July, 2016
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors



Be on the Lookout: ASHI Membership Dues Notices Coming Soon 

It’s that time of year when you start hearing about ASHI’s Membership Renewals going out. So, skip this section (and all upcoming news about dues renewal) by renewing your dues today! 

If you’re planning to continue paying monthly, kudos to you! Ignore this section and enjoy the rest of the magazine. If you have any questions about your dues, feel free to reach out to us athq@ashi.org.

Leadership Training Conference 
Chapter Leaders, this year we are starting early to put together a great program for the Leadership Training Conference being held in Des Plaines, Illinois, October 20–21

This action-packed conference will feature how to get volunteers, effective communication, recruiting members for your chapter, running education events, break-out sessions and much more. 

New this year, the attendees of LTC will have the pleasure of sitting in on a partial national board meeting. This will be an invaluable experience toward your leadership growth. 

Who should attend this conference: Presidents, CoR Representatives, Education Chairs, Treasurers, Secretaries and whomever you feel are your up-and-coming leaders. This year, we have a special incentive for the chapters if they send these people. 

Don’t forget about the $30.00 chapter rebate coupon. If a member of ASHI joins your chapter, the chapter can offer the new chapter member a $30.00 discount on their chapter dues. The chapter simply goes to the ASHI website, downloads the chapter incentive form and emails it to russelld@ashi.org and headquarters will send back the $30.00 to the chapter. 

Remember, there is no limit to how many people can sign up for your chapter to take advantage of this coupon. 


The following ACIs were selected to serve on the Officers Nominating Committee: 

Brendan Ryan
John Biegalski 
Miki Mertz
Bryck Guibor 
Jules Falcone
Hollis Brown 
Tom Lauhon
George Basista 

The immediate Past-president Alden Gibson serves as chair. The committee is accepting nominations for the Society officer positions of president-elect, vice president, secretary and treasurer for 2017. 

Any ASHI Certified Inspector in good standing may be nominated to any office. Self-nominations are permitted, and all nominees must agree to serve if elected. 

ASHI Nominating and Election Guidelines require that all nominations include a completed Matrix for Evaluating Nominees. The official matrix is available on HomeInspector.org in the Documents section of the Members-Only Extranet. The matrix also can be obtained by contacting ASHI headquarters, HQ@ashi.org. 

As matrices are received at headquarters, the staff will verify that all nominees have agreed to serve and have submitted the necessary background information, including a response to all matrix questions. Headquarters will verify the nominees’ status as ASHI Certified Inspectors in good standing. Nominations will close Aug. 15, 2016, and the matrices will be distributed to the members of the Nominating Committee. 

Nominating Committee Purpose: The objective of the Nominating Committee is to identify and name candidates who meet ASHI’s leadership requirements for the offices of president-elect, vice president, secretary and treasurer. All contents, discussions and documents from the meetings and their results are strictly confidential. 

Petitions: After the Nomination Committee names its candidates, a petition of 10 percent of ASHI Certified Inspectors in good standing can cause the name of a qualified ASHI Certified Inspector to be added to the ballot for a specific office. Petitions must be presented on a special form available only from ASHI headquarters and require the name (printed) and the signature of each petitioner, as well as the office in which the petitioner would serve, if elected. 

The form must be received by mail or fax at headquarters at least 10 days prior to the distribution of the ballots. Staff will verify the validity of the petition prior to placing the name of a candidate for office on the ballot. Ballots will be mailed to ASHI Certified Inspectors by Oct. 31, 2016, and the election will close Dec. 5, 2016. 

Campaigning: According to the Policy and Procedures Manual, campaigning positively by or about any candidate is permissible as long as no ASHI assets are used. Staff, Nominating Committee and Election Committee members shall not participate in campaigning. Nominees or petition candidates for an officer or Board of Director position may purchase mailing labels or lists of qualified voting members’ contact information from headquarters at cost. Negative campaigning (against candidates or nominees) is not permitted. The Election Committee should preview campaign statements or materials in advance if there is any uncertainty about the appropriateness of their contents. 

Ballots will be counted the first week in December and election results will be published in the January 2017 issue of the ASHI Reporter. 

Comments and questions about the nomination process are welcomed. Please contact ASHI headquarters at HQ@ashi.org. 

The following council representatives were selected to serve on the Directors Nominating Committee: 

Skip Walker
Brian Murphy 
Eric Barker
Tony Hecht 

Brendan Ryan was appointed to chair the committee. 

Nominations are being accepted for three new, non-officer Board members and one alternate for 2017. Nominees shall be ASHI Certified Inspectors in good standing who have served a minimum of one year on the Council of Representatives, the term beginning no later than Oct. 1, 2015. Nominees must be on the council during the election process, up until the time the ballots are counted. If elected, the council member must step off the council and the chapter will be allowed to fill the vacancy. 

The Directors Nominating Committee will submit names of possible candidates, and any COR member may submit his/ her name or any names as nominees. All candidates must agree to serve and provide background information, as required on a matrix that is available from HQ. Nominations close Aug. 15, 2016, and the Directors Nominating Committee selects a slate in September. Ballots then are mailed to Council representatives on Oct. 31, 2016. 

If you have questions, please contact Frank Lesh at HQ, frankl@ashi.org.