President’s Message October 2016

The year is going by fast!  With three of our four quarterly conferences in the books, I am happy to say that FABI is staying strong with membership and conference attendance.   Your board of directors is passionate about FABI and has been working hard not only to expand our conferences and better our educational sessions, but to increase FABI’s visibility within the home inspection industry.  Our conference offerings have expanded to include Friday educational sessions that allow attendees to obtain the minimum state requirement of 14 continuing education hours at each and every conference if they attend all sessions offered throughout the entire weekend.  Our affiliate members have also been a crucial part of FABI by providing their support and suggestions to help FABI and their members become more successful.

At our fall conference in September we had 130+ in attendance.  Bill Fabian with Monroe Infrared Technologies, who was our scheduled speaker for the Saturday morning session, became ill the evening before his presentation and was unable to present.  Thankfully, our friends from the Facebook Group, Inspector Brotherhood, and Ben Fontan from ProLab were able to secure Mike Crow to come in with very short notice the next morning to fill in.  Thank you Mike for changing your plans to help us out!

Mike Crow from Millionaire Inspector Community and Dan Huber from ISN provided us with presentations that highlighted several aspects of the business side of the home inspection industry.  Topics included report writing, marketing and social aspects of the home inspection business.  The presentations shined light on issues many home inspectors unintentionally disregard.  We all know that as an inspector, we must learn as much as possible about the technical aspects of each building component we see in addition to their proper installation and maintenance.  However, as an inspector with a home inspection business, we must also understand how to run that business.  An inspector in today’s market must know how to successfully run a business to survive. Therefore we found their presentations to be incredibly important and insightful.

Most attendees I spoke with enjoyed the presentations during the conference.  Even long time veteran inspectors stated they got a lot of insight and suggestions they plan on implementing in their own businesses.  A couple of members chose to voice their discontent with the presentations on social media which is not very effective.  We encourage any and all members to provide their constructive ideas or suggestions to their board.  It is very important for all FABI members to speak up and let your leadership know what you think, good and bad, of the speakers, topics, presentations and locations of conferences and make any and all suggestions you think will make FABI better.  It is only in this way that changes can be made for the better with your input.  Very few members take the time to participate in the association, voice their opinions to the board during a board meeting or even fill out the evaluation forms given to each attendee along with the conference agenda.

I would like to share with you a few testimonials taken directly from the fall conference evaluation forms:

“I learn something new at every conference that makes me a better inspector.” – Mark Hall

“FABI has helped me to be the best I can be as an inspector and grow my business 20% annually.” – Kenton Heiden

“This organization has been so helpful to me over the many years – training, networking, and the professionalism.” – Unknown

“FABI has assisted me in starting and maintaining a successful business with a foundation of knowledge.” – Unknown

Your board has been working hard on several issues including energy score inspections, a policy manual for use of our social media sites, exhibiting at industry trade shows and more.   A few highlights are:

a.) The legislation committee has been busy ironing out a training program for inspectors who would like to perform Home Energy Score inspections.   Training / certification to be able to perform these inspections requires a two day training and exam provided free of charge by the US Department of Energy.  The inspections would take approximately 30 minutes to perform and may provide clients with utility incentives for energy rating improvements completed and possibly qualify them for lower rate Energy Efficient Mortgage.

b.) The Public Relations Committee represented FABI at the Florida Realtors Trade Expo, held in Orlando, on August 18 & 19.  Special thanks to those who volunteered to man the booth:  Bo Passen, Jeff Clair, John Vetter, Ray Biron, Desmond Langton, Rocky Metcalf, Mary Lightcap, Nelson Zavarella and Mark Harris.

c.) The Education Committee will be representing FABI and providing education at Inspection Fuel, being held in Melbourne, November 10-12.  Manny Gonzalez, Jon Tremper and John Shishilla will be presenting.

d.) The Member Benefits Committee is working on several leads, but is in the final stages of securing a partnership with a merchant services company that will benefit both the members and the association.

e.) The Nominating Committee has set the slate for the upcoming elections.  The slate was finalized at the general membership meeting during the fall conference.  Be sure to take the time to review the candidates’ biographies that will be sent out prior to the elections and vote for whomever you think will best represent our organization.

Your board knows FABI belongs to its members and you are encouraged to attend and listen at all board meetings and teleconferences.  Be informed as to what your board is doing and provide your input.  Don’t accept information offered through hearsay.  Too few members take the time to get involved or voice their concerns to the board.  A list of your board members and committee chairs can be found on the FABI website.  Feel free to contact me or any of your board or committee members and provide us with your feedback and suggestions.  Or, look for any of us at the conferences and let us know what’s on your mind.  Better yet, get involved!  We invite all members to volunteer and be part of a committee.

Our winter conference in Daytona Beach Shores is usually one of our best attended and we have a great lineup of presenters and topics.  I look forward to seeing you all there!

Ralph Cabal

FABI President