Nov. 4, 2016
Leo Poggione, '92 BS in Business Administration, was awarded the Manufactured Housing Institute's (MHI) Chairman's Award during the MHI annual meeting in California in September. The award is the trade group's highest honor. The president of Craftsman Homes in Reno, Poggione was recognized for his outstanding achievements, dedication, and service to the industry. During the early 2000s when traditional street retailers were struggling and closing doors all over the country, he was busy pushing the envelope of the retail sales center business model, learning how to utilize low-income housing tax credits, bidding on workforce housing projects, transporting homes on barges for projects in Alaska, purchasing homes for rental properties, and providing customer services that in good times a retailer would normally subcontract out to others. He also volunteered his time to serve in leadership positions at MHI and his state association. He is an MHI board member, has held leadership positions on the National Retailers Council, and has served on numerous MHI committees and task forces addressing some of the industry’s most challenging issues. Craftsman Homes is Nevada’s leading manufactured housing dealer and has won multiple awards for customer service and overall satisfaction. Poggione lives in Reno.