69th Annual Convention a Huge Success!
What a fantastic 69th Annual Convention! We had a record-setting 140+ attendees at the 69th NYHA Annual Convention October 2-3, 2019 at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY. With a new format this year, we hope you enjoyed everything, made some new contacts, and learned at least one new thing.
On October 2nd, we held a Welcome & Networking Reception in the beautiful Shenandoah Clubhouse. There was a magic show, a spinning wheel to win some prizes, and great opportunities to network with fellow industry members. NYHA Board Member Tom O’Brien presented the 2019 Hall of Fame Award to Joe Dodge. Joe retired from Garden Homes Management Corp. a few years ago after many years of service to the MH industry. NYHA President Joe Bushey presented retiring board member Patricia Fiederer with a special award thanking her for all of her years of service to the industry in NY, and announced that the President’s Award will now be known as the “Patricia Fiederer President’s Award.” Mark Glaser, Esq., NYHA Counsel, and NYHA staffer Kathy Burke received the first two Patricia Fiederer President’s Awards thanking them for all of the work they do on behalf of the Association. Congratulations to all three!
October 3rd kicked off with Rick Robinson, General Counsel/Sr. VP State & Local Affairs for the Manufactured Housing Institute giving the National Issues Perspective & Regulatory Update. This was a very informative summary of changes happening on a national level. If you haven’t heard already, Rick will be leaving MHI and starting November 11, will be the Executive Vice President of Industry Relations for manufacturedhomes.com – we wish him all the best and thank him for all of his years at MHI serving the industry!
After that, Jim Spellos, from MeetingU, presented attendees with Today’s Technology – From Exploration to Application. Jim is an extremely lively speaker and his presentations are always very interactive. There was a lot of information to absorb, and hopefully you will be able to integrate some of the latest & greatest technology in to your business. You missed a good one if you weren’t able to attend!
In the afternoon, we had a Lenders Panel, featuring Tom New from Credit Human FCU; Rich D’Elia from First Credit Corp of NY; Tim Nolan from MHD Empire Service Corp; Brian Hines from Priority Funding; and Kevin Archer from Triad Financial. This informative panel answered questions from the audience and was very helpful to MH retailers. Thanks to all panelists!
The highlight of the day was Mark Glaser, Esq., of Greenberg Traurig, presenting the Rent Control Overview and Discussion. There was a lot of new information to digest! Hopefully you have been implementing all of the new changes and have been able to distribute the new Rider from HCR to all of your tenants. Mark’s presentation is available for all NYHA members. Contact the Association office if you would like a copy.
The 69th Annual Convention exhibitors and sponsors were: Atlantic Homes; Blevins, Inc.; Clayton Lewistown / Marlette Homes; Commodore Homes; Credit Human FCU; Dura-Bilt Products; Eagle River Homes; Harper Homes; Haylor, Freyer & Coon; Horizon Land Co, LLC; IRE Investment; MHD Empire Service Corp.; NYS DOS DBSC; PathStone Corp.; Priority Funding, LLC; Redman Homes; RHP Properties; ROC USA; Style Crest, Inc.; TieDown Engineering; Titan Homes; Triad Financial Services; TRU Homes; and UMH Properties, Inc.. Thanks to Titan Homes for sponsoring the “swag bags” and Redman Homes for sponsoring the lanyards. The success of the convention is attributable to their support, thank you!
Congratulations to the winner of the 2019 Poker Run: new NYHA member Paula Schultz, of Showcase Homes of Malta. There was tie between Paula and NYHA Board Member Gary Riebert for the high hand; Paula won after drawing a higher card. Four aces are hard to beat!
At the Annual Membership Meeting, held on October 3rd, members voted to approve the proposed ByLaw changes and accepted to proposed 2020 Budget. Copies are available to all members by contacting the Association office.
Elections for 2020 Board Members were also held during the Annual Meting on October 3rd. Congratulations to the following Executive Committee Members: President Joe Bushey; Vice President Neil Bandel; Secretary, Steve Hoffman; Treasurer, Robin Pfeil; and Past President, Joel Harper. Also voted in as Board Members are the following: Serving Terms until October 2022: Gary Reibert, John Copeletti, Joe Bono and Jeff Chalk; Serving Terms until October 2021: Peter Mastropoalo, Patrick Furlong, Thomas O’Brien and David Harper; Serving Terms until October 2020: Steven Newman, Anita Bruckner, Val Whaling and Tim Nolan. Congratulations to all!
Plans are well underway for the 70th NYHA Annual Convention to be held October 7-9, 2020 at the Turning Stone Resort. Stay Tuned!