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

Committees Complete First Year With New Strategic Plan


Thank you committee volunteers.

It was a new era for the society’s standing committees in 2004. In the past, committees worked independently of each other in response to requests from the Board of Directors, and they completed individual work plan reports at the end of the year. With the approval of the new strategic plan in January, 2004, committees had specific tactics within overlapping responsibilities for the first two of the three main areas of the plan: Membership Value (MV) and Performing The ASHI Experience (PAE). The third area of the plan, ASHI as Advocate, was set aside for a task force charged with developing and presenting strategies and tactics to the board. The task force continues its work into 2005.

Integrated activity report goes to board

As committees completed the first year of the new era, their activities were presented to the Board of Directors in one report—the Year-End Work Area Status Report for 2004. It reflected their current integrated approach to participating in the governance of the society.

Highlights from the Status Report included the following.

  • Members of the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA), and of the Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors (TAREI) were offered a fast track to ASHI membership.

  • More than 4,000 nonmembers from state listings of licensed inspectors were contacted and encouraged to join ASHI.

  • The Adopt-a-Chapter program was continued.

  • •Chapters used the Chapter Grant Approval Form to apply for and receive $193,000 in The ASHI Experience funds earmarked for their use.

  • Chapter CDs with tools for using The ASHI Experience locally were distributed to all chapter presidents and the same information was made available on the ASHI Web site. Mentoring and recruitment programs were included.

  • ASHI had a high profile at industry conferences, such as the National Association of Realtors® and the Institute of Home and Business Safety (IHBS)

  • Sessions at the annual Chapter Leadership Event covered public relations programs that work, media placement and raising non-dues revenue.

  • ASHI continued to work with allied organizations to develop additional inspector markets for members and to raise awareness of ASHI’s commitmeny to the consumers (IBHS, FLASH, Home Depot, Kidde).

  • The ASHI Experience PowerPoint presentations were delivered to all chapters with DVDs of Public Service Announcements and Video News Rolls to inform the membership and to use at local real estate and home shows.

  • Monthly press releases were distributed to chapter presidents.

  • Sample chapter brochures were posted on ASHI Membership Extranet.

Ready for next year

In December, 2004 committee chairs for the new year met to revamp the tactics and action items in the overall work plan to ensure a smoother interaction between them as they work to get things done.

Committee volunteers are the backbone of the organization

ASHI is an organization of volunteers. All the committee chairs and members are home inspectors who take time away from their business and personal lives because they believe in this organization. In 2004, more than 100 members served on committees and deserve recognition for their service.

2004 ASHI Committee Members

ASHI Membership Forum

Mark Cramer, chair
Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.

John Ghent
Trumbull, Conn.

Kurt Mitenbuler
Evanston, Ill.

Jim Lee, board liaison
Milwaukee, Wis.

David Drewry, chair
Fairfax, Va.

John Geiger
Milwaukee, Wis.

Robert Grafe
Fairhope, Ala.

Michael Stephens
Fairfax Station, Va,

Charles Wiersum
Grand Rapids, Mich.

Chapter Relations

Brian Murphy, board liaison
Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Dennis Parra Sr., chair
San Diego, Calif.

Steven Baranello
Floral Park N.Y.

Greg Caudill
Manassas, Va.

Bruce Czech
Loveland, Colo.

Frank Libero
Garnerville, N.Y.

Edward Massart
Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Ronald Rusch
Kansas City, Mo.

David Sherwood
South Windsor, Conn.

Steve Verssen
Cincinnati, Ohio

Complaints, Ethics and Professional Practices

Joe Corsetto, board liaison
Dover, N.J.

Miki Mertz, chair
Shawnee, Kan.

Richard Armstrong
Pottstown, Pa.

Ted Johnson
Salt Lake City, Utah

Mark Oldroyd
Wildwood, Mo.

Larry Ross
Charlotte, N.C.

Complaints–Logo Use
Joe Corsetto, board liaison
Dover, N.J.

Howard Pegelow, chair
Milwaukee, Wis.

Gary L. Gentry
Raleigh, N.C.

Denis Finch
Springfield, Va.

Norm Sage
Boynton Beach, Fla.

Conference Planning

Joseph Corsetto, co-chair
Dover, N.J.

Donald Norman, co-chair
Bridgeton, Mo.

Frank Lesh
Indian Head Park, Ill.

Director Nominating

Melvin Jacobs, chair
Brownstown Township, Mich.

Peter Engle P.E.
Rumson, N.J.

Edward Massart
Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Howard Pegelow
Milwaukee, Wis.

Paul Staron
Scottsdale, Ariz.


Jamie Dunsing, board liaison
Libertyville, Ill.

Scott Patterson, chair
Ridgeland, Miss.

Ralph Baca
Phoenix, Ariz.

Vernon Davis
Waco, Texas

John Gerardi
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Jim Hanratty
Crompond, N.Y.

William Jacques
Ravenel, S.C.

Scot McLean
Milwaukee, Wis.

Mary Gail Sullivan (Sully)
Portland, Ore.

Leslie Van Alstine
Dewitt, Mich.


Larry Hoytt, chair
Novato, Calif.

Anthony Galeota
Townsend, Mass.

Richard Heyl
St. Louis, Mo.


Chuck Belefontaine, board liaison
Bolingbrook, Ill.

Roger Robinson, chair
Oakland, Calif.

Carrie Booker
Metairie, La.

John Cahill
Plano, Texas

Keith Oberg
Binghamton, N.Y.

Jerry Pitcock
Anderson, Ind.

Bill Sutton
Milton, Mass.

Stuart Zwang
Highwood, Ill.

Executive Director Evaluation

Rich Matzen, board liaison
Seattle, Wash.

Michael Casey, chair
Haymarket, Va.

Mark Cramer
Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.

John Ghent
Trumbull, Conn.


William Richardson, chair
Albuquerque, N.M.

Joe Corsetto
Dover, N.J.

Stephen Gladstone
Stamford, Conn.

Frank Lesh
Indian Head Park, Ill.

Richard Matzen
Seattle, Wash.

Don Norman
Bridgeton, Mo.


Don Norman,  co-chair, Federal Affairs and board liaison
St. Louis, Mo.

Andrew Kasznay, co-chair, State Affairs
Harwinton, Conn.

Joey Caballero
Boynton Beach, Fla.

Peter Engle
Rumson, N.J.

Jim Hemsell
Denton, Texas

Marvin Goldstein
Southampton, Pa.

Joe Kelly
Virginville, Pa.

Hugh Kelso
Seattle, Wash.

Robert Pyne
Colorado Springs, Colo.


David Whittle, board liaison
Little Silver, N.J.

Donald Lovering, chair
Wellesley Hills, Mass.

Ray Begin
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Ed Clawson
Lakewood, Ohio

John Flanagan
Hamden, Conn.

Jack Feldmann
Knoxville, Tenn.

Alden Gibson
Breslau, Ont.

Kenny Hart
Virginia Beach, Va.

Richard Kirkman
Conway, Ark.

Tore Knos
Marietta, Ga.

Membership Survey

Frank Lesh, board liaison
Indian Head Park, Ill.

Mike Conley, chair
Anna Maria, Fla.

Brian Braunagel
Golden, Colo.

Michael Hesterberg
Cincinnati, Ohio

Steven O’Donnell
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Joanne Mackintosh
Woodinville, Wash.

Officer Nominating

Rich Matzen, chair, board liaison
Seattle, Wash.

John Geiger
Milwaukee, Wis.

John Gerardi
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Bill Jacques
Ravenel, S.C.

Frank Libero
Garnerville, N.Y.

Miki Mertz
Shawnee, Kan.

Robert Peterson
Carmel, Ind.

Kurt Salomon
Midvale, Utah

John Wenger
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Public Relations

Jim Rooney, board liaison
Annapolis, Md.

Skip Kelley, chair
Newbury, Mass.

Dan Howard
Freeport, Pa.

Stan Garnet
Atlanta, Ga.

Arthur Lazerow
Bethesda, Md.

Bill Mason
Sarasota, Fla.

Danny Maynard
Greenwood, Ind.

Ron Pazzanes
Boston, Mass.

Ron Passaro
Bethel, Conn.

Kurt Salomon
Midvale, Utah


Tim Stull, board liaison
Solon, Ohio

J.D. Grewell, chair
Silver Spring, Md.

Matt Bradfeldt
Phoenix, Ariz.

William Coull
Staten Island, N.Y.

Mark Cramer
Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.

Roger Hankey
Eden Prairie, Minn

Warren Tucker
New Albany, Ind.

Jerome Valenti
Pittsburgh, Pa.

David Waterman
Bellingham, Wash.

Douglas Zimmerman
Missoula, Mont.


Tom Murley, board liaison
Fairfax, Va.

John Cranor, chair
Glen Allen, Va.

Bruce Barker
Peoria, Ariz. 

Glen Davis
Austin, Texas

Garet Denise
Denver, Colo.

Douglas Hansen
Palo Alto, Calif.

Barry Irby
Chester, Va.

Jim Katen
Gaston, Ore.

Jeffrey Pearce
Woodbine, Md.

Arlene Puentes
Kingston, N.Y.

Strategic Planning Task Force  

Steven Baranello
Floral Park, N.Y.

Alan Carson
Toronto, Ont.

Joe Corsetto
Dover, N.J.

John Cranor
Glen Allen, Va.

Brion Grant
Flagstaff, Ariz.

JD Grewell
Silver Spring, Md.

Robert Gwaltney
Vienna, Va.

Jim Hemsell
Denton, Texas

Skip Kelley
Newbury, Mass.

Frank Lesh
Indian Head Park, Ill.

Donald Lovering
Wellesley Hills, Mass.

Miki Mertz
Shawnee, Kan.

Brian Murphy
Arlington, Texas

Donald Norman
Bridgeton, Mo.

John Palczuk
Raleigh, N.C.

Scott Patterson
Ridgeland, Miss.

Roger Robinson
Oakland, Calif.

Kenneth Salvo
Basking Ridge, N.J.

Paul Staron
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Timothy Tucker
Lebanon, Ind.