Although in our new Strategic Plan the Mission Statement and Big Audacious Goal remain the same, there are some new key directions that will be explored. Now with that being said, yes this was a teaser. You will have to read Mike Means’ report within this magazine to get the details.
OSHBA’s statewide advocacy efforts are never ending and with the November elections we were busier than ever. Each year when the Oklahoma legislative session opens, we have a statewide Capitol day. We, as OSHBA members, gathered together to represent our industry and collectively met with our local legislators concerning issues and legislation that affects our industry. Also, throughout the session, we encourage each member to actively participate in the Voters Voice Program. This program is a very simple way to get our unified message across to your local legislators as to how a proposed bill will affect our industry and it comes directly from your email to them. Each year we encourage all members to consider a PAC donation to the NAHB BuildPAC or directly to our StatePAC. Each two-year election cycle, the NAHB sets a BuildPAC fundraising goal for each state. Once our state’s goal is met, 50 percent of the contributions go back to our StatePAC fund to be used for local candidates who support our industry.
Did you know that currently our state is over 200 percent of our 2015-2016 election cycle goals? That’s right, we have eight Capitol Club members, three Platinum Club members and 25 Gold Key members, and many Fair Share donators across the state. This year, your StatePAC has supported and been involved in 79 political races statewide in the primary. Out of those 79, many moved on to the general election with the candidate we are supporting favored. We lost nine of the races in which we contributed. Proving “The best man (or woman)” doesn’t always win. But so far, we are on an 87 percent winning streak.
Just a quick reminder: Our next StatePAC fundraiser will be our Sporting Clays event scheduled for March 31. I hope to see you there!
Our State Fall Board of Directors meeting was at the Tulsa HBA’s newly renovated headquarters. Along with the normal business of the Association conducted, we projected finishing the year in the black and passed our 2017 annual budget. Our new three-year Strategic Plan and our By-Law amendments, primarily complying with the new NAHB requirements concerning Local Associations and Charters, were approved and passed. We also approved our new 2017 Executive Officers starting with our newest officer Steve Allen as VP and Secretary, David Blackburn as VP and Treasurer, Dan Reeves as our incoming President and me as your Past President. Chris Evens is our incoming Associates Council President. Congratulations to all our 2017 Executive Officers. Be sure and mark your calendars for the 2017 Installation and Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Jan. 21 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown OKC.
Lastly, I would like to talk “Dollars and Cents” with you concerning the added value of OSHBA Membership. Now I do not mean to sound like a broken record, but at the risk of doing so, this just makes “Cents”. Do you realize that if you take advantage of the state-endorsed insurance programs and the State Rebate Program, an average member can save approximately $3029.21? That’s right, let me break it down:
• The Workers-Comp. program through CompSource saves on average about $400;
• The General Liability program from Mid-Continent through HUB saves on average about $1200;
• If you are a Certified Professional Builder (CPB) that’s an additional average savings of $250;
• The State Rebate Program can EARN the average builder member about $1179.29.
Kurt Dinnes is president of OSHBA and state rep to NAHB. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org at (405) 641-2154.
Read more of our president’s first word comments on our blog at www.oshba.org.¦