October 17, 2009, ASHI Board of Directors Meeting Report Out
The following is a brief
report of the official actions taken during ASHI's fourth Board of Directors
meeting this year. It was held
October 17, 2009 in Rosemont, Ill.
Discussion items and withdrawn or failed motions are not included in the
report. The official minutes will
be presented for Board approval at its next meeting January 17, 2010 in Las
Consent agenda items are those that do not require debate or dialogue in order for the Board to take action.
The Board reviewed and approved to restate the EGTRRA Amendment and Reinstatement to the staff 401(k) Plan.
The Board reviewed and approved as amended the minutes from the Board meeting of July 17-18, 2009, the Board Call of September 10, 2009 and the Board Call of September 30, 2009.
Board Leadership Development Discussion
The Board heard a presentation by Mark Thorsby, a group facilitator from Smith Bucklin. Following discussion, the Board gave authorization to enlist the services of Mark Thorsby to present options for improving our governance effectiveness to be reported back to the Board in December.
Finance Committee/Treasurer Report
Financial statements as of August 31, 2009 were distributed. ASHI's new Accounting Manager, Belienda Schultz and staff have been reviewing accounts and all controls are in place.
The Board approved several minor housekeeping changes to Policy #3 in the ASHI Policy and Procedures.
Executive Director's Report
We have been pleased with the work of our public relations company, Gibbs & Soell. Advertising revenue has continued to cover the costs to produce The Reporter.
Membership services has been handling the receipt of ASHI membership renewal applications and questions.
Registration for InspectionWorld Las Vegas has begun and is available online at www.inspectionworld.org. Bill Lewis, ASHI Director of Business Development and Education may be contacted if there are any questions regarding IW registration to the conference or vendor exhibition.
ASHI has signed hotel contracts for future InspectionWorlds in Atlanta in 2011, Phoenix in 2012, and Las Vegas in 2013.
The Board approved the selected 2010 Committee Chairs and Committees as proposed by President-Elect David Tamny:
Steve Gladstone, Chair
Chapter Relations Committee
David Sherwood, Chair
Brendan Ryan, Chair
Complaints (CACC - Logo Use) Committee
Steve Hartnett, Chair
Complaints (CEPP) Committee
Jamison Brown, Chair
Ron Rusch, Chair
Mike Casey, Chair
Joe Corsetto, New Appointee
Mike Sterling, Chair
TBD - Winner of Treasurer Election
George Harper, Co-Chair for State Affairs
J.D. Grewell, Chair
Officer Nominating Committee
Bill Richardson, Immediate Past President
Public Relations Committee
Dan Howard, Chair
Bruce Barker, Chair
Technical Review Committee
Bryck Guibor, Chair
A motion was approved that ASHI staff be responsible for the management of the ASHI website.
An ASHI Travel Policy was approved by the Board which states guidelines for attainment of reimbursement for travel expenses incurred by those authorized.
This policy is designed to help mitigate rising travel costs.
ASHI lobbyist, Randy Pence will be working in Washington on the extension of the home buyer tax credit due to expire at the end of November.
Questions? Contact Jeff Arnold, ASHI ED/CEO at email@example.com.
Bylaw Proviso Presented to Voting Members
In November, Certified Inspectors received a ballot to approve the members of the initial Certification Committee.
Known as a proviso, the measure is a required bylaw action allowing the current committee members, some of whom are on the ASHI Board of Directors, to complete their initial term.
Voting members, if you haven’t voted and are unable to find the e-mailed ballot, contact Mike at HQ, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Changes to ASHI’s Home Inspection Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
The Standards Committee invites suggestions for changes and additions to ASHI’s home inspection Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics (Standards). Those who have submitted suggestions during 2009 need not resubmit. When submitting a change or addition, please indicate the Standards section affected and exactly how you believe the change or addition should be worded. Please include your name and contact information.
ASHI’s Standards are preeminent for many reasons. One of those is that it is a living document. Like all living things, it must adapt to a changing environment in order to thrive. On the other hand, change to something that is obviously successful should occur only for good reasons and after careful consideration.
The Standards Committee is available to help. Please submit suggestions and direct any questions to Bruce Barker, Committee Chair, at email@example.com or at 623-374-4901. You may also bring suggestions to the Standards hearing at InspectionWorld in Las Vegas.