The first thing I saw at the conference was the NACHI emblem, a spacship with rockets blasting high above a world of dinnosaurs. The floor of the conference hall was a bare slab, which would would have cost Nick $15,000.00 to cover, but nobody cared. In fact the only time that I noticed it was when Nick and Dee raced each other on a foundation crawler. Nick won, but Dee’s form was voted “best in show.” Can you imagine the founder of the largest home inspection industry in the world, removing his suit coat to scoot around the floor on his belly? Nick is inimitable, a man for all seasons, and that’s a fact. Once again I was reminded that NACHI is a family. I was welcomed so warmly by Roy Cooke that I’m still trying to figure out what I’ve done to please him, but was so grateful for his kindness that I gave him an autographed copy of one of my novels that I’d actually brought along to give to Nick. Slowly, I met person after person, and began to join smiling faces to what were once just names on a message board, Canadians Raymond Wand and Mario Kyriacou, and so many others too numerous to mention. My only surprise really was America’s Inspector of the year, Will Decker. He richly deserved the award, but I’d expected a slight, soft-spoken gentleman, and met instead a man who towered above me like the gentle giant that he is. You can see him in the picture towering above Roy Cooke. (That’s the young and handsome computer-prodigy Chris Morrell in the background, who my wife Jacki plotted to kidnap and bring home to our gorgeous twenty-two year old identical twin girls). But, back to what the convention means to its members besides fellowship. NACHI provides the best education available anywhere, and if you haven’t sat in on a seminar by members like Kenny Hart, you’re missing something special. Just two weeks after burying his beloved father, he’s shows up to share his gifts with others. This much is sure, NACHI’s family is growing and its star has not yet reached its Zenith. Promise yourself you’ll come to the next one and feel the fellowship for yourself.