I spent most of my early career working for corporations as a Controller/Chief Financial Officer. When I found myself downsized out of a job, I decided it was time for a life change. I wanted a flexible schedule that would allow me to earn as much as possible and have freedom with my time. I also wanted a career I could do even as I got older, without a lot of physical strain.
At that time, I visited a BNI (Business Network International) meeting, and they only allowed one person from a profession per group. I remember thinking about doing full-time photography or opening a karate studio (I’m a third-degree black belt with Universal Kempo Karate), but they already had those professions. I was open to suggestions, and after a couple of weeks, a REALTOR®friend called me and said, “you should be a home inspector.” That night I looked at training options. I quickly found AHIT and have been blessed ever since.
When I signed up for the class, I was 100% invested, spending long hours studying the materials. I listened to every word my instructor, and now great friend, John Coleman, taught. After class, I knew I had developed a love for this career that I never had before. I followed John’s travels and made sure to show up to whatever class he was teaching in Colorado. In John’s words, “Chris became the kitten I couldn’t lose.” One time after one of the classes, John looked at me and said, “within five years, you will be running a multi-inspector firm and teaching for AHIT.” Again, I followed his wise words, and it happened.
My initial goal was to build a successful company that valued integrity, correct business practices, and customer service. My first inspector came along when my schedule was getting so busy that I was losing jobs. And my second shortly after that. I also found an administrative assistant to answer the phone so that I wouldn’t lose any work from missing calls. It was important to me that my REALTORS® and clients had the same friendly voice to talk to every time they picked up the phone. I also added a marketing person to help with my real estate contacts. I always moved forward in building this fantastic business, fueled by the passion that grew from the day I started.
At this point, our multi-inspector company is truly thriving. We believe in raising the standards of the home inspection industry and in disrupting the status quo, and we are. We are a family, and this fantastic company is set to provide for our families for generations to come.
Being an AHIT technical trainer that teaches over 150 days each year and teaching alongside some of the best folks in the industry has been an incredible blessing. And at the same time, running a very successful multi-inspector company set up for tremendous growth is truly a fulfilled dream!