Dear Pat Picariello:
*This process regarding the decision to go forth on the home inspection ASTM standards saddens me. The rules should be altered for those that attended the first gathering in Las Vegas to allow us to cast a proxy vote for the upcoming September 24th meeting. Your request to have us alter our businesses one more time at a great expense is unreasonable. I am a one man shop operating in Utah. It was at great personal expense for me to stop my business in an unexpected fashion to drive to Las Vegas for the original meeting that did not accomplish anything other than exhaust time away from my business and family. It is unreasonable for you to think that I can just pick up and travel all the way to your offices for a repeat performance of the same meeting. *
*We live in an electronic age where you, the ASTM International, could easily have an online webinar that would allow all interested parties to call in and view the meeting online and cast our votes accordingly. You would have several thousand, if not tens of thousands of inspectors casting their votes and you would then have a true reflection of what the industry wants. I must question whether or not you really want to poll our industry. Instead, this turns out to be a regional popularity contest garnering votes from those who live in close proximity to the West Conshohocken, PA meeting place. As the National Chairman for the American Institute of Inspectors I am feeling pressure to be there, but I have very little confidence that it will result in anything different than the last meetin g. This is due to the stacking of the deck by regional bias. 95% of our membership lives west of the Mississippi River and getting them to travel to your offices is an unreasonable request. This puts your meeting in jeopardy of attaining industry acceptance because you truly are not attempting to poll our industry. *
*Home inspectors are mainly one man shops and your method of getting their vote is simply unacceptable. Please consider the online and phone webinar approach. We have been successfully holding open board meetings this way and it allows every interested member the ability to listen in. Those that want to speak are given special status and they call in via a line that allows them speaking privileges. Voting is also quite easy and each person gets one vote. So why not consider this process and eliminate the regional bias and allow every home inspector with an internet connection and phone line the ability to participate in the process. Another approach would be for you to have each inspector association poll their members and then add up the votes. It just seems ridiculous to think that the 50 -300 people that you are going to have in your office are going to be anything other than a s kewed bias or our industry as a whole. *
Please consider my recommendation and understand that I cannot leave my business again to participate in the process at your locale. It is just too expensive, too time consuming, and I faithfully expended the time and money the first time around. Surely there must be some value in my initial efforts. Please consider allowing me to either vote by proxy, or better yet, allow myself and all of the other inspectors an online ability to participate.
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