A **MAJOR **duty problem with the KHIRB (Kansas Home Inspectors Registration Board), nobody seems to be talking about. If you have a problem or want to file a complaint / **Who do you complain to. **Everything is Jeff Barnes. There is NO autonomous State Board to write / Just 5 people that 1 man runs.
The Boards address is Jeff Barnes House. If someone has a complaint and calls the Secretary of State or AG’s Office with questions or complaints they get referred to Jeff Barnes. The registration application and checks Jeff sent out to some people to **PRE-REGISTER **go to Jeffs house. ANY records or papers or **PRIVATE INFO **someone would send in (insurance papers, Bond Certificates, money, etc) goes to Jeffs house. The OFFICIAL site for the KHIRB (Kansas Home Inspector Registration Board) is ( **ksinspectors.com **). If you do a **whois.com search **for **ksinspectors.com **you find that the **owner of record **is **KAREI **(Kansas Association of Real Estate Inspectors) and **Jeff Barnes **is the **Administrative Contact **for the **ksinspectors.com **web site.
If you do a whois.com search for KAREI, you discover **Jeff Barnes **is the **Owner of record and Administrative Contact **and everything would then go to Jeffs house. Several people have reported that on multiple occassions at KHIRB meetings OR other govermental hearings OR at Home Inspector seminars or meetings - Mr Jeff Barnes has tried to give the impression that KAREI is the OFFICIAL Kansas Home Inspectors Association for the state AND has tried to channel other inspectors into joining HIS Home Inspectors group though their **BELIEF **this is **THE OFFICIAL INSPECTION ASSOCIATION **working for them.
Jeff Barnes has on multiple times tried to get the Secretary of State or KHIRB members to hire **Juanita Sanderson **in Leavenworth, KS to be Director of the KHIRB (then to be a Civil Service employee of Kansas). **Juanita Sanderson **is the **Office Manager **for a **Home Inspection Training School **run by **Tom Lauhon **in Leavenworth Kansas called **Midwest Inspectors Institute. Ms Sanderson **we’re told also handles many of **Jeff Barnes email blasts **AND handles the **web site **of the KAREI group.
KAREI was formed over 5 years ago by 4 ASHI home inspectors in Wichita, Kansas (Jeff Barnes, Kerry Parham, Tom Beard and Brent Voran). During this time they’ve had **3 +/- meetings **(ALL to discuss getting licensed - NOTHING else). They’ve never had more than 24-28 inspectors at a meeting with usually **about 20 being ASHI **and the others belonging to NACHI, NAHI or unaffiliated. **KAREI ***is ***ASHI **for all practical purposes.
The **BIG ASHI **chapter in KC (Great Plains ASHI) has mostly been run by **Midwest Inspectors Institute **instructors / owners who have also been on ASHI’s National Board of Directors, etc (Tom Lauhon, Miki Mertz, Ron Rusch). The Great Plains ASHI Chapter has PAID dues for its members to JOIN the KAREI group so KAREI could show a large amount of inspectors AND portray themselves as the **DOMINATE **state Association of Home Inspectors.
We were told by one of the KAREI Officers that when **Tom Lauhon **brought **KAREI **20-30 applications from the **Great Plains ASHI Chapter members **he asked for a seat on the **KAREI Board of Directors. **They thought that might be too obvious so gave Tom’s partner **Miki Mertz **a seat on KAREI’s Board.
**KAREI **did NOT have elections of any kind for **OVER 5 years **- THEY had **APPOINTMENTS of themselves **to POSITIONS.
**Bottom Line - **KAREI, the KHIRB, the ASHI Chapters in are a **1-3 person Dog & Pony Show **(Jeff Barnes, Tom Lauhon, Kerry Parham, Mikki Mertz, etc).
MANY Kansas home inspectors feel that if they complain, they’ll ONLY cut their own throats and end up complaining to Mr Barnes or his Associates AND possibly have repurcussions that can put them out of business by the Home Inspection Cartel Members.
They’re wondering how the Kansas Legislature let this get into play AND why the MAJOR media sources aren’t having a field day with it