Jay Balin of Thiensville, Wis., Receives President's Award from American Society of Home Inspectors


Sheena Quinn
Public Communications, Inc.

Thiensville, Wis. (February 4, 2008) - Home inspector Jay Balin received the ultimate sign of gratitude last month when he was awarded the 2007 President's Award from the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). 

Established in 1989, the award is presented by the outgoing ASHI president in recognition of outstanding service to the Society.  This year's recipient was selected by Frank Lesh, ASHI's 2007 president, and announced during the 32nd annual InspectionWorld conference in New Orleans, La. 

"It's my privilege to give this award to my mentor, confidant and advisor," said Lesh. "Jay is a clear thinker and my compass."  Lesh continued to express his appreciation for Balin's level-headed business savvy saying he "is someone who gave me perspective when I needed it most."

Balin, of Habitat Home Inspection, Inc. in Thiensville, Wis., is a member of the Great Lakes Chapter of ASHI.  Since the 1990s, Balin has held various leadership roles on local and national levels.  A member of ASHI's Board of Directors, Balin has also served on the national Public Relations committee and was previously awarded the John E. Cox Member of the Year Award.  Locally, Balin has served as chapter president and editor of "The Laker," the official publication of the Great Lakes Chapter of ASHI. 

About the American Society of Home Inspectors

In its 31st year and with nearly 6,000 members, ASHI is the oldest and most widely recognized non-profit, professional organization of home inspectors in North America. Its Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are the industry standard. ASHI’s mission is to meet the needs of its membership and promote excellence and exemplary practice within the profession.  For more information, visit www.homeinspector.org or call 800-743-2744.

To become an ASHI Certified Inspector, ASHI members must pass two written tests, including the National Home Inspectors Examination, and have performed a minimum of 250 professional fee-paid inspections conducted in accordance with ASHI’s Standards of Practice and subscribe to the Code of Ethics. ASHI Certified Inspectors are also required to obtain 20 continuing education credits per year to keep current with the latest in building technology, materials and professional skills.