April, 2015
Discussion from Executive Director
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Report From Headquarters



Report From Headquarters

Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to use our new website.

It’s been a long time in the making and staff has put a lot of hours and effort to it to make it much more user-friendly. One new feature includes videos, one of which will show how to change your membership profile, for example. On the old site, most of the changes had to be done by staff. Now, you’ll be able to make changes with the click of your mouse …new phone number, new email address, new area of expertise … boom, you’re done. You’ll also be able to find timely video information on what’s going on in the inspection industry from Washington, D.C., to San Diego, CA.

Of course, San Diego will be hosting InspectionWorld® 2016 … ASHI, 40 Years of Trust.® The warm Southern California sun will be welcome relief for many of us in the middle of one of the coldest, snowiest winters on record. If the snow finally melts by then, many members from the eastern half of North America will be flocking to the West Coast warmth!

You may have noticed that our “You Tell Us” page has been receiving a lot of comments. That’s what it’s designed for. Some of the comments about past articles have contradictory opinions and that’s okay. Remember the old adage: Ask two inspectors a question and you’re likely to get three answers! We love reading your replies to articles in the Reporter and we’ll keep printing them so long as your views don’t disagree with mine.

Speaking of the Reporter, we’d like you to help us celebrate our 40th anniversary by sending, writing or e-mailing your remembrances from your early days in ASHI. It could be an early conversation with an ASHI member, your first memorable experience with your chapter or the first time you realized how beneficial ASHI membership was for you.

We would also like to use old annual conference materials you have. For example, I have the conference proceedings from the 1989 International Conference held in frigid Chicago. If you have old brochures with pricing info or an old report you’d like to share, just send them to us – the older, the better. To start off, I’d like to share a brochure submitted by John Heyn, one of ASHI’s Charter Members. It’s from 1976, the year ASHI was founded. It’s fun to look back to see how far we’ve come!

You’re also soon to see a new look for the Reporter. Arlene Zapata is our Graphic Design Manager and she’s anxious to coordinate a more appropriate and innovative format, which will project a fresh new appearance for our popular magazine.

All in all, it’s going to be an exciting year for us preparing for ASHI, 40 Years of Trust®.


Frank Lesh, Executive Director
American Society of Home Inspectors