I scanned through recent posts and will set the record straight on a few points:
Claude said that Bill Mullen has not been permitted to post on this message board, but Claude must mean that Bill has not been permitted by someone other than NACHI as Bill is certainly permitted by NACHI to post here. In fact, I have no admin-function access to this message board, I cannot edit other’s posts, I cannot delete other’s posts and I certainly can’t stop anyone from posting. Your posts are proof of that. Bill and I communicate regularly and I consider him to be someone I trust. I would love to hear from him here and I think it would be great for the industry.
No, I have never been compensated for the work I do for NACHI, nor has our President, nor has our Director of Development, nor has our Executive Director, nor have our chapter heads, etc. NACHI is not just a non-profit group… but we are also Federally tax exempt http://www.nachi.org/nachitaxexempt.htm We are all volunteers.
Furthermore, and I will put this in its own separate paragraph to hammer home the point, I have never been compensated* indirectly* by any means through NACHI either. NACHI regularly works with 600 industry vendors and they will all tell you the same thing, when offered “a piece of the action” (which happens often), I have always insisted that the $ go to NACHI members in form of better NACHI-member exclusive pricing. That is why www.InspectorMALL.com is so great.
And Furthermore, comparing what we do http://www.nachi.org/whats_new.htm and what we offer http://www.nachi.org/benefits.htm for the $289/year, to other trade associations (not just inspection associations), I’d go as far as saying we do more with less than any other organization on the planet earth. Long before one asks what NACHI does with the money (a ridiculous question when one clicks on the aforementioned links), one is compelled to ask what other associations are doing with their money? Not much IMHO. In the U.S. for example, we have one group, NAHI, that offers ZERO membership benefits, and I do mean ZERO. The other Canadian associations seem to be doing some good stuff so I don’t include them with do-nothing associations like NAHI. Anyway, the question you should be asking is *how does NACHI do all of it with just the money we have? *Our value proposition to the practicing inspector is so apparent that any inspector who can’t recognize it (no offense intended) is probably too dumb to recognize defects in a home and so shouldn’t be performing inspections for the public.
- Yes, all other Canadian associations are invited to come to our Convention in Toronto www.nachi.org/convention2007.htm I’ll give them all a free booth and treat them as honored guests. Free speech message boards like this one are designed to give us all a place to argue everything out (and I’ll protect those freedoms come hell or high water) but conventions are a place to learn, be informed and have fun. So on top of the invitation, and a promise of free nice booth space, I also give you my word that other (note my use of the word “other” as I think of NACHI as Canadian also) Canadian associations will be treated like royalty and I won’t permit any NACHI member to treat them poorly. In fact, I’ll put my booth right next to and/or between theirs. Members from those associations are free to address the attendees. Considering this is going to be a major inspection event in Toronto, and in light of the fact that I have removed budgetary restrictions, All Canadian associations have a duty to the profession to be there.