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154 • RV PRO • July 2018 rv-pro.com His nominator, David Webster, writes "As chairman of the MHI Suppliers Division, he was one of the first people who saw the value and need for a national industry public relations campaign, and became a strong advocate and leader for the MHI Image Campaign Task Force." Even retirement can't keep Evans from contributing to the industry. The semi-retired Evans is still serving on the board of directors for the RV/MH Hall of Fame. Gub Mix Few leaders in the manu- factured housing industry can say they were a state association executive, let alone managing four state associations at the same time. But Gub Mix can. After closing his manufactured housing dealership in Idaho, he took on the task of building an industry association in Idaho at the urging of his fellow dealers. In doing so, he formed the Idaho association, as well as added Nevada and Utah and managed the Arizona association. During his career, he served at state, regional and national levels. He was the executive of four state manufactured housing associations. He also helped organize Northwest Pride, an unprec- edented multi-state advertising campaign in combination with local utilities. Additionally, he helped form the National Con- gress & Expo of Manufactured Housing, which has become the largest annual national meeting of the industry. Mix also published Manufactured Housing News, a newsletter of national circulation from 1986 to 2006. His nominator, Ross Kinzler, writes, "Gub served whenever asked in leadership roles. … His sound thinking and ability to see long-term led to organizing the greatest advertising/marketing effort in the MH industry. Northwest Pride combined money from the industry, and more importantly, the electric power industry, to promote the industry with millions of dollars. … Gub was a voice of reason and a constant industry promoter." Bill Wilson Bill Wilson has had a distin- guished and wide-ranging career. He began as a design engineer for Avco Corp., where he designed a fixture to measure the moment of inertia of irregular-shaped bodies. He then went on to work at General Electric in the aircraft engine division as a senior design engineer. After 10 years with General Electric, Wilson went on to teach as a professor at the University of Cincinnati. It wasn't until 1980 that Wilson entered the manufactured housing industry as the owner, president and CEO of Cherry Hill Homes while getting involved with the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute (KMHI) in numerous roles. With his background in engineering, Wilson was able to create a Cherry Hill foundation design that was featured in the MHRA publication, titled "Guide to Foundation and Support Systems for Manufactured Homes." Wilson applied these stan- dards to all the model homes at Cherry Hill Sales Center by setting them on concrete piers to maintain their appearance and ensure the structure was not compromised by improper set up at the sales center. Wilson has been honored with a multitude of awards, acco- lades and inductions. He has been deeply involved with edu- cation, economic development, the manufactured housing industry, engineering, real estate and community leadership. Darrel Cohron & Harrel Cohron The story of twin brothers Darrel and the late Harrel Cohron's careers in the manufactured housing industry is truly a story of rags to riches and living the American dream. The twins were born in a small community in rural Kentucky where they were the first members of their family to graduate from high school. After serving in the military, someone suggested they look into selling trailers. From there, the brothers estab- lished a successful sales center and began developing communities not long after. As of 2014, they had six com- munities with more than 1,800 home sites in Lawrence, Ind. Notably, those communities had a combined 96 percent occupancy rate, which can be attributed to their commitment to maintaining attrac- tive, clean and safe communities. The brothers also served as officers in their local Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) and board mem- bers for the IMHA-RVIC. Through their volunteer work they became mentors to many community owners in Indiana. The twins even have a biography, "The Trailer Twins," released in 2010, which sits in the RV/MH Heritage Hall of Fame library. B U S I N E S S

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