On April 25, 2020, the ASHI Board of Directors accepted a policy that formalized the new Member Relations Committee (MRC). This is a huge step forward in the way ASHI responds to the needs of its members.
The MRC works in a manner similar to a think tank. Ideas to increase the value of ASHI membership may be presented to this group from various sources: the general membership, the ASHI Board or staff, or from within the MRC itself.
All members of the MRC discuss the proposed new concepts before they designate a subcommittee to concentrate on developing the idea. Once a proposed concept is assigned to a subcommittee, that team goes to work. They will ensure that the full MRC is updated and used as a sounding board during periodic working sessions. This collaborative work will help develop the best possible programs and features for ASHI members.
The think tank model is designed to create an efficient, fast-moving environment, where all subcommittees are kept informed of what the others are doing and every member of the MRC can provide input on each group’s works in progress.
The MRC has three subcommittees: Membership, Chapter Relations and Legislative. Each subcommittee has a chair and an appropriate number of members. Subcommittees meet on a regular basis to achieve their goals. One of the best features of the think tank model is tha,t if additional help is needed to reach a goal on schedule, then help is readily available by drawing on the specific talents and the human resources found in the other MRC subcommittees.
The general description of the MRC is intentionally broad so that recommendations to the ASHI Board or the MRC can receive recommendations from the ASHI Board for the purpose of enhancing the value of ASHI membership.
As chair of the MRC, Bryck Guibor’s role is to coordinate the subcommittees and MRC meetings. He serves as the direct contact between the MRC and the ASHI Board. Each of MRC’s three subcommittees drill down to develop ideas to provide real benefits to ASHI members.
Chapter Relations Subcommittee
In addition to his role as MRC chair, Bryck Guibor also chairs the Chapter Relations subcommittee, which focuses its work on developing chapters—with special attention given to new or struggling chapters. This subcommittee not only consults on how a chapter can make productive use of its time and resources, but it also helps chapter leaders develop meaningful educational events, using programs such as the ASHI Educational Roadshow. The Chapter Relations subcommittee also will lead the ASHI Leadership Development Conference (LDC) that will be held one day before InspectionWorld® begins (currently scheduled for January 2021).
Reach out to members of this group to give or get feedback on chapter-related ideas, concerns or questions.
Bryck Guibor, MRC and Chapter Relations Chair, 2020ASHIMRC@gmail.com
Rob Claus, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alvin Miller, email@example.com
Michael Ashburn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Licari, email@example.com
The Membership subcommittee, chaired by Michael Conley, is tasked with providing beneficial features to the entire ASHI membership. This subcommittee’s current project, which is set to launch soon, is a modern twist on mentoring that uses innovative technology. This mentoring program will bring together experienced members and newer members, with the goals of helping new inspectors become the best they can be, and providing guidance for engaging technical skills and business-related strategies. This program will be delivered virtually to increase responsiveness, minimize time commitment and eliminate the perception of “training your competition.”
Reach out to members of this group with suggestions that could be beneficial to ASHI members.
Michael Conley, Membership Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Timothy Rooney, email@example.com
David DuBose, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shain Heiss, email@example.com
Paul Staron is the chair of the Legislative subcommittee, which is charged with monitoring state regulatory activity. Although ASHI does not take a pro or con position on licensing, it does maintain that any regulation of home inspection should be reasonable and responsible. Licensing is not the only issue that needs monitoring, however. Many states now insert items into regulations that are considered to be standard of practice for home inspectors. The Legislative subcommittee also will actively support ASHI members who are seeking a position on their states’ regulatory bodies.
Reach out to members of this group if you have suggestions or if you discover regulatory actions in your state.
Paul Staron, Legislative Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald Masters, email@example.com
Les Van Alstine, firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Steam Ahead
These immediate goals only scratch the surface of what the MRC plans to do to improve member relations within ASHI and to make external connections. The group has one goal in mind: to do what is best for the members of ASHI.
On behalf of all ASHI members, we applaud the 12 home inspectors who are collaborating to launch the MRC. This diverse group of ASHI members represents general members, chapter members, members with many years of experience and members who are new to home inspection.
Later this year, we will look for at least four new members to join the MRC. If you would like to be part of this strategic, forward-thinking group, please submit an application to volunteer. The MRC Application can be found now in the Downloads and Forms page of the Members-Only tab on the ASHI website.