I hope this article finds you busy within our industry. Fall is always a much anticipated time of year as we finally start getting some relief from the heat of the summer. If you are like most builders, you too are working diligently to get homes started and dried-in before the winter weather has a chance to delay our building. Soon, we may be wishing we had some of that warmer and drier weather we enjoyed this fall. Either way, the upcoming holiday season brings out the best in us all, reminding us all how truly blessed we are to have great friends, family and to serve in an industry that brings us all together in a place called HOME.
Since our OSHBA membership includes members from all over our great state and many of you do not always have the time or opportunity to attend events or state meetings, I hope this message helps serve as your insight as to what your OSHBA is doing on behalf of our industry and you as a member. Your Oklahoma State Home Builders Leadership has been very busy over the last few months working hard on behalf of our membership.
First and foremost, I would like to thank all of our sponsors, suppliers, manufacturers and attendees of this year’s Oklahoma Building Summit and Expo. This was our second year combining the extensive education venues with an industry trade show. With the trade show sold out and attendance up considerably this year’s summit was better than ever, providing diverse educational speakers, product and supplier information and great networking opportunities for all.
A very special thanks to our summit committee and its Chairman Dan Reeves. Thanks again to all who participated and attended this year. Please make plans to attend next year’s event Sept. 27-28th!
Over the last year or so, the Oklahoma Uniform Building Codes Commission under the leadership of our member Curtis McCarty has been hard at work sorting out what will become our new State Building Code as of the Nov. 1 this year. As we transition from the 2009 IRC to the 2015 IRC, the OSHBA education provided, not only at the summit but at your Local HBAs concerning these code changes, will be another very important benefit of your membership.
The OSHBA golf tournament was held in October at Rose Creek Golf Club. We had a great turnout with the proceeds going to Rebuilding Together OKC. The annual OSHBA golf tournament put on by our Associates Council is a great way to network, have a blast and give back to our community. I personally am not a big golfer, but I think I had more fun as a volunteer than even the serious golfers. So whether you are a golfer or not, I would encourage you to come out next year and participate.
At the end of August, approximately 20 members, made up of your executive board and selected volunteer members from around the state gathered in Carlton Landing on beautiful Lake Eufaula to develop a new three-year Strategic Plan for OSHBA. With the help of a NAHB moderator, trained to assist with strategic planning, we put together our new OSHBA three-year Strategic Plan. This was our second three-year strategic planning session utilizing the help provided by the NAHB.
Strategic planning has become a vital part of our OSHBA direction as to how best to serve local associations and members across our state. You may or may not remember, but three years ago at our last strategic planning session, one of the key takeaways was the elimination of our state convention in favor of expanding and renaming the Building Summit. As a result of that strategic planning, the new Oklahoma Building Summit & Expo was formed.