Becoming a new homeowner can involve a number of steps that new home buyers don’t always think of. In addition to paying a realtor to help you find a house or working with a builder or contractor to have your very own home built, there are loan officers, inspectors, insurance agents and many other people that you need to work with to ensure the process goes smoothly and that your home is free from any issues when you move into the new place. Vince Stoakley talks about his business career.

(Photo Courtesy of Vince Stoakley)

(Photo Courtesy of Vince Stoakley)

What degree program did you study? 

“I studied human resource management as both an undergraduate and graduate student.”

What does your current job entail? 

“I own and operate a Pillar To Post Home Inspection franchise in the Houston area. I spend a large portion of my day educating my clients on a home they own or are interested in purchasing in accordance with Pillar To Post inspection standards and within the guidelines of the Texas Real Estate Commission.”

What is your favorite part of your daily duties? 

“I take pride in educating my clients on home inspections. I realize that I play a vital role in one of the largest investments in their lives.”

Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role? 

“Definitely! My education has advanced my professional reliability and the confidence of my clients in my services.”

Have you participated in any form of continuing education? 

“Yes I have. As a professional home inspector I am required to complete 36 hours of continuing education every two years, but I go beyond the requirement to stay on top of current standards in the home inspection industry.”

Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career? 

“Conduct due diligence and speak with business owners to understand what kind of commitments and sacrifices that are usually made to succeed.”

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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