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American Tiny House Association – Board of Directors

Palmetto, FL (December 12, 2016) — The American Tiny House Association (ATHA) has elected its 2016-17 board of directors. Details are below.

About the American Tiny House Association

Founded in 2015, American Tiny House Association is the premier organization dedicated to ensuring tiny houses are accepted as viable dwelling units. Members advocate locally and nationally, providing education and support to enthusiasts, municipalities, key housing organizations, builders and other professionals to help people to legally live tiny.

Benefits of membership include access to resources, solutions to building and zoning codes, connections with city planning and construction experts, and the tools to engage with local governments. For additional information, visit the web site at AmericanTinyHouseAssociation.org.

Board of Directors

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President: Chris Galusha

Galusha is a construction consultant and advocate for safe, affordable housing. Since 2010, he has focused on the tiny house industry and works to teach and mentor those interested in construction, regenerative agriculture, and land development. He is currently director of construction for a veterans organization, developing tiny home plans and construction training programs in the Dallas, Texas area.

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Vice President: Amy Turnbull

Turnbull studied community development and housing as a graduate of California State University and brings her passion for tiny to ATHA. She is an advocate of accessory dwelling units (ADU) and hopes to build an ADU on her property in Great Barrington, Mass.

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Treasurer: Lisa Ward

Ward is the founder of TinyHomesClassified.com. She has worked in private commercial and residential real estate finance industry and government sector for more than 20 years, with a focus on partnerships for affordable housing, mixed use development and land preservation.

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Secretary: Ginger Reichl

Reichl is the CEO of Parvus House, a tiny house design firm, and is president of Pinstripe Marketing in St. Petersburg, Fla. She is an advocate for tiny homes as an opportunity to solve a variety of problems including transitional housing communities for the homeless, veterans, youth aging out of the foster care system and more.

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Director: René Hardee

Hardee transitioned from a mere tiny house enthusiast into a true tiny house change agent by petitioning her town of Rockledge, Fla. to create a brand-new, tiny house community zoning ordinance, and is currently building the city’s first tiny house community.

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Director: Aaron Kipfmiller

Kipfmiller is the design and construction manager for Great Lakes Tiny Homes in Jackson, Mich. Responsible for conceptual designs and construction documentation. He also manages the zoning intelligence service to provide detailed analysis of zoning requirements for potential property locations.

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Director: John Kernohan

Kernohan and his wife, Fin, live in a 304 square foot tiny cabin in Eatonton, Ga., and host the Facebook blog, “Beloved Cabin.” They also created and continue to plan and manage Tiny House Festivals, and regularly contribute to blogs, presentations and other publications about tiny living.

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Media Request: RV Magazine Seeks Small Housers

OrganizationRV PRO

Type of media: Magazine

Contact: Contact the Small House Society

Email: Use our Contact Page

Deadline: Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Location: North America

Request:

“Seeking anyone nationwide who is knowledgeable about tiny home manufacturing and sales trends, and can speak about the tiny home movement and its ties to RVs. If it’s by phone, I would anticipate it taking no more than 20 minutes. I am in Austin, Texas.”

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Media Request: Courier-Post of South Jersey Seeks Small Housers

OrganizationCourier-Post of South Jersey

Type of media: Newspaper & Digital

Contact: Shannon Eblen

Emailseblen@gannett.com

Deadline: 11 October 2015

Request:

Hi, I’m the features reporter for the Courier-Post, a South Jersey newspaper. I’m working on a story based around the growing popularity of tiny houses, “How to live small.” I want to talk to people who have moved into tiny houses about why they chose the lifestyle, and how they pared down their belongings and built their houses, as well as the architects or builders, preferably in the South Jersey area, who specialize in this style.

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Casting Call: Planning to own a tiny home? We Want You!

Are you planning to buy a Tiny House? Have you always dreamed of living in a luxury home? Now you can have both! Don’t downgrade when you downsize!

HGTV in association with Bodega Pictures are now seeking families, couples and individuals who are looking to build or own a tiny home. Candidates will be introduced to a highly skilled, top-of-the-line tiny home manufacturing team to design and build a 100% customized house that boasts high-end amenities creature comforts and above average design and detail. This is your chance to live in a premium quality home tailored to your desires and your unique personality!

Having the home of your dreams doesn’t have to break the bank!

EMAIL: tinyluxury@bodegapictures.com

Important: To submit please email your name, location, your budget range, FULL contact information (phone and email) recent photos of yourselves and a brief bio describing why you are interested in owning a tiny home.

* Interested candidates must be located in the U.S. and plan to either build or buy a tiny house within the Fall of 2015 or by Early 2016.

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Media Request: Boston University Thesis Project

Organization: Thesis Project at Boston University

Type of media: Film/Video

Contact: Emily Schulz

Email: eschulz@bu.edu

Phone: (540) 993-3538

Deadline: 22 September 2015

Request:

Hello!

My name is Emily Schulz, I am a student at Boston University, getting my Master’s in Film. I currently live in Los Angeles until December. My thesis project is a script for a documentary I am working on. The documentary is about the tiny house movement, specifically the tiny house community.

I am looking for a few friends to help answer some questions for me, in hopes to use your statements in my project. I would be asking questions about your involvement in the community, your backgrounds in how you got involved, and relationships you have made through the tiny house lifestyle. I am preferably looking for people who have either already built their house, or are currently living in it. That being said, the more people I could speak to the better.

If you are interested, or you know someone who would be interested in helping me out, please contact me! You can reach me though email or through phone number. I would love to hear from any and all of you!

Best Wishes Wherever You Are.

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Note: We’ve had some people posting comments here on this page in response to the above. Instead, please contact the person directly as indicated above. Thanks!

Media Request: Public Radio Seeks Small Housers

OrganizationKCRW

Type of media: Public Radio

Contact: Sasa Woodruff

Email: SasaWoodruff@kcrw.org

Deadline: 30 September 2015

Request:

I’m a freelance journalist working for a public radio station. I’m currently in Bratislava, Slovakia and would do interview via Skype. I’m working on a story about an off-the-grid ecopod and would like to talk to an expert in the movement who could discuss how this one compares to other ones on the market. The interview should take 15-30 minutes. Please email me so we can arrange an interview. Thank you!

 

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T.D. Jakes: “Your big house is not going to make you happy… Peace and joy is in your heart and not in your stuff.”

A few days ago, the video below was posted to YouTube featuring Bishop T.D. Jakes as a guest on the Steve Harvey Show.

In the segment about finding happiness, Jakes states, “Your big house is not going to make you happy… Peace and joy is in your heart and not in your stuff.”

The conversation seemed to be related to simpler and smaller living, so we posted it to our Facebook page.

In just a few hours, it had already turned out to be one of the most popular posts to our page in recent months.

At the time of this writing, just a few hours after posting the video, over 3,000 people have viewed the post and there are over 30 likes.

Controversy

Despite the apparent interest in the video (it has about 5 million total views in three days), three people were apparently offended by it, primarily due to criticisms about T.D. Jakes.

Comments included, “Doesn’t this guy live in a mansion worth nearly $7 million?” and “The hypocrisy is staggering, and this is pretty inappropriate for the list.” One person commented, “This from someone who’s parishioners have paid for his biggest house(s).”

Someone responded to these criticisms saying, “but he is saying a big house doesn’t make you happy and he should know!”

 

A simple Google search on T.D. Jakes and the word scandal produces over 180,000 results. That’s probably typical for any powerful high profile person today. Depending on your viewpoint, Jakes is either a villain or hero. If you’re among his 4 million Facebook fans, you probably think he’s a hero.

Focus on Promoting Smaller Living

There are people helping promote the message of simpler smaller living who may have views and motives contrary to ours. Some may be builders, bloggers, authors, and others in the movement for purely opportunistic reasons. Others may be public figures promoting a message of simpler smaller living. (We know little about T.D. Jakes’ personal life or where he stands on various issues.)

One approach would be to censor, silence, criticize, marginalize, and discredit anyone we don’t agree with, or those we feel aren’t ‘true followers’ of the movement.

However, the approach we take is this: If a builder, blogger, author, or public figure is promoting a message about smaller and simpler living, we’re going to consider them as valuable to our cause.

There are people who seem to be taking advantage of the movement by launching websites filled with advertising. Their primary goal appears to be making money on advertising, and they don’t seem to care about the movement. Others care deeply about the movement and are selflessly giving of their time and resources.

While at some level we care about people’s motives, ultimately if their activities are promoting our message, we’re not here to judge people, but to spread a message.

T.D. Jakes Impact

Years ago, when the Oprah Winfrey Show contacted us about a small house episode, we didn’t refuse to work with their team because Oprah lives in a big house. We didn’t start judging Oprah’s lifestyle choices. When prominent public figures with millions of followers show an interest in the smaller and simpler message, we support them.

T.D. Jakes has a significant following and impact through social media. So, regardless of whether someone is a supporter or critic of him, his message about simpler smaller living, is a message that is important.

Here’s a brief summary about T.D. Jakes social media reach:

So, if T.D. Jakes wants to talk about simpler and smaller living, that’s fine with us.

The Message and The Messenger

Maybe you’re someone who feels that you’re more perfect than the next person. Here’s something to consider…

There are plenty of broken and imperfect people in the world. Despite their failings or even apparent hypocrisy, these people accomplish much good in the world.

Sometimes an inspired and valuable message will come through an imperfect messenger.

 

In varying degrees we’re all imperfect and each have our shortcomings. We’re all doing the best we can to have a positive impact on the world. Let’s do our best to work together cooperatively and respectfully.

Media Request: Producer Seeks Small House Builder

Organization: Pink Sneakers Production

Type of media: Video

Contact: Trish

Email: patrizha@pinksneakers.net

Deadline: Friday, 3 April 2015

Location: North America

Request:

Seeking family owned and operated small home building company that has sold homes for waterfront locations (e.g. river, lake, ocean). The documentary show to be produced will focus on one building company only. The show will be recorded at the builder’s location. Would like to have a Skype or phone conversation with prospective candidates on or before Friday, 3 April 2015.

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Small House Society on WWL Radio New Orleans

On 5 March 2015, at 12:10 PM Central Time, Greg Johnson of the Small House Society will be interviewed by Garland Robinette for “The Think Tank” on WWL New Orleans.

At 12:35 PM, Garland will be interviewing Chris Leinberger, director of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University Business School.

Listen Now. Use the player below to listen to the show now.

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