May, 2005
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Chapters eligible to receive $$$$ and media services


For the second year, ASHI Chapters are eligible to receive money to promote The ASHI ExperienceSM and local membership. All it takes is a plan on how the chapter will use the money and a completed Chapter Grant Approval Form, which can be downloaded from the membership Extranet in The ASHI Experience Chapter CD section.  

Last year, more than $200,000 was returned to all ASHI Chapters. This year, there's even more to be distributed. Make sure your chapter gets its money and starts using it to market local members as soon as possible.

Several chapters plan to join forces to get the most from their promotional dollars. Many will continue to use the services of Buz Buzogany, Savvy- Strategic Resource Partners, LLC. ASHI has contracted with Savvy to take questions from chapters regarding existing media plans, or to help begin the planning process by outlining basic questions regarding the chapter's target market. Additional services are available for a fee. To take advantage of this opportunity to enlist the services of a media specialist, contact Savvy at or 847-749-4012.

ALERT! Pull original radio ads- switch to new ones

Due to the expiration of ASHI's agreement with union talent, The ASHI Experience radio ads (Spanish Adobe and French Colonial) must NOT be broadcast after April 31, 2005. If either of these ads is run after this date, ASHI will be fined!  Two new commercials with the same content, but new talent, have been sent to chapter presidents and are available for downloading from the membership Extranet under The ASHI Experience. Questions? Contact Rob Paterkiewicz,

Attention Chapter Presidents...

In March, InspectionWorld videos and lists of contacts made at the National Association of Realtors(r) conference were sent to chapter presidents. If you did not receive either of these items or would like suggestions for using them, please contact Anthony Snyder, or 847-954-3178.

Directors attend orientation, take their seats on the board

Directors installed in January attended an orientation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 15, 2005 in Chicago. The Board met the following day. The meeting agenda, Work Area Status Report, and the financial statement were posted on in April. Highlights from the meeting also are posted in a report from Rob Paterkiewicz. Visit the Members Extranet, Downloads, ASHI documents.

ASHI DATA now up and running

Rob Paterkiewicz, ASHI executive director announced ASHI is now using a new database developed specifically to serve the society efficiently and effectively. For a full description of its attributes and advantages, visit the Members Extranet, Resources, Latest news.  

April's Membership good news...

Candidate applications are increasing, with more than 100 received each of the last several months.

Only 35 of those required to report MRCs have been placed on administrative suspension-the lowest number in recent years.   

Membership numbers as of 3/30/2005

Members: 3278
Candidates w/Logo: 178
Candidates: 2035
Affiliates: 77
Retired Members: 71
Total:  5639

Welcome two new affiliates

During the first quarter, ASHI gained two new affiliates.

  • Environmental Monitoring Systems, Inc., Charleston, S.C.
  • Thompson CompuTaught, dba Career Web School, Marietta, Ga.

To see all the companies that are supporting ASHI through their affiliation, visit Products and Services on

InspectionWorld Web page now featured on Extranet homepage

If you haven't already done so, visit, click on the IW button to check out InspectionWorld, Ft. Lauderdale.

E-news...easy read with all the resources

First Thing, the monthly newsletter for ASHI leadership, is now in HTML, allowing readers to click through for story details, forms or e-mail addresses related to a news item.

As part of the society's expanded and focused communication approach, there will be two more quick-read, full resource e-newsletters, one for Members, the other for Candidates. News and click-through opportunities will focus on their specific interests and needs.

To stay in the information loop, Membership is encouraged to keep their current e-mail addresses on file at HQ.  

ASHI calendar of events

  • July 14, 2005, ASHI media event, St. Louis, Mo.
  • July 15-16, 2005, ASHI Town Hall Gathering and Board meeting, Sheraton City Center Downtown, St. Louis, Mo.
  • October 20-21, 2005, Chapter Leadership Days, Chicago, Ill.
  • October 22, 2005 Board meeting, Chicago, Ill.
  • January 11-14, 2006, InspectionWorld, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.