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Jeff Click starts year as president of Oklahoma State Home Builders Association

BY DYRINDA TYSON Published: January 26, 2013

“It's something we hear about nearly every legislative cycle,” he said, “but given the current dynamics at the Capitol, we're optimistic that true reform can happen.”

That would be a huge win for the industry, he said.

“It would make the system less adversarial and streamline the process. And that, in turn, should lower (insurance) rates,” he said.

But the state association offers benefits to consumers as well, Click said. Oklahoma doesn't require homebuilders to be licensed, so the group steps into the breach with its voluntary Certified Professional Builder Program that sets a rigorous level of continuous training and insurance requirements.

“It's one way we can demonstrate to our prospective clients that we strive to meet the highest standard we can in our profession,” he said.

Youth movement

Click is an Oklahoma City native, graduating from Putnam City North High School before going on to Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Deziray, live in Edmond with their two daughters.

Click is among the youngest independent builders in the state, diving into the industry in 1998 when he was 22. He's among the members of Generation X, roughly anyone born between 1965 and 1980, trickling into trade industry leadership. Brandon Perkins, the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association's 2012 president, and senior officers Todd Booze and Phil Rhees also hail from Gen X.

“The way we communicate and approach our workflow together is remarkably different from perhaps how it's been in the past,” Click said.

“That means fewer face-to-face meetings and phone calls, and more collaboration by email and teleconferencing.”

They may communicate more than past leaders simply because electronics makes it so easy, he said.

And there's another upside, he said: “It enables us to also keep close tabs on our actual jobs as builders, too.”

That technical savvy, coupled with Click's natural ease when dealing with state legislators and other officials, makes him a good fit for the state association's top post, said Mark Dale, who also has served as its president.

“They got this one right,” Dale said.