This year’s Oklahoma Building Summit was a record-breaking event with more than 600 attendees from all over the state. Our Building Summit committee did an outstanding job. I want to thank our committee members, Chairman David Blackburn, all of our attendees, exhibitors, volunteers, sponsors and our presenting sponsors HUB International, Mid-Continent Group and Comp Source Mutual. 

It is fun to watch all the ideas, hard work and different groups come together from around the state to collaboratively put our OSHBA premier event together. Good job, team!

Member benefits

One of the many benefits of being a member of our association is the benefit of automatic membership in your local state and national associations. I am happy to report from the state level we have met with numerous state elected officials to express our concerns with state government and how these issues affect our members. 

We have attended the OK2030 project, which is presented by the State Chamber of Oklahoma Research Foundation. We have provided our input, but this is another great place for you to get involved with helping our industry. What is good for the Oklahoma and national economies will be good for our members.

Nationally, our NAHB executive officers have been working closely with the process of tax reform. We have met with the members of the Oklahoma Legislative delegation and expressed our concerns of losing mortgage tax deduction.

Having a seat at the table is a huge daily benefit that isn’t always seen by our members. But it pays back in ways many don’t realize.

Our Fall Board meeting was in Tulsa at Forest Ridge. I want to thank Joe Robson for his hospitality and the Tulsa HBA for putting on a PAC golf tournament afterwards. One of the most talked about topics was CompSource’s decision to no longer accept affidavits. Trades will have to apply with the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission for a card or get a Workers’ Comp policy. HUB International is planning to continue sending out information through emails. I recommend if you have questions, call your agent to ensure compliance with the new Workers’ Comp rules.

Coming Next Year

The International Builders Show is just around the corner in sunny Orlando, January 9-11. It is a great place to learn more about our industry.

When you get back from IBS, it will be time for Oklahoma Home Builders Association installation banquet and Oklahoma Housing Hall of Fame inductees. I hope to see you January 20 in Tulsa as we install our new state president, David Blackburn, and other new officers.

If I can help, please email me from OSHBA website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Dan Reeves is President of OSHBA. He can be reached at dreeves@landmarkfinehomes.com.