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

New Orleans is the site for 2008 Leadership Training Conference


Invitations and RSVPs for the October 16-17 Leadership Training Conference in New Orleans were e-mailed to chapter presidents last month. With $99 (plus tax and after immediate rebate) room rates and another outstanding lineup, this is sure to be a popular event.

The October 18 Board of Directors meeting also will be held in New Orleans.

Kicking off InspectionWorld Orlando

Get a jump on hotel reservations at the Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., at the special IW rate of $179 (plus tax) per night, single/double. Contact the hotel by phone at 407-824-3869, use the link in the July and August First Thing e-newsletters or visit the preliminary IW Web site at for the January 21-24, 2009, conference. Conference registration opens October 1.

The board of directors and council of representatives meetings will precede the conference.

If you’re looking forward to exhibiting or sponsoring events and haven’t received the exhibitors’ prospectus, contact Bill Lewis at 847-954-3187 or

It’s easier than ever to pay dues and file a CE hours claim form

Everything can be done online. The links for renewing your ASHI membership and reporting your required continuing education hours were e-mailed to all members in First Thing, the monthly leadership e-newsletter, and in The Inspector, the monthly e-newsletter for members.

All who attended InspectionWorld New Orleans have satisfied the education requirement and do not have to file a claim form.

ASHI leaders, please encourage other members to renew their membership for 2009 by reminding them ASHI continues to offer member benefits while holding the line on annual dues.

Market your business with the Send Out Cards program

ASHI’s Board of Directors approved the Send Out Cards marketing program for members. The program will automatically send thank-you cards, follow-up cards, even birthday and anniversary cards. ASHI chapters can sign up at the Entrepreneur Level under ASHI’s umbrella and chapter members should sign up as wholesalers under their chapter or ASHI.

For more information, contact Dick Bennett at 847-954-3183 or

Is the program for you?

Look for the Find an ASHI Inspector function under Professional Services on ASHI has an exclusive arrangement with the home valuation Web site that will put users in direct contact with ASHI members who join the program.

Questions? Contact Dick Bennett at 847-954-3183 or

ASHI leaders: Support the Parallel Inspection program

ASHI continues to seek Certified Inspectors to volunteer as Parallel Inspection Guides. Earn CE hours as you share your knowledge with new inspectors. To learn more, visit, education and training.

Keep in touch

If you do not receive ASHI’s regular monthly e-newsletters, First Thing and The Inspector, you’re missing up-to-the minute information about programs, benefits and events. Be sure to include your current e-mail with your renewal payment and add ASHI to your address book so messages aren’t mistakenly identified as SPAM. Also, you can e-mail officers, directors (contact information on page 3) and staff (contact information on page 31) with your ideas on how to improve membership benefits. If communication is a two-way street, help increase traffic.

Current ASHI Membership

ASHI Certified Inspectors: 3,671
ASHI Associates with Logo Use: 167
ASHI Associates: 1,691
ASHI Retired Members: 138
Affiliates: 90
Total Membership: 5,757

ASHI Calendar of Events

• Oct. 16-17, 2008, Leadership Training Conference, Hilton Riverside, New Orleans, La.

• Oct. 18, 2008, Board meeting, Hilton Riverside, New Orleans, La.

• Jan. 20, 2009, Council of Representatives annual meeting, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Orlando, Fla.

• Jan. 21, 2009, Board meeting, Disney’s Contemporary Resort,  Orlando, Fla.

• Jan. 21-24, 2009, InspectionWorld, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Orlando, Fla.

• April 17, 2009, Board orientation, Rosemont, Ill.

• April 18, 2009, Board meeting, Rosemont, Ill.

• July 17, 2009, ASHI Town Hall meeting, TBD

• July 18, 2009, Board meeting, TBD

• Oct. 22-23, 2009, Leadership Training Conference, Rosemont, Ill.

• Oct. 24, 2009, Board meeting, Rosemont, Ill.

• Jan. 17, 2010, Board meeting, Las Vegas, Nev.

• Jan. 17-20, 2010, InspectionWorld, Las Vegas, Nev.