From the President: Increased Optimism

Posted on May 9, 2011 by Mike Means

From OSHBA 2011 President Michael Herndon:

Michael Herndon, 2011
OSHBA President

Lately it seems everyone I talk to has an increased optimism. And we can all do with a dose of good news right now.

I attended NAHB's construction forecast webinar earlier this month along with several builders. All the economists agreed the outlook for housing is improving. David Crowe cites low inventory, good mortgage rates and pent up demand as reasons for optimism. He also stated remodeling should continue to improve. We also heard from Mark Zandi and Robert Dink and both had good reasons for optimism. Slowly but surely we seem to be heading in the right direction.

Our Summer Convention is July 14-16th and you will be able to get all of your required hours for the Certified Builder Program. Just a reminder to put on your calendar and plan to be with us.

Don't forget May is National Remodeling month and there are lots of downloadable material at If you want help in promoting remodeling this is the place to go.

Please continue to mention the builder's association at every opportunity and remind your builder and associate friends of its importance. Membership is a key to our success.

On the legislative side, we have had tremendous success with our voterVOICE program this year. Please be sure to register when you have the opportunity. Everyone who has an email with NAHB receives the weekly updates and the action alerts. But not everyone has registered. When you register, your home address and business address is automatically linked to your legislators. That allows you, even if you don't know them personally, to be able to communicate to them issues that are important to our industry. Please register. And then, please respond when you receive an action alert. Our association is powerful when we are working together.

We also have several educational opportunities available. You can visit our website - - to find the events we have scheduled and sign up. Here are some of the following:

May 12 - Lead Based Paint Training

May 26 - OSHA Safety Training Requirements for Residential Construction

June 1 - OSHA Fall Protection Seminar presented by NAHB

September 27-28 - OK Green Building Summit

For information call OSHBA at (800) 256-9980.

Happy building!

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Focus on Long-Term Goals Has Paid off for Developer

Posted on May 6, 2011 by Mike Means

P.B. Odom III

As published in The Oklahoman, April 24, 2011

P.B. Odom III does not suffer pessimism gladly.

Those prone to tsk-tsk at an aggressive approach to real estate development need not apply.

The developer of southside Oklahoma City's upscale Rivendell neighborhood  more than 500 homes, 3,000- to 10,000-plus square feet in size, at SW 131 and May Avenue  and numerous other developments is quite willing to take a little pain now for gain later.

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Click Here for Home Design and Technology

Posted on May 5, 2011 by Mike Means

Jeff Click

As published in The Oklahoman, April 24, 2011

Jeff Click has always worked the cutting edges of technology and home design.

At 35, he is both already an old hand as a builder, and the go-to guy for everything new in the constantly evolving dance of form and function, whether in the living room or a handheld communications device.

He started building houses at age 22 after already starting a successful software company.

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Green is as Green Builds

Posted on May 4, 2011 by Mike Means

As published in The Oklahoman, April 24, 2011

It was the old-fashioned kind of green that got Ideal Homes into the new kind of green building:

Moolah. Scratch. Cold hard cash  the company wanted to make money by building homes designed to save their owners money on energy.

"We were looking for a sales differentiation," said Vernon McKown, who leads the company as a co-owner and president of sales. "We just felt like we could build a few thousand dollars extra on our houses and show our customers how they could save a bunch of money. We weren't really environmentally (sensitive) when we started."

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Want to learn more about building green? Make plans to attend the

2011 Oklahoma Green Building Summit

with Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D, P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow, the premiere green building science expert in the nation.

Sept. 28-29

The Reed Center

5800 Will Rogers

Midwest City, OK 73110

$75 for both days, or $50 each day early bird registration online

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Builder Back by Popular Demand

Posted on May 3, 2011 by Mike Means

Mark Dale

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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Upcoming Educational Events

Posted on May 2, 2011 by Mike Means

OSHBA is offering the following to members:

Lead Based Paint Renovator Course

Duration : 8 hrs

Date : May 12, 2011

Time : 08:30 am

Location : Oklahoma State HBA

Type : Required

Classification : Safety

Lead Based Paint Renovator Course ($225.00)

Register here.

Notes :

EPA Certified Instructor - Jack Werner of A to Z Inspections

Cost $225.00 (includes lunch) - Register by May 9th

Sponsored By the Oklahoma Professional Women in Business

OPWB Member Special

Current OPWB Member cost $25.00 - To Register at this special price call 405.843.5579

*New OPWB members - You may join today! With your payment of $95 you will receive the Lead Based Paint Course AND a One Year Membership to OPWB! Membership is available to men and women in our industry. Become a member today!! Call 405.843.5579

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