The James E. LaVasque Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a member of NCMHA. The award is presented annually by NCMHA to a member who embodies the high standards, vision and leadership ability of Oakwood Homes President James E. LaVasque, an industry pioneer who was one of the founders of the Association and served as one of its first presidents.
Durwood Batchelor, this year’s recipient has dedicated most of his life to the manufactured housing industry and has been a member of NCMHA for over 30 years. He was appointed by Governor Jim Hunt to serve as a member on the NC Manufactured Housing Licensing Board, a seat that he held for two terms (the maximum term limit). He was a founding member of the NC Manufactured Housing Suppliers Council and he also served on the NCMHA Board of Directors for many years.
After 17 successful years in Banking, Durwood started Batchelor Supply in 1984 growing the company from scratch and creating a warehouse distribution center to serve the manufactured and modular industry. The company grew quickly and he expanded in 1998 to a new 100,000 square foot facility in NC. Even after many episodes with health issues and numerous operations, his goal was to always provide good service to his customers. His mission was 100% satisfaction and nothing less would do. He demanded his employees to treat customers with fairness and honestly in all aspects of the business. Those loyalties led to a very successful business which is still in operation today.