The Edmond Sun


January 17, 2014

Deer Creek resident earns ‘Associate of the Year’ from home builders

EDMOND — The Oklahoma State Home Builders Association honored Deer Creek resident Steve Sullivan as the state “Associate of the Year,” as selected by his peers in the 2,400 member organization.

Todd Booze, of Norman, succeeds Edmond resident Jeff Click of Jeff Click Homes in leading the organization that represents 2,400 members in Oklahoma’s home-building industry. Click remains on the OSHBA board of directors as outgoing president.

Gov. Mary Fallin was the keynote speaker at the Jan. 10 banquet at the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association event center.

Sullivan, selected by his peers on the Associates Council, is lead technical sales consultant for OG&E.

The Associates Council is the right arm of the OSHBA, and members include suppliers, manufacturers, architects, engineers, real estate brokers, lenders, attorneys and other industry professionals.

Sullivan serves as vice chairman of the Associates Council. He has been with OG&E 34 years in various positions. Since 1996, he has been a key building-sciences resource, working on residential energy-efficient projects including certifying energy efficient homes built within OG&E’s Positive Energy Programs.

Gina Cox with ONG is incoming chairman of the council, joined by Vanessa Shadix, Old Republic Title Co., who lives in the Edmond area, will serve as treasurer; and Carol Clark, ONG, of Choctaw, secretary. Outgoing chair is Donna Cullins, Preferred Plans Inc., Norman.

Click noted in his banquet remarks the “huge success” of the Oklahoma Building Summit last year, transformed from four years of a summit focused on energy-efficient housing exclusively.

“The Green Building Summit was a great educational and public relations tool, and it really got the name of the OSHBA out,” Click said. “Proactively, (incoming president) Todd Booze said it is time to rebrand it into something different. While it was a huge risk, the rebranding efforts really paid off with even larger number attending the Oklahoma Building Summit.”

New to the OSHBA leadership board is Kurt Dinnes, Sun Custom Homes in Oklahoma City, who was installed as vice president/secretary.

Other than Click, serving on the Executive Council with Dinnes is Phil Rhees of Tulsa, and Gina Cox with ONG, Oklahoma City, chair of the Associates Council.

Tulsan Bill Rhees was named the state’s “Builder of the Year.” He is former president of Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa and was chair of the state association’s Insurance Committee.

The Oklahoma State Home Builders Association is a not-for-profit, professional trade organization that advocates for the state’s housing industry. The association is a corporate channel through which builders contribute time, money and services to lead community-service projects and education initiatives.

FOR MORE information about OSHBA, contact executive assistant Kathy Kastner at 843-5579 or go to

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