Phil Rhees presents Oklahoma Housing Hall of Fame award to Lark Dale on behalf of her late husband, Mark Dale (inset photo below)
The Oklahoma State Home Builders Association honored the late Mark Dale of Edmond as one of the two initial “Hall of Fame” inductees into the Oklahoma Housing Hall of Fame.
Dale, OSHBA president in 2003 and a two-time president of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association, was inducted Saturday along with Tulsa builder Joe Robson at the organization’s annual installation banquet at the Skirvin Hilton, where approximately 160 were in attendance.
Robson and Dale were honored for their roles in helping grow the association into a consumer-advocacy organization, which has earned a listening ear by legislators.
Dale served as president of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association in 1990 when the state was coming out of a housing slump, and again in 2010 when builders were emerging from a recession two years before.
Honored posthumously, Dale was instrumental in furthering OSHBA efforts at the Capitol, which led to many initiatives benefiting consumer and builder. Among them were the state Certified Professional Builder program, which is an educational initiative designed to increase professionalism in the industry and set the best builders apart from their competitors.
He was the state’s “Builder of the Year” in 2004 and COHBA “Builder of the Year” in 1990 and 2010. He was a second-generation home builder and owner of Oklahoma City-based Carriage Homes. Also, he was appointed to the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects and Registered Interior Designers by Gov. Fallin.
“He was a two -time president for the Central Oklahoma Home Builders. He was the president of the Home Builder’s Association, he was a Life Director of the National Association, he was Chairman of the Legislation, but Mark put all of that behind himself and instead continued to push the association and to push the housing industry,” said Mike Means of Dale.
Robson is past chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, only the second Oklahoman to do so – the first in 1951. Serving in 2009, Robson worked with federal lawmakers to stabilize the mortgage market by shoring up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the quasi-federal agencies that back up the mortgage securities industry.