The end of another year is upon us. And much like the fourth quarter of a football game, lots of important things happen this time of year.

This is the season when businesses start preparing budgets for the coming year, stores are setting up for Black Friday and the Christmas season and everyone waits with anticipation to find out what bowl games they will be watching in January.

Here at OSHBA, we are doing much of the same, which includes planning the inauguration dinner that occurs every year in January. One thing we are adding to this year’s dinner is a silent auction that will be held prior to the start of the dinner during the social hour. If you or your association would like to donate an item to the auction please call Kathy at the state office, or call me (405) 205-6819.

I have had the honor of being part of the inaugural celebration for the past three years and am especially honored this year to be able to announce the officers for next year’s Associates Council.

The chair of the Council will be Dave Sanders of Tulsa HBA; vice chair will be Connie Stokes of Stillwater HBA; and secretary for 2018 will be Lisa Rhodes of Central Oklahoma HBA.

As this will be Lisa’s first year on the state Board, I will give you a little background. Lisa Rhodes is with Stewart Title of Oklahoma, Inc. She is a member of COHBA where she has been a Board member for four years, having held the Membership, Spike, Cornerstone 100 and Associates Chairs, as well as being a part of the Parade of Homes Committee. She is a Life Spike and the 2015 Associate of the year. Lisa is happily married and has a beautiful daughter named Elle and two dogs.

I appreciate being given the opportunity to be a part of this great group and can’t wait to see what great things are on the horizon for the near future.

Regards, Chris Evans

Chris Evans is Chair of the OSHBA Associates Council. He can be contacted at