Editor's note: This is taken from reports submitted at the spring board meeting
By Mark Priess
Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa
Total Resource Campaign
TRC volunteers exceeded the campaign's fundraising goal of $360,000 and raised over $400,000 in sponsorships/non-dues revenue. This was the 2nd highest fundraising effort in campaign history and these funds support the HBA's 2015 programs, special events, and meetings.
Harvest of Homes
The Owasso Chapter's Harvest of Homes was held in October 2014 with over 20 homes featured in the Greater Owasso area. Harvest, however, has been discontinued in 2015.
Installation of 2015 HBA President, Allen Jenkins of Celebrity Homes, was held on December 5, 2014 at the Hard Rock Casino. 2015 Senior Officers are Allen Jenkins, Brandon L. Jackson of Tara Custom Homes, and Peter Grant, Grant Homes Remodel & Restoration.
Installation of 2015 OSHBA President, Phil Rhees of BMI Next Generation Homes, was held on January 10 at the Mayo Hotel. Efforts to encourage greater HBA participation were successful.
The HBA's renovation of the banquet hall, kitchen, board room, staff offices, library, and classroom is expected to be completed in Spring 2015. This was the first complete remodel of the building since the 1970's. The HBA established temporary headquarters in Broken Arrow and hosts offsite meetings at various member offices throughout the area.
2014 Housing Starts
YTD housing starts for the metropolitan Tulsa area were 2,889, as compared with 2,787 starts in 2014.
The HBA reached its 2014 new member goal of 160 new members. The 2015 new member goal is 200 and currently HBA membership is 934.
Last year, the HBA established a new group specifically to attract and cultivate leadership among HBA members 40 years of age and younger. Led by Erin DeWeese and Cahn Wiggs, this group received Council designation in 2015 and has established a calendar of events that includes professional development, philanthropic contributions, and networking opportunities.
Home & Garden Show
This year's Show concluded last weekend with 500 exhibitor booths sold-out and 33,000 visitors attending the Show during its 4-day run on March 12-15.
Due to a staff vacancy, Jaime Christensen was named Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Gabrielle (Gabby) Bridenbaugh was hired as HBA Council Coordinator.
HBA Golf Tournament
The annual tournament is scheduled at Forest Ridge Golf Club on May 1.
HBA Charitable Foundation
Planning is underway for the annual fundraising event in May 2015 at Metro Appliances & More which benefits the HBA Charitable Foundation.
Parade of Homes
Planning efforts are underway with 140 homes entered in the 2015 Parade scheduled in June 2015.
Rogers County Builders Association
Rogers County Home & Garden Farm & Ranch Show will be April 10-12, 2015 at Claremore Expo.
Annual golf tournament is May 8 at Heritage Hills, and plans are being made for a picnic at Claremore Lake in June.