Certified Home Inspectors
Founder, First Choice Inspectors LLC
After graduating high school Michael served four years in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic working on EA-6Bs airplanes. He secured employment at Midway Airlines for about a year then the airline went bankrupt. After looking for work for about a year he started rehabbing homes as a part time job while attending college. Upon completion of his Associates of Science degree he got certified by the American Home Inspectors Training Institute in Wisconsin in July 2001. Michael got licensed, started his first business venture and started home inspecting in January 2002.
After three years business continued to grow and things became unmanageable alone. Michael seeked helped and reached out to his old friend Justin Castronova to continue to grow the business. Justin came on board in late 2005.
After serving 8 years in the U.S. Army Justin began his career in construction as a roofer in the summers in Colorado while he worked winters as a ski instructor. Finding his love of the building industry he moved to Las Vegas where he started an electrical contracting company with a business partner.
After 5 years of hard work and growing the company he decided to move back to his roots in Chicagoland. In 2005 he came in as a partner at First Choice Inspectors with the drive and positive work ethic needed to grow a successful company.
Justin has expanded his knowledge over the years to include building envelope and EIFS and mold inspection among others. More than 5,000 inspections later Justin still loves inspecting and managing an ever growing team of inspectors.
After working in Florida and Las Vegas with Justin Castronova as a private contractor Geo was recruited by Justin to help out First Choice Inspectors to fill our ever growing void for inspections. Geo has been with the company since July 2007 and brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the table. Geo enjoys attention to detail on all of his inspections.
After graduating high school Joe became an apprentice with the Carpenter’s Union where he worked his way through the ranks and achieved being a “Journeyman” Carpenter. Joe worked for his father and as a private contractor for 20 years working on various projects throughout Chicago and the suburbs. After Joe’s father retired from carpentry Joe also decided it was time for a career change. Joe decided to put his skills into becoming a Chicago home inspector and Joe attended the American Home Inspectors Training.
Joe is a married father of one beautiful little girl and resides in New Lenox, IL. Joe’s hobbies are taking road trips with his wife and daughter and BBQ in his backyard with friends.
Daniel has had a love for electricity since he could remember. In high school Daniel studied electrical theories in the high school’s “Industrial Education” program. Shortly after graduating high school Daniel got accepted into the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and moved his way up in the union to become an electrical foreman.
Daniel is still heavily involved with electrical union work and is team FCI’s “go to guy” when we all have electrical concerns. Daniel lives in Plainfield, IL and in his freetime Daniel frequently travels to Florida and other warm places during our long, cold Chicago winters.
Kim has had a love for rehabbing old, rundown, beat up properties and putting some TLC into them and flipping them into something to be proud of. Kim has flipped more than 30 homes on Chicago’s south, west and east sides and helped families find a place they could call home. Kim originally approached First Choice Inspectors in regards to back in 2016 about becoming a licensed home inspector so she could become a better flipper. After she was interviewed by Michael and Justin they determined to NOT let her go and drafted her into the FCI family and she is now a full time home inspector who does rehabbing on her days off (and there are not many for Kim).
Kim is the mother of two children and lives in the New Lenox area.
Russ has been a full time licensed home inspector for 15 years. Russ has completed over 10,000 home inspections and is the most recent addition to the FCI team. Russ currently resides in the Mount Greenwood area of Chicago with his wife and children.
Ally has been with First Choice Inspectors since 2017 and is the “Voice of First Choice”. She has been an asset to our company’s growth and will be the one you will speak with when scheduling your inspection services.