During this period of time my responsibilities were to oversee the work of several employees of the company. We specialized in residential remodels and Tenant Improvement renovations for commercial offices.
1993-1996: Partner of West Coast Construction. License #748744
As a partner of this company, I became more experienced in the running of a business, but was still very much involved with the construction aspect. We specialized only on residential work which included remodels, additions and new construction from the ground up.
1996-1999: Owner of Neil Ray Construction. License #748744
By 1996 I was ready to run my own business. This was a small company with only a few employees. I was still very much involved with the hands-on construction, but spent alot of time with the clients and city inspectors. This was a great experience which enabled me to better understand the inspection aspect of the city inspectors.
During the years of running my own construction business, I became very much involved with realtors and their clients who wanted to remodel their new homes. It was also during this time that I was introduced to the home inspection business. In 1999, I started Homespecs Property Inspections and have never looked back. I now inspect properties full time and no longer perform any construction work. I did purchase vacant land in 2002 and built my own home as the general contractor.
Master CREIA Inspector
After joining CREIA in 1999, I decided to expand my education and knowledge. In 2004 I obtained the Master CREIA Inspector certification. This is the highest certification that can be obtained through CREIA. This designation is only given to those home inspectors who have passed both the CREIA membership and ethics qualification exams. A Master Inspector must accumulate over 100 hours of additional training, complete over 1000 inspections and be tested for knowledge above the already high standards set for CCI members of CREIA.
CREIA New Construction Specialist
In 2006 I obtained the next highest certification. This certification is awarded to Certified and Master Inspectors who have received additional education and testing related to new construction inspections.