Well, here is my thinking…
First, ITA has treated us very well with regard to our listing on their EXPO Exhibitors page. Read: http://www.home-inspect.com/expo/exhibitors.asp I’m not happy about them calling ASHI the largest when we all know ASHI is lying about being the largest, but so be it.
Having said that, NACHI bought 5 booths because NACHI has a lot going on. I figure I need 2 member volunteers or staffers working each booth. Furthermore, because Vegas is Vegas, I was planning on giving everyone one of the days of the Expo off. This means that I need at least 3 per booth if we want anyone to have lunch breaks and a day off to hit the Casinos. So 15 would be barely enough… they will only give us 5 (1 per booth). I’ve called some of the other vendors and they are all allowed as many as they need to man their booths… which is part of what makes the vendor hall a success for ITA.
1 per booth with no extras so that we can take a break or a day off, while other vendors get as many as they need, seems unfair… especially since we ARE THE big player. I believe we have more booths than any other vendor.
If this is how a purchaser of 5 booths is going to be treated, we can probably expect that ITA will permit ASHI to operate a no-requirement, just walk up and shazam, you is an inspecta Satellite Diploma Mill again like they did at ITA’s Miami Expo in May. ASHI knowing we are sensitive to their operating a diploma mill taunted us the during the whole event by operating their Satellite Diploma Mill using their come-only-with-cash application http://www.ashi.org/inspectors/join/candidate_application1.htm The only piece of literature at the ASHI booth.
I can see it now, ITA permitting ASHI to operate their satellite diploma mill again while we struggle to man our booths for days, understaffed.
Maybe we bail on this one.