Designer gets two China projects
Oklahoma City-based Tom Hoch Design has landed two Chinese clubhouse design projects. The firm has been selected for interior and exterior renovations at Beijing Daxing Capital Golf Club, the Tom Pearson-designed course in the Beijing suburbs. Tom Hoch also has been hired to redesign the interior and exterior of the 80,000-square-foot clubhouse at Tianchi, a new club about an hour's drive from Urumqi. Its course is designed by Schmidt Curley, one of the world's most active and innovative golf course design firms. “The Asian golf market has been booming over the last decade, and these projects are an important landmark in our global expansion,” Hoch said.
Edmond man joins chamber board
The State Chamber of Oklahoma has added Dennis Shockley, of Edmond, executive director of the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency, to its board of directors. OHFA offers a variety of housing programs ranging from “OHFA Advantage” for homeownership to housing development and rental assistance. “Dennis brings a unique set of skills and energy to our board of directors, and I look forward to working with him throughout his term,” said State Chamber President Fred Morgan.
AmeriBid formed to handle sales
TULSA — Larry Latham and Stephen Karbelk have formed AmeriBid LLC in Tulsa. AmeriBid will manage the sale of commercial, residential and agricultural properties nationwide for lenders, servicers, estates, private owners and investment companies. AmeriBid has a 14-person sales team and 12 marketing employees. During the savings-and-loan crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, Latham sold through his company, Larry Latham Auctioneers, more than 150,000 properties for the Federal Deposit Insurance Co., Resolution Trust Corp., Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Veterans Affairs. AmeriBid owns the Larry Latham Auctioneers brand.
Arvest Bank helps extend loans
Arvest Bank reported a 162 percent increase in mortgages extended under the federal Home Affordable Refinance Program in the first quarter compared with the first quarter of 2011. HARP provides refinancing assistance to homeowners with a history of making their mortgage payments on time, who are underwater because of declining home values. Arvest, based in Bentonville, Ark., provides HARP loans to customers and non-customers alike, said Todd White, Arvest Mortgage Co. senior vice president. HARP is available through Dec. 31, 2013.