NCC Member Firms Recognized in Las Vegas
This year at the 2005 MHI National Congress and Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing in Las Vegas, Nevada, industry members from around the country gathered to recognize industry leaders and their dedication, vision, and achievements in moving the industry further.
Community Operator of the Year
Equity Lifestyle Properties
Two N. Riverside Plaza, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606
Contact: Pat Zamora
Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) owns and operates 275 quality communities in 25 states and British Columbia, combined for a total of more than 100,000 sites. Throughout this period ELS has been committed to the industry, improving service levels to its customers and elevating the reputation of manufactured housing overall. It is dedicated to provide to the industry and its customersí high quality affordable homes within communities situated in many of the countryís most desirable locations.
Recognizing that the expectations of todayís homebuyer have changed dramatically over the years, ELS continuously works with home manufacturers to incorporate the appointments sought by todayís homebuyer. Some of the improvements in home design include architectural accents, entrance dormers and porches, gabled shingle roofs, decorative carport columns, upgraded landscape packages, as well as increased square footage and greater capacity to accommodate the technology needs of home office equipment and home entertainment centers. These improved design standards are in addition to some of its most requested interior options, including designer kitchens, luxurious master bedrooms and bathrooms, split floor plans and screened porches.
ELSís portfolio includes communities located in desirable destinations in both urban and resort-like settings. Strong, vibrant communities are an ELS hallmark. The amenities package and community events offered at its communities are comparable to the most successful retirement developments, such as Sun City. With a strong commitment to meeting the needs of the upcoming Baby Boomer population, it has enhanced many community amenities, including redesigned exercise facilities, new financial centers offering high speed Internet access and improved clubhouses and pool areas. In addition, many of its communities are hosting events, including concerts, golf tournaments, tennis tournaments, financial seminars, health fairs, and local outings to sporting events, comedy shows and Broadway productions.
ELSís participation in several trade shows over the past few years has been beneficial in providing information on manufactured housing to customers who may not have previously considered manufactured housing as an option. In 2004, ELS participated in the Great North American RV Rally and the AARP National Convention in Las Vegas. The reception by many customers was most positive, with a number of them admitting that they could not believe how manufactured homes have changed over the years. ELS recognizes the continued need to educate todayís consumer on all the benefits of manufactured housing and is committed to this education process.
ELS actively supports the operation of MHIís National Communities Council and has been very active since its inception and also participates in MHI programs, task force membership and leadership, especially in recent years with new member recruitment, PAC contributions and program sponsorship at MHI meetings. It also participates in state associations and state boards.
Manufactured Home Community Lender of the Year
ARCS Commercial Mortgage Co., L.P.
100 W. Big Beaver Road
Suite 200, Liberty Center
Troy, MI 48084
Contact: Louis Vela
The Community Lender of the Year Award recognizes the important role that manufactured home community lending plays in todayís marketplace.
This yearís award winner is a nationwide commercial lender with extensive expertise in multifamily lending, especially in manufactured home communities.
An active supporter of both state and national industry trade associations, this company brings over 25 years of executive-level experience in the mortgage, finance and real estate development industries. Its servicing portfolio currently exceeding $12.5 billion and loan originations in 2004 for manufactured home communities exceeded $400 million.
Its executives are active in both state and national manufactured housing associations.
Manufactured Home Community Broker of the Year
Security Mortgage Group
810 Crossroads Building
Two State Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Contact: Gerard DiMarco, Jr.
Security Mortgage Group continues to be a powerful source for manufactured home community financing. It has placed over $650,000,000 in community financing in sixteen states from Florida to California. While Security Mortgage Group is uniquely experienced in community financing, it also has placed over $1,650,000,000 in financing for apartments, retail facilities, warehouse and office buildings and mini-storage since 1990.
Security Mortgage Group provides personalized attention and has built strong relationships with our clients through diligence, efficiency and integrity. Its volume and expertise in all areas of income-producing real estate allows them to present their manufactured housing clients with the best possible pricing and loan delivery. Gerry DiMarco, Jr. and Anthony DiMarco are proud to have brought savings and reduced risk to the clients of Security Mortgage.
Its principals are active members of the Manufactured Housing Institute and of state associations, including New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Texas, New Jersey.
Manufactured Home Community Service/Supplier of the Year
Edison Micro Utilities
1505 E. Missouri Ave., #200
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Contact: Kim Trounce
Edison Micro utilities was founded by William Robertson in 1977 to assist
manufactured home community owners with sub-metering as an effective means of
cutting expenses and increasing utility conservation. His commitment to quality and community relations is shared by his daughter, Kim Trounce, leading the operations team in the management of residential utility billing for communities in over 24 states from Florida to California.
Edison Micro Utilities has brought accurate electronic and timely utility management
solutions with superior customer service to the manufactured housing industry. The
company is dedicated to maintaining integrity in sub-metering of communities through
the distribution of quality meter products, monitoring of legislative, rate and regulation
changes; and ensuring accuracy of rate calculations throughout the billing process.
Considered one of the pioneer companies in third party utility management, Edison Micro Utilities is a trusted advisor to owners and managers interested in sub-metering their communities.