ASHI Chapters – Changing Times and New Opportunities
ASHI members across the country, who participate in their local chapters, value their resources and one-on-one support. As we anticipate ASHI’s 40 th anniversary next year and reflect on its history, we realize how important our chapters are…locally and nationally.
“Yes, you can go online to learn, and you can watch videos, but either there’s no interaction or it’s very limited,”” says Brian “B.K.” Thompson, past & current Director of Education for the Ohio ASHI Chapter. “All organizations evolve and respond to changing times. That’s why local chapters are so important...it’s where members live and work.”
B.K. was part of a core team that helped the Ohio chapters and unaffiliated inspectors successfully address their challenges and collaborate towards reaching common goals.
In 2006, several challenges were facing Ohio home inspectors. In addition to the worst down turn in the real estate market, the Ohio ASHI chapters (Ohio ASHI and North Central Ohio) were dealing with member involvement and participation issues. “Our key question was “what is the best way to help members and how should we do that”?, B.K. explained that. “Our answer was education and interaction.”
The NAHI Ohio Chapter (National Association of Home Inspectors) was also facing similar challenges. So, ASHI Ohio and NAHI Ohio decided to collaborate on educational programs, share resources and engage their members in learning and networking.
Furthermore, the State of Ohio was considering a proposed House Bill for licensing home inspectors, “While it did not pass, it fostered a new relationship between our organizations and also increased the awareness and importance of the home inspections.”
“The ground work for our chapters’ turnaround did not happen overnight, and it required commitment,” B.K. says. Some of the key members of the ASHI team have been extremely important in meeting our goals of education and member benefits, and they are passionate about our industry,” B.K. adds.
· George Basista, Current President, OHIO ASHI
· David Argabright Current Vice President OHIO ASHI
· Tim Buell, past President, current Treasurer, OHIO ASHI
· David Haught, Past officer, Board Member/Associate Relations Director, OHIO ASHI
· Ken Harrington, past President, OHIO ASHI
► Ohio Home Inspectors March Expo. The three-day weekend event, held in Columbus, is co-sponsored by ASHI and NAHI. It features nationally recognized speakers addressing specific home inspection issues and includes industry vendor exhibits, Friday is just for new associate members; it is free for associates. The morning starts with “educational peer review home inspections, followed by classes to assist new associates pass the National home inspection exam, and a power point presentation of the home’s defects from the morning inspections. A cocktail hour where ASHI President, Bill Loden, and NAHI President Forrest Lines offered perspectives on the home inspection profession...
► Regional Seminars and Programs. We also hold free, two-hour educational programs throughout the four corners of the state for all home inspectors regardless of their affiliation. These sponsored local events attract new members as well as ASHI members. “We’re reaching out, and the response is very positive.”
Subjects range from specific home inspection issues to tools, such as home inspection software, presented by software vendors. Other programs throughout 2014 will conclude with a four-hour seminar in December, luncheon just for the member’s spouses, followed by dinner and entertainment..
Ohio Turn-Around Moving Forward
Brian “B.K.” Thompson, ACI, is president of King Home Inspection, LLC, Lorain, OH, and is on the board of directors for Ohio ASHI. While he has a Bachelors of Science. Degree from Ohio University and a Master of Business from Kent State University, he comes to home inspection from another educational experience
As an MBA, “I understand that it costs three times more to acquire new customers than it is to retain them. That’s why it’s important to keep in touch with new members and respond to the needs and interests of all members. The results are a great group of inspectors, enthusiastic to help other members become successful by freely sharing their knowledge and experiences”.
Ohio ASHI has excelled under the leadership of tireless and dedicated members. The chapter has had positive growth over the past five years and is now the second largest chapter in ASHI. BK said “It is not the effort of one person, but the combined contributions of each and every member working together to improve the profession of home inspecting.”
Golden Gate Continuing Education Program
As part of its continuing education program, Golden Gate ASHI, which meets in Berkeley, California, holds on-site training sessions several times a year. We find a local home or other building, usually one not on the market, and carry out a group inspection. The events are open to anyone interested in home inspection. We get a wide range of participants, from seasoned ASHI members to those just starting to think about the profession. We spend several hours analyzing conditions, puzzling over unusual features, and discussing — or debating — how they should be reported. The event ends with discussion over lunch in the home, garden or on the patio. That is when we discuss our findings and recommendations with the homeowners, who are always grateful to get expert advice for free, although we do not produce written reports. The On-Sites are posted on the Chapter website, ggashi.org
Paul A. Rude, past president, Golden Gate ASHI
Summer Street Inspections
Golden Gate Members discuss and debate Inspection findings at their Continuing Education Program in Berkley CA.
MAC-ASHI Tech Seminar
John Bouldin, Ph.D. and ASHI member, did a fantastic presentation on engineered wood products, including the inherent strength of truss members. He demonstrated their strength by using a 7-oz. model he fabricated.
Kenny Hart, CSI, covered a thorough education on HVAC systems through the afternoon using his furnaces and heat pumps to allow viewing of the internal components.
We had at least 50% attendance from the Maryland licensed home inspectors. MAC provided 16 hours between the February and May sessions.John Bouldin, PH.D., demonstrates truss strength
ASHI Suntech Conference, May 2 & 3
ASHI Suncoast Chapter president Steve Acker reports that the Suntech Conference held in Clearwater on May 2 and 3 was a great success and well attended. ASHI president Bill Loden spoke about current ASHI projects. The educational program included decks, ASHI Standard of Practice, low slope-roofs, report writing, trusses, building science and wind mitigation.