Posted on September 21, 2015 by Mike Means

Editor’s note: This column will be published in the upcoming edition of Oklahoma Builder magazine

This issue I thought I would get a little serious with you.

The topic in this month's magazine deals with education and how it ties to the industry. The annual Oklahoma Building Summit & Expo helps our builders to be the best that they can be. We cover many topics, from energy efficiency to concrete issues to business operations. We also try to each year keep you up-to-date on legal issues. This is good stuff – for your business.

Mike Means
Mike Means

The Home Builders Institute works hard to ensure we have a well-trained labor pool. I am especially excited about how they are taking our soldiers who are exiting the military and teaching them skills they can use in the workplace. Imagine the quality of a worker that has the discipline and team training that the military brings combined with the skills from HBI! This is good stuff – for your business.

For several years, the State Associates Council has awarded scholarships to our local technology centers. These scholarships have helped young people in school learn about the construction industry and even receive specialized training in one of the trades.

Do you realize the average age of a plumber in this country is over 50? Training the next generation of trades is crucial to our industry.

The Autry Technology Center in Garfield County puts more emphasis on residential builders. This is good stuff – for your business.

But what are you doing to help yourself? And I am not talking about business skills. What about feeding your soul?

Earlier this summer, I was privileged to attend NAHB’s Association Leadership Institute. One of the keynotes was the author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He gave some great advice and also challenged us to think about our souls. One thing to consider is who we hang out with. He said we are the average of the five people we most associate with.

As a member of a professional association, you’ve taken that first step to hanging with the right people. I would also encourage you to take some time to read your Bible, volunteer, and be sure to take some time for yourself and your family.

Mike Means
Executive Officer

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