Nick If you allow Vendors who are not actually Inspectors then you tarnish the whoa concept. That’s like nominating Bengaline Franklin because hes on the 100 bill. Just doesn’t belong same with vendors.
The Hall of Fame should never be a popularity vote. It should be determined by the BOD of InterNACHI. The 125 members that might vote, or less than 1% of the InterNACHI membership, is not indicative of the InterNACHI membership as a whole. And that begs the question asked below. Is this an Industry HOF or a InterNACHI HOF? How would anybody that joined in the last 6 years know even a little about Gerry Beaumont other than his name is on an award? Or others that were around in the beginning when the organization was founded? Or those that have come and gone before 1/3 of the membership was ever around? Heck, there are lots of people that aren’t even on this message board any longer that might be deserving.
Then there are those that are controversial. Take someone like Jim Bushart. Many could not stand him. Many like him. He was controversial but always consistent. He kept Nick’s feet to the fire regarding the organization. Were it not for health issues, he may very well still be inspecting and active on this board.
Then there are those that are not InterNACHI members. Is this a true Home Inspector Hall of Fame or an InterNACHI Hall of Fame? It makes a difference to some.
Vendors is touchy. Nobody wants to see those battles. For example, there are numerous software vendors, but from the HOF standpoint, maybe only the person that developed the first inspection software might be realistic. It shouldn’t turn into a software A is best or software B is best. It isn’t about “best” product. Did they change the industry? Then there are the “widget wars”. Just because a percentage of inspectors use a widget does not mean it is good for everyone. This should be an honor that is earned, not purchased.
JMHO. The Hall of Fame should truly mean something and not just be a popularity contest.