A new organization formed by manufactured housing professionals is recruiting members and building partnerships to organize on a single platform for an important voice in advancing the industry.
Women Advancing Manufactured Housing is the result of years of casual conversation about organizing a coalition for women in the industry and came to fruition during a roundtable discussion among Justine Natalie from Dynamic MH Solutions, Maria Horton from Newport Pacific, Sherrie Clevenger from CoreLogic, Maryuri Barberan from Pentagon Properties, and Kim Shultz-Rainford from Affordable Casa Group at the recent SECO Conference.
The five primary organizers comprise the executive committee for the new group. While the group focuses on the support and advancement of women for the industry, the organization is open to any manufactured housing professional who wants to be involved.
“WAMH is a movement that has been discussed for many years,” Horton said. “The group that has come together to see it come to life has a combined 150 years of experience in all aspects of the industry, and we remain excited to honor, recognize and learn from all industry professionals who want to join.”
Horton said the organization will partner with an existing nonprofit while it continues to organize its legal and operating structure. WAMH’s mission is to support women in the industry, improve the perception of manufactured housing, and collaborate and expand each member’s knowledge and network.
Organizers for WAMH have been meeting weekly since October, and are planning quarterly member meetings with subject matter experts, including at in-person events as the organization grows. WAMH already has a modest number of supporters who have committed to membership as well as providing startup funding.
WAMH Key Goals
- To provide a supportive network to increase the presence and voice of women in the manufactured housing industry.
- Consistently strive to improve the perception of manufactured housing.
- To create a collaborative effort for general industry answers and to share and expand the knowledge of each and every member of WAMH.
“Although it’s been a relatively short time since WAMH was formed, this phenomenal group of women has already contributed fantastic strategic ideas to drive positive momentum within manufactured housing,” WAMH co-founder Justine Natalie said. “ I am honored to be on the executive committee and to partner with industry professionals as we work toward our WAMH mission statement. We are looking forward to spreading the word of WAMH and are excited about what we are striving to bring to the industry in terms of knowledge, support, and mentorship.”