MHISC Fall Meeting Report

Industry leaders convene in Columbia for state meeting

MHISC members from across the state and the Southeast gathered November 5 and 6 for the association’s fall meeting.

Association Chair Joanne Polston presided over the meeting. Ronnie and Kaesi Boyce served as hosts for the awards presentation. 

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Best in the Business

The group honored the Retail Center, Salesperson, Community, Supplier, and Manufacturing Facility of the year with a reception and dinner at Embassy Suites. Honorees were chosen by a vote of the membership based on ethics, professionalism, association involvement and marketing.  The appearance of retail centers and communities was factored in also because of the impact on the image of the industry.

Blevins

Service Supplier of the Year

Andy Barnes

Salesperson of the Year

Yes! Creekside

Community of the Year

Clayton Homes of Florence

Corporate Retailer of the Year

Clayton Homes Giles

Manufacturer of the Year

Lexington Discount Homes

Independent Retailer of the Year

Sponsors

MHISC meeting sponsors make our events possible and keep costs down for members attending. This year’s sponsors were:
 
Event sponsors: Tri-State Distributors, South State Bank, and Clayton Homes
 
Platinum Sponsors: 21st Mortgage, Blevins, Champion Homes, Epting Distributors, McCall’s Supply, ScotBilt Homes, Style Crest, and Yes! Communities
 
Gold Sponsor: Fleetwood Homes
 
Silver Sponsors: Cascade Financial, Country Place Mortgage, and Triad Financial Services
 
Golf Event Sponsors: Clayton Homes of Rockwell, Country Place Mortgage, Buccaneer Homes, and Fleetwood Homes
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Continuing Education

Members got two hours of free continuing education. Dealers, salesperson, contractors, installers and repairers will need four hours of CE in order to renew their license next spring.

Topics were “Optimum Site Prep,” by Chuck Morgan, Clayton Homes;  “How to Avoid Damage Setting Homes with New Machinery” by   Cliff Crosby and David Haney, Scoitbilt Homes; “Lost Documents of the 90s” by Mark Dillard, MHISC.

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Golf

Members played golf to raise funds for the association’s Political Action Committee.  The PAC supports the candidates who support the industry.

Winning Team – Tony Massarelli, Happy Jackson, Will Hill, Brian Rowland
Closest to the Pin – Chris Adams
Longest Drive – Daryll Massey

Committees

Six key committees meet: Dealer Roundtable, Modular Steering Committee, Image and Professionalism Committee, Membership Committee, and Community Managers Committee.

These committees are led by members of the association and work on projects that shape the industry as a whole. 

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Board of Directors

The MHISC Board of Directors, the association’s policy-makers, met.  In the association’s continuing efforts to maximize consumer protection and to preserve a level playing field, the group endorsed removing the seven-year limit on background checks for dealer and salesperson applicants.

The Board approved a budget for 2020 with funding for Statehouse, state agency and local government lobbying; free continuing education for members, quarterly issues of two magazine for industry professionals, state meetings in Charleston and Columbia;  and social media and billboard advertising to promote the industry.