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Taking a Lifetime of Experience & Putting It to Work in a New Business

Oswego residents, Frank and Dawn Herbik have opened a Pillar To Post home inspection franchise serving Kane and Kendall Counties.

Herbik Article

Frank Herbik checks all the right boxes when it comes to running a successful home inspection business. Like many of us, he’s also a graduate of the school of hard knocks, which means he tries a little harder and brings a sense of determination with him each and every day. And that’s been the case since he became a Pillar To Post home inspection franchise owner in May. The 47-year-old Oswego resident serves home buyers and sellers in Kane and Kendall counties.

Herbik formerly worked as a firefighter/paramedic from 1989 to 2003 then owned an electrical contracting business from 1997 to 2014. Afterward, he worked as a consultant. “I was a victim of the 2008 recession,” Herbik said. “I survived the recession but was unable to survive long enough to capitalize on the construction rebound in the Chicago area.” However, Herbik’s skills and expertise align perfectly with what makes Pillar To Post a stalwart in its industry by simply delivering what realtors, homebuyers and sellers desire: a thorough home inspection and concise, well-written report in a timely manner. “I have 20-plus years of experience in commercial and residential construction,” said Herbik, whose wife, Dawn, is also a partner in the business… Read More.

Posted on Friday, June 9, 2017

Leaving the Desk Chair Behind was Best Move this Small Business Owner Ever Made - Husband/wife Named Franchisor’s 2016 “Rookie of the Year”

(CROWN POINT, Indiana)---It might have taken 15 years, but thank goodness Tim James finally realized he was not born to sit in a chair and desperately needed to leave his career as a corporate tax specialist. Always comfortable working with his hands, the 38-year-old Tim and his wife and business partner, Laura, opened a Pillar To Post Home Inspectors franchise in April 2015. The rest has been a blur. In January, the couple beat out nearly 100 other franchisees to be named Pillar To Post’s “Rookie of the Year” for 2016. In April they celebrated their second anniversary in business and with four inspectors (and plans to hire even more in 2017) have grown to become the largest home inspection company in Northwest Indiana, serving Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper and Newton counties. “We hit revenue and inspection volume goals within two years that we anticipated would take closer to five years,” James said… Read More.

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Former NYPD Detective Makes Case for Franchising

Numerous paths lead to franchising. IFA’s @OurFranchise examines how a former NYPD detective found a second career inspecting houses with Pillar To Post.

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors franchisee Matt Lloyd is good at detecting problems. With a 23-year career in law enforcement, Lloyd developed skills that transfer well to a home inspection franchise. Along with his wife, Lisa, Lloyd owns a Pillar To Post location in Haymarket, Va.

Lloyd’s career spanned over two decades in local law enforcement, serving as a NYPD detective before transferring to the Federal Service within the Department of Homeland Security following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He went after bad actors for years as a patrol officer, detective and supervisor, as well as various roles in robbery investigation, narcotics, gang intelligence, aviation crime and counter-terrorism investigations with the Joint Terrorism Task Force… Read More.

Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Injured on the Job, This Former Police Officer // Detective Found a New Life with Nation's Top Home Inspection Franchise

It's safety first with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors!

This month one of Philadelphia’s former finest will start his new life as a Pillar To Post Home Inspector®. Along with wife Susan, Walt Brennan will serve Montgomery County, in all areas of home inspection including radon detection, mold detection and pesky termite detection. Brennan is a good detector. He not only served as an officer on the Philadelphia Police Department, but he also served as a detective for same.

“I guess you can say I am born to detect,” jokes Brennan. “And I always loved building trades, how homes are put together, what makes everything fall into place.”

So, it was a natural step after tragedy struck for Brennan to seek out the country’s top home inspection franchise. He and wife Susan always wanted to own their own business and this was the time to go for it. The 47-year-old Brennan was stabbed on the job, resulting in an injury to his ulnar nerve, causing him to go on disability with the department… Read More.

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Former resident bringing home inspection service to Airdrie

Mike Becker is excited about his new home inspection business in Airdrie.

Becker recently launched his own Pillar to Post Home Inspectors business that will service property markets, by inspecting homes throughout the Airdrie region.

He has 19 years of experience in the oil and gas service industry as a Mechanical Engineer, but the uncertain economy led him to the business of home inspections.

“Alberta’s economic climate was challenging; and it did not take me long to discover that my qualifications and experience were not in high demand,” said Becker… Read More.

Posted on Friday, April 7, 2017

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