Chairman's Message: Let's Go for the Gold

By: David Pace, MCI

Dear CREIA Member,

I am truly honored to have been chosen by the Board of Directors to be the Chairman of the Board for this next fiscal year. I would like to thank Steve John for his leadership and commitment to this Association in guiding us through a success management transition.


Russell Simmons, the American business magnate once said, "I've been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me execute the vision I have." Likewise I am honored to have the opportunity to work with a very talented group of staff, board members, chapter leaders and committees. We are ready to roll up our sleeves and make this the best year ever for CREIA.


In a 1996 article in the Harvard Business Review James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras made the observation that, “Companies that enjoy enduring success have core values and a core purpose that remain fixed while their business strategies and practices endlessly adapt to a changing world."  This observation applies to our individual businesses as well as to our association.  It’s what sets you apart from your competition.  Your purpose, values and goal are a picture of WHO you are.  What is the Core Purpose of CREIA? What are our Core Values and what is the primary goal of our Association?  These were established some time ago at one of our Strategic Planning Meetings.

Our Core Purpose


To protect lives, health and investments




Our Core Values


Integrity – no cutting corners, no compromise, persevering

Competence – professional knowledge and expertise

Belonging among the Leaders advancing high standards through collaboration

Passion for serving and protecting our clients




Our Primary Goal


The public knows CREIA inspectors deliver the 
Gold standard of real estate inspections.



Our core purpose, values and primary goal don’t change.  Our strategies and practices change as necessary to bring about the desired result.  Over the next year we will tackle hard issues and make tough choices that reflect our Core Purpose and Core Values and bring us closer to our Goal.  You, as a member of CREIA, deserve nothing less.  Vince Lombardi the great football coach once said, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will”.  The Board of Directors, staff and I have the resolve and will to provide education, develop new leaders, improve communication and demonstrate to all of California that CREIA inspectors deliver the “Gold Standard” in real estate inspections.

The Board of Directors and I elicit your help and support.  Join the journey.  Get involved in your local chapter.  Serve on a State Committee.  Constantly evaluate how we, together, can make CREIA better.  Don’t be content to sit on the bench.  You are the strength of this association.  Let’s raise the level of the inspection industry in California. 

Let’s go for the Gold. 



Yours in Service,



David Pace, MCI

Chairman of the Board 2015-2016