Inc. was originating and servicing Chattel loans in 15 states throughout the Upper Midwest and Central core states of the US, based in Minneapolis Minnesota. The company expanded its product offerings to the Real Estate industry and has some of the largest and most reputable wholesale lending partners. Our focus has always been the Manufactured Housing business, with an emphasis on leased land and private property placement of manufactured homes. We strive to keep the salesperson selling and the financing flowing through expert advice, service, and excellent lender relationships.
Josh Mermell is the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for RHP Properties and has been with RHP since 2006. Mr. Mermell oversees and manages the acquisitions process and works collaboratively with the asset management team to ensure smooth transitions for newly acquired communities. Mr. Mermell has been a part of over 200+ acquisitions while at RHP. Prior to joining RHP, Mr. Mermell was a Real Estate Manager of the real estate practice within the Valuation and Financial Opinions Group of Stout, a financial advisory firm. This role was key in the management of the practice, client services, business development, and valuation production.RHP is family owned and operated since 1988. Residents are first priority and RHP has a proven track record of leadership, continual improvement, and growth in the industry. RHP has over 1,000 employees and owns over $5 Billion in assets comprised of over 260 communities located in 27 states with over 65,000 homesites. RHP continues to expand its portfolio by purchasing communities throughout the country.
Phillip and Kelley Merrill are the owners of Merrill Water Systems LLC. We believe that all people deserve affordable housing, clean drinking water and a safe environment. To this end Merrill Water operates and manages 12 public drinking water and wastewater systems serving over 700 homes, 3 schools, and the 2 million annual visitors to Timberline Ski Lodge. Mobile home parks are an unappreciated sector of affordable housing. Our deep knowledge of the infrastructure in them makes us uniquely equipped to revive downtrodden communities and bring them back to life.
Phillip Merrill is a nationally recognized expert on drinking water and wastewater systems in mobile home park communities and has been a guest on two episodes of the mobile home park academy.
He is frequently contacted to provide expert consultation during the due diligence process for those purchasing mobile home parks with private utilities.
Many of the communities we serve have been with us for many years and have chosen time and again to count on us. Most of our communities have demonstrated their level of trust in us by signing 5-year contracts most are in their 2nd or 3rd 5-year contract. This has given us a firm financial foundation and the ability to invest back in the communities we serve. Reviving downtrodden mobile home parks is a way for us to invest our time, our money, our expertise to fulfill our mission of providing affordable housing, clean drinking water and a safe environment. We are currently turning around a 60-space manufactured home community in Paola Kansas. This park has a wastewater lagoon sub 50% occupancy and electrical infrastructure issues.
Phillip and his wife Kelley are the proud parents of 4 beautiful daughters, Rayyan 19, Elyanah 8, Khloe 6 and Adalah age 5.
Ryan Narus is a self-made real estate entrepreneur who owns and operates 14 manufactured home communities with a total of 1,408 homesites. With psychology and stats degrees, as well as an MBA from Wake Forest University, Narus was working in the corporate world and felt stuck. With no money, and no experience and more student loan debt than he should have been carrying, he found “bold and creative ways” to make money and raise more for the purpose of investing in and buying properties.
John P. Neet, MAI is a practicing real estate appraiser specializing in the valuation and analysis of land lease and site rental communities in the western United States. Since 1995, his practice has been exclusively devoted to the appraisal and analysis of mobile home parks, manufactured housing communities, and recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds in California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. He has completed over 7,000 valuation assignments involving these unique property types.
Ferd Niemann is a mobile home park owner, operator, and lawyer, as well as a real estate investor, financial analyst, entrepreneur, and attorney whose career has focused on a myriad of areas of real estate. His experience includes mobile home park investments and turnarounds, retail development and redevelopment, residential investments, and real estate law. Before starting his own firm – The MHP Lawyer – Ferd practiced law at a top Kansas City firm focusing on economic development incentives, public finance, property tax assessments, redevelopment, land use, and zoning. Ferd was also the associate editor for Missouri Land Use Law & Practice and Missouri Economic Development Law, the foremost treatises in the fields. Prior to law school at UMKC, Ferd graduated from Rockhurst University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA. For over five years Ferd served his community while working at Jackson County in a variety of positions in the Administration, Economic Development, and Assessment Departments. Through his experience analyzing deals and sitting on Tax Increment Financing Commissions, Ferd has developed a critical eye for solving problems and navigating government processes. Serving as Jackson County’s Director of Assessment gave him greater insights into the valuation of personal and real property, as well as handling property tax appeals. His various positions at Jackson County honed Ferd’s skills in analysis, project and people management, and putting deals together.
Ferd grew up in Quincy, IL and moved to Kansas City to attend Rockhurst University to pursue his education and play college baseball. Ferd enjoys chasing deals, playing sports with friends, reading great books, politics, involvement in his church, and spending time with his wife Angela, son Anthony, daughter Margaret, and daughter Monica. Carpet diem!
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Chris Parrish – Along with his father, developed and built Parrish Manor manufactured housing community from 1997-2001. Community was first MH community built in Raleigh, NC in over 15 years and so far is the last. Community won 2008 MHI Community of the Year for South Region. Parrish Manor has been almost exclusive rental community since 2004 and is comprised of 280 homesites and over 240 rental homes. Chris started the Nessie Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit in 2006 to assist with outreach programs for the youth and families living in and around the community.
Heena Patel is the owner and managing member of SR Three LLC. She is from from Parsippany, N.J. and worked at PNC Bank for 13 years, serving as a branch manager and a business banker.
The idea of investing in real estate to generate passive income always fascinated me. Patel learned about the manufactured housing industry and park ownership through a business client at the bank, and in January 2019 gain co-ownership in a community with 21 residents and nine homesites to fill. It was one of five communities she purchased during that first year, and this year has acquired three additional parks.
Kaitlyn Pena is the Regional Sales Representative at Guardian Water and Power. She entered Submetering and Utility Billing industry immediately after college and have thoroughly enjoyed the time I’ve spent learning and growing through hands-on experience in the field. The most rewarding part of her job is informing clients and potential customers of the benefits of submetering and how Guardian can provide a comprehensive service that will cater to their needs.
DJ Pendleton has served as the Executive Director of The Texas Manufactured Housing Association since 2006. He holds a MS in Accounting from Texas A&M University and a JD from Baylor University. He is a licensed attorney in Texas specializing in real estate and finance.
Patrick Revere is associate vice president of publications for MHVillage and publisher for the MHInsider magazine and blog for industry professionals. His background is in print news, language, and communication.
Dave Reynolds is a household name in the mobile home park business for many reasons. First is the fact that he, along with his partner Frank Rolfe, are one of the top 10 largest owners of mobile home parks in the U.S. with over 23,000 lots spread out over 28 states. But he is equally well known for his ownership of MobileHomeParkStore.com – which was the first mobile home park listing service in the U.S. – and features between 500 and 1,000 mobile home parks for sale. In addition, he owns the MHBay.com and MobileHome.net websites which lists manufactured homes for sale and receives over 6,000,000 visitors annually. On top of that, Frank and Dave are well-respected author and experts on the industry, whose mobile home park investing course and bootcamp is the #1 ranked in the U.S.
Dave has been in the mobile home park industry for 25 years and has bought and sold (in addition to the current portfolio) nearly 200 additional MH Communities. “Back when I got in the mobile home park business, nobody really cared much about it, so it was easy to get a head start. At that time, the industry was all about moms & pops and was very unprofessional. I started MobileHomeParkStore.com because there was no place to list your mobile home park for sale on-line. The connections from this website brought an acquisition funnel second to none as well as relationships that have matured with Brokers, Lenders, Investors and other Companies that service the Industry. Back at that time. I was just in the right place at the right time when the internet matured, and the mobile home park industry became more desirable.”
Dave’s first mobile home park was in Limon, Colorado. It was a small park with about 50 lots purchased using credit card cash advances – nothing that would suggest he would one day own acquire more than 35,000 sites over the next 25 years. “I had seen the economic benefits to mobile home parks while doing my parents tax returns (they owned a mobile home park). I may have started out small, but I just kept at it, buying – and sometimes selling – mobile home parks that met my criteria.
While Dave was busy buying mobile home parks and building the website, he would write books about the industry to reflect on his lessons learned and to give the industry more professionalism. Those writings, coupled with those of his partner, Frank Rolfe, have been the backbone of the landmark course and boot camp on the industry that has become the favorite of investors, appraisers, bankers – everyone who needs to learn about the mobile home park business. “Before Frank and I started writing about this niche of commercial real estate, there really wasn’t anything factual out there. Apparently, those who knew about the industry didn’t like to write about it, and those who did write about it knew absolutely nothing. The reason that our course and boot camp and MobileHomeUniversity.com has become so successful is that it’s the only one that is based on the real-life experience of park ownership, spread out over about 400 mobile home parks that we’ve owned, operated, or performed due diligence on.”
Dave lives in Colorado with his wife of 30 years and three sons and two grandsons. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Mesa State University in Colorado.
Bill Sheffer is the Executive Director of the Michigan Manufactured Housing, Recreation Vehicle & Campground Association (MMHRVCA) and the Self-Storage Association of Michigan (SSAM). He has been with the association for 25 years and has served as Executive Director since July 1, 2016. Prior to his current position he served as Director of the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), a division of MMHRVCA. Before coming to the association, he was Vice-President of Operations at Richfield Trailer Supply for 18 years. He served on the MARVAC Board of Directors and was Chairman of the MMHRVCA Executive Board during the years of 1985 through 1992. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and lives in East Lansing with his wife Patty.
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 450 new and previously-owned manufactured homes in his communities over the past 30 years via Lease-Option contracts. Over the past 10 years they sold and seller-financed over 100 new manufactured homes with exceptionally low default rates. 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. He was honored to be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame. 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 (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.
Dr. Kim Skobba is an Associate Professor in the Housing Management and Policy program and the Director of the Housing and Demographics Research Center in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia. Dr. Skobba studies rural housing, housing insecurity, and long-term residential mobility patterns of low-income households. She teaches courses at UGA that focus on rural community and economic development, sustainable housing, and research methods. Dr. Skobba earned a Ph.D. and M.A., both in Housing Studies, from the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. Before joining the faculty at UGA, Dr. Skobba worked for several non-profit housing organizations and owned a consulting business that provided research, program evaluation and communications services for non-profit housing and social service organizations. She has served on the board of directors of several non-profit housing organizations, including Northcountry Cooperative Foundation (Minnesota) and St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity (Wisconsin) and is currently a board member of the MicroLife Institute, an organization based in Atlanta. Dr. Skobba has received numerous awards for her teaching and research, including the UGA Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the UGA Service-Learning Research Excellence Award.
Dave Staun is the Senior IT Service Sales Manager for LCS/Rent Manager. He has over 30 years of experience in the commercial construction industry before joining LCS. Dave’s focus is assisting clients as they navigate their IT Service needs and requirements. Dave has been with LCS for over 12 years and was incremental in the creation and development of the rmVoIP phone solution.
Ekaterina Stepanova was born and raised in Moscow, Russia and has immigrated to the United States 13 years ago and has lived in New York since.
She is a Principal at M2K Partners (www.mhpteam.com) who owns and operates several mobile home park communities throughout the country with the focus on value add properties. Ekaterina is a founder of Equity Tree (www.equitytree.io), an online platform dedicated to helping commercial real estate investors manage their deals and Investor relations for an affordable price and with educational support throughout the entire investment process. She is also a host of monthly VIRTUAL meet up for Mobile Home Park investors called MHP Tribe, MHP Tribe group on Facebook and weekly “MHP week kick off” calls for the community.
For more information, visit www.mhpteam.com and Facebook group MHPTRIBE You can reach Ekaterina on Facebook Ekaterina Stepanova MHP Tribe and katerinastepanova on LinkedIn, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Byron Stroud is energetically dedicated to Company, Industry and Family. Blessed with unique job experiences with Whirlpool, Fleetwood, Redman and Champion that have allowed him to work with many people in all States/Provinces across the US and Canada. Opportunity to work within the Corporate Support, as well as Field/Profit Center Operations at a variety of Management Levels.
Kevin Thrash has 30 years’ experience in Credit Management, Project Management, Corporate Finance, and Banking. Kevin is American Commerce Bank’s Senior Lender and is responsible for loan production and underwriting. He has a BBA from Mississippi State University, an MBA from Georgia State University, and has completed the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Kevin is also a Certified Treasury Professional.
Rhett Trees is a soulful entrepreneur, interested party, seeker, audiophile, investor, traveler, philanthropist, loving father, brother and husband. He grew up in humble beginnings near a small, blue-collar town in northern cornfields ofIndiana.
Since then, he has been pursuing his daily mission to: “Touch someone’s soul today.” Rhett is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Seneca Capital Partners and its affiliates. Seneca Capital Partners specializes in niche, non-correlated assets that are generally in sectors that are not well understood, not over-capitalized and do not fit neatly into traditional institutional asset classes. As one of the only Registered Investment Advisors in the Manufactured Home Community (MHC) sector, Seneca plans to launch their 3rd Fund in 3 years in late 2020 with a keen focus on deploying $160m in AUM over the next 24 months.
From 2013-2017, Rhett was an Equity Partner at Caddis Capital Investments, the sponsor of Trico Fund III, an equity vehicle levered to $75 million, that sold most of the Fund MHC assets to Blackstone in 2019.
During 2012, Rhett was a Principal at The True Life Companies, a diversified group of real estate companies whose primary mission was to be the premier provider of lots and land to America’s homebuilders. When he departed, the firm had $100 million invested across 15 projects.
As the COO at THE PGA TOUR CLUB from 2010-2012, he was responsible for their portfolio of luxury homes, golf courses, resorts and golf academies.
Spanning 2008-2010, Rhett was a Vice President at 1-800-PACK-RAT, the nation’s 2nd largest mobile self-storage company, where he was actively involved as an investor and a member of the senior management team that orchestrated the multi-million-dollar franchise consolidation and corresponding $92 million strategic sale to Waste Management.
From 2003-2008, Rhett was one of the first 20 employees at Exclusive Resorts where he was an instrumental sales executive as the company grew from seed-capital to a disposition event with Steve Case, the Founder of AOL. During his tenure, Rhett closed over $100 million in deals and the company grew to $1.4 billion in assets under management.
Rhett is a proud graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with a double major in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management. He completed the Real Estate Executive Program at Harvard Business School and finished his overseas studies at the University of London in England. Rhett sits on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards including the Kelley School of Business Alumni Board at Indiana University, ACE Scholarships and Levitt Pavilion. When he’s not working, Rhett enjoys live music, fly fishing, scuba diving, golf and spending time with his wife, Lindsey, and their 2 young children.
Ian Tudor is a Finance graduate of Virginia Tech. He began his career in the Financial Development Program at Genworth Financial. He then joined Parkway Properties, a Class A Office REIT, as a member of the investments division. During his tenure at Parkway, Ian underwrote over a $1B in acquisitions and dispositions. Ian left to start Archimedes Group with Ryan Narus in Charlotte, NC. They have sourced, participated, and closed over $20,000,000 in deals since 2016. Currently, Ian focuses on growing and operating the portfolio.
Lindsey Urs is a Training Specialist with Rent Manager, the property management software that combines all the features you need to run your business into a single integrated solution. With six years of training experience, she specializes in content development focused on Rent Manager features and workflows. Before Rent Manager, Lindsey instructed sales teams and medical staff at a national surgical center. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from The Ohio State University. She is an avid hiker whose goal is to visit all sixty-two National Parks; to-date she has been to thirteen. Her favorite Rent Manager feature is Task Automation.
Faby Vallejos is an Education Outreach Specialist for Agape Youth and Family Center. Agape is a non-profit located in Atlanta, GA that provides support to over 200 underserved children in the community through various educational and enrichment programming. She provides in-school and after-school academic support to 50 students in grades K-5. At Agape she is dedicated about providing quality educational programming to its students and their families.
As a Latina immigrant, Faby has had to overcome the struggles of growing up in a new country. Growing up she noticed there was a lack of advocacy and resources for families similar to hers, and as a result, she is now committed to serving the community as a leader and an advocate. Faby is passionate about helping children and their families overcome barriers through education.
She has been a part of the Agape team for 2 years and hopes to continue to serve as a leader and mentor to her students and the community.
To learn more about Agape, please visit www.agapeatlanta.org
Angela Vera is the Underwriter for Pentagon Properties and Property Manager of Central Mobile Home Village. She is from Ecuador, where she obtained her BS on Clinical Phycology in 1989 at the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil. Then she moved to Atlanta in 1990 where she enrolled and graduated at Kennesaw University; she obtained a BS on IT. In the US, she started working with Pentagon Properties on 2001; this job has involved all forms of property management, including resident relations, property management software, processing applications, manufactured home floorplans, features, and options, home sales, and all forms of social media promotion at the four communities comprising almost 500 sites owned and managed by PPI. She holds a Real Estate license since 2005 and MLO license since 2010. Angela is fluent in Spanish and English.
Eric Wanck is an Associate on The MHP Broker team. He is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania, and in 2008 he moved to Atlanta, GA, where he currently resides with his daughter.
Eric has spent nearly a decade working with investors seeking investment property. His career Initially started in residential real estate, but as his experience evolved with his clientele over the years, he began to successfully broker commercial land, apartments, and mobile home park communities, establishing himself in the commercial real estate industry. In addition to his real estate investment experience, Eric currently holds two security licenses (Series 3 & Series 30), and is a former Futures Trader. With his analytical approach and finance background, he is a true asset to his team and clients, helping them understand the real value of a property.
In addition to his work life, Eric has many interests including traveling, attending sporting events, golf, and volunteering with his local church.
– Pennsylvania College of Technology
– AAS in Business Management
Memberships & Associations
– 10 Years of experience in the Commercial RE Industry
– Hold 2 security licenses (Series 3 & Series 30)
– Former Futures Trader
Donald Westphal, Westphal Associates, LLC, is a Landscape Architect and Site Planner specializing in manufactured home community, residential subdivision and RV resort design. Don received his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University and master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois. He designed his first land-lease community while at the University of Illinois over 50 years ago and has dedicated his practice to work in this industry. He is co-author of the books, Navigating the Manufactured Housing Zoning Process and Renewing your Manufactured Home Community. Don recently joined forces with the Nadi Group Companies, expanding the reach of design services provided to clients in the United States and Canada.
Lewis David Whitley is a third-generation manufactured home community owner and operator. His background includes both manufactured home communities and the management of self-storage facilities.
Lewis is the Principal of Whitley Capital, LLC which owns and operates 2 mobile home parks in Eastern North Carolina. The company is focused on operating its current parks and actively searching for new acquisitions.
Lewis also serves as the Director of Park Management for RWW Enterprises, Inc. which is his family’s business. Their portfolio includes 11 manufactured home parks with over 500 total lots and is the 105th largest manufactured home park owner, according to Mobile Home University’s latest report.
Previously, Lewis had been the Director of Operations for Iron Horse Interests, LLC in Atlanta, GA. The areas of responsibilities included personnel management, community relations, and overseeing operations for the infill of a 355-lot community in Clarksville, TN while pursuing new projects. He still holds a consulting position.
Lewis is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a double major in Banking Finance and Real Estate with a minor in Entrepreneurship.
Tory Wilson is the project administrator for Impact Cares, a faith-centered housing organization that makes a positive impact on the lives of others by improving housing across the nation and as the sister organization to Impact Communities. Wilson believes in a message of hope, love, and service to the people in the world around us.
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