Originally Posted By: Anonymous
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It seems to me that while it can boast of some high quality members, NACHI exists almost entirely in the person of Nick Gromicko. I submit that NACHI has already peaked and will continue to exist only for as long as it feeds Nick?s inestimably large ego, and no longer. He is to be commended for what he has achieved-I?ll quickly admit I couldn?t have done as much as he has, but like it or not NACHI members are following a man, not an ideal. When the leader moves on, what will happen to the sheep?
Joe Myers says that the history of NACHI is in Nick?s head, and unfortunately for its members, so is it?s present and it?s future. He tells you he has fought big legal battles for you (ever seen any documentation for that?), he spends membership funds at his own discretion (what member has had a peek at NACHI?s books?). What happens to your dollars after you send them to Nick? I don?t always like how ASHI ? spends my money, but I know where every penny goes.
Ever try to get two home inspectors to agree on something? But across our field and across North America, your educational requirements and offerings are laughed at-in those rare places where they?ve even been heard of. If a newbie can just pass that silly online test and cough up a few hundred clams, he or she will be placed on an equal footing with seasoned veterans. Why is it that more experienced inspectors don?t have a problem with that? NACHI will attract the newcomers for this reason, but when they gain more experience, they?ll move on, and up.
He has invented a war between competing organizations and convinced you he will win it for you. I promise you that at least 80% of ASHI ? members and candidates have never even heard of NACHI, let alone declared war against its members. It's probably a similar ration at NAHI. We?re all just a couple of fleas on the real estate dog, too busy working to bother much with the other There is no war and you will not win it. Nick will make noise about it until it stops amusing him and declare a benevolent truce. Just keep sending those checks.
A marketing champ, no doubt. Look around you. He has convinced you all that your better off sending him a few hundred dollars (to be used at his discretion) and following him through these murky and dangerous inspection waters to prosperity. The people in NACHI are the same as everywhere else (good, bad, and ugly), but this organization is fluff and will scatter when the wind picks up.
If the forum is any indication, there are loads of members who believe what they read, and aren?t bothered by an utter lack of evidence. When the smarter members start looking critically at who actually runs NACHI, how, and why, they'll never watch The Wizard of Oz the same way again. The man behind the curtain will disappear once he's been seen.
Why is it so easy to join NACHI? Because if it was difficult who would bother? If this group had a real test, real continuing ed requirements, and meaningful membership designations, it would have fewer members, but more respect.
Ask yourself this: What will NACHI be when Nick ultimately moves on? I bet that day comes sooner rather than later.
I?ve been doing this for 17 years, and have never held another full time job, so the HI business is hardly new to me. I have a lot invested in my business and this field. I figure that if I joined NACHI, it would likely point some business in my direction, but when I was offered a free membership, like so many others, I declined. Why do you suppose that is? I simply looked at it as a business decision and the liabilities do not outweigh the benefits.
I hope someone takes a minute to email me in a year and tell me if I'm wrong.