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One more surprise gift is IW 2017 in Las Vegas, coming soon in January. For those of you who have not been to an InspectionWorldTM yet, or if you haven’t been in a while, you WILL be amazed at what’s in store for everyone this year. From ASHI’s Executive Director

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t’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.� That’s not just a song title, but also a way of life here at ASHI. We’ve received more gifts than we can hope for this year. For those of you who were not able to attend ASHI’s Leadership Training Conference in October, you missed a great package, wrapped into two days of information you can use. Don’t worry, though, you will be hearing all about it from your chapter members, the Council of Representatives, the Chapter Relations Committee, the Membership Committee and ASHI Staff. What we unwrapped at LTC, in a chestnut, will help you attain volunteers (and customers) and retain volunteers (and customers), all while retraining yourself on how to reach and keep those folks.

Tim Hosey, LTC Keynote Speaker, and Frank Lesh, ASHI Executive Director. Increased membership has been both an unsolicited gift and a well-deserved achievement this year. Adding to our roster the former NAHI inspectors who decided to join ASHI was a pleasant surprise, to be sure. But in addition to those seasoned inspectors, we also added hundreds of new members who have joined ASHI because of our reputation for excellence. We welcome both groups, as


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Aside from the outstanding educational sessions taught by the most knowledgeable instructors in North America, we will have:

tHBNFTPOUIF*8BQQUIBUXJMMFBSOZPV prizes tBi.FFUJOHPG.JMMFOOJBMT wXIJDIXJMM focus on how to bridge the gap between up-and-coming inspectors and “seasoned� inspectors. well as any other inspectors whose goal is to reach the pinnacle of the profession. Almost all inspectors have benefited from the strong housing economy. Unfortunately, there are some areas where the housing market is so hot that some people are forgoing the home inspection so they don’t lose the deal. Although that never happened to me when I was actively inspecting, I’m wondering if inspectors would think about contacting homebuyers who have recently purchased but didn’t arrange for an inspection? Solicit them to hire you to inspect their house now that they’re in. There are bound to be problems they did not expect, and you just may be the one they need to help them. Might be worth a try? A gift all inspectors, as well as consumers, have this year is the new ASHI app, “Home Inspector Search.� This is a great present you can give your customers, real estate agents and friends. It has three categories combined into one neat and clean package: “Find an Inspector,� “Consumer Safety Recalls� and “Home Maintenance Checklist.� So, if someone needs an inspection, it’s at their fingertips. Also, once they’re in the home, they can watch for safety recalls and be apprised of seasonal maintenance tips.

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Last, but not least, don’t forget this lastminute stocking stuffer idea: the Chapter Membership Drive. Inspectors who have never been an ASHI member and who join a chapter will receive a one-year complimentary membership in ASHI. The $30 ASHI Chapter Incentive coupon still applies (so the members chapter dues can be reduced). This offer is good until December 31. H

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Brace Yourself for Winter Weather with Personal Safety Tips and Home Inspection Tips Compiled by Carol Dikelsky

According to the 2017 Farmers’ Almanac, the winter that’s lying in wait, just weeks away from hitting the United States and Canada, is expected to be pretty brutal. Although last year’s strong El Nino pattern gave many parts of the country a break from the roughest of winter weather, this year it looks like most regions will not be getting such a reprieve ( Even if the Almanac’s ominous forecast turns out to be wrong, it’s still going to be winter! So, depending on where you live, it’s time to pull out your boots, jackets, gloves and thermal layers and make sure your shovels and snow blowers are in shape to get you through another winter workout. Of course, home inspectors always need to be prepared to handle whatever Mother Nature brings while they are out in the (sometimes freezing) field. To help you put your winter goggles back on, we’ve collected the following “cold weather tips” from past issues of the Reporter.

PUT SAFETY FIRST OUT IN THE FIELD The following tips have been reprinted or adapted from “Playing It Safe in the Cold,” by Sandy Bourseau, published in December 2011 ( articles/playing-it-safe-in-the-cold/2229).

document the conditions in their reports. Given the widely documented risks of getting on a roof in any weather, some inspectors inspect them from the ground with binoculars, with the help of a drone or from a ladder, being sure to document their methods in their reports.

Up on the rooftop: When winter storms cover roofs with snow, it’s obvious they cannot be inspected, much less walked on. Equally dangerous, but less obvious, is a roof slick from frost or from rain. When these conditions are present, inspectors should consider staying off the roof and

Getting up there: In winter, inspecting from a ladder presents its own hazards. Cold weather can create uneven surfaces due to an accumulation of ice and snow on the ground. Uneven ground is one of the worst places you can place a ladder because it creates the potential of the ladder

tipping over when you’re climbing it. Another reason you do not want to place your ladder on top of snow or ice is the lack of friction between the ladder and the ground. Ice is slippery. Ladder stability in wet or slippery conditions is a key consideration and can be greatly improved by a number of factors such as making an informed initial choice of ladder, by ongoing maintenance and inspection of ladder feet and through the use of stabilizers. Replacement feet are available in rubber, and a wide range of safety feet, ladder stoppers and ground spikes can 7December 2016




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Hypothermia: Hypothermia occurs most commonly at very cold environmental temperatures, but it can occur at more mild, ))&5.'*,./,-5B)05jf‡C5# 55*,-)(5 becomes chilled from rain, sweat or submersion in cold water.

provide additional support and help to secure the base. In general, inspectors know that when a ladder is set up for use, it must be placed on firm, level ground and without any type of slippery condition present at either the base or top support points. And they know to wear clean, slip-resistant shoes. Every day, home inspectors make decisions about their personal health and safety. Whether or not to climb that ladder or get on that roof are among the most important. Yet, how easy it is to overlook a few wet leaves. Wet leaves are a threat whether on the roof, on shoes or the ground. Safe on the ground? Even solid ground presents its own perils when it’s wet or cold outside. Slips and falls often occur during entry or exit from vehicles—a reminder to be particularly careful and hold on to the vehicle for support.

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The likelihood of taking a fall on a sidewalk or driveway increases proportionally with the amount of freezing rain and ice. Joseph Chen, MD, medical director of the Iowa Spine Research and Rehabilitation Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics, suggested, “Take shorter steps and try to plant your whole foot gently down instead of using the typical heel strike that we use when we’re walking or running.�


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According to the Centers for Disease )(.,)&5(5,0(.#)(5BC651"(5."5 body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced, the result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.

People who remain outdoors for long periods are in danger of experiencing hypothermia. For home inspectors, unheated crawl spaces, attics and even homes add to the time spent in the cold weather. Warning signs include shivering or exhaustion, confusion or fumbling hands, memory loss or slurred speech and drowsiness. If you suspect that you or someone with you is experiencing hypothermia, the CDC suggests finding out the person’s temperature. 5#.5#-5&)15ok‡65."5-#./.#)(5#-5(5',gency—get medical attention immediately. If medical care is delayed or not available, begin warming the person with potential hypothermia and continue to seek emergency care. Frostbite: Although not life-threatening, frostbite can permanently damage the body and severe cases can lead to amputation. It is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling

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At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of these signs may indicate frostbite: a white or grayish-yellow skin area, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy, or numbness. A person with frostbite is often unaware of it until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb.

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If you detect symptoms of frostbite in yourself or others, seek medical care. Because frostbite and hypothermia both result from exposure, first determine whether the victim also shows signs of hypothermia, as described previously. Hypothermia is a more serious medical condition and requires emergency medical assistance. If there is frostbite, but no sign of hypothermia and immediate medical care is not available, proceed as follows:

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R555-&0-5.".5,5-(/!5.5."51,#-. R5551"(5*)--#&65'#..(-5B."35,51,',5 than gloves) R5551.,7,-#-.(.5).5(5-")R555-0,&5&3,-5) 5&))-7ŀ..#(!5&)."#(! Be sure your outer layer of clothing is tightly woven, preferably wind-resistant, to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind. Wool, silk or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton. Stay dry—wet clothing chills the body rapidly. Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm. Also, avoid getting gasoline or alcohol on your skin while de-icing and fueling your car or using a snow blower; these materials can greatly increase heat loss from the body when they come in contact with the skin.

Do not ignore shivering—it’s an important first sign that your body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return to your vehicle or some heated environment.

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Awareness is the greatest tool for staying safe and well as a home inspector. There’s no way to know how many accidents and illnesses are prevented by being aware of the hazards inspectors face, but don’t take any chances. Take every step with care and stay safe. BRUSH UP ON COLD WEATHER– SPECIFIC SIGNS DURING INSPECTIONS Several authors of articles published in the Reporter have described issues and situations that are more likely to be observed in cold or winter weather. Here are a few topics and links to the associated articles. Air-transported moisture that can cause wall damage in cold climates: “Air-Transported Moisture: A Stealthy Enemy� by &(5,-)(65/!/-.5hfgk5B1118-" Air-Transported-Moisture-A-StealthyEnemy/14716) Water damage resulting from ventilation or plumbing issues: “The Unseen Drip: An Article from the Moisture Mysteries Series� 35)!,5(%365*,#&5hfgk5B1118-"#, Window condensation: “Fogged Up? Clearing the Air about Window Condensa.#)(_535)'5#465,/,35hfgh5B1118 Fogged-Up-Clearing-the-Air-AboutWindow-Condensation/2269) Wet attic spaces: “The Wet Attic in Winter: The First of Several Moisture Mysteries in Minnesota, Solved by ASHI ',5)!,5(%36_5 /(5hffo5B1118 Moisture-Mysteries/1695) Waterproofed shingle underlayments: ^ (-*.#(!5)3]-5,)'#((.5-#(tial Installed Roofing Material: Asphalt Composition Shingles� by John Cranor, 35hffh5B1118-"#,*),.,8),!I HomeInspection/Articles/Inspecting)37-7,)'#((.7-#(.#&7 (stalled-Roofing-Material-AsphaltComposition-Shingles/845) Please continue to the sidebar on the next page >>> 9December 2016




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What Should I Do if I Get Stranded in Cold Weather?

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The Dreaded “B� Word and How to Use It Correctly

The Dreaded “B� Word and How to Use It Correctly By Dave Kogan, ASHI Manager of Marketing and Business Development, and Arlene Zapata, ASHI Graphic Design Manager and ASHI Reporter Managing Editor


randing is one of the most important aspects of any busi(--65&,!5),5-'&&65,.#&5),5h5B/-#(--7.)7/-#(--C85 An effective brand strategy gives you a major edge in increasingly competitive markets. But what exactly does “branding� mean? How does it affect a small business like yours?

Simply put, your brand is your promise to your customer. It tells them what they can expect from your products and services, and it differentiates your offering from your competitors’. Your brand is derived from who you are, who you want to be and who people perceive you to be. Are you the innovative maverick in your industry? Or the experienced, reliable one? You can’t be both. Is your product the high-cost, high-quality option or the low-cost, high-value option? You can’t offer both. As the saying goes, “You can’t be all things to all people,� but you should base your business persona, at least to some extent, on being the type of person your target customers want and need you to be.

The foundation of your brand is your logo. Your website, advertising and promotional materials—all of which should integrate your logo— communicate your brand. Brand Strategy and Equity Your brand strategy is how, what, where, when and to whom you plan on communicating and delivering on your brand messages. Where you advertise is part of your brand strategy. Your distribution channels also are part of your brand strategy. And what you communicate visually and verbally are parts of your brand strategy, too. Consistent, strategic branding leads to a strong “brand equity,� which means that the added value you bring to your company’s products or services allows you to charge more for your brand than what someone with an identical, but unbranded, product can command. The most obvious example of this is Coke versus a generic soda. Because Coca-Cola has built powerful 12

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brand equity, the company can charge more for its product—and customers will pay that higher price. The added value intrinsic to brand equity frequently comes in the form of perceived quality or emotional attachment. For example, Nike associates its products with star athletes, hoping customers will transfer their emotional attachment from the athlete to the product. For Nike, it’s not just the shoe’s features that sell the shoe. Defining Your Brand Defining your brand is like a journey of business self-discovery. It can be difficult, time-consuming and uncomfortable. It requires, at the very least, that you answer these questions: R5".5#-53)/,5)'*(3]-5'#--#)(> R5".5,5."5(ŀ.-5(5 ./,-5) 53)/,5*,)/.-5),5-,0#-> R55 ".5)53)/,5/-.)',-5(5*,)-*.-5&,35."#(%5) 5 your company? R5".5+/&#.#-5)53)/51(.5."'5.)5--)#.51#."53)/,5)'*(3>

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> Once you’ve defined your brand, how do you get the word out? Here are a few simple, time-tested tips: R55Get a great logo.5&5#.50,31",85 53)/5)(].5"055&)!)65 consider getting one for free from the ASHI free logo site. Check )/.5."5 51-#.5B for details. Go to the Members Only tab and scroll to the Free Logo Design option near the bottom. Or, if you are willing to pay an affordable design fee, you can hire an ASHI designer to design a custom logo for you. For a how-to video, go to: R55Write down your brand messaging. What are the key messages you want to communicate about your brand? Every employee should be aware of your brand attributes. R5Integrate your brand. Branding extends to every aspect of your business, including what you say when you answer your phone, what you or your salespeople wear when you go on sales calls, and even what words you include in your email signature. R55Create a “voice� for your company that reflects your brand. This voice should be applied to all written communication and incorporated into the visual imagery of all materials, online and off. Is your brand friendly? Be conversational. Is it ritzy? Be more formal. You get the gist. R55Develop a tagline. Write a memorable, meaningful and concise statement that captures the essence of your brand. For example, ASHI’s tagline is “Educated. Tested. Verified. Certified.� R55Create design guidelines for your marketing materials. Use the same color scheme, logo placement, look and feel throughout. )/5)(].5(5.)55 (365$/-.5)(-#-.(.85 ]-5(15,#(.7(7 Demand website can help you in this area. See the ad on Page 14 for more information. View our introduction video here: Or scan this QR code with your phone to see the video quickly.

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What Is ASHI’s Print-On Demand Site? ĝ5,#(.7(7'(5-#.5#-52&/-#05.)5 5'',-85ĝ5 graphics department has designed templates to help you start creating brochures, postcards, business cards, letterhead, envelopes and newsletters. No design experience is necessary; everything has been programmed with drag-and-drop ease. We have also incorporated marketing information about home inspection and ASHI to help you communicate with homebuyers or real estate agents. Click on the Brand Your Business icon to get started. You will need to create a user account. Each time you log in to the site, the templates will have the correct logo already loaded and will correspond with your level of membership. You will also be able to upload logos from other organizations to display on your materials. ASHI has added a photo gallery for you to incorporate images into your materials or you can upload your own photos. All of your work will be saved for easy reordering. Tech support is availaible on the site in the upper left-hand corner of your screen (look for the Call To Discuss button). Chapters can also brand themselves and communicate with their members with .'*&.-5(5.))&-5)(5."5,#(.7(7 Demand site. Click on the Brand Your Chapter icon to get started. We received a lot of positive feedback about this site at the Leadership Training Conference and have added some new features that were requested. You can order newly redesigned ASHI brochures and books from this site as well; look for the yellow ASHI Brochures icon. There ,5&-)50#)-5.".53)/5(55.)53)/,51-#.-5(5)1,)#(.X5 presentations to download. The graphics department will continue to add new designs and ./,-5.)5."5,#(.7(7'(5-#.5)(55,!/&,5-#-65-)5"%5 back often or email your suggestions to H

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Smart Inspector Science: Is That Water Safe to Drink? By Tom Feiza, Mr. Fix-It, Inc.,


s that water safe to drink? Maybe? Has the water been tested? Are the sewers working properly? How does backflow protection separate the systems?

Home inspectors can help keep drinking water safe in the homes they inspect. Most have basic knowledge of modern municipal sewer systems and in-depth knowledge of modern residential ,#(!651-.5(50(.5BC5-3-.'-85 (-*.),-5/(,-.(5 water supply systems, municipal water supplies, backflow protection and some things about private well systems. But how were those systems developed and how do today’s communities provide safe drinking water?

Because urban areas became so polluted and smelly, pumping systems were developed to add water to flush out the combined sewage dumped in rivers. In Milwaukee, WI, a steam-powered flushing system built in 1888 used Lake Michigan water to flush out the Milwaukee River (Photo 1). This system used a boiler, a steam turbine and a 12-foot-diameter pipe to pump 500 million gallons of lake water per day to flush out the Milwaukee River. In 1925, a modern electric motor replaced the steam engine and boilers. Photo 2 B)(5!5glC5-")1-5."5-,15#'*&&,5(5.5,&.5 to the impeller performance.

Big Problems, Strong Odors Throughout history, drinking water and human waste presented big problems wherever people congregated in large groups. From the earliest civilizations to about 1850, waste was put in chamber pots, outhouses and pits, used for fertilizer or just dumped in the woods. Human waste was not treated. Larger cities in advanced societies built sewer systems to flush waste into rivers or other nearby bodies of water. Dilution was the solution—these relatively small amounts of waste were diluted with lots of water and dumped downstream. Drinking water often came from water contaminated with human waste. Several ancient societies developed basic sewage removal systems, but ultimately, they all just flushed the human waste into natural sources of water.

As cities grew larger, they had to deal with the stench and unsightliness of sewage, as well as the contamination of drinking water. Most cities took drinking water from the source they were polluting with their human waste or from wells next to their human waste dumps. In the United States during the 1850s, cities developed underground sewer piping to carry waste away. In combined sanitary and storm sewers, storm water helped flush away the waste from humans as well as domesticated horses and other animals.

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clean water and air. Some historians think that fancy perfumes 0&)*5#(5,#-51,5(5..'*.5.)5'-%5)35)),5 ,)'5().5 bathing. Treating Sewage or Drinking Water In 1875, no city in the United States with a population of more than 100,000 provided any kind of sewage treatment. By 1900, only two cities had installed treatment facilities. By 1926, 20 cities had sewage treatment plants. As electricity, motors and pumps became widely available, many cities decided to treat sewage.

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Chicago’s water was so polluted that cholera became a major issue. ĝ5*&((,-5) 5."5"#!)5),&]-5#,5B&-)5%()1(5-5."5)lumbian Exposition of 1893) worried that the spread of cholera would discourage visitors from attending the fair, which was held in downtown Chicago at the current site of the Museum of Science and Industry on Lake Michigan. Along with Chicago’s Director of Works, entrepreneurs attempted to build a 100-mile pipeline to bring natural spring water from Waukesha, WI, to the fairgrounds for drinking water. Apparently, unions and Waukesha residents stopped the pipeline construction. Eventually, water was piped from a spring south of Waukesha, brought in on railroad cars and sold at the fair for a huge profit (Photo 4).

Around 1870, London developed its now-famous sewer system to flush human waste into the ocean. Also, Chicago constructed a huge Sanitary and Ship Canal from the Chicago River to the Des &#(-5#0,85ĝ#-5-3-.'5) 5.",5(&-65/#&.5.1(5gnoh5(5 1922, reversed the flow of the Chicago River; instead of discharging into Lake Michigan, it now flowed into the Mississippi River— good luck, St. Louis and New Orleans. The canal-to-river system is still in use today, but now the sewage is treated. You may have read that this canal is a possible entry point for invasive Asian carp into the Great Lakes because it directly connects the Mississippi River with Lake Michigan (Photo 3).

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What Happens Next? Scientists, governments, health officials and plumbers stepped in to save civilizations from their own water pollution. We continue to see changes made to water supplies and sewer systems, and they’re all for the better. Think about how bad it was in 1915, when raw human waste was dumped into rivers and lakes, polluting our drinking water. That was only 100 years ago.


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We should be proud of how much conditions have improved in our country. Home inspectors can help ensure homeowner safety if they understand sewer systems, cross-connections and drinking water treatment. We should also think about water problems in lessdeveloped countries and when we’re there, we must be vigilant— don’t drink the water.

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Bringing an Entrepreneurial Spirit to Home Inspection Nancy Coughlin, 904-515-3310, iProtect Home Inspections, An interview with Carol Dikelsky


ast summer, Nancy Coughlin, an enthusiastic new home inspector, took some time to talk with me. The first thing she mentioned was how much The ASHI School impressed her. She said, “I took the two-week course in Tampa in February with five other students and I became licensed right after that. Not long ago, I called my instructors to tell them that everything they described has been spot-on as far as what I’m doing and seeing in the field. They were happy to hear from me and thrilled to know that their information has proven to be accurate. It was great to connect with them again.” Nancy lives in Jacksonville, FL, which she describes as a growing and thriving community, with a naval base, several banks, technology companies and a variety of other businesses. She explained, “Five years ago, my family was part of Jacksonville’s real estate boom when we moved here from New York City to follow my husband’s job in banking. Back in New York, we had owned service companies and been landlords for some condos. I’d also been a real estate agent for a couple years.” While settling into life in Jacksonville, Nancy took the opportunity to try something new. Reading Norman Becker’s book, Complete Book of Home Inspections, inspired her to take a new career path. “As I did more research, it was easy to see that ASHI is the cornerstone of the industry, as far as licensing, education and making connections. I liked the prestige that ASHI’s brand offered, and I wanted to attend the top-rated school.” Since getting her license, Nancy joined the BiltRite home inspection team. She said, “BiltRite inspected my house when we first came to Florida and then a rental property we purchased later. I liked their style—they have an honest, reputable approach. I’m so happy that I’ve become part of the team.” Nancy continued, “With so many different types of houses, there are endless combinations of what can be going on. I’ve been on the job since February, and because we cover residential and commercial properties, I’ve seen a lot already. Uncovering and describing a house’s “problems”—that requires a lot of detective work, and I love that.”


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“With landlording and entrepreneurship in my background, I understand how to tackle problems and I can handle getting thrown into unfamiliar situations. As a result, I’ve developed a ‘How will I get this done’ attitude instead of a ‘No, I can’t’ attitude. Good problem-solving skills are important for home inspectors.”


“My mentor, Albert Cooke, ASHI Certified Inspector, Complete Home Inspection, Tampa, was one of my instructors at The ASHI School (TAS). Although we live and work five hours away from each other, he has spent lots of time answering my questions via phone, text and email. Sometimes I’ll send him photos of what I’ve seen and ask, ‘How would you describe this?’ He always makes time to give me guidance.”

“Another TAS instructor, Michael Conley, also has helped me tremendously as I’ve started my career. Mike has introduced me to other home inspector business owners who live and work in my area, and I’ve been able to start networking with them. I believe it’s important to make efforts to get to know your fellow local home inspectors, whether to understand the competition or to share information and training tips. You can learn from others about so many aspects of the industry and even ask them for guidance about house conditions that you may not have seen before.” “Terminology is so important. You must balance being professional with not sounding ‘over the heads’ of your clients. Also, I’ve been interested to find out how responsible and how liable we are. I like knowing that

I’m promising my clients that I’ll tell the truth about what I see. I believe professional integrity is essential, and I’m proud that it’s a vital part of home inspection.” In her spare time, Nancy volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. “I provide instruction on budgeting, credit, credit reports and guidance about mortgages as part the Habitat curriculum. When I become educated about something, I feel a responsibility to help others get the same knowledge. Because I’m fluent in Spanish, I enjoy using that skill in my volunteer life and my work life.” As our conversation drew to a close, Nancy commented, “I enjoy people. If you want to be successful as a small business owner, ZPVLJOEPGOFFEUPIBWFUIBUUSBJU"MTP  I’m always trying to get better at parts of NZKPC JODMVEJOHAESJWJOHUIFESPOF*N finding that the drone is a fun toy that can take really high-quality photos. So when I can’t walk on a roof due to its pitch or the weather, using a drone helps me zoom in on small fragments (like shingles or corners) and get the information I need. It also brings out UIFOFJHICPSIPPELJETUPXBUDIw


“I’m only getting started in my involvement with ASHI, but I’m eager to become more involved and find out what I can learn from other inspectors.”

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Leadership Training Conference

Leadership Training Conference Des Plaines, Illinois • October 20-21, 2016


SHI’s Leadership Training Conference (LTC) 2016 was a huge success! We met with over 130 chapter leaders from across the United States and Canada, and also welcomed former NAHI members as well. The attendees enjoyed our opening speaker, #'5)-35B.)*7,#!".5*").)C651")5-*)%5)(5^)&/(.,#-'6_5)/,5/.#)(65&,-"#*5(5 finance breakout sessions, and meeting with vendors. Everyone enjoyed getting to see how our Board meetings worked and received a brief on Robert’s Rules of Order. We’re overjoyed by the success of the meeting and the overall satisfaction for all who attended. Sharing of ideas and successes from individuals and chapters made the day-and-a-half conference worthwhile for both first-time attendees as well as those who’ve been before.

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Service Philosophy: Strategizing Excellent Service

Service Philosophy: Strategizing Excellent Service By Alan Carson, Carson Dunlop,, 800-268-7070

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aving a customer service philosophy refers to the ways in which you think about and develop your business. Your service philosophy is the total of all the strategies you employ to deliver a high-quality service that “blows your customers away.” In previous articles of the Reporter, we’ve described how to market your services. But it’s important to remember that you need an excellent service to market because no amount of marketing will sell a service that’s not good. You may fool people for a while with your dazzling marketing strategies, but word will get out if your service is not up to snuff.

If you offer a professional service, you must deliver good service. You can market your service as “the best in town,” but if you perform below standard, you will not sustain your customer base. This article will help you develop ways to approach customer service to create a winning business. Create a Customer Service Blueprint The first step in developing a top-notch professional service is to identify every point at which you make contact with the public, a process called “blueprinting” your business process. Blueprinting is a type of mapping that shows you all the points of contact at which you can enhance your customer service.

Here’s how to make your own blueprint: Draw a vertical dotted line down the middle of a piece of paper. Label it as the “line of visibility” or “line of interaction.” On one side of this line, write the section or sections of the public with whom you interact. On the other side of the dotted line, draw a flowchart showing the flow of your business. Draw an arrow to connect the points between the public and your business to show each time they interact. Each point of contact is an opportunity to offer exceptional customer service. Most home inspection companies have very simple blueprints for this process. The figure shows a typical home inspection company’s blueprint for customer service. You might have a completely different chart for your relationship with real estate professionals, however, which might include items like making office presentations, calling agents, having lunch with agents and so on. 22

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Point of Contact = Service Opportunity What’s the point of blueprinting your business operations? It forces you to think about a strategy for every point at which you interact with the public. Each of these points is an opportunity for you to create exceptional, memorable service. Again, the figure shows an example of the thought process. Brainstorm Strategies In our sample blueprint, report delivery is one of the significant points of contact. Let’s say that you mail your reports to your clients so that your clients receive the report without getting any personal contact with you. What can you do to spice up this aspect of your business? Let the brainstorming begin. You can send the report by courier, deliver the report in person and spend time discussing it with the client, email the report or upload the report to a website and email a link and a password to the client. The report could have built-in links to documents that contain more information about the conditions described. A floating document box could allow the client to type in questions as he or she reads the report. After reading the report, the client’s “questions document” gets emailed to you for a response. The key to effective brainstorming is writing down your ideas without criticizing them as you go. For example, the last idea above is fairly elaborate and might cost a lot to set up. Don’t worry about it. Just write down the ideas, no matter how difficult or even ridiculous they might seem. You’ll have time to reject them in the next step. Brainstorming is a creative process, whereas evaluating each idea is an exercise in logic. If you mix logic with brainstorming, it will stifle your creativity.

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to your company and might make customers happy. Customer satisfaction leads to referrals that lead to increased business volume. More business means you can pay for your site. Once the initial costs are covered, websites are relatively easy and inexpensive to maintain. You can’t always calculate the benefits on the basis of cost alone. There are returns from customer satisfaction that don’t always show up immediately as revenues. In this example, we made a key assumption—that we know what the customer wants. This is a typical, but dangerous, assumption. It’s amazing how wrong we can be when we assume what customers want. For example, what if your customers think that posting their report on a website violates their privacy?

Evaluate The next step is to consider each idea, evaluating it based on the impact the strategy will have on your clients, the cost of implementing the idea and the time commitment it will require. Let’s evaluate the idea of sending the report by courier. If you give your client a summary on site, they may not have a sense of urgency about receiving the report. Sending the report via courier has little advantage and little impact, and it will consume a significant amount of profit from each inspection. These days, people are used to the idea of receiving soft-copy versions of the report.

Now, let’s look at the website idea. Implementing a dynamic website reporting system may be expensive, but if it creates an extraordinary point of distinction for your company, it could launch your business to levels you never thought possible. Spend Money to Make Money Each idea has advantages and disadvantages. You need to weigh the long-term benefits, factoring your client’s needs into the equation. Yes, you will save money if you decide not to implement a dynamic website system, but a dynamic site imparts distinction

Let’s pause here for now. We’ve discussed providing excellent service by brainstorming various possible business strategies. In next month’s article, we’ll look at developing your ability to have the customer’s perspective in mind, with a discussion around a customer-centric business model. H

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Motion: Motion was made and seconded where as a new board orientation manual shall be created (updated) annually and posted on ShareFile within a folder titled “New Board Orientation Manuals” prior to the April Board Meeting. PASSED

Motion: The Board directs the Chapter Relations Committee to research and formulate rules, guidelines and policy for the online an/or virtual ASHI Meetings, future chapters and report back. PASSED

Motion: To Authorize formation of a new ASHI Chapter in Cincinnati, Ohio, called OHIO-Southern (OH-SO). PASSED


Important Announcement Regarding the ASHI Home Inspection Standard of Practice ASHI’s Standards Committee welcomes public comments about a proposed revision to the Home Inspection Standard of Practice. Comments are requested by December 15, 2016.

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North Central Ohio

Mid-Missouri William Stone, 216-308-9663

Pocono-Lehigh (PA) Third Tuesday, Tannersville Inn, Tannersville Ronald Crescente, 570-646-7546

PRO-ASHI (PA) Second Wednesday of Jan., March, May, July & Nov. Ray Fonos, 412-461-8273

Tri-State (DE, NJ, PA) Second Tuesday except April, Aug. & Dec., Dave & Buster’s Plymouth Meeting, PA Peter Muehlbronner, 215-8527319,

MIDWEST Central Illinois Second Monday, 6 pm Kevan Zinn, 309-262-5006

Great Lakes (IL, IN, IA, KY, MI, MN, OH, WI) For monthly meetings: schedule-of-events/ Carol Case, 734-284-4501

Greater Omaha (NE) Rick Crnkovich, 402-779-2529


Heartland (IA, MN, ND, SD, WI)

ASHI Reporter t December 2016 Second Thursday, 12:00 pm, Even months of the year; Columbia Board of Realtors office. 2309 I-70 Drive NW, Columbia, MO Bobbi Wilson, 573-881-8585

Northern Illinois Second Wednesday (except Dec.) 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Crazypour, 105 E. North Ave., Villa Park, IL Jeremy Meek, 630-854-2454


MOUNTAIN Arizona Bryck Guibor, 520-419-1313 Quarterly education on

New Mexico Every other month, Second Saturday, (Jan., May., Sept.) Mimi’s Cafe Albuquerque - 9:15 am Lance Ellis, 505-977-3915

Northern Rockies (ID, MT) Steve Jenicek, 406-949-6461 Secretary: Kelly Campeau 877-749-2225

Rocky Mountain Fourth Tuesday, 6:30 pm Brian Murphy, 303-791-7824

Southern Colorado Second Thursday, 6:30 pm Valley Hi Golf Club, Colo. Springs Mike Meyer, 719-686-8282

Utah First Tuesday, 7 pm Marie Callender’s, Midvale Fred Larsen, 801-201-9583

Arkansas Lonnie Moore, 479-530-5792

Great Plains (KS, MO) Second Wednesday of even months The Great Wolf Lodge, Kansas City Doug Hord, 816-215-2329

Midwest PRO ASHI (KS) Jack Koelling, 316-744-9990

St. Louis (MO) Second Tuesday, 6:30 pm Spazio’s at Westport Frank Copanas, 314-456-0783

PACIFIC Alaska Meeting dates: Jan 1, March 1, Aug 1, Nov 1 Location varies each meeting David Mortensen, 907-243-4476

ASHI Hawaii Alex Woodbury, 808-322-5174

California Randy Pierson, 310-265-0833

Central Valley CREIA-ASHI Peter Boyd, 530-673-5800

Golden Gate (CA) John Fryer, 510-682-4908

Inland Northwest (ID, WA) Chris Munro, 208-290-2472

Orange County CREIA-ASHI (CA) Third Monday, 5:30 pm Hometown Buffet, 2321 S. Bristol, Santa Ana Bill Bryan, 949-565-5904

Oregon Fourth Tuesday, 6:30 pm 4534 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Portland Jay Hensley, 503-312-2105

San Diego CREIA-ASHI First Tuesday each month Elijah’s Restaurant 7061 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard San Diego, CA 92111 Dennis Parra II, 619-232-1100

San Joaquin Valley (CA) Third Tuesday, 6 pm Rice Bowl, Bakersfield, CA Raymond Beasley, 661-805-5947 Mail: 3305 Colony Oak St. Bakersfield, CA 93311

Silicon Valley ASHI-CREIA (CA) Felix A. Pena, 510-573-0367

Southwestern Idaho Second Monday David Reish, 208-941-5760

Los Angeles-Greater San Gabriel Valley Second Tuesday, 6 pm Old Spaghetti Factory, Duarte Larry Habben, 714-685-0321

Los Angeles-Ventura County ASHI-CREIA First Thursday, 5 pm Holiday Inn, Woodland Hills Bob Guyer, 805-501-0733

South Bay (CA) Webinar meetings Randy Pierson, 310-265-0833

Western Washington Seminars offered Michael Brisbin, 425-742-1735

NEW ENGLAND/CANADA British Columbia Sean Moss, 604-729-4261

CAHPI Atlantic Blaine Swan, 902-890-0710

CAHPI Ontario Rob Cornish, 613-858-5000

Coastal Connecticut Third Thursday, 6 pm, Westport VFW Lodge, 465 Riverside Avenue, Westport Gene Autore, 203-216-2516

New England (ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) Fourth Thursday, 5 pm The Lantana, Randoph, MA Michael Atwell, 617-630-5629

First State (DE) Third Wednesday, 7 pm The Buzz Ware Center, 2121 The Highway, Arden Mark Desmond, 302-494-1294

Garden State (NJ) Second Thursday, The Westwood, Garwood Bret Kaufmann, 973-377-4747

Southern New England (CT) First Tuesdays, 6:30 pm Billy T’s, 150 Sebethe Dr., Cromwell, CT Richard W. Hall, 860-281-4238

NEW YORK/JERSEY/ DELAWARE Capitol Region (NY) Third Thursday, 7 pm, Doratos Steakhouse and Pub, Guilderland Robert Davis, 518-885-7949

Central New York Second Wednesday, 6 pm, Tony’s Family Restaurant, Syracuse Peter Apgar, 315-278-3143 peter@craftsmanhomeinspection. net

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Gulfcoast (FL) First Thursday, 7 pm, The Forest Country Club, Fort Myers Len Gluckstal, 239-432-0178

Hudson Valley (NY) Second Wednesday, Rockville, 6 pm Senior Center, Rockville Mark Mostrom, 301-536-0096

NOVA-ASHI (MD, VA) Craig Lemmon, 817-291-9056 Second Tuesday, 6 pm, Murph’s Irondequoit Pub, Irondequoit John White, 585-431-0067 Second Tuesday, 6 pm Daddy O’s Restaurant, 3 Turner Street, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 Michael Skok, 845-592-1442

Long Island (NY)

New York Metro Pascal Baudaux, 450-629-2038 Quarterly, Homewood Library, Homewood John Knudsen, 334-221-0876

Greater Rochester (NY)

Prairies (Alberta) (CAHI)

Quebec AIBQ

ASHI South (AL) Second Wednesday, 6:30 pm Hyundai of Wesley Chapel Nancy Janosz, 813-546-6090 Tim Rooney, 603-770-0444 Chris Bottriell, 780-486-4412

GULF Third Thursday except July & Aug., 6:30 pm dinner, 7:00pm speaker Maritime Institute Conference Center, 5700 N. Hammonds Ferry Rd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 Andy Bauer, Second Thursday, 7 pm, Cypress Point Country Club, Virginia Beach Gregory Murphy, 757-535-4355 Third Monday, 6 pm, Domenico’s Restaurant, Levittown Steven Rosenbaum 516-361-0658

Northern New England (ME, MA, NH, VT)

Greater Baltimore (MD) Last Thursday, 5:30 pm, Eldorado West Restaurant-Diner, Tarrytown Chris Long 914-260-8571

Southern New Jersey (NJ) Third Wednesday, 6:30 pm Ramada Inn, Bordentown Rick Lobley, 609-208-9798

Western New York Second Thursday, 6:30 pm Tony Rome’s, West Seneca Andy Utnik, 716-636-9676

MID-ATLANTIC Central Virginia Second Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Keegans Irish Pub 2251 Old Brick Road Glen Allen, VA 23060 John Cranor 804-873-8537 cranorinspectionservices

Hampton Roads (VA)

Lone Star (TX) Fourth Tuesday, Associate hour 6-7 pm, Membership meeting 7-9 pm Northern Virginia Resources Center, Fairfax Tony Toth, 703-9266213

Louisiana Quarterly Meetings Michael Burroughs 318-324-0661

Piedmont ASHI (VA)

Suncoast (FL)

Robert Huntley, 540-354-2135 First Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Please see our website for meeting locations. Steve Acker, 727-712-3089

SOUTH ATLANTIC ASHI Georgia Shannon Cory, 404-316-4876

Southwest Florida Serving Manatee, Sarasota & Charlotte Second Wednesday, 6 pm Holiday Inn, Lakewood Ranch 6321 Lake Osprey Drive, Sarasota Michael Conley, 941-778-2385 FLinspector@outlookcom

East Tennessee Third Saturday of Feb., May, Aug. and Nov. Paul Perry, 866-522-7708

Mid-Tennessee Ray Baird, 615-371-5888

Mid-South (TN) Steven Campbell, 901-734-0555

North Carolina Third Wednesday, 3 pm, Quality Inn at Guilford Convention Center, Greensboro Andy Hilton, 336-682-2197

South Carolina First Saturday of Feb., May, Aug. & Nov., 8 am Roger Herdt, 843-669-3757

29December 2016




New ASHI Associates

H Phillip Boyd Northport, AL

Joseph Brown

Ryan Mordente Brick & Mortar Inspections Coronado, CA

Hunter Horton

Mike Sands

HomeGuard Inc. San Jose, CA

Fire House Inspections Odenville, AL

Buyers Protection Group Anaheim, CA

Joseph Winters

Daniel Stevens

Adams Inspections, LLC Chandler, AZ

Serena Curry DSC Inspections, LLC Flagstaff, AZ

Craig Garfield Pillar To Post Home Inspections Tucson, AZ

Martin Howe )PXF*OTQFDUJPO4FSWJDFT --$ Litchfield Park, AZ

James Hyland Reliant Home Inspections Care Free, AZ

Steven Letner Cornerstone Inspections Queen Creek, AZ

Brian Oliver

HomeGuard Inc. San Jose, CA

James Trammell AT Home Inspections Bakersfield, CA

Kyle Copeland Gradient Home Inspections Colorado Springs, CO

David Griffin (SJGÃ¥O)PNF*OTQFDUJPOT *OD Denver, CO

Gary Sawyer Professional Home Inspection Services Woodland Park, CO

Tim Slaughenhaupt Homestead Inspection Services Canon City, CO

Joseph Booth Coventry, CT

US Inspect Sun Lakes, AZ

David Harter

David Altom

Christopher Sudano

Altoms Home Inspections Sacramento, CA

Robert Emmett PCA Home Inspections San Francisco, CA

Tim Fonseca Precision Home Inspection Bakersfield, CA

Darrell Gipson Instinctive Inspection Moreno Valley, CA

Kevin Hoepermans 5XJO5FSNJUF1FTU Control and Construction Sacramento, CA

Julian Lockett LockItUp Home Inspections Pittsburg, CA

Calvin Melaney America’s Finest Home Inspections San Diego, CA



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Axe Ranch Industries Festus, MO

Patrick McClinton

Jack Boain

Louisville, KY

St. Charles, MO

Brian Witty

Jason Cardoza

Kentucky Total Inspection Alvaton, KY

A-1 Home Inspection Springfield, MO

Peter Johnson

Robert Glore

%VEMFZ1POE8PPEXPSLJOH and Home Inspections Wayland, MA

RTTR Inspections, LLC Festus, MO

Meyer Home Inspections Spirit Lake, IA

Catherine Murphy

Chris Pajak

Mohan Singh

Home Inspection Professionals, LLC Saint Joseph, MO

Max Shirley

Paul Salinas

Fultondale, AL

Jeffrey Axe

Absolute Home Inspection Winchester, KY

Evans, GA

As of September 1, 2016

H Denotes graduate of The ASHI School

Michael Bays

H Thomas Nixon

Southbury, CT Pro Check Home Inspection Services Danbury, CT

Reid Evans US Inspect Lutz, FL

Victor Garcia Pillar to Post Jupiter, FL

R. Keen Keen Building Inspections Tampa, FL

Glenn Stephens G. Stephens and Associates, Inc. Sarasota, FL

Dino Favara Anchor-Safe Home Inspections, LLC Hoschton, GA

Samuel Hill Full Circle Home Inspections Fairburn, GA

Lawrenceville, GA

Shawna Akiona HomeTeam Inspection Service Kailua, HI

John Harvell JR Honolulu Home Inspections, LLC Honolulu, HI

Christopher Meyer

Everett, MA

Pillar to Post Adel, IA


Jeremy Gress

Douglas Gillette

4JT Property Solutions Dampa, ID

Anderson Home Inspection Perry Hall, MD

Eric Bastian

Mervin Roussell

Bastian Home Inspection Freeport, IL

Complete Home Solutions, LLC Lothian, MD

Patrick Carey

Frank Storck

Adam Park

Christopher Williams Fam 1st Spec Home Inspection Florissant, MO

Daniel Lara AmeriSpec by Integrity First Brandon, MS

Cory Leinweber Northern Home Inspection, LLC Belgade, MT

Jonathan Wyatt

Carey Home Solutions and Inspections Chicago, IL

Complete Home Solutions, LLC Lothian, MD

Michael Chapman

*OTJEF0VU)PNF Inspections, LLC Taneytown, MD

Steven Brown

Buyers Protection Group Skokie, IL

Mikel Hicks

Michael Townend

A&J Home Inspection, LLC Billings, MT SGB Home Inspection Co. Hubert, NC

Robert Bidelman

Jim Abbott

Missouri Home Inspection, LLC Carlyle, IL

Three Rivers, MI

"#$0 Omaha, NE

John Lundberg

BB Home Inspection Edwardsburg, MI

AduansPect Inc. Chicago, IL

Brian Brown

Trevor Desrochers


BT Home Inspection Flint, MI

Anwar Sarkis

Roselle, IL

Christian Hershik

Rick Marchese

Bayonne, NJ

Ronald Ervin

Ramon Tavarez

Integrated Solutions, LLC Muncie, IN

East China, MI

Michael Jackson

Walled Lake, MI

A & R Building & Home Inspections Albuquerque, NM

Southern Indianan Field Services, LLC Salem, IN

Jeffrey Olsen

Daniel Katz

Lester Ottenwalder

TrustPoint Inspections Zionsville, IN

George Novak III US Inspect Franklin, IN

Jason Thompson US Inspect Fishers, IN

Jessica Lawton

0MTFO*OTQFDUJPO4FSWJDFT --$ Lansing, MI Eagle Home Inspections, LLC Lenox, MI

James Stinson Handy Home Inspection of Michigan Brighton, MI

Jonathan Hopkins

Magary Aime Aim Tech, Inc. Valley Stream, NY

Tom Faulhaber Pillar to Post Home Inspections St. James, NY

Philip Hirth Far Rockaway, NY

Rick Kast Red Mill Home Inspections Cortlandt Manor, NY

Protection Plus Home Inspections, LLC Big Lake, MN

Jarrod Anderson

Keith Muzzy

Mike Carpenter

Wichita, KS

Muzzy Inspections Dilworth, MN

Pillar to Post Hamilton, OH

Philip Mies

Lucas Wegscheid

Jason Vernier Win Home Inspection Fishers Fishers, IN

Beau Gibler

Goddard, KS

Lakeville, MN

Erie Inspection Service, Inc. Norwalk, OH


Don Fecher

Robert Meyer

Top Dog Inspections, LLC Cincinnati, OH

Kennett Square, PA

Troy Jarvis

Professional Home Inspection Peach Bottom, PA

Pillar to Post Cincinnati, OH

Branson Johnson Pillar To Post Perrysburg, OH

Terry Ramsey *OTJEF0VU)PQF*OTQFDUJPOT Cincinnati, OH

Steven Riddle Riddle Services/ RS Home Inspections Perrysburg, OH

Nick Siegler Pillar to Post Cincinnati Middletown, OH

Brian Stang Rayland, OH

Stephen Walbolt Seagate Inspections Holland, OH

Nathan Weaver Weaver Home Inspections, LLC Columbus, OH

Donald Westphal Medina, OH

Tim Cooper Better Home Inspections of &BTUFSO0LMBIPNB --$ Poteau, OK

Karen Krieger The House Detectives Portland, OR

Michael Newcomb 0OFTUB)PNF*OTQFDUJPO --$ Bend, OR

Jeff Strang HouseGeek Home Inspection Portland, OR

John Bevich Affordable Home Inspections Alburtis, PA

Richard Domonkos Shadyside Home Inspections, LLC Uniontown, PA

Jim Hayes Real Estate Inspections Garnet Valley, PA

Jason Jones &RVJUZ)PNF*OTQFDUJPOT --$ Chambersburg, PA

Matthew Lawhead Quakertown, PA

Jill McNabb

Douglas Risk

New ASHI Inspectors As of September 1, 2016


Aaron Rudd Philadelphia, PA

Michael Hamilton

Joel Van Dyke

Paris Spates Real Estate Inspections Garnet Valley, PA

Pillar to Post Home Inspections Cave Creek, AZ

Preferred Home Inspections Portland, OR

Matt Williams

Betty-Jean Offutt

Bedford, VA


US Inspect Colorado Springs, CO

Ronald Wolf

John McKenzie

Top 2 Bottom Home Inspections, LLC Lansdale, PA

HomeRun Homes Inspection, LLC Seymour, CT

Douglas Houghland

Mike Kerwin

Moore, SC

Richard Placette II Texas Country Inspection, LLC Warren, TX

Heather Reeves Texas Country Inspection, LLC Warren, TX

Lee Rushing ProVantage Inspections, PLLC Willis, TX

Eric Goodsell Kevin Cunningham Perfection Home Inspection Mount Pleasant, WI

&WFSZ4RVBSF*ODI1SPQFSUZ Inspection Leawood, KS

Walt Fick ,OPX:PVS)PNF*OTQFDUJPOT and Services, LLC Kearney, NE

Paddy Mulloy Cutting Edge Home Inspection Novelty, OH

Robert Smith Jr. US Inspect New Braunfels, TX

Jason Heitz Champion Inspect West Jordan, UT

Robert Barnett Reston, VA

Anthony Mabry Quality Assurance Inspections, LLC Virginia Beach, VA

Michael Schirmer InspectionTechnologies Co. South Hero, VT

Paul Hofseth Pillar to Post Edmonds, WA

Dakota Kaiser Kingston, WA

Samuel Stribling Vancouver, WA

Brian Walker Final Phase Inspection Stanwood, WA

Grady Wells Wellspring Home Inspection Services Spokane Valley, WA

New ASHI Certified Home Inspectors As of September 1, 2016

Andres Martinez

John Ragno

RBS&K Edgewater, CO

Shamrock Home Inspections Hamilton, NJ

Scott Kinrade

Craig Grossman

Benchmark Inspections, LLC Mishawaka, IN


Harold Baker

Michael McBride

Five Star Home Inspections Leavenworth, KS

Pillar To Post Wayne, PA

Marc Gazaille Nantucket, MA

Alex Gingles Gingles Inspections Belton, MO

Noel Nason WIN Home Inspection Bedford Pembroke, NH

Pillar to Post Home Inspections Easton, PA

31December 2016



ASHI Chapter Education Hampton Roads ASHI Holiday Season Tech-Talk When: Saturday, December 3, 2016 Where: Virginia Beach, VA Speakers: Bruce Barker, Kenny Hart and much more! Contact: HamptonRoads/

NC ASHI Winter Education Event When: Where:

January 27-28, 2017 Winston Salem NC, Tarheel Basements conference room. Speakers: Bruce Barker, Topics: NC Board Update Course (water intrusion and mold), electrical inspections and inspection quiz. CEUs: 16 ASHI and NC CEs will be available. Contact: Larry Conway,

Ohio ASHI Chapter March Expo When: Where: Topics:

March 10-12, 2017 Quest Center, Columbus, OH NC Board Update Course (water intrusion and mold), electrical inspections and inspection quiz. CEUs 22 ASHI Contact: 330-565-3760,

Central PA ASHI Chapter Education Conference When: Where:

March 4, 2017 Park Inn by Radisson Harrisburg West, PA CEUs 8 ASHI Contact: Patrick Reilly,

To have your chapter seminar listed in this section, email all information about your chapter seminar to: micheleg@ BE SURE TO INCLUDE ALL INFORMATION: seminar subject, when, where, CEUs & a link for more information or contact information. IMPORTANT REPORTER DEADLINES: t+"/6"3:*446& t'&#36"3:*446& t."3$)*446& t"13*-*446& t.":*446& t+6/&*446& The Reporter is produced 6-8 weeks ahead of the week it arrives in your mailbox.

ASHI Council of Representatives Speakers and Group Leaders SPEAKER: Jim Funkhouser 571-214-4039 ALTERNATE SPEAKER: Hollis Brown St. Louis, MO 703-856-7567 JHollis@thorospec. com SECRETARY: Brendan Ryan 724-898-1414 GROUP LEADERS

New England/ Canada Mike Atwell 617-630-5629

New York/ New Jersey Kevin Vargo 732-271-1887

Mid-Atlantic Hollis Brown 703-856-7567 Hollis@thorospec. com

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Midwest Eric Barker 847-408-7238

South Atlantic Ray Baird 615-371-5888

Gulf Jim Dickey 972-907-0202

South Midwest Joe Pangborn 573-228-4509 Joe@Pangborn

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Mountain Bryck Guibor 520-419-1313

Pacific Darrell Hay 206-226-3205

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Controlling Moisture Flow in the Building Envelope

Controlling Moisture Flow in the Building Envelope By Alan Carson, Carson Dunlop,, 800-268-7070


he concept of a house as an environmental envelope is a helpful one. A home is an artificial environment surrounded by a huge natural environment. This is a problem /-5BC515(].5#-)&.5)/,-&0-5 ,)'5 the natural environment or we’d have no ,-"5#,5.)5,."5(5BC515(].5)'pletely control the interaction between the indoor and outdoor environments. The leakage of indoor air to the outside and outdoor air coming into our homes is necessary and yet troublesome. A house is not a tightly sealed chamber isolated from the world outdoors, but rather a loose envelope between the indoor and outdoor environments. Problem Recognized As insulation strategies changed in the latter half of the 1900s, we recognized ."5(5.)5)(.,)&5')#-./,5B&,!&3535 controlling air movement). How did we approach the problem? Vapor Retarders or Air/Vapor Barriers We tried to reduce the air leakage through the roofs and walls. We created vapor retarders, now often referred to as air/vapor barriers, to reduce the movement of air through the building envelope. As the name suggests, we used to think vapor diffusion was the big problem. We now know air leakage is a far bigger problem. Poly Replaced Kraft Paper Older air/vapor barriers were made of kraft paper, often attached to fiberglass or mineral wool batts. Because these were typically laid between ceiling joists or wall studs, they were not continuous. Although imperfect vapor barriers can perform their duties reasonably well, an air barrier that is not continuous is not very useful at all. Modern air/vapor barriers are typically polyethylene films. Considerable attention is now given to creating a continuous air/ vapor barrier to minimize air leakage. 36

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You will often come across air/vapor barriers that are loose or incomplete.

Ventilation of Roofs and Walls Despite using continuous air/vapor barriers, we have not been 100% successful at stopping the leakage of warm, moist air into cool wall and roof spaces. As a result, we’ve placed increased emphasis on the ventilation of roof and wall spaces. Much more attention has been paid to roofs than walls. Soffit vents, ridge vents, gable vents and vents in the field of the roof all are designed to help flush out moist air from roof spaces, replacing it with cold, dry air. There are some problems with this approach, which we’ll discuss later. Tighter Roof Sheathing Ventilation also has become more important as loose-laid planks and wood-shingle roofs have been replaced with plywood and waferboard sheathing and asphalt-shingle roofs. The old plank-and-shingle or shake roofs were fairly leaky and allowed moisture to be flushed out quickly. The new panel-type roof sheathings and asphalt shingles allow less air movement. Wall Sheathing Has Changed Wall sheathing is like roof sheathing in that the materials and methods have changed over the years. Loose-plank sheathing has been replaced with plywood, gypsum board and OSB. These modern panel-type sheathings allow much less air into and out of the walls.

Excessive moisture in attics continues to be an issue, which can be worse in situations with tightly fitting plywood or waferboard sheathing.

Siding Treatments In some cases, we have attempted to allow siding materials to breathe. Aluminum and vinyl siding, for example, are loose-fitting cladding materials with drainage holes in the bottom of each section. However, other siding materials do not allow much air movement and flushing of moisture. Stucco treatments and panel-type sidings B*&31))65Ĺ€,7'(.5(565 ),52ample) provide very little opportunity for flushing out moisture. Housewrap Versus Building Paper In many parts of North America, loosely fit building paper between the sheathing and the siding has been replaced by tightly fit housewraps. These restrict air movement


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and the number of air changes per hour reduced, the need for humidifiers has, in many cases, disappeared.

Stucco does not allow for moisture movement and poorly sealed synthetic stucco (EIFS) can cause serious issues.

while allowing vapor diffusion through. It’s like putting a big windbreaker on your house. A Good Thing or a Bad Thing? Housewraps, like building paper, are also a second line of defense against moisture such as wind-driven rain. Water that leaks past siding is stopped by the housewrap. There is considerable discussion about whether housewraps are a big step forward or not. As we understand the issues, we are not in a position to quantify the importance and predict the long-term positive and negative effects of housewrap versus building paper. We suspect the results will vary case to case because there are so many factors involved in building envelope performance.

New Windows May Hurt This concept isn’t well understood by many homeowners who continue to add humidity to their homes. Frustrated by condensation on windows and sliding glass doors, they often replace windows and doors with better insulated, more tightly sealed units in an effort to eliminate condensation. In most cases, however, the problem isn’t the quality of the windows and doors, it’s the elevated moisture level created inside the house. Old Windows Indicated Humidity Levels Old windows were great. Moisture control in homes used to be easier. Many people ignored their humidistat on a furnace humidifier, but paid attention to the condensation on windows. As windows began to get condensation, people turned down the humidifier. They weren’t trying to save their wall cavities; they were trying to prevent water damage to window sills and the walls below. Older, single-glazed windows typically had a very cold surface. The cold

With old windows, some homeowners would either turn down the humidifier or open up the windows to get rid of the condensation.

glass would cool the air adjacent to the window, often to the dew point, resulting in condensation. Double and Triple Glazing Modern windows are more energy-efficient than old windows. The inner surface of the glass is warmer as a result of carefully spaced double or triple glazing. Insulated sashes help raise the temperature of the inner surface of the windows. Newer windows and doors are also tighter than old ones. They allow less air leakage.

Reduced Air Leaks and Improved Ventilation So far, we’ve talked about modern homes having reduced air leakage and improved ventilation in roofs and, in some cases, reduced ventilation in walls. Be sure to review the cross-section illustration on this page to see key differences between old and new construction. Humidifiers Some homes try to control moisture directly with humidifiers. When homes in cold climates were very leaky, the large number of air changes meant we were always warming up cold air. This cold air had very little moisture in it and, as a result, our houses always felt dry during the winter. Humidifiers were added to furnaces to raise the humidity levels. As construction got tighter 37December 2016




Controlling Moisture Flow in the Building Envelope

A Good Thing or a Bad Thing? Modern windows don’t lose heat as quickly -5)&,51#()1-5B&.")/!"5."#,570&/-5 are still quite low). We don’t get condensation on windows as quickly and, therefore, we don’t make the same efforts to reduce the humidity in houses that we used to. The reduced air leakage through and around new doors and windows leads to higher indoor humidity levels. Although all of this is nice for the homeowner and great for windowsills, it is hard on wall and roof cavities. If the house’s humidity levels are higher, its occupants will be happier, but the building suffers. Warmer glass surfaces reduce one symptom, but don’t do anything to stop moisture problems in walls and roofs. Exhausting the Moisture Many people have realized that with fewer air changes, we are elevating the moisture levels inside the home. Because people and houses generate moisture all the time, the longer any given bundle of air stays in the house, the more moisture it will contain. One strategy is to dump the warm, moist air directly outside. Exhaust fans close to sources of moisture such as kitchens and bathrooms make sense. These strategies have advantages and disadvantages. Want to Learn More About This Topic? In this article, we’ve discussed how systems and components can affect moisture flow. We touched on air/vapor barriers, housewraps, structural sheathing, windows and doors, humidifiers and exhaust fans. In the ASHI@HOME training program, we further analyze this topic with a discussion on how combustion appliances affect the flow of moisture, as well as the use of heat ,)0,350(.#&.),-5B-C8555H

The ASHI Western Washington Fall 2016 Seminar was held in Shoreline, WA. in September. More than 120 home inspectors attended the two-day seminar, featuring speakers Kenny Hart and Mike Casey. Inspectors traveled from around the state and several from Hawaii and Alaska were also there. The ASHI Western Washington chapter has sponsored seminars for home inspectors for at least 25 years. The ASHI Western Washington Spring 2017 seminar is tentatively scheduled for March 11, 2017, in Tacoma, WA.


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Two Advantages: R5 Kitchen and bathroom fans throw out moisture with that air—moisture that could damage the building envelope.

R5 Exhaust fans lower the air pressure inside, relative to the outdoors. In cold climates, we’ve said that warm, dry air leaking in through the walls isn’t a problem. The added benefit of exhausting warm, moist air is increased movement of dry air through walls and roofs.

Two Disadvantages: R5 Exhausting air from the house wastes energy. We are throwing out air that we have heated to a comfortable temperature.

R5 The lower indoor air pressure can cause backdraft of combustion appliances. Exhaust products from gas and oil burners and smoke from wood stoves and fireplaces may get into living spaces.

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From left to right: Kenny Hart (Speaker), Brad Albin (Education chair), Mike Brisbin (ASHIWW Chapter President), Mike Casey (Speaker).

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EVERYONE’S A WINNER! Las Vegas January 22-25

A Winning Experience at IW Las Vegas By Michele George, ASHI Director of Education and Events

It’s time to register for InspectionWorldTM Las Vegas, ASHI’s annual conference, for a great learning experience and some quality networking.

The schedule of events and detailed information also is provided on the IW website ( and inside the 5,)!,'5))%&.85-5."5&#(%5.)5,!ister for IW and then connect with Bally’s site to make your hotel reservations.

Register early and SAVE. Conference registration early-bird pricing continues until December 16!

2. Arrive early...Come in on Saturday, January 21, to walk the famous Las Vegas Boulevard, take in a show or have a great meal. On Sunday, January 22, IW kicks off with the Annual Luncheon (51,-5,-(..#)(5.5gh9ff5*'85 The expo hall opens at 3:00 pm and the Opening Night Reception begins at 5:00 pm. Enjoy the entertainment and , ,-"'(.-85,7)( ,(5)/,--5 begin Friday, January 20. Take time to take in some valuable training. ‌and Stay Later. The 3-Day Commercial Building Inspection Course will be held Thursday, January 26, through Saturday, January 28. Learn more at:

Book your hotel accommodations at Bally’s Las Vegas to be close to the action. The ASHI Group room rate of $89 is available for the nights of Thursday, January 19, through Saturday, January 28. Special note: At check-in, guests will have the option to purchase the hotel resort fee at $29 per night. Guests who do not purchase the resort fee can access amenities with a la carte pricing (for example, the hotel’s basic in-room Internet access package costs $13.99 per night). Everyone’s a winner at IW! Here are five tips to get the most from your conference experience: 1. Get on the Event App. Check out the events schedule, activities and sessions and create your own schedule each day. Instantly connect with your peers and exhibitors, make appointments, get the latest news, give feedback on your educational sessions, take real-time polls, post to social media and more—all from ASHI’s InspectionWorldTM App! This useful tool will be made available to registrants prior to IW for downloading and logging in.

3. Make Connections. Hand out your business cards and introduce yourself to other home inspectors. Swap stories and exchange ideas. Use the IW Event App to connect with vendors and other attendees. The vendors are ready to assist you with the latest in inspector tools and services. Be sure to stop at the ASHI

booth to meet our staff. Meet with Jim Johnson, ASHI Verifier, who will verify your reports and answer questions. 4. Take Notes. Be ready to pick up nuggets of wisdom. ASHI will provide you with a padfolio and pen and it’s possible to keep notes on the amazing IW Event App as well. Three full days of educational sessions include a wide variety of topics; choose from basics to advanced, specialties, diversification and business management. The 45 sessions will be taught by some of the industry’s leading experts. Many topics and presenters are new this year. 5. Plan Time for Fun. You will be in the center of the action! The Opening Night *.#)(65,-#(.]-5&5#((,5(5 Dance, ASHI Annual Luncheon and (-*.5*.#)(5,5-"/&5 events designed for you and your colleagues to gather and share good times. Step out and see the sights of exciting Las Vegas as well! Bally’s is centrally located on the Las Vegas Boulevard, across the street from Bellagio’s foun.#(5(5)((.5.)5."5,#-5-),.5 Casino. Hop aboard the monorail and see the town. After the Conference. The treasures gained from IW are the connections you make and the people you meet. Follow up with new or familiar friends and instructors with emails or text messages. Continue your relationships and say, “See you next year at IW Orlando!� H

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InspectionWorldŽ Las Vegas 2017 Expo and educational events will be held in the Bally’s Resort Convention Center Schedule at a Glance

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Sunday, January 22, 2017 7:00 am – 9:00 pm 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Registration/Info Desk open Pre-Conference – NADRA Deck Evaluation Certificate Class Pre-Conference – NHIE Exam Prep Part 1 Pre-Conference – 203K Day of Discovery Council of Representatives Meeting Annual Meeting Luncheon and Awards Presentation “Welcome to ASHI� Event (New ASHI Members and First Timers) Expo Hall open (Ribbon Cutting at 3:00 pm) The ASHI School Instructor Workshop Opening Night Reception in Expo Hall Veterans Assembly The ASHI School Alumni Reunion President’s Leadership Reception (by invitation)

Monday, January 23, 2017 7:00 am – 7:00 pm 7:00 am – 7:00 pm 7:00 am – 9:00 am 7:00 am – 8:00 am 7:00 am – 8:00 am 9:00 am – 6:00 am 9:00 am – 11:00 am 9:00 am – 6:00 pm 9:00 am – 11:00 am 11:00 am – 1:00 pm 11:30 am – 12:30 pm 12:30 pm departure 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 3:00 pm 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Registration/Info Desk open Expo Hall open Coffee Service & Breakfast-for-purchase available Bonus Event - PCI presents: “It’s PR not the ER� Franchisors Meeting Illinois Testing Room Educational Sessions (5 tracks) Spouse Lounge open “Marketing Your Business� in Spouse Lounge Lunch in Expo Hall (for purchase) Lunch ‘N Learn Sessions Spouse Tour: 4-hour Las Vegas Tour Educational Sessions (5 tracks) Board Orientation Refreshment Break in Expo Hall Veterans gather for photo Educational Sessions (5 tracks) InspectPac Reception (Register at Reg Desk)

Registration/Info Desk open Expo Hall open until 4:00 pm Coffee Service & Breakfast-for-purchase available Bonus Event – Dept. of Energy presents: “Building Your Inspection Business with DOE’s Home Energy Score 7:00 am – 8:00 am New Committee Chair Breakfast 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Illinois Testing Room 9:00 am – 11:00 am Educational Sessions (5 tracks) 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Spouse Lounge open 9:30 am – 10:30 am Multi-Inspector Firms Meeting 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Past-Presidents Luncheon 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Lunch in Expo Hall (for purchase) 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch ’N Learn Sessions 12:30 pm departure Spouse Tour: Red Rock Canyon Tour 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Educational Sessions (5 tracks) 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Allied Association Meeting 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Refreshment Break in Expo Hall 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Educational Sessions (5 tracks) 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Expo Hall Breakdown 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm President’s Gala Reception (Purchased ticket) 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm President’s Gala Dinner 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm Dance Music

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:00 am – 4:00 pm 7:00 am – 4:00 pm 7:00 am – 8:00 am 7:50 am departure 8:00 am – 6:00 pm 8:00 am – 10:00 am 8:00 am – 4:00 pm 10:00 am – 10:30 am 10:30 am – 12:30 pm 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 4:15 pm 4:15 pm

Registration/Info Desk open ASHI Booth / Cyber CafÊ Coffee Service & Breakfast-for-purchase available Spouse Tour: 6 1/2 hour Hoot and Hoover Dam Tour Illinois Testing Room Educational Sessions (5 tracks) Spouse Lounge open Refreshment Break Educational Sessions (5 tracks) Lunch (for purchase) Special Event: Mike Crow Marketing Presentation Educational Sessions (5 tracks) Closing $500 Grand Prize Drawing in foyer Conference concludes – See You at IW 2018 in Orlando!

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What’s Good for a Pool is Good for a Roof Obviously done without adult supervision!

A pool liner (the blue area of plastic) is being used as an underlayment below this building’s shingles.

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If They Only Knew... ...that IW is a home inspection conference. The smoke detector in my hotel room at IW San Diego.

I was waiting for the launch countdown from a distance of course. Gary Tucker Tucker Inspection Emeryville, CA

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By ASHI President, Randy Sipe

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s I finish up my last weeks as ASHI ,-#(.65 5Ĺ€(5'3-& 5&))%#(!5%5 on my experiences as a leader and recalling all the people I’ve met on this journey. My message to you this month is that you don’t have to be a “big playerâ€? to make this journey—you only have to start by being involved. For me, it started when members of my local chapter encouraged me to help with a special project. At the time, we were facing state licensing issues, and the chapter needed a committee to follow the bill and represent the chapter when needed. I, along with a few others, met with various groups of inspectors and state-elected officials to keep up on the issues and report back to our chapter members. From there, my involvement led to serving as the chapter president and then as a member of the national Council of Rep,-(..#0-5B)C85 .,5-,0#(!5)(5."5 CoR for a few years, I ran for and served on the ASHI Board of Directors. Even at that point, I had no idea that I would ever )'5 5,-#(.85 53)/5."#(%5 5 knew exactly what I was doing and how to proceed, you are wrong. It takes time and experience, gained by simply being involved, to navigate this path and become confident so that you can help effectively. It was not my goal to become president; I only wanted to be involved and that path led me here. It’s been worth it. By becoming involved with my chapter, the CoR and serving on different committees, I began to meet people who made lasting impressions on me and the way I act as a leader and as an individual.


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Randy Sipe, Bryck Guibor, Blaine Swan and Tim Buell at the Leadership Training Conference, October 20-21, 2016.

I’m amazed when I think of all the people it takes to make this organization run and what the members and leaders have accomplished over the last 40 years. The ASHI volunteers who operate in the background are the backbone of this organization. There are people whom I’ve become in awe of— some are well-known and some you’d never hear about unless you participate in or learn about the committees on which they work. I’ve learned that until you start working your way through this organization and volunteering your own time on its behalf, you will never get to know these dedicated people. In many cases, they are smarter and harder-working than I ever could be, but they are content to do their jobs and rarely receive any public acknowledgment. The pleasure of getting to know these people— committee members, committee chairs or just a person who was asked to serve on a task force—will be something I will remember fondly about my time as president and it’s what has directed me as a leader. Don’t get me wrong, some of these people have had entirely different goals and ideas for the direction of ASHI. But what makes them effective leaders is their desire to work together to create solutions for the betterment of the society.


y point is, the only way to make a change is to be involved and to do that, you must volunteer. You don’t have to be an experienced leader, you only need the desire to help and the willingness to follow through. With the new year just ahead of us, it’s an opportunity to reflect on our goals and how we spend our time. I can’t encourage you enough to get involved

and volunteer for ASHI at the chapter or national level. I know that with our newly expanded membership—we now have more than 8,000 members—it will take the commitment of many volunteers to run this organization. My advice is to start small. Get involved and share some of your time and ideas. You’ll find your own path as it unfolds; just let it lead you. If you are unsure how to volunteer, the first step is simple: Ask any leader in ASHI, including and especially the president. Don’t be shy! As I’ve explained, we are not much different from anyone else in this organization. Your reward for volunteering will be bigger than you can imagine—from the terrific people you’ll meet to the lifelong friendships that will develop.

Next month, I’ll be thanking a lot of specific people who’ve helped me on my journey as president, but for now, I’d like to thank all of you: the volunteers and future volunteers of this organization. Until next month, do the best job you can, and be safe. H

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