Compiled by: Ferd Flick, February 27, 2006
Updated by Don Nelson, April 2011
The First Organizational Meeting, to form a chapter, was held on Saturday May 10, 1982 at the Roadway Inn, Indianapolis.
Original members of GLC were: Al Strong, E Reagan Lauless, Lon Grossman, Jim James, Jim Nemistel, Jim Nemistel Sr., Jerry Baumgart, and Dave Surette.
By-laws were drafted in August 1982 and Approved by ASHI National October 2, 1982.
The articles of incorporation of Great Lakes Chapter of ASHI in the state of Illinois were filed on January 3, 1987.
Incorporator/directors were: David L Surette, Lon Grossman, Alfred J Strong, and E Regan Lauless.
In 2003, Great Lakes Chapter became an Illinois Licensed Education Provider.
A list of GLC Presidents:
1982-83 Jack Berksturm
1984-85 Jerry Baumgart
1986-87 Dave Surette
1988-89 Lon Grossman
1990-91 Danny Maynard
1992-93 Dwight Barnett
1994-95 Kevin Doyle
1996-97 Jay Balin
1998-99 Frank Lesh
2000-01 Jim Lee
2002-03 Matt Bezanson
2004-05 Mel Jacobs
2006-07 Howard Pegelow
2008-09 Don Nelson
2010-12 Bob Peterson
2012- Mark Mustola
The Laker was 1st Published (Vol 1 No. 1) in the summer of 1988. Chuck Blixt was the first editor.
Other editors were:
Scott Surette, Spring 1992 – Summer 1992
Steve Surette, Spring 1993 – Spring 1997
Jay Balin, Summer 1997 – Summer 2003
Carol Batko, Fall 2003 –
GLC Members winning The John Cox Award given for outstanding service to the chapter:
1998 Danny Maynard
1999 Jay Balin
2004 Frank Lesh
2010 Howard Pegelow
2011 Donald Nelson
GLC members winning the Philip C. Monahon given for outstanding service to ASHI National:
1992 Dave Surette
2010 Danny Maynard
GLC members winning the Presidents Award for outstanding service to the ASHI President & BoD.
1989 Roger Hankey
2007 Jay Balin
2012 Howard Pegelow
2012 Carol Batko
ASHI National Presidents from GLC were:
1988-89 Dave Surette
1996 Danny Maynard
2007 Frank Lesh
Chapters/Organizations that were spawned by GLC include:
Heartland, Ohio, Indiana and Northern Illinois Chapters plus WAHI of Wisconsin.
Great Lakes Chapter helped ASHI National move from the Nation’s Capital to Illinois
GLC was instrumental in assisting ASHI National move from Arlington, Virginia to Arlington Heights, Illinois in 1993. GLC members searched for the site, rented equipment, manned office & phones.
The building search committee consisted of Lon Grossman and others.
Building # 1 was inspected by: Jamie Dunsing & Don Nelson - as a result, the building was rejected.
Building #2 (current National Headquarters) was found by Brent Harless.
Bldg #2 was inspected by Jamie Dunsing, Les Glowacz & Don Nelson.
Avena Corbett, John Cox, Don Dean, Jim Duesenberg, Jamie Dunsing, Ron Ewald, Jack Fehlandt, Len Frankowiak, Brent Harless, Ron Koval, Frank Lesh, Bob Lubecker, David Mahnke, Dario Martinez, Kurt Mitenbuler, Al Meyer, Don Nelson, Dick Newman, Al Nichols, Clyde Pfeil, Mike Prestidge, Craig Rennack & Dan Smits helped man the new office during the transition.
Dick Routson was in charge of Office Furniture. Jamie Dunsing was in charge of printing. Frank Lesh was in charge of Telecommunications & Insurance. Kevin Doyle and Dwight Barnett were in charge of Computers & Office Equipment.
The GLC Treasurer was Brent Harless who signed chapter checks to pay the salaries and bankrolled the ASHI National organization during the move period.
The Peer Review is a professional program developed through the efforts of many Great Lakes Chapter members. Much time and expense has been invested in this program. The GLC Peer Review Program began when ASHI National eliminated the field inspection requirement for full membership in the society. The GLC leadership, believing that the practical experience gained from inspecting a house under the scrutiny of experienced peers was exceedingly valuable, decided to continue the peer review on a voluntary basis. This was the birth and the evolution of the Peer Review.
In the beginning a candidate would inspect the peer review house, present a report to a committee of three experienced inspectors, and be critiqued on his inspection observations and his general knowledge of inspections. The standards were high and all major deficiencies needed to be identified. The reward for a successful review was a Master Inspector pin and a certificate. Members Frank Lesh, Tom Greenwalt, Ed Buehler and Lon Grossman took the first Peer Review held in Chicago in 1990. Since then the Peer Review has been held on the Friday immediately preceding the triennial GLC educational seminar.
During the evolution of the Peer Review, several titles were used intermittently. These included: Master Inspector, Certified Master Inspector, Master Inspector Review, Inspector by Review ® and Master Inspector by Review™. At first only the Master Inspector review level existed, then in 1993 a second phase of the review was created, the Inspector by Review ®. These two phases differed primarily in leadership requirements. The Master Inspector by Review™ candidate is required to be a five year member of ASHI and to have contributed in a leadership capacity to the promotion of the industry and of the chapter. Shortly thereafter a third Peer Review phase was added. It was named quite descriptively, the Educational Review. The Educational Review is geared towards the beginning inspector. It is an excellent opportunity for a new inspector to observe first hand how a veteran inspector performs an inspection. This is not an evaluation but an opportunity to observe, question and learn from the veteran.
Today GLC officially operates within the Peer Review the following three categories: -- the Educational Review, the Inspector by Review® and the Master Inspector by Review™. The Inspector by Review® trademark was officially registered with the US Patent Office on Sept 7, 2004. Master Inspector by Review™ is the official trademark adopted by the BOD on April 30, 2005. The Peer Review is open to all ASHI® Members and Candidates in good standing.
GLC Peer Review Chairmen were:
1988-91 Dan Killion
1992-93 David Ray
1994-95 Paul Bossenbroek
1996-97 Ferd Flick
1998-99 Tom Greenwalt
2000-01 Ed Buehler
2002-03 Mike Prestige
2004-05 Chuck Zehner
2006- David Bunker
GLC sponsored Travel Seminars:
A unique feature of the GLC is the sponsorship of educational travel seminars. Don Nelson was the creator and initiator of these endeavors. The first trip was in February 2001. It was a Caribbean Cruise including training on ship by James Fanning of Zonecoach.com.
In the fall of 2002, GLC embarked on an ambitious one week trip to London England. The training consisted of a day at GE/Protimeter, a day of inspection with Mike Parrett, and a visit to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the equivalent to ASHI in England.
The most recent trip was again a Caribbean Cruise in January 2006, including a training and roundtable on the ship.