Jim has been a friend and confidant for many years. He is quite intelligent, level-headed, and does not make hasty decisions. He was a voice of reason on the ESOP committee, and had the ability to examine an issue from all sides, often taking the side of the accused.
Jim was known as Captain NACHI, and weathered many personal and public attacks all because of, and for, this association.
Whether you agreed with Jim, likes him, hated him, or whatever… NACHI was better off with him. And as Gerry B stated, Jim is better for NACHI as an ally rather than an adversary.
Better is a relative term, both organizations have their strengths & weaknesses just ask anyone who belongs to both. Our profession is under stress that is causing change which will produce further divergence between ASHI & NACHI, we will just have to wait and see which association model better adapts to these changes if any. With the states becoming the arbiters of standards via licensing, associations will have to find another niche which they can exploit to provide value for their members.
I talk to ASHI members all the time, at my classes, and they are stunned once they
really see all the free education (approved in many states) and member benefits
that interNACHI has. Those who attend my class get a free InterNACHI membership
and they tell me this was one of the motivating factors to take our class.
BTW… I told James he would be leaving 6 months ago. It was easy to spot.
I wish him luck.