OK Building Summit
OK Building Summit
Starts October 23, 2019
Cox Convention Center in OKC


Sept. 5th Speakers

Ted Jones- Stewart Title Chief Economist “By the Numbers; A 2018 Real Estate & Economic Outlook” (Sept. 5 8:00-9:00 RM 1,2,3)

Dr. Ted C. Jones is coming back to the OK Building Summit! We’re bringing Stewart’s chief economist in as part of our ongoing efforts to keep you up to date on the latest trends affecting the real estate market. Ted conducts ongoing research and supports economic and financial analysis for Stewart and their customers. An accomplished speaker, he typically give more than 150 presentations on real estate and the economic outlook each year. Ted will bring his unique style of presenting economic data in a way that is captivating and many times, humorous! Trust us- you don’t want to miss this presentation.

Jason Vandever- Speer Energy Efficiency

(Sept. 5 9:15-10:30 RM 9-10)

Jason has over 15 years combined experience in building construction and inspection.  Prior to joining SPEER, Jason was the Chief Building Official for the City of Granbury for four years and served on the NCTCOG Energy and Green Advisory Board.  Jason’s responsibilities with the city included everything from plan review through the issuance of the certificate of occupancy.  Jason was the Housing Official for the City of Temple for four years before that.

Fred Malik- “Fortified” Construction

(Sept. 5 10:45-Noon RM 9-10)

Fred Malik is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the FORTIFIED suite of programs, which seek to improve property resilience to natural disasters on a local, regional and national level. Since taking over the program in 2009, Fred has led FORTIFIED’s expansion to include existing residential, new residential and light commercial building standards. Under his leadership, FORTIFIED has quickly become the national building standard for resilience. With more than 20 years of construction experience and an M.B.A. from Virginia Tech, Fred has established himself as a recognized mitigation expert. He is a featured speaker on resilience and its value and practicality at conferences across the country.

Earl Burden- SIPS 2

(Sept. 5 12:45-2:00 RM 9-10)

SIPS are an important, leading edge, very high value added building system for Residential and Commercial Construction that combines the structural framing, insulation, and sheathing all-in-one step for an effective and efficient construction project. Builder benefit in labor savings with faster erection/dry in, no insulation to buy/install, savings on HVAC equipment, and more easily achieve the updated building/energy codes at lower cost. Home Owners benefit in a very low energy/operating costs, much better indoor air quality and greater sustainability in high winds, offering substantially lower damage potential in Tornados and Hurricanes.

Dennis Stejskal- Demystify Cloud Technology “Is it time to move to the Cloud?”

(Sept 5th 2:45-4:00 RM 9-10)

Dennis formed a new Construction Technology Company after 39 years in the industry working for Industry software providers (Sage/Timberline). He is consulting with contractors on their internal processes and showing them how technology can assist them with their process improvement efforts. He is going to speak about the cloud and it's presence and use in Construction Technology. He will be looking at the evolution of construction technology, how the "Cloud/Internet" first appeared and the trends we are seeing today. Will cover the differences /Pros & Cons between accessing servers located in your office via the internet/VPN, hosted servers, managed services hosting, hosted applications and finally full SaaS solutions. Will review all of the above from the perspective of the residential builder. He plans to cover how all of the above impacts a builder and things that should be considered as a company builds and implements a "Technology Strategy”.

Scott Sedam- Grand Theft – Home Building, Death by VPO, Solving the Trade Shortage

(Sept. 5 Part 1 9:15-10:45 Part 2 11:00-12:15 Interactive Session 1:00-2:15 & 2:45-4:00 RM 4-5)

Scott Sedam is president of TrueNorth Development, a consulting and training firm that works with builders to improve products, process, and profits. A senior contributing editor to Professional Builder, Scott has written award-winning commentary on all aspects of the business of home building and won the 2015 Jesse H. Neal Award, business journalism's most prestigious prize, for his commentary in Pro Builder

Sean Rieger- Legal Issues facing the industry

(Sept. 5 9:15-10:30 & 1:15-2:15 RM 1,2,3)

Sean Rieger, an attorney, architect and real estate broker serves as legal counsel for the Oklahoma State HBA. He will present again on legal issues that affect the professional builder.

Tom Ritchie- Eide Bailly “Tax Credits”

(Sept. 5 11:15-12:30 RM 1,2,3)

Tom has provided public accounting services to small businesses since 1987. He is a valued resource to his clients, with extensive experience in state and local tax, including tax services and tax credits. Tom applies his tax expertise to create federal and state tax savings opportunities for his clients. He also is Eide Bailly's Chairman of the Board.

J.D. Upton- Whole House Technology

(Sept. 5 2:30-3:30 RM 1,2,3)

Home automation is more than ease and comfort - it's about improving the lives of clients by making impacts on efficiency and energy consumption.

Sept. 6 Speakers

Pat McGaughey & David Aaker- Blending the THREE KEYS for success! Sales, Marketing & Customer Service

(Sept. 6 8:00-9:15 RM 1,2,3)

Gord Cooke- Communicating the Value of High Performance Homes

(Sept. 6 9:15-10:30 11:00-12:30 1:15-2:15 RM 4-5)

Gord Cooke is a Partner with Construction Instruction Inc.  Gord is a professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the low and high-rise residential building industry.

Dennis Dixon- Finding Hidden Profits in Custom Homebuilding and Remodeling

(Sept. 6 9:15-11:00 12:00-1:30 RM 9-10)

Dennis Dixon is a 35+ year veteran builder, remodeler and consultant for residential and commercial projects. His articles on numerous business aspects of the building industry have appeared in Builder, JLC, Custom Home and Remodeling magazines. The 2nd edition of his book, Finding Hidden Profits ...has been well received within the industry. Dixon received a Jesse Neal journalism award in 2007 and a Benjamin Franklin Book Award in 2018. His speaking and consulting experience for NAHB, AIA and JLC dates back to 1994.

Title: Finding Hidden Profits in Custom Homebuilding and Remodeling.

Time Slot: AM and PM Slots (2 hrs).

Seminar Description: Learn how to tune-up, re-think and adjust your building business operations to boost your overall profits and efficiencies. This seminar is given by a 35 year veteran, award winning builder that will discuss profitable contract wording, methods to handle change orders and allowances, along with, how to boost your operational efficiency through thorough, A-Grade, factual Specifications.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the meaning of Finding Hidden Profits (profit from everything you do).
  2. Learn how to understand, calculate, utilize and profit from your overhead, operations cost and supervision.
  3. Learn profitable policies & procedures for management of change orders and allowances.
  4. Contemplate ideas, tips & suggestions on how to separate and single out your business from the competition.
  5. Learn the features, benefits and operating aspects of factual, detailed Specifications.
  6. Review your business from the clients’ perspective. Make adjustments to improve service and communications.

Time Segments: _________________

Introduction, Bio, Perspective, Experience ...Goal of the Seminar.

Defining “Finding Hidden Profits”. Understanding “worm holes”, limitations and time constraints. Your Contract is your lifeline. Nothing is left undefined. Summarize your historical

Contract issues, misunderstandings, questions, voids and “fix them”.

Calculate and utilize your overhead & supervision costs. (Per hr/day/week). Put a dollar amount on your costs and profit goals. It’s always easier to hit a fixed, solid target.

 Quantify your pay & profit. Understand your costs for various activities, requests, changes, options and project design adjustments. How much are you worth per hour? Per year?

Allowance & Change Order policies and procedures. The efficiency of a pre-priced OPTIONS List. Always get a signature (dual page, carbonless paper form).

Real World, Real Money ...EXAMPLES (6).

 “Grade A” Specifications. Worth their weight in gold! ...Problem Solving pre-problem!

 Conclusions and Q&A.

David Aaker- Customer Service

(Sept. 6 9:15-10:15 12:00-1:00 RM 1,2,3)

David is an internationally recognized Motivation Keynote Speaker, Trainer and Author in customer Service, Leadership and Communication. In May of 2009, Mr. Aaker was named "Among America's Best Speakers" by Sky Radion on American Airlines.

Pat McGaughey- Fish on Marketing

(Sept. 6 10:30-11:30 1:15-2:15 RM 1,2,3)

Patrick H. McGaughey, CPF, IOM is an international business speaker with a background of professional success in broadcasting and business association management.  His professional experience combined with a constant examination of historical, current and future trends is the foundation for his presentations on business leadership, management, marketing, sales and personal performance.