Tom was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. Upon graduation from high school, Tom entered the United States Marine Corps. After graduating from boot camp at Parris Island, S.C, Tom was sent to formal Radio Communication School in New River N.C. where he was trained and designated as a Field Ground Radio Operator. He spent the remainder of his first enlistment traveling around the United States, as well as a 1-year tour in the Far East, which included Japan, Korea, and the island of Okinawa. Upon returning to the Continental US, Tom was chosen to attend the US Marine Corps Drill Instructor Academy where he finished 3rd in his class. The following 3 years were spent as a DI turning young men into Marines; a job which he relished.
In 1983, after separation from the active duty, Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves where he served as a Platoon Sergeant in a Tank Company. During this time, Tom performed various construction-related jobs, until the later 1980’s at which time he formed Westridge Construction Company; a company that specialized in residential remodeling and renovations. During this time, he worked extensively with all the trades associated with the residential building profession, gaining an immense background in all the different systems within a house, and how they interact to form one system; your house.
As a nationally recognized home inspector, appearing on numerous episodes of HGTV’s HOUSE DETECTIVE Series, Tom brings over 2-decades of construction background into Absolute Home Inspection, Inc.
Tom is a professionally trained home inspector, certified by Building Inspection Training Associates, Inc. in 1998. He spends countless hours attending advanced training in the home inspection processes and procedures and studying the complex curricula referred to as Building Science.
In 2004, Tom recruited Ed Voytovich, a nationally recognized Building Performance Contractor, into the Absolute family, with the desire to raise the level of knowledge and understanding of how a house "really" works. While Ed has moved on to pursue other interests in the field of Building Performance, he was a substantial part of the Absolute Team and has helped to raise the bar on our industry.
Tom can be relied on to provide the utmost in professional guidance to his clients, helping to ease them through the emotional process of purchasing or selling a home.
After years of involvement in running his local inspection groups' Annual Spring Seminar, Tom founded NETinspect Home Inspector Training Institute, a training school where he continues to provide cutting edge educational seminars and training events to current and upcoming home inspectors throughout the State.
Tom has served his local inspection group as the Education Coordinator, chaired the Seminar Committee for many years, was the chapter web master, sat on the Mentoring Committee, and was the Editor of the monthly newsletter.
Tom also spent four years on the Board of Directors for the New York State Association of Home Inspectors (NYSAHI)