President’s Message – June 5, 2012

Good Tuesday Morning COHBA Members,

As you are reading this message, our plane is departing for Washington D.C. for the NAHB Spring Board of Directors meeting.

It is an honor for me to represent you and the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association, Inc. this week at the NAHB Board of Directors meeting; to be involved in networking with builders from across the country and NAHB staff on housing issues that are important and impacting the housing industry today.  As I am traveling to Washington today, the importance of COHBA membership and doing business with members really hits home.  It is because of your membership our voice can and will be heard on the Hill. I look forward to reporting to you on our return June 13th.

“DO BUSINESS WITH MEMBERS”

Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association currently has 832 members of which 368 of these members are builders and 427 of these members are associates.

The Association has a long history of encouraging our Builder Members to “Do Business with Members”.  When a new associate member joins the Association, we “sell” those Associates that they will have contact and networking opportunities with our builder members.

It is a great time to re-emphasize the importance of this long time tradition.

As many of you know the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association’s overall membership is strengthened and promoted when associates and potential associates feel like they are growing their business as a direct result of their membership.  Successes like this will not only encourage other associates to want to join but also builders to join because they are all taking advantage of the opportunity to develop quality business relationships.

This symbiotic relationship is an important example of how membership can grow thus building an association of members that can truly have an impact with our local, state, and federal policy makers.  Simply stated there is and always will be strength in numbers where our voice can be heard.

In closing, doing business with members is the right thing to do, it provides the best opportunities for the latest and newest products with the best pricing while supporting our industry.

Theodore Roosevelt said it best:  “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged.  No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.”

Until I return, respectfully,

Kurt W. Dinnes your
Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association
President

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