Success Stories

Award-winning Franchisee Has Been With NPI More Than 25 Years

In 1988, Ken Helbing was working as a loss control inspector for the insurance industry when he spotted an ad in USA Today for National Property Inspections franchises. In the ad, Helbing saw the opportunity to parlay his skills, experience and education into his own business. “I thought the home inspection industry would be an Continue Reading »

South Carolina Franchisee Considers NPI a Partner

Hank Shadwell received his bachelor’s degree in communications and theater. He was looking for a job in television when he decided to start work in construction — specifically electricity. After becoming a master electrician, Shadwell started his own residential and commercial company, Shadwell Electric Company. However, when the commercial construction industry in his hometown collapsed Continue Reading »

Award-winning Franchise Owners Love Being Their Own Bosses

With a background in business management, David Riley worked as a service manager for a corporation when he decided he wanted to go into business for himself. He did a lot of research to find the opportunity that best suited his skills and background. Property inspection seemed like a good fit. “I knew an average Continue Reading »

Award-winning Franchise Owners Feel ‘Blessed’ to Be Part of GPI

Gerry and Susan Millen of Regina, Saskatchewan, were looking to try something new. Gerry had spent more than 35 years working in the residential and commercial construction field, with nine more years of appraisal experience and three years working as a new-home builder. Susan held a job with the Saskatchewan government. In 2007, the Millens Continue Reading »

Determination and Perseverance Bring Success for California Franchise Owner

After a successful career in middle and senior management positions in the managed-care and health care field, Jeff Gilly of Carmichael, California, found himself in the market for a new job. The start-up company he was working for in 1998 lost its financial backing, and Gilly was out of a job. He searched for work Continue Reading »

Marketing and Networking Help California Franchisee Succeed

As a National Property Inspections inspector, Andy Hasler’s first year in business was a little like that of a politician: It involved a lot of hand-shaking and kissing babies, he said. Hasler spent considerable time introducing himself to his real estate community in an effort to get his property inspection business off the ground as Continue Reading »

Dedication and Perseverance Bring Success for Award-winning Inspector

Scott Hagan was a maintenance specialist for Caterpillar Tractors, where he’d worked for 16 years. Anticipating a plant shutdown that would put him out of a job, Hagan began to look for another career. “I had never heard the term ‘home inspector,’ but my sister-in-law mentioned it to me and passed along a magazine article Continue Reading »

Michigan Franchise Owner Succeeds With NPI

Thom Bowyer brings to his National Property Inspections business a varied background and a mix of talents. Bowyer was a retail store manager for nine years, editor of a golf magazine for one year, and a stay-at-home dad to his two daughters for a year when his wife’s employer transferred her out of state and Continue Reading »

Loving His Job and the Freedom It Provides

A journeyman carpenter, Greg Mathias spent 27 years working in the building industry. In May 2009, he broke his knee playing baseball, and the injury prevented him from being able to go back to his job. Mathias had always been interested in the property inspection field, but he didn’t know where to start. He talked Continue Reading »

New GPI Franchise Owner Takes Over Established Territory

Chris Holland was working as an independent insurance adjuster when he decided he wanted to become his own boss. Searching for opportunities to make his dream a reality, Holland was approached by the local Global Property Inspections franchise owner in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to purchase the franchise. Holland saw this as his golden opportunity to Continue Reading »