The Chad Borah Team Includes 16 Highly Qualified Inspectors, 5 Administrators/Customer Service personnel, and 3 drones. We are ready to assist you by phone, email, or text!

You can have confidence knowing that all our inspectors are continually upgrading their skills and staying abreast of new technologies.

As members of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), every inspector is eminently qualified and E&O insured to provide you with the best results possible.

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Rick Caby

Rick Caby – Director of Inspection Operations

Rick Caby was born and raised in the St. Louis area. He started his career in the landscaping, construction, and remodeling trades, while attending college at Missouri Baptist University, where he obtained a Business Management Degree. After college, he entered the home inspection world, starting with termites and other pests, and then transitioned into performing whole house inspections. Rick brings vast knowledge to the team, with over 16 years experience as a home inspector. Rick has been married for 18+ years and has three children and a very close extended family. He loves the outdoors and enjoys fishing, hunting, camping and ATV riding.

Joe Docter – Vice President

Joe Docter was born and raised in St. Louis. He lives in Kirkwood with his wife of 15+ years, and two children. Joe started his career in West Palm Beach Florida where he opened his own home remodeling company for high end homes. He started buying real estate and flipping homes before joining the Chad Borah Team. His main hobbies are barbecuing and cooking.

Kurt Bethel – Director of Marketing / Home Inspector

Kurt Bethel is originally from Chicago, but moved to Missouri when he was seven years old. Don’t worry, his is a huge Cardinals and Blues fan. He currently lives in Affton with his wife of 15+ years and three children. Kurt has a degree in Communications and a Minor in Vocal Music performance. He started working for a high-end interior remodeling company, where he worked his way up to the role of project manager before joining The Chad Borah Team. Kurt is an avid sports fan, loves to travel, and is a talented musician.

Frank Dean – Director of Operations / Lead Gas Mechanical Inspector

Frank Dean – Director of Service Operations

Frank Dean currently lives in Moscow Mills with his wife. He has two sons, a daughter, and two granddaughters. Frank earned his degree in heating & cooling from Vatterott College. He has a wide history in the industry, including installing and servicing HVAC equipment, as well as performing gas mechanical inspections. In his free time Frank enjoys traveling, camping, kayaking, and riding his motorcycles.

Dave Petlansky – Services Manager / Lead Sewer Inspector

Dave Petlansky – Services Manager / Lead Sewer Inspector

Dave Petlansky was born and raised in St. Louis City, and currently resides in South County with his wife of 21+ years and three active children. Before joining The Chad Borah Team, Dave was a journeyman plumber and has an extensive background in carpentry. Dave enjoys being involved in his children’s hockey, baseball, and dance competitions.

Phil Howard

Phil Howard – Lead Home Inspector

Phil Howard grew up in South St. Louis City. He started tuck-pointing at a young age, then worked as a contractor before joining The Chad Borah Team. Phil has four children and two grandchildren. He enjoys building custom radios, traveling, and cooking. Phil takes inspecting homes seriously, but also has a great and infectious sense of humor.

Mike Mertens

Mike Mertens – Home Inspector

Mike Mertens graduated from Ranken Technical Institute in Architectural Design and Structural Technology. Prior to joining The Chad Borah Team, Mike spent 34 years drafting fountain designs, where he honed his skills in structural and electrical knowledge. His favorite pastimes are golf, stream trout fishing, and watching sports.

Henry Fischer – Home Inspector

Henry Fischer – Home Inspector

Henry Fischer has been in St. Louis his entire life and currently lives in South County. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and was an avid soccer player in college. Before joining the Chad Borah Team, Henry had been in the construction and technology industry for over 25 years. Henry still loves to play soccer and enjoys ice hockey along with spending time with his three children.

Ken McFarland – Home Inspector

Ken McFarland – Home Inspector

Ken has lived in the St Louis area his entire life. He is happily married with 2 awesome kids. Ken spent 10 years working for the Missouri Department of Corrections as a corrections officer. In 2011, he took over the family’s lighting business and served as the owner until 2022. Ken has also managed rental properties since 2014. His hobbies include tinkering with small engines and riding his motorcycles in his free time.

Nick Brooks

Nick Brooks – Home Inspector / Services Inspector

Nick Brooks was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated from Ranken Technical College with a degree in HVAC.  Nick lives in Sunset Hills with his wife and two daughters, and when he’s not working, he enjoys golfing, barbequing, hunting, and fishing.

John Funk

John Funk - Services Inspector / Radon Manager

John Funk was born and raised in St. Louis. He was an infantryman in the Missouri National Guard and had been a mechanic for over five years, prior to joining The Chad Borah Team in 2020. John is married and has 2 children which are twins! His hobbies include spending time with family, hunting, fishing, watching hockey, and playing disc golf.

Gregory Prater

Gregory Prater – Services Inspector

Gregory Prater was born and raised in South St. Louis and a graduate of Cleveland High School. His 15-year experience in the St. Louis Water Division and Street Department has proven to be an invaluable resource to our Sewer Department. He and his lovely wife have a blended family of six adult children and six grandchildren. Gregory’s hobbies include spending time with his family, hunting with his boys, and restoring old cars and trucks.

Jake Shanas - Service Inspector

Jake was born and raised in St. Louis. The majority of his career has been spent in the culinary industry, working in all types of restaurants from St. Louis to New York City. His passions include family, St. Louis sports, Japanese culture, and quantum physics. Jake currently resides in Soulard with his girlfriend.

Scott Pelizzaro - Inspector

Scott was born and raised in St. Louis, growing up in both St. Louis City and County. He now resides in St. Louis City with his wife and one daughter. Before joining The Chad Borah Team, Scott was the sales/general manager at a local craft brewery, 2nd Shift Brewing. When not working as a home inspector, Scott enjoys the time off with his family, and many hobbies that include golf, live music, vinyl records, and barbecuing. Also an avid fan of soccer, Scott is a huge supporter of St. Louis City SC.

Jason Ramo - Services Representative

Jason Ramo was born in St. Louis and lives in the Dutchtown neighborhood. He spent five years in the US Army as a Forward Observer and graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an accounting degree. Before joining The Chad Borah Team he worked as a project manager at multiple Fortune 500 companies. His desire to help homeowners make their largest financial decision has brought him into the home inspection industry. When not assisting homeowners, you can find him playing pinball, searching for geocaches, or soaking up the sun while barbecuing.

Nikki Brown - Marketing Representative

Nikki grew up in St. Charles, but now currently lives in South St. Louis city. She graduated from Truman State University with a degree in Communication. Before joining The Chad Borah Team, Nikki worked as part of the office support staff in a large real estate office as well as in marketing and social media. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and dogs, as well as grabbing a bite to eat with friends at her favorite Mexican spot and watching the latest episode of Survivor!

Shari McArthur – Office Manager

Shari McArthur – Office Manager

Shari McArthur was born and raised in St. Louis and currently lives in St. Louis County with her husband of over 30 years and their four children. Shari has been with The Chad Borah Team for over a decade. Before joining the team, she spent 18 incredible years raising her kids. Shari has a degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University. She enjoys time with her family, sunsets and sunrises, long walks, exercising, and visiting the beach!

Bernie Nunn – Customer Services Representative

Bernie Nunn – Customer Services Representative

Bernie Nunn was born and raised in Peoria, IL, before moving to St. Louis in 2007.  She has a BA in English from Truman State University and has experience as a real estate transaction coordinator.  Bernie spent nine years in physician recruitment before joining the team. This experience, along with her real estate background, has proven to be a welcome addition to the CSR staff.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, and spending time with family and friends.

Kelly – Customer Service Representative

Kelly Mertens was born and raised in St. Louis and currently lives in Hillsboro. Kelly has three children and four beautiful granddaughters. Kelly was in property management for over 20 years! Her experience in that field made for an easy transition into residential real estate inspections. In her spare time, Kelly likes to read, spend time with her family and friends, and do home projects.

Jessica Hemenway – Customer Service Rep / Marketing Admin

Jessica Hemenway – Customer Service Rep / Marketing Admin

Jessica is originally from Illinois, but has lived in St. Louis for the last 25 years. Jessica has spent the last 13 years working in the real estate industry, specifically in the areas of real estate appraisals, residential home sales, and renovations. With her extensive background in real estate, she is a welcome addition to The Chad Borah Team. Jessica has two energetic children who keep her on her toes. In her down time, she enjoys photography, reading, music, playing outside with her kids and exploring St. Louis.