During the fifth annual Oklahoma Building Summit, we asked 10 home builders in "Man-on-the-Street" style, "What top tip did you learn today that will save you dollars?" Know, as a member, your educational dollars equal value.
Jason Schuff of Moore said, "It's the age-old question - why does concrete crack and can it be cured? I learned about additives to put in concrete that will help. It's absolutely worth it for us to come to this to stay up-to-date."
Paul Methvin of Moore said, "We are a small, family business and I started in 1962 framing houses. I owe it to my customers to continue to learn and become aware of new technology and ways to do things safer and better. You sleep better at night when you know you are trying to do it right."
Dave Carr of Oklahoma City said, "It's difficult in the field for us to keep up with what's new. Seminars like these are very, very interesting and informative. It was an eye-opener for some of these issues about concrete that were presented today. Very enlightening."
Tony Foust of Norman/Oklahoma City said, "The Summit is a good time for us. It gives us an opportunity to get refreshed and to learn about industry changes and improvements that affect the way we build homes today."
Vic Vickers of Oklahoma City said, "These seminars bring to the forefront things we've briefly heard about, but this goes in-depth. It's important to learn about legal issues - building codes, warranties, contracts and tort issues -- to protect ourselves and do what's expected of us."
Rob Miles of Tulsa said, "I heard new ideas today that will help make homes more energy-efficient, and other practices that will help builders across the state."
Larry Cagle of Broken Arrow said, "The best information I gained was about concrete used in slabs and footings. I learned what's important, what works, and what doesn't. You save money on callbacks related to problems with concrete slabs. Anything you can learn upfront to avoid problems is good. An improperly poured slab cost a friend of mine $30,000 to pull it out."