George Allen is the founder & administrator of COBA7, a division of GFA Management, Inc., dba PMN Publishing. George has owned & fee-managed land lease communities since 1978.
He’s authored all the ‘books in print’, relative to manufactured housing & land lease communities. And for 30 years has published the popular Allen Letter professional journal & the Allen CONFIDENTIAL! business newsletter.
He’s been honored by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) as its Industry Person of the Year; and is the only Emeritus Member in the history of the institute.
George is also a member of the prestigious RV/MH Hall of Fame; has been designated a Certified Property Manager Emeritus by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM); and, is a COBA7 Manufactured Housing Manager (MHM) – Master.
Finally, George is a retired lieutenant colonel of U.S. Marines, having served a combat tour in the Republic of Vietnam, with active duty service during Operation Desert Storm. George & Carolyn have two adult children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
To contact George, use the MHIndustry HOTLINE: (877) MFD-HSNG or 633-4764.
Jim Ayotte, CAE
Florida Manufactured Housing Association
Jim Ayotte has been the Executive Director of the Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA) since 2007. He has spent most of his association management career in the manufactured housing industry and has held executive management positions at the Manufactured Housing Institute and the Ohio and New England Manufactured Housing Associations. Prior to arriving at the Florida Manufactured Housing Association, 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 received a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. degree from Babson College. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Society of Association Executives. He is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE) through the American Society of Association Executive.
Mr. Ayotte resides in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife and two teenage daughters.
Maxwell Baker founded The MHP Broker in 2009 as a commercial real estate broker specializing in helping Investors purchase and sell mobile home communities within the Southeast. 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
Iron Horse Interests
Ed Barber is a CPA with 35 years of experience in real estate, finance, development, and acquisitions; both domestically and internationally. He has specific expertise in strategic planning, capital procurement, financing, acquisition, investment, development, and implementation of real estate solutions.
In 1991, he founded CRE Services, a private real estate consulting firm. He has managed the development of a variety of projects including a $48 million Level 4 Data Center, the development of an upscale subdivision, the $32 million world headquarters for Equifax, and the $44 million development of Buckhead Church.
He serves as a Director of the Global Orphan Project, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jamaica Boilers Group (a $400M publicly traded poultry company based in Kingston, Jamaica), and helped found the Buckhead Church in Atlanta.
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 with a BBA in Accounting.
Maryuri Barberan is the controller and executive vice president of Pentagon Properties, Inc. Pentagon Properties owns and manages four communities comprising about 500 lots in Georgia and Texas, and has sold over 450 new and previously owned manufactured homes via Lease-Option contracts over the past 29 years. Exceptionally low default rates are achieved with new Community Series Homes (CSH) and very thorough underwriting of L-O “buyers”. She is one of the organizers of the Southeast Community Owners (SECO) conference which attracts upwards of 400 small and mid-size community owners annually. Maryuri holds a B.S. degree in real estate and finance from Georgia State University.
James Barrett is co-founder and CEO of Tenant Turner – a software company that finds, pre-screens, and schedules quality tenants so property managers and investors can focus on more important things! James became an accidental landlord in 2009 and later acquired a second rental property in 2013. Though he’s always enjoyed interacting with tenants, he despised the inefficiencies of turning the properties. So he joined forces with fellow landlords and software developers to solve the problems they encountered managing their own residential rental properties. Now Tenant Turner’s showings coordination software and electronic lockboxes are used all across North America, was named “Best Leasing Solution” by DoorGrowClub, and is the NARPM National Affiliate of the Year.
Affordable Communities Group
Chris Barry is the COO for Affordable Communities Group. Chris has been in the MH space for over 15 years and currently manages the daily operations of over 5,000 spaces. he has been a part of the acquisition and/or sale of nearly 100 communities over the years and has a solid understanding of all aspects of the MH sector.
Carl J. Becker
Becker Bouwkamp Walker, PC
Carl J. Becker is a founding partner in the law firm of Becker Bouwkamp Walker, PC where he practices in the areas of manufactured housing law, business litigation, landlord-tenant, general commercial advice, and family law. He practices throughout the state of Indiana with clients ranging throughout the United States. He received his undergraduate and legal education at the University of Illinois (B.S., Accountancy, High Honors, 1988; J.D., cum laude, 1991). He frequently lectures on issues impacting manufactured housing communities, helped create the Reference Library utilized by members of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA), and has worked with various members of IMHA throughout the years on numerous issues ranging from purchases and sales of mobile home communities, utility and zoning issues, drafting leases and other contracts used by communities, and landlord/tenant issues. He also lectures for National Business Institute.
He has been selected as a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. His community activities have included working with Art With A Heart, Board Member (2010-2020) President (2011-2014) Immediate Past President (2014- 2018), Legacy House, a service center for victims of violence, Board Member (2002-2010) Chairperson (2005-2007, 2010) Vice Chairperson (2009), Board Member of Concord Community Development Corporation (2007-2012), and past President of the Board of the Directors of The Children’s Theatre Institute. He is a Registered Domestic Relations Mediator and is a member of the Indianapolis, Hamilton County, and Indiana State Bar Associations.
He practices with a philosophy of commitment to the client with a knowledge of how to practice law and how not to practice. He strives to be a problem-solver who uses the law as a tool to fashion a solution – and that many solutions involve more than legal parameters.
Yale Realty & Capital Advisors
Harrison Bell joined Yale Advisors in 2016 as an Analyst was quickly promoted to the Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic. He focuses on new business development for the brokerage and lending divisions throughout the East Coast. To date, he has sold 16 communities equating to roughly $175 million in total production. Harrison holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Florida, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami, and a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Miami.
Blank Family Communities
Steven Blank is the president of Blank Family Communities, a third-party management group that operates over 4,000 units nationwide.
The cornerstone of Blank Family Communities is our ability to operate Manufactured Home Communities effectively and successfully on behalf of our clients. Our full-service third-party management company can operate all aspects of the business while keeping our clients fully informed on their asset at all times.
Blank Family Communities is known for a boots on the ground approach and high standards. We understand the need for knowledgeable and dedicated team members operating at all levels of a business. We have a proven track record of successfully operating communities, of every size and in every economic climate, over the past 50 years.
Heather Blankenship is a real estate investor and entrepreneur with a portfolio worth over $30M without outside partners. With nearly 12 years of experience as an investor and niche broker covering RV Parks and Mobile Home Parks, Heather has supported nearly $300M of transactions in the industry. Since leaving her Managing Director role at a highly regarded brokerage, Heather has begun charting her own path as an educator in the RV Park Industry by way of HB Education, her company that supports new and established RV Park investors with the information and resources they need to succeed. Coming in Q4 of 2021, Heather will be expanding her investing footprint through Blank Capital, a fund designed to provide passive investors meaningful exposure to the enormous upside in the RV Park space.
Outside of her ambitious efforts as an investor and entrepreneur, Heather serves as a board member of ARVC (the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds) and is President of the Tennessee Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. Beyond her industry work, Heather holds free weekly events for her women’s group, The Intentional Woman, to support women on their path to financial freedom. Heather resides in Tennessee & Florida with her 3 kids who love to travel the country in their Airstream.
Ellen Bookman is a Center for Movement Challenges’ Board Member serving as Director of YOPD Mentoring, a peer-to-peer mentor matching program for those diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease. In addition, Ellen works with the non-profit organization to enhance brand awareness and increase membership via social media, public relations, and fundraising opportunities.
Ellen created YOPD Mentoring, as a direct result of her own YOPD diagnosis in 2018 at 52 years old. YOPD Mentoring is a peer-to-peer matching program for those newly or still struggling with their diagnosis. Ellen was lucky because she had a mentor, Sarah. Many people were not so lucky and had no one to truly help them navigate through the maze of emotions, decisions, and actions involved in reconciling their new diagnosis.
Ellen recently retired from a 30-year marketing career and brings with her extensive portfolio of non-profit experience, including work with Red Cross, Northside Hospital; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; The Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregivers; The Marcus Institute; All About Developmental Disabilities; United Way; and The Atlanta Community Food Bank. She also has worked with marquis clients, including Dunkin’ Donuts, Delta Air Lines, Edible Arrangements, Procter & Gamble, and Central Bark Doggy Daycare, to name a few.
In her spare time, Ellen misses her daughter, Erin, 28, who lives in New York; rides horses (and soon will be competing in her first horseshow); travels; hangs with her hubby of 30-years, Lee; and loves hiking in the wood with Lee and the pups, Brody and Roxy.
Manufactured Housing Institute
Megan Booth serves as the Senior Vice President of Policy for the Manufactured Housing Institute. In that role, she manages MHI’s policy team, including overseeing efforts on Capitol Hill and at regulatory agencies, promoting the manufactured housing industry’s key priorities. Prior to joining MHI, Booth had more than three decades of experience in the federal housing and financing sectors, including more than 23 years with the National Association of REALTORS. Prior to joining NAR, Megan worked for Bovis Construction Management, American Maritime Officers, and on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Aide. A native of Massachusetts, Megan received her B.A. from George Washington University and her Master’s degree from George Mason University.
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.
CIS Home Loans
Darrell Boyd has over 35 years dedicated to the manufactured housing finance industry. Boyd has spent the last two decades building and servicing manufactured housing portfolios for banks, credit unions, and Real Estate Investment Trusts.
Additionally, he was the National Sales Manager for one of the national lenders. Boyd served on the Board of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation and is dedicated to the growth and success of the manufactured housing industry. Boyd is presently Vice President of CIS Financial, Inc.
Saddleback Valley Communities
Ben Braband has extensive and specialized experience as an owner/operator of manufactured housing communities. Strong focus on process and systems have been a standard, and have helped drive value and optimize a double bottom-line mindset. Ben’s current MHC portfolio consists of 46 Parks in (9) states, with approximately 5,200 sites and 1,150 POH’s.
Ben is a past president of the Rocky Mountain Manufactured Housing Association, and a current board member. Prior to his entrance into real estate, Ben was a Los Angeles Police Officer and a Naval Intelligence Specialist.
Paul Bradley founded ROC USA in 2008 on 16 years of experience in every aspect of community organizing, project management, and financing in the resident-owned community market niche. Previously, Paul served as VP at NH Community Loan Fund where he grew the MH loan portfolio from $3-$33MM over nine years.
Jerry Bretton is a Business Development Executive for Credit Human’s MH Direct lending. Jerry has been with Credit Human since 2010 and has been in Manufactured home lending since 1999. He is responsible for bringing awareness, support, and education to communities, listing agents, Realtors®, and other financial institutions. Jerry brings Credit Human’s direct loan programs that deliver a high level of service to customers allowing business partners to focus on their core business.
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.
Ed O. Bridgman
EOB Consulting/Homestead RV Community
Ed O. Bridgman is an Air Force veteran with a background in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. While an Electrical Design Engineer he co-authored “Six-Sigma Quality Initiatives” earning Motorola the 1st Malcom Baldridge award from President Ronald Reagan. He has been a Six Sigma consultant for 30 years helping companies in a variety of industries reduce operating costs and increase profit margins while exceeding customer’s expectations. www.EOB.name. For the past few years, Ed has been consulting for the RV Industry preparing Feasibility Analysis, Business Plans, Site Design Layouts, and Project Managing the construction of RV Parks, Campgrounds, Resorts, and Communities as well as Boat and RV Storage facilities. Ed helps people “Maximize the value of their land.” In 2021 Ed opened Homestead RV Community www.HomeRVC.com as his “Flagship” employing forward-thinking features including the ability to monitor both electrical and water use at every site and building and adjust the guest bill automatically.
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Tim Brunelle is a Senior Manager in Bennett Thrasher’s Tax practice, coordinating federal and state income tax consulting and compliance services for partnerships, S corporations, and individuals. He has experience serving companies from startup through middle-market in the real estate, private equity, technology, construction, and healthcare industries.
Sunstone Real Estate Advisors
Kolman Bubis is a founding partner of Sunstone and has been instrumental to the firm’s successful completion of brokerage, capital placement, and consulting assignments. Prior to founding Sunstone, Kolman worked at Marcus & Millichap, focusing on brokerage of Mobile Home properties. Kolman assisted clients with fine-tuning their property disposition/acquisition and investment strategies.
Tanner Buuck is the national team lead for manufactured housing solutions at Yardi. Tanner holds a BA in Business Administration and Management from Concordia University and launched his career with Yardi in 2018 as an associate account executive. He quickly advanced to a leadership role by developing a deep understanding of the manufactured housing industry and maintaining a strong collaborative approach to his work. As a trusted advisor on Yardi’s innovative software solutions for property managers, investors and stakeholders, Tanner strives to help businesses find the best solutions for their unique needs. In his free time, he is an avid outdoorsman and is certified by NOLS in wilderness medicine.
Michael Calin is the Broker and founding member of MHP Global brokerage and management team. Michael has been brokering Manufactured Home Communities exclusively since his first acquisition into the space in 2007. As an investor, owner, and broker Michael brings a unique perspective into the process and carries a strong belief in ethics learned and practiced in peace and in combat.
Michael is a disabled Veteran and works with multiple charities bringing exciting opportunities in that unique space. ”we believe in win/win transactions were Not Walmart and your property won’t be auctioned to just anyone we take pride matching deals with the Right buyers“ Michael and his team have the right experience to meet all your needs.
Nancy Caniff currently serves as a Senior Valuation Specialist for Colliers International Valuation & Advisory Services Manufactured Housing Community specialty practice. Over the past 17 years, her appraisal experiences have included all asset types with a focus on multi-family, beachfront development, condos, etc. and she has honed her expertise in Manufactured Housing spanning the last 6 years. She holds permanent licenses in FL, GA, SC, and NC and is a candidate for MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute, pending a final exam.
Nancy’s time spent as a prior small business owner/publisher provided a gateway for a deeper understanding of interpersonal communication and a genuine interest in connecting with and helping people.
She is endlessly curious and passionate about her current area of focus. In her free time, she enjoys spending time away from the computer, outdoor activities with her family, homeschooling her daughter, volunteering, and watercolor painting.
Steve Case has been investing in manufactured housing, self-storage, and multi-family for over 20 years. He co-founded Mobile Home University in 2005 and has taught hundreds of investors how to invest in mobile home parks and self-storage throughout the country. His current portfolio includes four different commercial asset classes and is mainly focused on the Southeast.
Yale Realty & Capital Advisors
Charles Castellano, a regional director for Yale Advisors, is a third-generation MHC owner and experienced sales broker. He specializes in selling MH and RV communities across the Southeastern US and has been crucial in helping build Yale Advisors into a nationwide brokerage. To date, he has been responsible for the sale of $41 million in MH and RV communities.
Iron Horse Properties
Paul Chase has over 30 years of commercial and multi-family residential real estate development experience. His company provided Dayton Hudson Corporation with land assemblage, acquisition, and development services for five Target “Power Centers” in Georgia and North Carolina. He has developed over 2 million square feet of retail space for both regional and national chains including Publix Supermarkets, BI-LO, Hannaford Supermarkets, Kohl’s, Marshall’s, Belk, Barnes and Noble, and PetSmart.
He founded Iron Horse Properties, LLC in 2004. Iron Horse acquired its first manufactured home park in 2006. Windsor Estates is a 25-lot community in Alpharetta, GA. After substantial capital improvements and the implementation of a lease-to-purchase home buying program the community is now at 100% occupancy. In 2009, Paul completed the construction of his first self-storage facility in Smyrna, GA, on time and under budget. He has been involved in all aspects of the business from site selection and obtaining the construction financing through to the current lease-up phase. Iron Horse Self- Storage continues to achieve a 90-98% occupancy rate yielding good returns. In 2011, he acquired Pine Lake Mobile Home Community in Douglasville, GA., managed the infrastructure improvements, and ultimately sold his interest to the equity partners. The community has 190 lots and the partners have successfully implemented the Iron Horse lease-to-purchase home buying plan.
Paul saw a dire need in the metro Atlanta area for affordable housing. He began obtaining and refurbishing homes in 2007. They were offered under a lease-to-purchase program. He originally focused on homes within his manufactured home communities as a second income stream as well as a way to ensure high occupancy rates within the parks. In 2013, Iron Horse acquired Coweta Hills in Newnan, GA. After repositioning the 150-lot mobile home community, it was sold to Inspire Communities for a handsome profit.
Paul is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
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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 audiobooks include “Growing Your Business” and “Selling The American Dream of Home Ownership”; both 10 hours in length.
Alliance Management Advisors
Clark Cordner has varied business interests in real estate, finance, and corporate advisory services. After taking joint graduate degrees in law and management in the early 90’s, he practiced law briefly, founded technology service companies, and then oversaw the introduction of tech-influenced alternative service delivery models at some of the largest law firms in the world. He has been focused on his own portfolio for the last decade and enjoys assisting young entrepreneurs and advising non-profits. He continues to expand his business and real estate holdings and remains licensed in law, real estate, and insurance.
From 1987 through 1998, Joe Costello led Cadence Design Systems to be the number one company in the Electronic Design Automation market ( software for designing chips), taking the company from $10M in revenue to nearly $1B and making it one of the 10 largest software companies in the world. In 1997, Chief Executive Magazine named Costello the top-performing CEO of all publicly traded companies in North America. During this time, Costello also served on the boards of public companies including Oracle, Macromedia(Adobe), and Racotek. After Cadence, Costello was an investor, board member, and advisor to dozens of early technology companies. In 2011 Costello invested in and became Chairman of Kwikbit. In 2020, he took the role of CEO at Kwikbit. In addition to Kwikbit, Costello is Executive Chairman of Metrics Design Automation, Arrikto, Acromove, and ELPHiC. Costello holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mathematics and physics from Harvey Mudd College, a master’s of science degree in physics from Yale University, and a master’s of science degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Victoria Cowart, CPM
Victoria Cowart, CPM is a multi-family industry member with extensive experience providing management and oversight for multifamily housing communities (conventional & subsidized), mobile home communities, and HOAs. She is a property management instructor and a proud graduate of the NAA Lyceum Program. Victoria obtained her degree in the Management of human resources and then her industry CPM designation. She was honored to be commissioned an SC “Palmetto Patriot,” to receive the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Executive “Influential Women In Business,” and the NAA AIMS Grassroots Member Advocate of the year. She has served the industry as President of both the local and state affiliates as well as having served as a Regional VP for Region IV for NAA. She now serves the National Apartment Association as its Legislative Chair for 2021. She is passionate about education, simplification, and creating ease and understanding for industry members. Victoria is a wife, mother, and a proud PetScreening pack member who also leads her own “pride” of three pound-kitties.
MHP Tribe/Real Estate Acquisitions USA Corp.
Mario Dattilo was born in Minnesota and currently resides in Florida. He has over 14 years of real estate investment experience. He was previously a managing partner of a real estate brokerage and currently holds a real estate broker license in the state of Florida. Mario recently launched a YouTube channel about everything mobile home park investing www.mariodattiloshow.com
Mario has co-managed REA USA’s residential, mobile home park, and self-storage portfolios since inception. His current role includes oversight of acquisitions and investor relations.
Mario relocated to Naples in 2011 and enjoys boating, traveling, and volunteering his time with various charitable organizations.
Community Management Group
Jamie Dougherty was working as a CPA in the early 1980s. Armed with an MBA in finance, he gravitated toward helping clients with real estate investments. Beginning in 1985 he led a small group of investors into ownership of some apartments. During one of the closings, his attorney asked if he had ever considered a “mobile home” park. That question led to Jamie’s first MHC purchase in 1986 and began a now 35-year love affair with everything the manufactured home community business has to offer. Based in Michigan, Jamie owns and operates over 1,000 sites in Texas, Indiana, and Michigan. He is currently developing The Bluffs on Manistee Lake, a 55+ MH and RV hybrid community in the resort town of Manistee, Michigan.
Clayton Home Building Group
Justin DeSpain is the Business Development Manager for Clayton Home Building Group, where he oversees national accounts & serves as the lead manager for community sales. He provides training, market insight, and aligns customers with one of the 40 building facilities across the country.
Based in Maryville, TN., Justin has worked at Clayton for more than 9 years, during which he has held a variety of positions. His previous role as Market Development Manager at our Appalachia facility has provided unique perspectives to help serve community operators
Penn Mush Properties
Joshua Daiz has been a real estate investor for four years in the small, multifamily space. In April of 2021, he entered the MHP space. In this short time, Joshua has gained practical knowledge in the MHP space. While still employed, his goal is to develop additional streams of income in the real estate market.
Fatima Dicko is the Founder & CEO of Sugar, a software that strengthens and transforms communities within residential spaces, raising over $1.5M. Before Sugar, she previously worked as the youngest Senior Engineer on a 5-person technology innovation team at Procter & Gamble developing new-to-the-world products (3-10 years away from market) using design thinking, rapid prototyping, and technical modeling. While at P&G, she was awarded corporate innovation awards such as Most Transformative Research and the P&G Global Innovation Seed Fund. Fatima came to the United States from Mali at a young age and grew up in New York City, receiving her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Fatima is a frequent mentor and volunteer for organizations such as Built By Girls, Black Girls Code, and MLT.
Capstone Manufactured Housing
Kevan Enger a partner with Capstone Manufactured Housing, is a seasoned multi-housing investment sales broker. Previously working with Sperry Van Ness, he specialized in the acquisition and disposition of manufactured housing communities and RV parks across the state of Florida. Kevan has been an integral participant in the consultation or sale of manufactured housing communities worth more than $200 million.
Kevan’s experience and MH product expertise allow him to provide in-depth knowledge regarding local markets and regional trends; asset-specific strategies and advisory services; and the appropriate marketing methods and promotional tools that allow him to service both private equity and institutional investors nationwide.
He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Business Management. Kevan lives in Maitland, Florida with his wife and two children, and enjoys competing in semi-professional beach volleyball tournaments.
Marcus & Millichap
Glenn Esterson is Vice President of Manufactured Home Communities for Marcus & Millichap. In 2018 Glenn sold 36 MHP & RV parks across the country, focusing in the southeast. This year Glenn has authored a new book titled “The Mobile Home Park Manifesto”. With more than eighteen years of experience in the commercial real estate business, Glenn has successfully owned and operated mobile home parks, as well as assisted his clients to buy and sell mobile home communities throughout the U.S.
He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Business Management. Kevan lives in Maitland, Florida with his wife and two children, and enjoys competing in semi-professional beach volleyball tournaments.
Mark (Fletch) Fletcher, ENP
911 Geo Fence
Mark (Fletch) Fletcher, ENP has contributed to various roles in the Public Safety / Telecommunications industry. Working with the Office of the CTO at Nortel and Avaya, Fletch holds 14 US Patents focusing on collecting and delivering NG911 additional data to PSAPs, as well as multimedia call handling functionality for emergency call takers. He’s been recognized with various awards for customer advocacy, work on public safety standards, and by Congress. Co-writer of Kari’s Law alongside Kari’s father, Hank Hunt.
Fletch is also a member of various committees for Public Safety such as NENA, EENA, APCO International, and many more. Catch Fletch on his blog or podcast series where he addresses issues with 911 and the top stars making a change in Public Safety.
A. Luke Foster
Park Lane Financial Solutions
A. Luke Foster is currently Vice President of Park Lane Finance Solutions, LLC but has been a career advocate for the Manufacturing Housing Industry and critically involved in associated Boards with wide-ranging leadership in Finance, Insurance to Community Representation and Licensing.
He brings notable achievements within the manufactured housing industry from growing and managing multi-state businesses operations, personally achieving multi-million dollar monthly revenues, and being recognized for leading sales and service teams to deliver growth, cost controls and always putting the customer first.
His 20+ year successful career comes from every aspect of the Manufactured Housing experience. His contributions to the industry have been both at the Board level as well as being instrumental in developing the skills of practitioners through developing the Accreditation system and delivering training to meet those accreditations.
Dr. Lesli Gooch
Manufactured Housing Institute
Dr. Lesli Gooch is the Chief Executive Officer of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). Prior to assuming this position, she was Executive Vice President of MHI’s advocacy and communications team where she led the Association’s work in Washington which is crucial for the success of the manufactured housing industry. During her tenure as Executive Vice President, Dr. Gooch assembled a strong bipartisan team that under her leadership has secured a number of key legislative and regulatory accomplishments.
Dr. Gooch joined MHI after serving across a variety of vantage points in Washington – including as a congressional staff member, congressional candidate, lobbyist, and political scientist focused on Congress. Well-respected on both sides of the aisle, Dr. Gooch is known for her ability to successfully execute policy and political goals. She was ranked one of The Hill’s top lobbyists in the United States for 2020 and was a finalist for the Women in Government Relations’ 2020 Advocate of the Year Award.
Dr. Gooch has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation, When Politics is Personal: The Role of Personal Policy Interests in Legislative Activity, was based on interviews she conducted with more than 60 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and explores the motivations of members in selecting issues to champion in Congress.
Cody GrandPre, National Account Manager at 911inform assists in bridging the gap between private industries and the public safety sector through technology. He firmly believes that yesterday’s problems can always be solved more efficiently with today’s technology. What made sense 20 years ago, does not always make sense in today’s world and this especially applies to the public safety sector.
His National Account Manager role allows him to engage diverse stakeholders across the country to accomplish a single goal: getting valuable data feeds previously inaccessible to those who need it to improve emergency response.
With millions of data feeds and siloed systems, he is passionate about creating a common operating picture for organizations and public safety alike. At the end of the day if there is going to be a technology to do this, he is confident 911inform can bridge that gap.
Chris Griesinger is the Director of Customer Experience at Rent Manager (property management software). For 12+ 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 customer success 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 10 parks, spreading across 670 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.
John P. Hagan
Hagan Law Group
John P. Hagan is an HR attorney who practices nationwide employment law from his office in Allen, Texas, and is Board Certified in Texas Labor and Employment Law. He is ranked by his peers to be in the top 5% of all lawyers in Texas and is an award-winning author for the College of the State Bar. Mr. Hagan has written on many employment law issues, including damages, discrimination, and wrongful termination. Mr. Hagan has co-authored the “Employment Law Handbook – Texas” (Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce) and “Texas
Employment Law” for James Publishing.
Mr. Hagan and his firm represent a wide range of companies of all sizes and in all industries. His specialty is counseling companies using best practices and preventative HR resulting in less litigation.
He has served as President for both DallasHR and Mid-Cities HRA. He served on committees for Collin County HR Association.
Mr. Hagan has been named consistently as a Texas SuperLawyer (©Thomson Reuters) from 2010 – 2021.
John Hall is the President of Newby Management. Newby Management is a third-party management company, founded in 1975, that specializes in RV and manufactured home community management and sales. John has been with the company for 9 years and has previously held the positions of Regional Manager and Director of Property Management.
Barbara Hames-Bryant was born an Army-brat in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Her family moved to Bangkok for 2 years while her father worked as a military advisor to the King of Thailand during the Vietnam War. Upon retiring from the Army in 1969, her parents decided to start their own business which became Hames-The Homes People ® in Marion, Iowa.
Today that business not only includes her retail sales center but communities as well.
Barbara earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and Spanish from Drake University in 1983. Having dreams of jet-setting all over the globe, she earned her master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona. She worked in the banking and software industries in the Phoenix area for 16 years before returning to Iowa to work in the family business.
Barbara is married to her best friend, Dan Bryant, and they have two adult children, one of which works at Hames Homes. Outside the office, her hobbies are traveling (of course!), reading, classical music, dance, yarn crafts, and politics.
Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital
Matt Herskowitz is a V.P. at Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital and specializes in lending programs for Manufactured Home Communities through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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 the Chief Operating Officer of Suncrest Capital LLC. He is responsible for driving operational efficiency in each community. He works closely with community managers to ensure optimal occupancy and expenses. As of September 2021, Ryan and his team have 11 Manufactured Home Communities under ownership, up from ownership of only 1 MHC a year ago. Ryan has over 13 years of experience as a real estate agent directly involved in over $41M in sales.
Ryan holds a degree in Biology from Central Washington University, a Master’s degree in Technology in Education from Lesley University, and Principal Certification from Seattle Pacific University.
Capstone Manufactured Housing
Prior to joining Capstone, Ian Hilpl worked in commercial banking as a portfolio underwriter at a Fortune 500 financial institution. Ian’s responsibilities included conducting in-depth credit risk and performance analysis, gathering comprehensive due diligence on the client, and building relationships with business bankers. During his time there, Ian gained extensive experience in accurately assessing the qualifications of applicants based on cash flow, profit & loss, investments, debts, tax returns, and plans & projections of the applicant.
Ian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. While there, he was the president of Canisius Men’s Club Soccer and a member of the Economic & Finance Club. Currently, Ian lives in Orlando, and in his free time enjoys fishing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Newport Pacific Capital Company
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 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 the 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.
T. Samuel Hoye
First Credit Corporation
T. Samuel Hoye is President of First Credit Corporation of NY, Inc. He began his career with First Credit in 1987 after graduating from Western New England University, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration/Finance and with minors in economics and mathematics. In 1995 he was promoted to vice president and shareholder. In September 2017, he was promoted to president. He currently serves on several boards including the New Jersey Manufactured Housing Association.
He brings notable achievements within the manufactured housing industry from playing a pivotal role in the growth and success of First Credit into a multi-state business spanning the East Coast. He transformed the business by developing an MH chattel lending program with reduced credit default risk. The program was designed to attract developers building high-end MH land lease communities. Most often, the developers need to offer the lowest rates because they compete with other non-land lease developments where conventional mortgages are available. This model has allowed First Credit to offer some of the industry’s lowest rates. In 2018, he founded PowerSports Insurance Agency, a property & casualty insurance agency operating nationwide and specializing in recreational lines insurance with an emphasis on point-of-sale marketing. He continues to serve as president of both companies. His primary role is managing, and expanding the insurance agency, personally overseeing developing relationships with communities and lenders alike, and leading First Credit Corporation into the digital age while still putting the customer experience first.
His 30+ year successful career with First Credit derived from his experience in the manufacturing housing industry from being a licensed mortgage loan originator, insurance sales agent, president, and board member. He continues to employ this knowledge and experience within the industry to provide community owners and consumers with a very competitive, high-quality lending experience.
Brad Huffines has 33 years of 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.
Capstone Manufactured Housing
Brian Hummell joined the Capstone family after more than 20 years at Greif, Inc. where he led an innovative, award-winning global major accounts sales team that exceeded revenue and profitability goals annually through the delivery of world-class service and value selling practices. Brian understands how to drive profitable top-line growth, and he has managed revenue streams up to $500MM. As Director, Vice President, and project lead, he made significant contributions start-to-finish along Greif Inc.’s path to quadrupling revenue to nearly $4B.
He attended the University of Georgia and continued his education at both Duke University and the University of Chicago. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching youth basketball and spending time with his wife and two kids.
NAI/G2 Commercial Real Estate Services
Dave Jackson is a Commercial Realtor and Broker with NAI/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 an 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.
Mass Elemental Systems
Jeff Jackson brings over 25 years in the technology industry to his role as CEO of Mass Elemental Systems. Throughout the various positions Jeff has held over the past decade within the Manufactured Home industry, he has developed a focused perspective of the unique challenges operators face. Leveraging that knowledge, Jeff founded Mass Elemental Systems in 2018, with the goal of developing enterprise-class applications with the sole purpose of providing solutions to those industry challenges.
Jeff has spent his career turning his passion for the ever-evolving technology landscape into proven answers across many industries, from Health Care, Real Estate, to Education and many more. With a focus on delivering powerful, easy-to-use, simple to maintain, and budget-friendly products, Jeff takes pride in treating each client as a partner, taking every step to understand their needs and how to best provide answers.
Before founding Mass Elemental Systems, Jeff held the position of IT Director for American Land Lease, a manufactured home operator based out of Clearwater Florida since 2006. After its sale to Sun Communities in 2015, Jeff transitioned to a role as a technology consultant, with a focus on enterprise application development.
Jeff is an avid traveler and a devoted fan of music from all genres. Based out of St. Petersburg Florida, his current goal is over the next 10 years is to visit all 63 national parks within the United States.
Kris Jensen is Yardi’s industry principal overseeing technology solutions for manufactured housing markets. Prior to joining Yardi, he held executive leadership positions with Strive Communities, Lifestorage, and Panattoni Development, among others. He also ran a boutique consulting firm focused on strategic technology initiatives for mid-sized real estate firms. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from California State University, Sacramento.
Town and Country
Steve Johnson comes from Minnesota, currently resides in Illinois, and will be relocating to Florida in the near future helping to expand the portfolio of Town and Country, LLC. As head of operations, he is creating many of the company’s systems and bringing in team members to handle the growth. Currently, the company owns and operates parks in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Steve first began his real estate career as a side hustle doing property management and then began flipping mobile homes. Through networking and giving back to the communities he is a part of, he has found himself in an exciting role with Town and Country, LLC.
Touch and Connect
Robert Jones is engaged in helping Multifamily property owners (Affordable Housing, Mobile Home Parks, MarketRate Apartments, Senior Living ) streamline technology expenses and secure lucrative marketing rights opportunities from cable providers. He now dedicates his time and expertise to help multifamily property owners squeeze maximum value out of technology.
Kurt Kelley, JD
Kurt Kelley, as a board-certified criminal attorney, brings an invaluable skillset to Mobile Insurance. His perspective and understanding of contractual agreements, LLCs, commercial policies, and their clauses makes Kurt a crucial member of any real estate investor’s team.
Honors graduate from the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business, May 1987. Certificat de Langue Francaise from the College of the Sorbonne, University of Paris, in 1986. Honors graduate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1993. Member of Oklahoma, Colorado, and American Bar Associations.
Mr. Kelley is also a Board Member of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA). Named TMHA Chapter President of the Year for 1999 and 2000 fiscal years and served as Chairman 2003 – 2004. Kurt is a current and active board member offering counsel and insight on all State and Local manufactured housing issues.
As Co-Founder and Managing Member of the American Insurance Alliance (AIA), an association of manufactured home specialty insurance agencies, he’s successfully aided Insurance Companies dedicated to the MH marketplace, in developing coverages, contracts, and policies focusing on the specific needs of the manufactured housing community.
Mr. Kelley invests not only his time and business serving the manufactured housing community but personally invests as a park/community owner, and was licensed as commercial insurance agent in 1991.
He is an avid downhill skier, hiker, mountain climber, and office comedian. He manages his staff as if they all were family and everyone Mobile Insurance knows they are appreciated.
Michael King has been in the MHP industry for just over 2 years and has personally managed over 200 lots. During that time he became a Lonnie Dealer and has rehabbed and sold over 15 homes. He has recently purchased his first park of 110 lots in Opp, Alabama.
Michael is an active participant with the MHP Tribe community where he shares his mobile home rehab tips with new investors.
Co-President/CBDO at MHVillage
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.
Able Mobile Housing
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, owning and operating communities in several states, owning 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 (MMHA) – having served on PAC Committee for the MMHA.
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Capstone Manufactured Housing
Hunter LaRocca began his career in a project management role with a large investment bank, where he worked within the Asset Servicing division to help large financial institutions automate their investment life cycle. Outside of his formal role and work experience, Hunter has built a strong foundation in real estate through personal investment deals over the past few years. Over this time, he has gained vast knowledge of cash flow modeling, market analysis, and overall investment strategies.
Hunter earned his degree in Business Management with a focus in Entrepreneurship from The University of Central Florida and believes that studying management and entrepreneurship set him up for success by allowing him to be versatile and knowledgeable in many areas, including real estate. Hunter currently resides in the Orlando area.
Park Avenue Partners
Jefferson Lilly bought his first mobile home park off eBay in 2007. He helped to start the mobile home park industry’s first podcast and runs the largest mobile home park investors group on LinkedIn with over 6,400 members. Jefferson is currently raising his fourth mobile home park acquisition fund. Across all four funds to date, he has raised $39 million and acquired 36 mobile home parks in 15 different states.
R. Scott MacNeil
Performance Equity Partners
R. Scott MacNeil is Chief Executive Officer of Performance Equity Partners, Inc., a consumer finance company serving the manufactured housing industry. A former banker, Scott is also a licensed attorney in Illinois and a certified public accountant. Performance Equity Partners serves mobile home park investors by financing buyers of individual homes in their parks under its chattel lending program.
Paul Martens is currently an active principal in the acquisition, development, and management of manufactured housing within the continental United States since acquiring his first community in 2006. Paul previously worked as a Project Manager in residential home construction after transitioning from a Program Manager in global manufacturing of plastics, molds, and production metal machining that spanned more than twenty years.
Paul’s responsibilities included customer/supplier relations, consulting on product design, tooling design, materials selection, supplier selection, quality control implementation as well as develop and manage program/project budgets, schedules, and coordinate logistics. Project revenues ranged from $50k to $100M+ for industries including medical, consumer electronics, automotive, and food packaging, and Paul traveled extensively throughout the United States, Asia, Mexico, and Canada working with a network of global manufacturing suppliers.
Paul’s experiences throughout his career significantly helped him navigate the challenges and rewards as an owner/operator, developer, and manager in the manufactured housing industry.
WestPac Wealth Partners
Nichole Mayer is a Wealth Management Advisor at WestPac Wealth Partners and a Registered Representative (RR) & Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) of Park Avenue Securities, she measures success by implementing financial coordination with a proactive approach. Helping Executives & Business Owners obtain financial balance for today and for their retirement is the greatest aspect of Nichole’s work. Since joining WestPac Wealth Partners in 2014, Nichole Mayer has developed a team of leading industry professionals to provide clients with comprehensive financial planning. Nichole’s broad spectrum client approach includes asset coordination, wealth accumulation, tax strategies, and retirement income forecasting. Nichole Mayer holds the Series 7, 66, Life & Health, Variable and Personal Lines licenses along with the Retirement Income Certified Professional designation and is a Certified Business Exit Planner™. Nichole Mayer was recognized in San Diego Business Journal’s 2020 Women in Finance for her industry leadership.
Nichole and her husband, Hunter, are proud to be able to call San Diego home for more than 14 years. In her spare time, Nichole enjoys running half marathons, local hiking, and spending time outside with their bulldogs, Charlie & Frankie. E: email@example.com
Southern Waters Capital
Ray Mazzie is a Managing Director at Southern Waters Capital (SWC) and focuses his time on sourcing investment opportunities and assembling the team necessary to develop each project. Prior to co-founding SWC with Dean Myerow, Ray spent his time leading corporate development for a growing startup company, which heavily consisted of structuring collaborative partnerships with research universities, local, state, and federal governments.
Prior to moving to South Florida, Ray graduated from Florida State University with a JD/MBA, and a dual degree in economics and political science. Ray is a member of the Florida Bar and is a former Florida Gubernatorial Fellow for Governor Rick Scott. Ray has extensive experience working with legislators and government agencies from his time spent in Florida’s Capitol while employed at the FL Department of Business & Professional Regulation, Florida Housing Finance Corporation, and the Florida Lottery. Before entering the capital management space, Ray also spent time advising small businesses and startups on their business strategy and legal issues. Additionally, Ray advised corporate clients in their business structuring efforts and transaction needs. He was very active in real estate transactions, asset dispositions, corporate restructuring & business continuity implementation. Ray specializes in fostering collaborative business relationships and strategic partnerships that happen to emerge at the intersection of business and bureaucracy.
Sunstone Real Estate Advisors
Robert McBroom is a founding partner of Sunstone and has been instrumental to the firm’s successful completion of brokerage, capital placement, and consulting assignments. Prior to founding Sunstone, Robert relocated his family from Sydney, Australia to Chicago, Illinois to develop a national platform for the Manufactured Housing/Recreational Vehicle Group at CB Richard Ellis (CBRE).
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.
Merrill Water Systems
Phillip Merrill is a utility expert and Manufactured Home Community owner.
Manufactured Home Communities 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.
We own a 60 space manufactured home community in Paola Kansas called Thomas Estates. We believe in fast turnarounds in the first year of ownership we increased occupancy 40%, increased revenue 40%, upgraded most of the community to 200amp electrical, upgraded lagoon from non-discharging to an irrigation-based lagoon system. www.Thomasestates.net
We also own a water utility company Merrill Water Systems LLC. At Merrill Water Systems we believe that all people deserve affordable housing, clean drinking water, and a safe environment. To this end, Merrill Water operates and manages 13 public drinking water and wastewater systems serving over 700 homes, 2 schools, and the 2 million annual visitors to Timberline Ski Lodge.
A few stats about the systems we operate: 5 miles of mainline, 35 pumps, 20 wells, multiple sewer treatment plants, lagoons, sewer lift station, 11 reservoirs equaling 800k gallons of reservoir capacity. 5000ft of wells, deepest well 1050ft, largest pump 100hp producing 650psi.
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.
Video presentation for the Mobile home park investing ground MHP Tribe can be found at our website
Phillip is frequently contacted to provide expert consultation during the due diligence process for those purchasing mobile home parks with private utilities.
Shawn Mintz is the President of MentorCity™, which offers comprehensive, easy-to-use, and cost-effective online mentoring software for companies, schools, and associations. Shawn has over 10 years of experience in the career and employment services sector. He has created award-winning mentoring initiatives that have helped thousands of people to achieve greater success. In recognition of his efforts, Shawn has received George Brown College’s Career and Work Counsellor Crystal Award for Innovation and the Alumni Mentor of the Year Award.
He has been acknowledged as a Canadian who has demonstrated a commitment to helping new Canadians succeed. He has been a judge for the Canadian HR Awards and has published an eBook called ‘MentorCity: How a few minutes with the right person can change your life’ and online course ‘From Here to There In 90 Days’.
All Seasons Communications
Beth Monicatti-Blank is in charge of all agency operations. She handles new business and takes the lead in client account management, including media buying and placement. A graduate of Michigan State University.
All Seasons Communications is a small, full-service advertising and marketing agency filled with talented creative professionals. Placing media (television, radio, billboards, etc.), public relations writing and plans, website and social media development and maintenance, video production, creative copywriting, graphic design—we do it all! We help our clients build their business by talking about needs, researching the company and industry, then strategically implementing projects to suit objectives and budget.
Clayton Home Building Group
Levi Mueller is a Digital Marketing Manager for Clayton, where he oversees Paid Media, Search Engine Marketing, Email, and Reporting and Analytics for the internal Clayton Digital Marketing team. His focus is using an omnichannel approach to acquire high quality leads across Clayton industries (Home Building, Retail, Finance, Insurance)
Based in Knoxville, TN, Levi has worked in Digital Marketing for the last decade and enjoys the ever-changing challenges of the digital landscape.
Sunstone Real Estate Advisors
Prior to Sunstone, Ross Mueller worked as a Market Develop Manager for Clayton Homes. During his 5-year tenure at Clayton, Ross acted as a liaison between the home manufacturing facility and local, regional, and national community operators. Ross managed numerous relationships with varying product/home needs to help consistently grow Clayton’s community wholesale book of business.
Ross, a graduate from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a concentration in Business Administration has called multiple places in the Southeast home and resides in Tennessee.
Blue Ripple Property Management
Frank Murphy’s passion for real estate began in 1998 in the single-family residential space. Since that time, he has bought, sold, built, and renovated over 200 homes. A true entrepreneur at heart, he moved to Atlanta in 1996 and started a sports hospitality company during the Olympics. With Frank currently serving as President of the company, it recently celebrated its 23rd anniversary and is recognized as one of the top sports hospitality companies in the nation. The company’s success has helped to support his real estate portfolio over the years.
In 2009, he partnered with his wife to grow his residential portfolio into what is now Blue Ripple Property Management. A strong believer in continuing education and keeping up with market trends, Frank not only attends various national meetings annually including SECO over the years but earned his Broker’s license in 2015. He is an active member of NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers) and AREI (Atlanta Real Estate Investors).
Frank and his wife, Paige, are currently in the final stages of converting a weekly, rundown mobile home park to an upscale lakeside community in Acworth, GA known as Allatoona Village.
Web Development Consultant
Jeff Murphy has been designing and building websites since 1993, starting at the same time the first graphical web browser Mosaic was released
Jeff holds degrees in Psychology and Sociology, is a certified Unix system administrator, and has studied Information Design under Edward Tufte. Additionally, Jeff has taught college-level courses in Photoshop, Advanced Web Design, PHP, and Digital Animation.
For 13 years Jeff was the webmaster at Lake Land College in Illinois. During his tenure at Lake Land, the website won the #1 in the National Marketing Awards for college websites. Additionally, Jeff helped start the college’s online learning platform and integrating disparate systems, registration, learning management system, and the college website.
For 8 years Jeff was in charge of digital properties for Heartland Dental. During this time Jeff developed a content management system that distributed content to over 800 dental practice websites. In addition, he developed and designed their corporate site and several internal Intranet applications.
Jeff was involved in the Web Standards Project (WASP) from 1998 – 2013 who’s aim was to reduce the cost and complexity of web development by bringing standards to web browsers, authoring tool makers, and his peers.
Jeff is certified in Section 508 web usability and is a consultant in education and government, helping to comply with government regulations by making their websites accessible to those with disabilities.
Jeff has over 20 years of experience in SEO locally, nationally, and globally.
Jeff is currently a freelance web developer, designer, and consultant for companies ranging from furniture manufactures, marine manufactures and distributers, dental, dermatology, education, medical equipment, government, human resources, housing as well as many others. Specializing in SEO, Web Usability, Drupal, WordPress, and static site generators such as Gatsby, Jekyll, and Next.js.
Chris Murray is a seasoned entrepreneur. Chris has spent his career as a leader, business builder, negotiator, and consultant. His diverse background in athlete representation, technology, real estate, healthcare, financial services, and franchising gives him an added advantage of knowing how to win no matter the uniqueness of the industry. Chris’ chameleon-like skills include a tenacious appetite to be a constant learner. Respected as a genuine, down-to-earth person who values integrity, Chris places his faith and family as high priorities in his life.
40 Oaks Properties
Kevin Murray is a total newbie who jumped in the deep end. In mid-2020 Kevin and his partner zeroed in on MHP’s. Fast forward 12 months to July 2021 and he left his six-figure advertising job to focus full-time on running a recently acquired portfolio of 375+ units.
Ryan Narus co-founded Archimedes Group, owners of 20 Mobile Home Parks spanning roughly 1,800 lots. Ryan graduated from Wake Forest University in 2009 with a major in Psychology and in 2016 with an MBA, concentrating in Operations and Business Analytics Statistics. Ryan started his career in sales and quickly became an award-winning salesman, selling nearly 900 cars in just under 4 years. He then authored a book sharing how to use psychology to negotiate the best price at a car dealership. After achieving his MBA, Ryan joined Wells Fargo as a part of their leadership development program. Since 2015, Ryan has participated in over $30,000,000 of transactions while driving millions of equity creation by his systems-based approach. Currently, Ryan focuses on locating new opportunities and stabilizing the portfolio.
John Neet, MAI
Appraisal & Consulting Services for Manufactured Housing Communities and RV Parks
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.
Big Fish Technologies
As Director of Information Technology (IT), Randy Newby has over 30 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.
Chris Nicely, President of ManufacturedHomes.com, brings more than 25 years of factory-built housing and management experience to his role. Chris has worked with industry leaders, non-profits, developers, and municipalities on how to effectively use factory-built housing for positive community development. Previously as CEO of Next Step Network, he was instrumental in increasing membership, engaging relationships in affordable housing infill efforts within municipalities and communities, as well as being instrumental in brand building and value delivery.
Chris also served as the Vice President of Marketing at Clayton Homes, the nation’s largest homebuilder. At Clayton, Chris established a new brand identity package, coordinated branding, and positioning, led the repositioning of the company’s web presence, led public relations efforts, and designed and coordinated a CRM system, while also managing corporate communications and delivering marketing support to Clayton retail stores. Prior to becoming VP of Marketing and Sales, Chris served in the positions of VP and General Manager for the Clayton Communities Group, Zone Vice President, and Regional Manager.
Chris holds a BA in Economics from the College of Wooster and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. Additionally, Chris graduated from Harvard’s Achieving Excellence in Community Development Program.
The MHP Law Firm
Ferd Niemann is a MHP 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 MHP investments and turnarounds, retail development and redevelopment, residential investments, and real estate law.
As the Nadi Group’s founder, Emeka Nnadi enjoys challenging the team to dig deeper and find innovations that make the world a better place. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Enugu State University of Technology in Nigeria and earned a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Manitoba. Emeka worked in Chicago as a landscape architect and then as a development manager before moving back to Winnipeg.
He continued to hone his urban design, team leadership, and project management skills at a prominent Winnipeg engineering and design consultancy before starting his firm, Nadi Design, in 2010. Partnering with commercial, government, and academic clients across North America, Emeka’s delivered a diverse spectrum of innovative and meaningful human environments. Under his direction, Nadi Group operates out of three studio locations: Winnipeg, Calgary, and Rochester Hills.
Gene Norman’s weather career began by writing computer programs in support of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. He then fulfilled a life-long goal of becoming a broadcast meteorologist, with an award-winning career spanning over 25 years. Gene joined WeatherCall in 2015, developing sales and marketing content and strategies for WeatherCall and HazardCall.
Tom O’Shaughnessy is a Managing Partner with Ancram Consultants, a boutique loan advisory and due diligence firm founded in 2009. The firm specializes in commercial loan underwriting with an emphasis on CMBS B-Piece Underwriting, Credit Union Consulting, Regulatory Audits, Commercial Property Inspections, and Flood Insurance Regulatory Audits. Tom has over 30 years of banking and real estate experience which started in 1988 when he moved to South Florida to work for Florida’s largest foreclosure real estate disposition firm, managing their Miami-Dade and Broward County operations. From 1989 through 2001, Tom worked in the tri-county real estate market and was also a founding partner of Pilgrim Financial. In 2001, he joined Bayview Financial, a private investment firm managing over $2 billion in investments. At Bayview, Tom held several positions focusing on loan acquisition due diligence, short-term finance, and managing the firm’s warehouse lines. Since starting Ancram consultants, Tom travels throughout the United States but is known in the industry for his expertise in the Southeast market.
When not on the road, he spends his time between Florida and Georgia with his wife, four children, and 2 grandchildren.
Guardian Water & Power
Kaitlyn Pena is the Regional Sales Representative at Guardian Water and Power. She entered Submetering and Utility Billing industry immediately after college and has 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.
On Point Medical
Scott Pomeroy is the Chief Strategy Officer of On Point Medical, the successor to Pinnacle Medical Partners where Scott served as CEO for the second-largest independent provider network in the state of Colorado. He developed a unique business model to aggregate primary care medical practices through acquisition and integration – acquiring 6 practices, 7 locations, 30+ providers generating $12 million in revenue over a 3-year period before selling the business to a private equity sponsor.
After selling Pinnacle to On Point Medical, Scott leads all strategic initiatives including new practice acquisitions and all strategic relationships with hospital systems.
Diment Porterfield LLP
Partner Chris Porterfield has concentrated on sophisticated civil litigation in Georgia since being admitted to the bar. He primarily handles real estate litigation, commercial litigation, and property tax matters, and also advises individuals and companies on a variety of non-litigation legal issues. Chris has substantial experience in post-judgment collection, using innovative and aggressive methods to recover money owed to the Diment Porterfield LLP clients.
Chris leads Diment Porterfield LLP tax litigation practice. He is a well-respected practitioner regarding Georgia’s property tax laws and has represented numerous clients engaged in the large-scale purchase of property tax liens and tax foreclosure deeds, handling dozens of quiet title actions in the superior courts across the state. Additionally, Chris has extensive experience in the appellate courts and has authored many successful appellate briefs over the years. He is frequently appointed by the superior courts to serve as Special Master in real estate and tax-related litigation matters.
Chris has handled hundreds of property tax valuation appeals in counties all over Georgia and in many contested superior court actions, often recovering attorneys’ fees for his clients from the government. He has also led several jury trials in tax appeal cases, all to favorable verdicts.
Chris particularly enjoys litigating on behalf of taxpayers against local governments and has handled several taxpayer class-action lawsuits through the appellate courts, many on a pro bono basis. He is frequently asked to speak to groups of attorneys and others in the real estate business on tax-related topics affecting the industry.
Prior to joining Diment Porterfield LLP, Chris was a partner with an AV-rated real estate litigation firm in Atlanta, where he began his litigation career after law school. Most recently, Chris was of counsel to a prominent regional commercial litigation boutique in Atlanta.
Chris is the current Vice-chair for the Carroll County Board of Tax Assessors.
Chris Porterfield is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Georgia. When not practicing law, he practices being a good father and a mediocre golfer.
Steve Quick is VP of Business Development for Cavco Industries, Inc. Cavco designs, builds, and retails manufactured homes primarily in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Factory-Built Housing, and Financial Services. It markets its manufactured homes under the brand names of Cavco Homes, Fleetwood Homes, Palm Harbor Homes, Fairmont Homes, Friendship Homes, Chariot Eagle, Lexington Homes, and Destiny Homes.
Thomas Raleigh and his business partner launched Rent Butter in 2019 with the goal of bringing advanced tenant screening metrics into the low-to-middle income markets. Prior to Rent Butter’s launch, Tom Raleigh started and continues to operate his law practice, Halsted Law Group. Halsted represents several landlords across Chicago. His growing practice focuses on evictions, collections, as well as landlord compliance & consultation. Earlier in his career, Tom gained his experience while working for a large multi-family operator, as its general counsel. While their portfolio grew to over 10,000 multi-family units across Chicago and other cities, Tom was involved in several facets of its business which included the development of property management policies & procedures, improving its collections/evictions process, as well as management of the day-to-day legal affairs. Tom is a member of the Chicagoland Apartment Association’s legislative committee and also part of the Neighborhood Building Owner’s Alliance. Before moving to Chicago, Tom graduated from the University of Illinois in 2003 and earned his Juris Doctor at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 2006.
Yale Realty & Capital Advisors
As Vice President of Lending for Yale Realty & Capital Advisors, Greg Ramsey focuses on the start to finish process of ensuring loans close quickly and smoothly. Through building relationships with many lenders specializing in financing for MHC’s and RV Resorts, Greg has developed a streamlined process that keeps the loan process simple for borrowers. Prior to joining Yale in June 2018, Greg established himself in the alternative lending space for small business owners throughout the country. Greg received his Bachelor’ of Science in Finance from Florida State University. Living near Bal Harbour Miami, Greg enjoys being around the beach and travelling to a lake house in Canada for family reunions.
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.
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 40 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 the passage of the S.A.F.E. & Dodd-Frank Acts he has written about and spoken often to advocate the 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 (GMHA) 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, an M.S. degree in Industrial Management, and both Mortgage Loan Originator and Mortgage Broker S.A.F.E. Act licenses.
Roberts Resorts & Roberts Communities
Scott Roberts is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Roberts Resorts & Roberts Communities. Scott has been overseeing the operations of his family assets since his father passed away when Scott was 21 years old. Under Scott’s leadership, he has grown the asset portfolio from 4 Land Lease assets to 17. Scott has overseen successful zoning approval of over 10 separate Manufactured Housing and RV zoning cases in multiple cities, counties, and states. Total manufactured home development experience is over $200MM with an additional $100MM in a new development in the pipeline.
Our properties are in high-demand destinations or fast-growing metropolitan areas in need of attainable homes. Our communities are active adult resorts or all-age communities. Our active adult Resorts provide abundant activities such as golf, biking, swimming, fitness classes, art and crafts and educational and wellness programs. Our family communities offer a clubhouse community pool and multipurpose rooms.
Education & Credentials
- Agriculture business with Finance Concentration
(University California Poly Technical San Luis Obispo, CA)
- Arizona General Contractor License KA & KB1
- Arizona D-12 Master retailer license
- Texas Retailer Broker and installer license
- Certified Park Operator
- Private Pilot IFR License
- Member of the Arizona Travel Park Association, the Arizona state manufactured housing association, American Recreational Vehicle Council, Urban Land Institute and Young Presidents Organization
Mountain View Estates
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 southeast. He and his family live on-site 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.
Mobile Home University
Frank Rolfe has been an investor in mobile home parks for almost 30 years and has owned and operated hundreds of mobile home parks during that time. He is currently ranked, with his partner Dave Reynolds, as the 5th largest mobile home park owner in the U.S., with over 250 communities spread out over 25 states. Along the way, Frank began writing about the industry, and his books, coupled with those of his partner Dave Reynolds, evolved into a course and boot camp on mobile home park investing that has become the leader in this niche of commercial real estate.
Angela Romeo has helped dozens of resident groups through the community purchase process while working at New Hampshire Community Loan Fund and as National Acquisitions Manager at ROC USA. She manages the national pipeline of prospective and active resident purchases of communities from coast to coast.
Valerie Sanders is an active member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association, frequently participating in weather safety panels. Before co-founding WeatherCall, Valerie worked with emergency management and public safety agencies leveraging her extensive weather risk-management experience. She holds a BS in geosciences and secondary education from SUNY Buffalo.
Chris San Jose
Yale Realty & Capital Advisors
Chris San Jose is President of Lending for Yale Realty & Capital Advisors. Chris oversees and facilitates the placement of commercial real estate mortgages on Manufactured Home Communities, RV resorts, Self-Storage, and Multifamily for loans larger than $1m. In 2012, Chris assisted James Cook in launching the Yale Advisors company, with a personal focus on starting the Capital division. His focus was not only to provide debt-arrangement services but to also provide a thorough analysis and advise investors as they seek to refinance or purchase a community. The Yale Capital division has secured financing for nearly $1 billion in loans and continues to place mortgages across all of the available financing channels, including local banks and credit unions, CMBS, Life Insurance companies, and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac.
Chris received his BS with a double major in Finance & Real Estate from FSU
Charles Schierbeck is Senior Valuation Specialist, Colliers International Valuation & Advisory Services, Columbus, Ohio. Valuation of commercial property, including preparation of appraisal reports, supply and demand analysis, financial and site feasibility, and overall market examination.
Charles is nationally recognized for work with manufactured home communities. In addition to this niche property type, he has extensive experience in all commercial real estate, having completed assignments in 40+ states. Projects range from office buildings, regional shopping malls, industrial facilities, and various multifamily residential developments. Senior Appraiser, Crown Appraisal Group, Columbus, Ohio International Customer Service Representative, National City Bank, Columbus, Ohio Responsible for the transfer of international currencies. Co-designed the Excel-based program that managed the department’s operations.
RV/MH Hall of Fame
Darryl Searer was born in Mishawaka, IN on October 29, 1942. He graduated from Penn High School in 1960 on a Pre-Engineering course, and then attended Indiana University at South Bend, IN for two years, taking management courses.
Married in 1963 to Judy (Burks) Searer now his wife of 56 years. Has 3 children Kurt, Mindy & Jennifer and nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Darryl spent over 15 years with Dometic Corp. as its western divisional operations manager in the 11 western states. The company grew from an 18% market share to 92% in 7 years and he was promoted to VP of Sales & Marketing in 1980 and moved back to Elkhart, IN.
He bought 40% of MHS Supply, an aftermarket distributor for the RV Industry in 1990 and the other 60% in 1996. Then sold it all in 1997 to NTP Products to concentrate on Ultra-Fab Products an aftermarket supplier.
From 1998 to 2012 he was semi-retired spending six months a year in the Elkhart area and the other six months in Florida.
In March of 2012, he became President of the RVMH Hall of Fame at a time when the Hall had serious financial problems. He still serves today as its President taking the Hall from a negative net worth to a positive net worth of over $20 million and debt-free.
During his more than 60 years in the RV Industry he has served on: The Consumer Care Commission, FMCA’s Commercial Council, The Public Relations Committee of RVIA, President of RVAA, The Committee for Excellence RVIA, The GO-RVING Coalition, and on the Board of Directors for the RV/MH Hall of Fame as Treasurer and its current President.
Bill Sheffer, Executive Director, has worked in the manufactured housing and recreation vehicle industries since 1977. He worked for a regional distributor/retailer in Michigan before taking on the role of director of the Michigan Manufactured Housing, Recreation Vehicle, and Campground Association in 1995. As director, he helped the association build its membership, produced industry conferences and public expositions of both manufactured homes and recreational vehicles.
For over twenty-six years, Bill has attended industry conferences, manufacture/supplier shows and advocated for industry growth and legislation at both the federal and state levels of government. The continued success of the manufactured housing industry in Michigan has been largely influenced by Operation Tell Michigan (OTM), which has been enthusiastically supported by the association’s board of directors and members.
Affordable Casa Group
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.
Kim holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington, M.B.A. from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and is licensed by the State of Texas as a retailer. She is also a member of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) and serves on the SECO Planning Committee and Veterans Assistance Program Committee.
Together with her construction-savvy husband, she continues to purchase and improve communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and currently owns three Manufactured Home Communities.
Jason Sirotin is a serial entrepreneur who has built two successful agencies in Georgia: Entertainment Creative Group, a video production, and post-production company, and Brain Bytes Creative, a digital marketing agency (which was recently named as one of the best branding agencies and mobile app developers in Atlanta for 2019 by Expertise.com).
Obsessed with digital marketing since 2007, Jason has spent over 30,000 hours studying and working the craft of SEO with a focus on organic search. His passion is helping small businesses and enterprises understand, implement and evolve digital marketing efforts. That is why Brain Bytes Creative was built with the mindset that digital marketing is often over-complicated and lacks transparency. Through education and understanding, Jason believes that anyone can be a search expert when they take the time to learn and put concepts into practice.
Sirotin also enjoys volunteering his time and expertise to help non-profits and veterans up their search game.
As a respected blogger in both the SEO and Video space, Jason has accumulated over 14 million page views since 2013.
Jason’s unparalleled passion for digital marketing is clear when you hear him speak about it. He has strong opinions about where things are moving in the digital space and has no fear or worry about sharing the data-backed information with anyone willing to listen.
Jason attended Rochester Institute of Technology, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts Boston studying media production and marketing. As well as working for several large enterprises and startups over his 20-year career. In 2019, Jason became an Advisor on AdvisoryCloud to further share his expertise.
Kelly Smith is a Partner in Bennett Thrasher’s Tax practice. She focuses on complex tax consulting and compliance engagements for both domestic and foreign-owned businesses in the U.S. real estate and hospitality industries. Kelly has worked with developers of office, commercial, retail, multifamily housing, and mixed-use properties as well as inbound investors, restaurant operators, and franchisors.
Kelly began her career at McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLP in Macon, GA where she worked with closely-held businesses providing payroll, sales, bookkeeping, and income tax services. She later worked at Morgan Stanley in finance for domestic and international real estate funds. In this role, she prepared a high-profile analysis that provided qualitative explanations and performance analysis for investors and senior-level management to achieve optimum performance of invested funds.
Kelly is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Georgia.
Elevation Capital Group
Ryan Smith is the co-manager of multiple investment funds, which specialize in investing, both directly and indirectly, in mobile home parks and self-storage assets representing more than 20,000 units located in more than 25 states.
Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. An athlete, he was highly recruited for both baseball and basketball and was drafted as a senior in high school by the Baltimore Orioles, and again in college by the Anaheim Angels. Mr. Smith pursued his athletic talents by playing baseball throughout his college experience.
Mr. Smith currently serves on the board of Young Life College – UCF and is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Christian Foundation’s Orlando chapter. Mr. Smith lives in Orlando with his wife and four children.
Daniel Smithson is a relative newcomer to the industry, having purchased his first 48 lot park in August of 2018. The park itself is a large infill and turn around the project – definitely the most immersive first experience of the industry you could hope to have. Not to worry, he thinks getting his hands dirty is half the fun and can often be found working on projects throughout the park. Daniel and his wife, Amber, have two kids, Jonah (9) and Hannah (6), who are the “why” that gets him up each morning.
MK2 Partners/MHP Tribe
Ekaterina Stepanova was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, and immigrated to the United States 14 years ago and has lived in New York since. She is a partner at M2K Partners, which owns MHP communities across the United States: Michigan, Ohio, Texas, formerly in Florida — and are limited partners in a 64-space community in AZ, totaling close to 500 spaces (www.mhpteam.com). Ekaterina is a Founder of Equity Tree, an online platform for commercial real estate deals and investor relations management (www.equitytree.io). She is also the organizer of a mobile home park investor community “MHP Tribe,” where she facilitates weekly meetings with MHP investors, operators, and owners.
MHP Tribe/KP Asset Management
Paul Stout is a Chicago, IL native currently living in Northwest Indiana. He has a background in construction management. He purchased his first mobile home park in May of 2016. He has since founded KP Asset Management LLC, a mobile home park property management firm, and has purchased 12 mobile home parks and one self-storage facility. He currently owns and manages nearly 600 units in Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. He has been full-time in real estate investing since April of 2020.
Skyline Champion Homes
Byron Stroud is energetically dedicated to company, industry, and family. He has been 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, with opportunities to work within the Corporate Support, as well as Field/Profit Center Operations at a variety of Management Levels.
ADA Compliance Consultants
Chris Taylor is the founder and CEO of ADA Compliance Consultants Inc. With over 15 years of experience in the construction/engineering industry, Mr. Taylor founded ADA Compliance Consultants in 2004 to service clients nationwide. Over the last 17 years, Mr. Taylor has inspected hundreds of manufactured housing communities and has assisted owners in improving the level of access for residents and their guests.
Mr. Taylor is an expert witness for the defense and helped resolve ADA lawsuits in over 38 states nationwide.
American Commerce Bank
Kevin Thrash has 30 years of 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.
Seneca Capital Partners
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.
Agape Youth and Family Center
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 to 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
Q10 | Lutz Financial Services
Luis Vela is a Senior Director of Q10 | Lutz Financial Services. With over 40 years of experience in commercial mortgage, finance, and real estate industries, Mr. Vela has been active as both a principal, direct lender, developer, and mortgage and real estate broker in hundreds of transactions exceeding three billion dollars.
Prior to joining Q10 | Lutz Financial services, Mr. Vela headed the Detroit office in Troy as Vice President for PNC ARCS Commercial Mortgage Co., Fannie Mae’s #1 DUS Multifamily lender for over nine years. Before PNC ARCS, Mr. Vela was Vice President for National Community Financing for Conseco Finance Corp. and its predecessor Green Tree Financial Corp., both on the New Your Stock Exchange.
Before Green Tree, Vela was Senior Vice President of Detroit-based Chateau Properties, Inc. (NYSE REIT), containing more than 40,000 units.
Mr. Vela has a Masters in Finance from Columbia’s Graduate School of Business in New York City and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.
He is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Florida Association for Mortgage Professionals (FAMP, Rotary International and former member of Urban Land Institute (ULI).
He holds a mortgage and real estate broker’s license from the state of Florida.
Donald Westphal is a landscape architect and site planner specializing in the 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.
Robert Williamson has been a member of Hart King’s litigation and land use practice since 1998. He has substantial experience representing property owners in land use matters, takings claims, and regulatory compliance. Robert represents property owners in state and federal courts defending premises liability, and mass tort claims, discriminatory housing practices, and regulatory violation claims. In rent control jurisdictions, he serves as either a liaison or advocate for property owners before county and city agencies. Robert has assisted with drafting proposed state and local legislation affecting housing issues.
And many more! Check back often for the updated list of speakers.
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