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Former Helicopter Pilot Brings Eye for Detail to New Career as Home Inspector

Thomas Lemrow Jr. Article

(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.)--Given his background, homebuyers and sellers should be lined up outside the doors of Thomas Lemrow Jr.’s office on U.S. 1 when it opens on Oct 1. The 42-year-old Lemrow is one of the newest franchise owners of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors and he’s bringing a keen eye and attention to detail to his new career that will be hard to match given his experiences over the last 25 years.

Lemrow and his (growing – details later) family recently moved to St. Augustine from Hope Mills, N.C., where he spent the last six years as a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Maintenance Test Pilot and was a U.S. Army helicopter pilot for 13 years overall. Lemrow spent a combined 25 years in the Regular Army and Florida Army National Guard before retiring earlier this year to spend more time with his family… Read More.

Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017

After Serving as Tank Gunner in Iraq War, Army Veteran is Now a Pillar To Post Home Inspector®

36-year-old Matt Robertie operates Pillar To Post Home Inspectors® of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Choosing to enter the Army right out of high school, Robertie was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas on September 11, the day of the 2001 terrorist attacks. He was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and spent nine months there in various parts of the country as a gunner on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. On 9/11/17, 16 years to the day when he found himself in Fort Hood preparing to fight for his country, Robertie began a new chapter in his life.

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors® has consistently been named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Franchises for Veterans list and has also received Five Star VetFran Program status from the International Franchise Association, one of only 100 franchisors of the 600 who participate in the program to be awarded five stars. Pillar To Post offers a 20 percent discount on its initial franchise fee to qualified veterans and in 2016 they made up 20 percent of Pillar To Post’s new franchisees with many more coming aboard in 2017… Read More.

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017

Moved to Nashville to Be Near Friends; Local Pillar To Post Home Inspector Has Plenty of Experience

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee)-The certification (Tennessee Home Inspector license), background (plenty of home-building experience) and work history (seven years as a bridge/roadway field inspector for an engineering firm) all contribute to Matt Dumbovich finding success in his new career as one of the newest franchise owners with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors.

Matt Dumbovich Article

A Pittsburgh native, Dumbovich moved to Nashville to be closer to friends scattered in cities closer to Nashville, and a lady in his life. A friend is also a Pillar To Post franchise owner and his satisfaction convinced Dumbovich to follow suit. “Anyone who has bought a home before will more than likely tell you that it is a long, exciting – and at the same time – pretty stressful situation,” Dumbovich said. “If I can give people a better peace of mind when making such a big decision, I will know that my job is worthwhile and that my choice in Pillar To Post was the right decision.”

Dumbovich launched operations in early August and is serving homebuyers and sellers throughout Nashville and Davidson, Robertson, Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman, Houston, Williamson, Maury, Bedford, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties. Dumbovich decided to seek a new career partly because of the seasonality of his job as a roadway field inspector… Read More.

Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017

With a Keen Eye for Detail, This Coast Guard Vet is Taking His Talents to Dry Land with New Biz

Peter Hackett Article

(BRISTOL, Rhode Island)--Most everyone knows that attention to detail is a priority in every branch of the military. That’s why Bristol’s Peter Hackett could not have made a more fitting choice for his second career. The 48-year-old Hackett became a Pillar To Post home inspection franchise owner this month after having spent 24 years in the Coast Guard. A keen eye is a requirement for every home inspector and Hackett had plenty of practice over the past two-plus decades, albeit that experience didn’t always come on dry land. “In the Coast Guard I had a strong background in inspections for all types of boats,” Hackett said. “I also moved around a bit and was forced to work on my own homes. I feel this industry is a great fit for me.”

Hackett will serve residential and business clients throughout all of Rhode Island. Veterans made up 20 percent of Pillar To Post’s new franchisees in 2016, thanks in part to a 20 percent discount on its initial franchise fee to those who qualified. Pillar To Post has been named the No.1 veteran-friendly franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine and G.I. Jobs and has also been recognized with five-star VetFran status from the International Franchise Association, one of only 100 franchisors of the 600 who participate in the program to be awarded five stars… Read More.

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Having Spent Decades Working for Iconic Brands, New Biz Owner Saw Excellence in Opportunity

Pillar To Post franchisees, Mike and Staci Trapasso, are ready to serve clients in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie & Indian River counties.

Mike Trapasso Article

(JUPITER, Florida)---After more than 25 years working in the high-end automotive industry, Mike Trapasso recognizes excellence when he sees it. That’s what drew him and his wife, Staci, to become Pillar To Post home inspection franchise owners, with the couple ready to launch operations in September. The 52-year-old Trapasso, a Jupiter resident, had always wanted to work for himself. After more than two decades managing auto dealerships, Trapasso sought a better work/life balance and also wanted to demonstrate to the couple’s sons the merits of self-employment. “I have worked for iconic brands such as BMW, Harley-Davidson, Porsche and Ferrari,” Trapasso said. “Like them, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors® is by far the leader and well on its way to revolutionizing the home inspection industry and I am confident we will succeed with them.”

Trapasso’s Pillar To Post will serve clients in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, Glades and Highland counties. Another reason the couple was drawn to Pillar To Post is that they are already well-versed in home renovations, flipping many houses through the years, including a renovation in Stuart that they expect to put up for sale in early fall. As a young man, Trapasso learned many trades such as plumbing, masonry and carpentry, which make for an easy transition to his new career… Read More.

Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017

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