November, 2014
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Ben Franklin on InspectionWorld


Ben Franklin on InspectionWorld

By Michele George, Director of Education & Events

Benjamin Franklin was a Founding Father, member of the Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence and signer of the United States Constitution. Arguably, the most accomplished individual in American history, he was also a successful printer, publisher, scientist, inventor, diplomat, civic leader, statesman, and philosopher.

Ben Franklin lived most of his life in Philadelphia. He felt strongly about investing in knowledge, gathering for important meetings and the pursuit of happiness. He wrote countless published articles. If Ben Franklin were alive today, he would write a convincing article providing five reasons to attend InspectionWorld Philadelphia based on five famous personal quotes.

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Look forward to a great learning experience and some quality networking time while at InspectionWorld Philadelphia. Register early and save. Conference registration early bird pricing continues until December 5th! Go online to find all the details on our education, networking, special events and expo planned for IW Philadelphia. Make a list of the events, activities and sessions that you plan to attend each day and vendors you want to visit.

Lost time is never found again.” - Stay at the Conference Hotel, be where the action is. Don’t lose time in transit. Make your reservations at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel. Located in Center-City, the hotel is close by to America’s Most Historic Square Mile, Independence Hall, National Constitution Center, and the Liberty Bell Center. The ASHI group rate for a single/double room is $137.00 per night (taxes not included). Internet is complimentary in guest rooms.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – IW begins on Tuesday, January 6th. The expo hall officially opens at 3:00 p.m. and the Opening Night Reception begins at 5:00 p.m. The vendor-packed expo hall is the place to be when you are not in classroom sessions. But did you know that you could get even more training and learn how to make more money by attending one of the pre-conference courses to add ancillary services to your business?

Attend one of the eight excellent pre-conference courses (course details and fees are listed in the IW website).

  • NADRA Deck Inspection Certification Course – 8 ASHI CEs
  • BPI Building Science Principles Certificate Course – 8 ASHI CEs
  • Inspecting a Radon Mitigation System (3 hrs. NRPP approved) – 3 ASHI CEs
  • VANGUARD-FEMA Disaster Training Course – 8 ASHI CEs
  • BPI Building Analyst Training
  • RESNET HERS Rater Training
  • RESNET EnergySmart Training
  • RESNET Home Energy Survey Professional (HESP) Training

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, January 10, 11 & 12

  • Three-Day Commercial Building Inspection Course presented by Richard Weldon, P. Eng

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Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. – Make connections, hand out business cards and introduce yourself to other home inspectors; swap stories and exchange ideas. Collect business cards and write notes on the back to remember the person. Visit the vendors who are ready to assist you with the latest in inspector tools and services. Be sure to stop at the ASHI booth to meet the ASHI staff and check out the newest merchandise. Associates: Meet with Jim Johnson – ASHI Verifier who will verify your reports and answer questions.

Welcome to ASHI Event : For new ASHI members and first-time IW attendees, a special event to welcome you and introduce you to ASHI member benefits, ASHI staff and a path to success.

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Have More Fun – The Opening Night Reception, President’s Gala Dinner and Dance, and ASHI Annual Business and Networking Breakfast are scheduled events where you and your colleagues can gather and share good times.

Taste of Philly Night – Plan to meet your friends back at the Expo Hall on Wednesday after class. From 4:30 to 7:00 pm everyone will enjoy a sample of foods that Philadelphia has made famous. Bite into a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, a soft pretzel and then enjoy an Italian Lemon Ice. Here’s another opportunity to gather with your colleagues, visit with the vendors, and enjoy good times.

Ben Franklin would say: Come to InspectionWorld for the education, you’ll gain from the entire IW experience.