A Tribute to a True Pioneer in Modular and Manufactured Housing – with video

In honor of Jerry Rouleau, it is with great admiration and respect that I would like to pay tribute to his remarkable accomplishments and the indelible impact he made in the field of modular and manufactured housing and to me personally. Throughout his career, Jerry Rouleau had been a driving force and visionary leader, revolutionizing the industry and leaving a lasting legacy.

Jerry Rouleau

Jerry left us too soon, but I will always remember him as my mentor and friend. So please, take a couple of minutes and allow me to tell you about this wonderful person.

Jerry Rouleau’s journey in modular construction began with a passion for innovation and a relentless pursuit of excellence. As the founder of the National Association of Home Builders Building Systems Councils (BSC), he played a pivotal role in promoting and advancing the modular construction sector. Under his guidance, the BSC has become a vital resource for education, advocacy, and networking, fostering collaboration and driving industry-wide growth.

Through his dedication, knowledge, and expertise, Jerry Rouleau had been a trusted advisor and mentor to countless professionals in the modular construction industry. His commitment to sharing best practices, fostering collaboration, and nurturing emerging talent has had a transformative impact on individuals and organizations alike.

Jerry Rouleau’s contributions extend beyond his work with the BSC. He has been an influential figure in championing the benefits of modular and manufactured housing construction, emphasizing its efficiency, sustainability, and affordability. Through his tireless advocacy efforts, he has elevated the reputation of modular construction and brought it to the forefront of the building industry.

Jerry, along with Scott Stroud, founded two highly recognized programs for the modular and manufactured home industries, SellingMoreHomesNetwork.com and Builder Radio.

Jerry Rouleau’s accomplishments are not only measured by his leadership roles but also by his commitment to quality and innovation. He has consistently pushed the boundaries of modular construction, encouraging advancements in design, technology, and construction techniques. His unwavering dedication to excellence has paved the way for transformative projects and has earned him the admiration of peers and professionals across the industry.

Beyond his professional achievements, Jerry Rouleau is known for his integrity, humility, and genuine passion for the industry. His willingness to share knowledge, mentor others, and uplift the community is a testament to his character and his desire to see the modular construction industry thrive.

As a tribute to his late wife, Jan, who died of cancer in 1999 at age 50, Jerry created a floating dream.

Jerry Rouleau, the BBQ Master, on Jan’s House of Hope

Built atop a seaworthy barge, Jan’s House of Hope was a 3,100-square-foot, furnished modular home with a three-car garage and a Ford Explorer to go inside. The unusual vessel had a very successful fund-raising tour today down the East Coast that included many ports of call.

“When she had cancer, she really helped a lot of other people by coming to support groups, and she was a really positive person,” said Jerry Rouleau. “If she saw how many people this was going to help, it would make a big difference to her.”

The two-month tour of the East Coast included stops in Boston, Branford, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Norfolk, where the house and its contents will be sold and the funds given to cancer awareness and treatment efforts. In addition, public tours of the house and fund-raising events will be hosted in each port-of-call.

The gray-shingled house boasts French doors, a whirlpool tub, and a state-of-the-art media room. The house was featured in the September 2001 issue of Home Magazine, which donated the furnishings and decorations.

Rouleau raised $10 million for cancer awareness and hospice efforts. A host of donors has kicked in everything from window screens to electronics.

Jerry left an indelible mark on the modular construction industry. His visionary leadership, unwavering commitment, and unparalleled expertise have propelled the industry forward, inspiring innovation and shaping the future of construction.

Jerry Rouleau’s legacy will continue to inspire generations to come, and his impact will be felt in the advancements and achievements of the modular construction industry for years to come. We are grateful for his remarkable contributions and honored to pay tribute to his remarkable life and accomplishments.

Gary Fleisher

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Gary Fleisher

Gary Fleisher, “The Mod Coach”, has been entrenched in the offsite construction industry for most of his life. Having started his career in the lumber industry, Gary spent decades working with manufactured and modular home producers and homebuilders. For the past 15 years his blog and LinkedIn postings have introduced thousands to the benefits of factory-built construction and have served as a forum for industry professionals to share insights and perspectives. Gary lives in Hagerstown, MD with his wife, Peg.

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