March, 2009
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Membership Renewal Tops Last Year


ASHI renewed 85 percent of its members for 2008-09, 8 percent more than renewed for 2007-08.

ASHI Certified Inspectors: 3,447
Associates with Logo Use: 140
Associates: 1,402
Affiliates: 78
Retired Members: 129
Total membership: 5,196

It appears home inspectors find ASHI membership especially valuable during these challenging economic times.

Council Representatives voting for members to serve on Nomination Committees

Council Representatives who volunteered at the January COR meeting to serve on either the Officers Nomination Committee or the Directors Nomination Committee received a matrix by e-mail from Jeff Arnold.

Matrices that were returned by end-of-business day February 20 were sent to Council Representatives to select members for each of the committees. This election closes March 31.

Once elected, the members of the Officers Nomination Committee will review the matrices submitted for officer positions and slate one nominee for each position. This ballot, with any additional petition candidates, will be presented to ASHI voting members. The members of the Director Nomination Committee will do the same for those seeking director positions. Council Representatives will vote for five new directors.

For more information on the election process, see section 10 of the Council Policy and Procedure manual.

InspectionWorld Orlando Photos and Audiotapes Available

Photos from IW Orlando now are online. Go to and click on the IW photos link on the home page. You can order prints of any photo on the site in a variety of sizes. The photo files also are available for purchase. All the IW photos in this issue, plus hundreds more, can be found there, so take a look.

Also, check the InspectionWorld Web site for a link to purchase audio files (MP3 format) of all InspectionWorld Orlando education sessions and new this year, Webex-recorded presentation files. 

Continuing Education Audit is Underway

ASHI staff is charged with conducting a Continuing Education (CE) hours audit each year in January. A list of 100 ASHI Certified Inspectors and Associates is randomly generated from our database. The people on the list are required to turn in documentation supporting the CE hours they claimed. Documentation can include certificates of completion, invoices, certificates of attendance, etc. If the documentation does not verify the required number of hours, the inspector fails the audit and is placed on Administrative Suspension. He or she remains suspended until the proper documentation is received at ASHI headquarters.

Questions? Contact

Calling All Chapter Presidents: Info Needed

To ensure chapter information on file is current, we’re asking all chapter presidents to e-mail their name and contact information, plus the name and contact information for the person who serves as the primary contact for the chapter, to Russell Daniels at

Chapter presidents also have been asked to forward a copy of the chapter’s financial statement so ASHI can bind Directors and Officers Liability coverage for the chapter. Chapters should include a minimum of the amount of cash on hand and annual revenues and expenses.

If your chapter has not done so, please, contact Dick Bennett at 847-954-3183 or

Final Election Results

2009 Officers
President-Elect: David Tamny, Columbus, Ohio
Vice President: Kurt Salomon, Salt Lake City, Utah
Treasurer: Charles Gifford, Jacksonville, Fla.
Secretary: Marvin Goldstein, Southampton, Pa.

New elected Directors
Michael Burroughs, Joe Kelly, Jack McGraw, Paul Staron, Scott Warga and Charles Zehner

Alternate: Chuck Walton

ASHI Chapter Resources

To access ASHI Chapter resources, log in as an ASHI member on Click on the Members Only tab in the left-hand column, then click on Chapters. You’ll find public relations and marketing materials, chapter recruitment tools, leadership resources, legislative tools and more. Questions? Contact Russell Daniels at or 847-954-3185.

ASHI Calendar of Events

  • April 16, 2009, Board orientation, Rosemont, Ill.
  • April 17-18, 2009, Board meeting, Rosemont, Ill.
  • July 17-18, 2009, Board meeting, Chicago, Ill.
  • Oct. 15-16, 2009, Leadership Training Conference, Rosemont, Ill.
  • Oct. 16-17, 2009, Board meeting, Rosemont, Ill.
  • Jan. 17, 2010, Board meeting, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Jan. 17-20, 2010, InspectionWorld, Las Vegas, Nev.