Florida Manufactured Housing Association Meets in Sarasota

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FMHA Executive Director Jim Ayotte leads the board through its annual meeting.

Among the very earliest manufactured housing industry trade shows and meetings to convene in person, the Florida Manufactured Housing Association annual meeting, took place June 17-18 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

Bobby Jacobsen, of Jacobsen Homes, accepts the Bill Turney President’s Award during the 2021 FMHA Annual Meeting in Sarasota.

The FMHA annual meeting was themed “We’re Better Together”, an ode to the post-pandemic re-emergence of public gatherings and industry meetings. FMHA Board of Directors met prior to the event, which kicked off with registration, an 11 a.m. Thursday morning coffee greeting, and a talk on “All Things COVID” covering topics from liability protection to policy and lawmaking. Manufactured housing professionals at the meeting toured the exhibit hall, and attended a 5-7 p.m. mixer sponsored by Lutz, Bobo & Telfair.

After breakfast Friday morning economist Elliot Eisenberg gave a talk, and there were a pair of workshops on labor and retention, and how automation can increase sales. Recipients of FMHA member award were announced during the Friday luncheon, and the main program continued with a marketing talk, and a session on legal topics in the industry.

Jim Hoekstra, of Sun Communities, won the Bill Hart Member of the Year Award. The Bill Turney President’s Award went to Bobby Jacobsen, of Jacobsen Homes, and David Eastman, the association’s general counsel, won the Williams-Olsen Award.

“We have many good years ahead of us in Florida and in this industry,” Jacobsen said in accepting the award. “I hope you enjoy the work as much as I have. It’s an honor to work in this industry.”

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