November Message from Executive Officer, Rusty Appleton

This past weekend brought with it the close of the Street of Dreams and a much
needed break for our team. COHBA staff worked all of October without more than a
day or two off. I can’t say enough about how thrilled I am with our team. Kathy,
Denise, Elisa and Brittany all rose to the occasion, worked hard, took ownership of
their jobs and have been a privilege to work with.

As we move past the Street of Dreams and on to 2019, COHBA leadership is afforded
some time to think strategically about the future of our association and the home
building industry within our community.

As you may know, city manager Jim Couch has announced his retirement at the end
of the year. He has done a tremendous job of managing the day-to-day operations of
the city for the last 18 years, and as we all know, has helped to usher in a
remarkable transformation of our city.

With this transition comes a transition of our own. Carter Foree, our longtime head
of Government Affairs, decided it would be a good time to transition the leadership
of those efforts to some new blood. He has passed the baton on to past presidents
Jeff Click and Jim Schuff. Already, Jeff and Jim have met with Mayor David Holt to ask
for more formalized and regular communication with city staff in an effort to
streamline some enforcement and plan review issues many of our builders are

Internally, we have a great number of programs and initiatives in place. Moving
forward I hope to coalesce all of these things into something more organized,
sustainable and repeatable. I look forward to working with our incoming president,
Denise Patterson, to continue to improve our networking events, education
initiatives, government affairs, and special events that all bring a value to
membership in our association.

As always, thank you for allowing me to lead this association. We have come a long
way during my tenure, but we still have so much we can improve upon. I look
forward to getting to work!