ASHI Executive Director Frank Lesh recently authored an article
in which he claimed that inspectors can "just buy" designations and certifications from InterNACHI®:
"But what inspectors need to watch out for—and savvy consumers are leery about—are 'purchased designations' that require little more effort than paying a fee and checking a box that says, 'I fulfilled the requirements,' especially when the same organization issues a myriad of 'certifications.' In fact, the inspector doesn't earn the recognition – he or she just buys it." – Frank Lesh
But Mr. Lesh didn't stop there. He then had the trade association he heads up publish the article in the ASHI Reporter
, print it, and mail thousands of copies to members of the inspection industry (including InterNACHI® members), causing InterNACHI® to suffer millions of dollars in damages.