Posted on September 3, 2014 by Todd Booze

Todd Booze
Todd Booze

With the start of September, activities will get real busy at OSHBA. We are right at the doorstep of the Building Summit on Sept. 11th, at Reed Center in Midwest City.

Please make every effort to register online by Monday, Sept. 8th. But, even if you can't, don't let that keep you away. You can register the day-of, but pay $25 more. $75 is small price for the vast dollar-savings knowledge you'll gain. This promises to be the best educational one-day event yet with a nationally known expert on Lean Building, Scott Sedam, doing the Keynote and individual sessions throughout the day.

In addition, we'll provide important information for all builders -- from what they need to know about the lots they are purchasing from a Geo Technical viewpoint to foundation design, applied wall-bracing methods and common construction issues our industry encounters in the field.

It's "a can't miss"! So go to for a detailed list of education topics and to pre-register.

Also on the day prior, OSHBA vice president/secretary Kurt Dinnes will be holding a membership meeting with local membership chairs and officers to get feedback on how we can assist your recruiting efforts and provide more value to the local HBAs and members. We have received a lot of great feedback through the year and look forward to finalizing our plan to move forward.

In addition, we are inviting all Governmental Affairs Chairs and others interested in helping with the IRC 2015 review committee to meet on Sept. 18th at the OSHBA office.

The first meeting will be more of a planning meeting to lay the ground rules for how the OUBCC works and formulate our strategy on how we are going to conduct our review to identify and eliminate overly burdensome and costly provisions to the building process in Oklahoma. This is probably one of the largest efforts in which OSHBA will participate to protect the environment in which we operate. So your involvement in any way would be appreciated.

A couple of events you won't want to miss are coming up. First is the State Associates Council Golf Tournament on Sept. 29th at Fairfax in Edmond. They are bringing back the Vega$ $cramble, so please sign up to support our associates and appreciate them for all they do for our industry and our individual businesses.

Then on Oct. 8th, OSHBA will be having our annual Sporting Clays State PAC event. Besides seeing who wins the new Ruger Double Barrel Shotgun, you won't want to miss any of the other surprises Chairman David Brookshire has. So oil up that shotgun and go to the OSHBA website and get registered! This event really helps us in our advocacy efforts.

Bill Rhees
Bill Rhees

Finally, this last month our association suffered another blow with the passing of a 40-year member, Bill Rhees from Tulsa. Bill was one of the most respected leaders who has ever served our organization. He served our industry unselfishly his entire career, from being President of the Tulsa Home Builders Association, Chairman of our state Insurance Committee, to many other leadership roles along the way. Bill was always a calming force in the face of adversity and helped lead our association through many challenging times. At his Celebration of Life, it was evident the influence that he had on so many people as a mentor, coach or just being a friend to whom ever needed one. He will be greatly missed and we know his son Phil will continue his legacy in the OSHBA leadership role.

-- OSHBA 2014 President Todd Booze

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