August, 2019

Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Attention, ASHI Members!


The ASHI Officer Nominating Committee (ONC) is now accepting nominations for Society officer positions of president-elect, vice president, secretary and treasurer for 2020.

Any active or retired ASHI Certified Inspector in good standing may be nominated to any office. Self-nominations are permitted and all nominees must agree to serve if elected. ASHI Nominating and Election Guidelines require that all nominations include the online matrix and background check (BVI) for evaluating nominees. Only the online matrix is acceptable. If you would like to be nominated but have not completed the BVI, please do so and ASHI will pay the fee. Members who do not submit the criminal background check by August 15 shall not be nominated. Contact Jen Gallegos at 847.954.3180 or regarding any questions about the BVI.

The official online matrix can be found at

Matrices are received at ASHI headquarters, and ASHI staff will verify that all nominees have agreed to serve and have submitted the necessary background information. Each candidate’s matrix will be displayed in the Membership section of the ASHI website for voters to view.

The ONC Chair shall contact nominees to verify that their matrixes have been received. If a nominee has not received such communication within a few days of submission, he or she should contact the ONC Chair. Nominations will close on Thursday, August 15, 2019, and the matrices will be distributed to the members of the Officer Nominating Committee.

Purpose of the Officer Nominating Committee

The objective of the Officer Nominating Committee is to identify and name candidates who meet ASHI’s leadership requirements for the offices of president-elect, vice president, secretary and treasurer. All content, discussions and documents from the meetings and their results are strictly confidential. 


After the Officer Nominating Committee names the candidates, a petition of 10 percent of ASHI Certified Inspectors in good standing can cause the name of a qualified ASHI Certified Inspector to be added to the ballot for a specific office.

Petitions must be presented on a special form, available only from ASHI headquarters, that includes the name (printed) and the signature of each petitioner, as well as the office in which the petitioner would serve, if elected. The form must be received by mail, email or fax at ASHI headquarters at least 10 days prior to the distribution of the ballots. ASHI staff will verify the validity of the petition prior to placing the name of a candidate for office on the ballot.

Ballots will be emailed to ASHI Certified Inspectors by October 31, 2019, and the election will close on November 30, 2019. 


According to the ASHI Policy and Procedures Manual, campaigning positively by or about any candidate is permissible, as long as no ASHI assets are used. Staff, Nominating Committee and Election Committee members shall not participate in campaigning. ASHI staff shall, upon request by a candidate, send a statement from the candidate to the membership by electronic communication not more than twice during the campaign. The statement shall not be more than two hundred (200) words. The ASHI President and the ASHI Secretary shall review and approve or reject the statement.

Negative campaigning (against candidates or nominees) is not permitted. The Election Committee should preview campaign statements or materials in advance if there is any uncertainty about the appropriateness of their contents.

Ballots will be counted the first week in December 2019, and election results will be published in the January 2020 issue of the ASHI Reporter.

Comments and questions about the nomination process are welcomed. Please contact ONC Chair Tim Buell at or 614.746.7485.