March, 2016
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

2015 ASHI Award Winners


Philip C. Monahon Award
2015 Winner: Jim Katen ASHI members take pride in receiving the award created in the memory of the man who led the society in its early years as Executive Director. Described as a visionary who maintained the organization’s focus on valid standards, combined with strict conscientious business practices, Philip C. Monahon set the bar high for the leaders who have followed.

In addition to recognizing an outstanding member every year, ASHI donates $500 to the Newton- Wellesley Hospital, Newton, Mass., in the name of deceased member Philip C. Monahon.

Jim Katen receives the 2015 Monahon Award from the 2014 winner, Skip Walker

John Cox Award
2015 Winner: Jim Funkhouser of the NOVA ASHI Chapter John Cox served on a national committee, taught week-long seminars and routinely inspected homes although numerous operations on his legs due to diabetes meant using crutches and a wheelchair to do so. Nevertheless, it was dedication and service to two ASHI chapters that earned the greatest respect from his peers.

Jim Funkhouser (R) receives his John Cox Award from John Wessling 2015 Alternate Speaker of the CoR.

2015 Gold Achievement Award:
Mike Rostescu, Director of IT and Internet Communications, was given this award by ASHI Executive Director Frank Lesh.

President’s Award
2015 Winner: Jim Funkhouser Adlen Gibson, 2015 ASHI President, chose Jim Funhouser as the recipient of the President’s Award, which is given for outstanding service to the President and the Board of Directors for a specific year.

Jim Funkhouser (R) was honored with the President’s Award from 2015 ASHI President Alden Gibson

Ironman Award
2015 Winner: C. Blaine Illingworth III Outgoing President Alden Gibson chose Blaine Illingworth for the Ironman Award. Accepting special assignments and working behind the scenes, he was the perfect fit for an award described as follows: Every organization has its unsung heroes, who labor quietly in the background but with great dedication. The Ironman Award, established in 1998 by John Palczuk, recognizes an individual member who has given time, energy, talent and determination to ASHI over a long period of time and with little recognition.

C. Blaine Illingworth III

Chapter Enterprise Award
An ASHI member established this first-of-its-kind award because he attributes his personal success as a home inspector and the prosperity of his multi-inspector firm to the ideas and information acquired by regularly attending InspectionWorld. The basis for the awards is the total confirmed reservations for InspectionWorld [preceding the date of InspectionWorld] for a chapter in each of two categories based on size. This year, Silicon Valley, CA, and the Arizona ASHI chapters each received an award of $750.