February, 2008
From the ASHI President.
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Defining Moments


Brion-Grant.jpgBecoming the 2008 ASHI president is a defining moment in my life. It is such an honor to be able to serve the inspection profession that I love in the #1 Society in the country!  

We can all recall times in our lives that were life changing or defining moments. Perhaps it is a first kiss, graduation, leaving home, getting married, the birth of a child, change in a career or moving to a new home.

I first heard about the home inspection profession in 1986 when I attended an educational seminar on “How to Make Money in Remodeling.” The speaker mentioned another seminar titled “How to Get into the Home Inspection Business.” I knew instantly that this was a new career path for me and I never looked back! The seminar touted ASHI as a “must join” organization if I wanted to associate with the best in the business, and I became a Candidate member before I did my first inspection. This was another defining moment for me.

Positive or negative events and influences and how we respond to them will define our lives. The past couple of years have been difficult for most people having anything to do with the housing industry. Subprime mortgages, adjustable rates, foreclosure, short sales, downturn, low housing starts are words often mentioned in the current news. Home inspectors, education providers and other associations are all being impacted. Most of us are looking for innovative ways to increase business, yet streamline our operations and expenses with minimal impact to our services.

ASHI is facing a defining moment in its history. Like many of us personally, ASHI is encountering pressures due to the downturn of the industry and must look to new and innovative ways to re-create and improve its services. There are several areas where ASHI is seeking new opportunities:  

Executive director

Rob Paterkiewicz, ASHI’s executive director for 12 years, resigned in August. The search committee will begin interviewing applicants in January, with the expectation of hiring someone in the early spring. We anticipate that a new ED will bring fresh ideas, experience, enthusiasm and energy into our association!  

Strategic planning

The Board of Directors and staff recently conducted industry research and strategic planning to develop new goals and ideas for the future. We are now contemplating how best to arrange our organizational, financial and human resources to accomplish new goals and new direction. Business and work plans will be developed with the help of our committees, staff and new executive director.

Web site

ASHI’s new Web site has been in the planning and development stage for some time and is nearing completion. The new site has been designed for home inspectors and promises to be user-friendly and robust. There will undoubtedly be a period of fine-tuning, but we are all excited about this new membership tool.


Many of us boomers remember Bob Dylan’s call, “The times, they are a changing.” Change is in the wind for our organization and our profession, and we must move forward or get behind! Change will undoubtedly create friction between the “new” and “the way we have always done it,” but it can be transformational for the good of our organization.

Defining moments do not typically happen by being complacent, but by creating or seizing opportunities. I challenge each of you to create a defining moment for yourself in 2008! Learn something new, change a habit, plant a tree, plan a family reunion, forgive someone.

I look forward to an exciting year. Stay tuned and hang on!