One exciting thing I haven’t talked about in a while is all the preparation that goes into InspectionWorld®. Every year, leaders of the home inspection profession—including sole proprietors, multi-inspection firm members, franchisees, affiliate members and allied association members—join ASHI staff to help plan the largest, oldest, best-attended and successful conference of home inspectors in the world.
This year’s IW was no exception. I’ll give more details about all that happened at IW 2017 in next month’s issue of the ASHI Reporter, but here’s a teaser: It was, in a word, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Of course, the sheer scale of IW is what sets it head and shoulders above any other home inspection conference in North America. We achieve that scale as the result of extensive planning and through our efforts to attract a great number of attendees and exhibitors. As you may imagine, before we even open the registration desk to welcome everyone, our staff has taken myriad steps in preparation for the event.
Many aspects of IW are already in the planning stages a year or more in advance of the event. For example, Michele George, ASHI Director of Education and Events (firstname.lastname@example.org), is hard at work organizing the festivities for IW 2018 in Orlando. She has already issued a call for presentations, which gives speakers the opportunity to submit the topics they would like to share at IW. If you have an idea for a session you would like to present, please send it in right away! Our Education Committee pores over more than 100 submissions and selects the topics they believe will benefit our members the most. Even though they choose 45 individual classes as well as numerous Lunch ’n Learns, there are always more folks who want to teach sessions than there are time slots available to fit them into. So, once again, if you are interested in presenting a topic at IW 2018, we invite you to please send in your submission NOW!
Exhibitors who attended IW 2017 in Las Vegas already have been invited to select their booth spaces for IW 2018 in Orlando. If you’re a vendor who’d like to exhibit at IW 2018, or if you’re an inspector who knows of a company that has a product you’d like to see displayed at IW, please contact (or encourage that company’s owner to send in their information to) Dave Kogan, ASHI Marketing, Advertising, IW Expo & Business Development Manager (email@example.com). Dave invites vendors to exhibit at IW, and he is a master of finding the best products and services that our members will want to know about and use.
The graphics department is radiating ideas for the look and feel of IW18 in the Sunshine State. That’s where you want to be!
If you’ve never attended InspectionWorld®, you really don’t know what you’re missing. I’ve never heard anyone say that IW didn’t exceed their expectations. Whether it’s the education, the exhibits or the camaraderie, there’s something for everyone. Plan now to be a part of it in Orlando in January 2018!
Frank Lesh, Executive Director
American Society of Home Inspectors
Frankl@ashi.org • www.ashi.org