As published in The Oklahoman, April 24, 2011
Last year wasn't the first time that Mark Dale had to stand up for a beaten-up homebuilding industry and lead its walking wounded.
He had been there before, in 1990, his first time as president of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association, a tight-knit bunch of folks who couldn't help take the slump personally when they saw friends and colleagues fall.
Twenty years later, during a second turn as president, Dale's experience leading the industry as it slogged out of the 1980s oil and real estate bust helped give younger builders perspective and remind older ones that recessions can be survivable.
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