March, 2008
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Call for Presentations


The ASHI Education Committee is asking for presentation proposals for InspectionWorld 2009 in Florida. To be considered, presenters must submit the appropriate form by April 1, 2008. Download the form from the ASHI Web site, Members Only, documents. Or contact Angela Orlando, director of meetings, conferences & education, at or 847-954-3187.

Council Representatives to elect Nominating Committee members

Council representatives, who volunteered at the January Council of Representatives meeting to serve on either the Officers Nomination Committee or the Directors Nomination Committee and who submitted matrices, now appear on the ballots distributed to council representatives on February 28. Representatives have until March 31 to vote for the members of the two committees, who will then prepare officer and director slates. ASHI Certified Members elect the officers and council representatives elect the directors.

January 16, 2008 ASHI Board of Directors Meeting Report Out

This is a report to the membership of the official actions taken during the Board of Directors meeting held on January 16, 2008, in New Orleans, La. These are not the official meeting minutes, as discussion items and withdrawn and failed motions are not included. The official minutes of this meeting will be presented for Board approval at its next meeting, April 12, 2008 in Rosemont, Ill.

We encourage you to review this report in order to be fully informed of actions taken on your behalf by the ASHI Board. Should you have questions on any of these items, you are encouraged to contact any member of the Board of Directors to discuss.

Contact information is available in the online membership directory.

Approval of Minutes

Minutes for the October 14, 2007, Board meeting were reviewed and approved by the Board. 

Committee Motions

As a result of the work within the committees, task forces and staff, the following motions were presented and approved:

A. Bylaws Committee
1.  A motion was approved stating that the Board of Directors would allow the Proposed ASHI Policy and Procedures Manual to be adopted and used after the January 2008 ASHI Board Meeting. The manual will be updated to include any changes made at the January meeting.

Other Motions

Revision to Policy & Procedures Manual, Section 2.3 A 2

The Board of Directors approved the following recommended change to Section 2.3 A 2 of the Policy & Procedures Manual as follows:  “The Alternate Director shall attend the April Board Orientation and Board Meeting, receive the Board Book and Minutes, and participate in Web communications and teleconference calls.

Committee Chairs for 2008

The Board of Directors approved incoming President Brion Grant’s recommendations for chairs for 2008 ASHI Committees, as follows:

Chapter Relations: David Sherwood, Chair; Ken Salvo, Board Liaison

Bill Loden, Chair; Bob Peterson, Board Liaison

John Cranor, Chair; Brendan Ryan, Board Liaison

Complaints (CEPP): Jamison Brown, Chair; Charles Gifford, Board Liaison

Complaints (CCAC-Logo Use):
Steve Hartnett, Chair; Charles Gifford, Board Liaison

Technical: Bryck Guibor, Chair; Andy Kasznay, Board Liaison

Public Relations: Paul Staron, Chair; John Gerardi, Board Liaison

ASHI Membership Forum:
Mark Cramer, Chair

Membership: Les Van Alstine, Chair; Alden Gibson, Board Liaison

Education: Greg Caudill, Chair; Miki Mertz, Board Liaison

Finance Committee: David Tamny, Chair and Treasurer

Officer Nominating Committee:
Frank Lesh, Chair and Immediate Past President

Jim Hemsell, Chair; Steve McNamee, Board Liaison

Bill Richardson, Co-Chair for Federal Issues; Marv Goldstein, Co-Chair for State Affairs

Certification Task Force:
Brendan Ryan, Chair

Old Business

Past-president Steve Gladstone pre-sented an update on AARST, noting that ASHI and AARST are working together on a Memorandum of Understanding.

Miscellaneous Reports

Reports were provided to the Board from committees and task forces, the Council of Representatives, headquarters and legal counsel.