The 2021 Hall of Fame Induction class for manufactured housing and RV professionals has been revealed by the RV/MH Heritage Foundation, adding another 10 deserving individuals to the exclusive hall in Elkhart, Ind.
Each year, the Hall of Fame brings in five new manufactured housing inductees and five new RV inductees, celebrated most years with a summertime gathering for dinner, ceremony, and professional appreciation.
The Class of 2021 will be officially inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame at the Annual Induction Dinner on Monday, Aug. 2, if coronavirus protocols and restrictions are lifted, RV/MH Heritage Foundation President Darryl Searer said. The event was canceled in 2020.
Manufactured Housing Class of 2021
Ken Anderson, MHIA, Arizona
Ken Anderson’s dedication to the manufactured housing industry and the Manufactured Housing Industry of Arizona is beyond measure. He gave up his own retail sales operation of 30 years to help save the association and the industry in Arizona by taking leadership of the association and helping it to stay aloft and prosper even during trying times. He served on the board and executive committee for more than a decade. He helped create the Arizona Image Committee; served on the Government Relations & Zoning Committee; ran several annual home shows as well as chaired many annual conventions. He has also served tirelessly on the national front, serving as a delegate to MHI for many years, as well as serving on the MHI Board of Directors and National Retailers Council. Anderson has also participated in many of the MHI Legislative Meetings, even helping to secure Democrat support for the Dodd-Frank Reform, including the lead Democrat cosponsor, Kyrsten Sinema, and six additional Congressmen giving Arizona representation by seven out of nine state representatives. Ken has been the recipient of many awards during his time in the industry.
Keith Casenhiser, California Manufactured Home Community Owner
As a senior at UC Riverside, Keith Casenhiser started in the industry as an intern at Fleetwood. Since partnering with Dick Bessire, they now own 10 parks and manage 80. Most park owners only participate with WMA, but Casenhiser personally joined other associations and became chairman of the board of MHET, advisory director for CMPA, and president of the board of directors of WMA. For the past 15 years, he has dedicated his allegiance to CMHI as past chairman of the board and served as treasurer on the executive committee. Casenhiser speaks and participates at round tables, panels, committees, and industry functions for all California associations and the same in Idaho and Colorado. He received top awards from WMA, CMPA, and MHET, as well as the Presidents Award and the Jack E. Wells honor from CMHI. Casenhiser contributes to PAC funds and many charity fundraisers. He is knowledgeable about industry issues and has dedicated his life to his family and his industry.
Charles E. Lott, Fleetwood Homes in Georgia
For five decades, Charles Lott has played a pivotal role in leading affordable housing in America. He has stayed consistent over the years with a strategy that was rooted in designing and building astonishing homes with a focus on affordability for all Americans. Every stakeholder in the industry is better from the impact he has made on the evolution of manufactured homes. Most importantly, homeowners continue today to reap the benefit of current trends, needs, and wants because of his relentless goal to improve both the homes and the people he has trained over his lengthy career.
Debra J. Pizer, Zeman Properties, Illinois
Dee Pizer’s support of the manufactured homes community industry includes guest speaking at MHI meetings, mentoring women in the industry, and volunteering her time whenever asked to assist other community owners and property developers throughout the country.
The time Pizer gives new community owners and operators at these meetings has been a tremendous help in the industry. Her reputation and success make her a great source of information. She helped change the perception of manufactured housing as a “male-dominated” industry. She has been essential to the growth and success at Zeman Homes, yet moreso in many ways to the continuing success of the community segment.
Alan H. Spencer, Dakotaland Homes, South Dakota
Alan H Spencer has 35-plus years of accomplishments in the manufactured housing industry, including community involvement, pioneering direct-to-consumer factory sales lots, and expansion/management of national dealerships. Spencer has decades-long involvement with associations that represent the industry, and has been instrumental in helping to pass laws and fight against legislation that would negatively impact the industry and its customers in South Dakota and several Midwestern states. Spencer provided support to pass a law in South Dakota enabling manufactured homes to be placed on foundations, converting them to real property and giving the customer the option to obtain mortgage financing.
The RV industry inductees are: Eleonore Hamm, of CRVDA , in British Columbia, Canada; Jeffery M. Hirsh, from Campers Inn RV, of Florida; Robert “Bob” Parish, Wells Fargo CDF, of Florida; Jim Sheldon, of Fleetwood Enterprises and Monaco Coach, on California; Bob Tiedge, of Lippert Components, in Indiana.
“Congratulations to the 10 new honorees,” Searer said. “All of them have had or are having outstanding careers and are richly deserving of this high honor.
“I was especially impressed with the committee’s work for the diversity of this year’s class— not only in the inductee’s gender but also the diversity of regions within the U.S. as well as the diversity of nominee’s industry segments such as suppliers, manufacturers, dealers, community managers, and developers, as well as association executives.”