Oklahoma State Home Builders Association

An Affiliate of the National Home Builders Association

President's Memo: What drought?

 
Posted on May 24, 2015 by Phil Rhees

Drought? What drought? Even my cattle-rancher friends out near Elk City must be hoping for a dry day or two at this point. Our prayers once again go out to all of you who live in the Oklahoma City area with the recent tornadoes and unprecedented flooding. This time we also pray for those around my hometown of Tulsa. In fact, me and my honey spent a little time in our shelter Saturday night! Tornadoes were just a little too close for comfort for Gina! As always, the OSHBA stands ready to help our members who have been affected by the storms any way we can, so please let us know if we can help.

Phil Rhees
Phil Rhees

The weather has affected some planning by our local associations. I've heard that many of the Parade of Homes are turning to Floats of Homes!

All kidding aside, we are still hard at work on OSHBA business. We are putting the finishing touches on the classes that will be offered at the OK Building Summit in Oklahoma City, August 26th and 27th, and I'm really excited about our new offerings this year. Booths are selling quickly and momentum in picking up!

It can be challenging to keep those seminars fresh, but with the 2015 IRC about to roll out for statewide adoption early in 2016, there are many new issues to discuss. Also, we have quite a few new presenters this year with a variety of content that we think will appeal to everyone. See below for a link to the Summit registration, and don't forget to bring along your superintendents and framers!

Finally, we should complete work this month on our new state builder and remodeler warranty, which is the final piece to our new state contracts, so look for those to roll out in June. I would be remiss if I didn't thank Paul Kane, Mike Means, Don Fryer, Mark Livingston, David Blackburn, Jeff Smith, and Mark Priess for their hard work on the Contracts Committee, going back to 2012 when we started this little adventure. Gentlemen, I very much appreciate the time and wisdom each of you lent to this effort!

Phil Rhees, 2015 President.

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