Business and Professional

September 27, 2017

(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.)--Given his background, homebuyers and sellers should be lined up outside the doors of Thomas Lemrow Jr.'s office on U.S. 1 when it opens on Oct 1. The 42-year-old Lemrow is one of the newest franchise owners of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors and he's bringing a keen eye and attention to detail to his new career that will be hard to match given his experiences over the last 25 years.

Lemrow and his (growing details later) family recently moved to St. Augustine from Hope Mills, N.C., where he spent the last six years as a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Maintenance Test Pilot and was a U.S. Army helicopter pilot for 13 years overall. Lemrow spent a combined 25 years in the Regular Army and Florida Army National Guard before retiring earlier this year to spend more time with his family.

It's no surprise that Lemrow chose Pillar To Post to begin his new career. Pillar To Post has been named the No.1 veteran-friendly franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine and G.I. Jobs and has also been recognized with five-star VetFran status from the International Franchise Association, one of only 100 franchisors of the 600 who participate in the program to be awarded five stars. Pillar To Post offers a 20 percent discount on its initial franchise fee to qualified veterans and in 2016, they made up 20 percent of Pillar To Post's new franchisees. Lemrow will be serving clients throughout northeast Florida, including Jacksonville and Nassau County, but more specifically Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

Lemrow has an extensive background in the residential, commercial and civil construction industries. He was "born into the Navy," and enlisted as a carpenter and mason in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 17 and retired as an Aviation Warrant Officer. "If there is anything I have learned in life, it is how to follow instructions or a 'system,'" Lemrow said. "Being a franchisee seems second nature to me. Pillar To Post has the system in place, the desire to grow their business and the personnel who are willing to make this a reality for our family."

As for his family, Lemrow said it was time to retire when he realized he had been gone for more than half the time while his five-year-old son was growing up. Lemrow and his wife, Leah, had also been wanting to have another child. "I'm happy to report that on our 14th anniversary, we learned our family is going to grow. It seems like the reduction in stress is just what our family needed!" Lemrow said.

Over a span of 23 years nearly three million families have counted on Pillar To Post to be their trusted advisor when buying or selling a home. In January, Pillar To Post was named North America's top-rated home inspection company within Entrepreneur Magazine's annual Franchise 500®. The accolades don't end there. Entrepreneur also recognizes Pillar To Post as a Top Franchise for Veterans; Franchise Business Review, a trade publication that measures franchisee satisfaction, places it among the Top 50 Systems for Franchisee Satisfaction; and Franchise Gator includes the franchisor in its Franchise Gator Top 100 franchises list.

A professional evaluation both inside and outside the home is at the core of Pillar To Post's service. Inspectors input data and digital photos into a computerized report that is printed and presented on site. All information is provided to clients in a customized binder for easy reference, allowing homebuyers or sellers to make confident, informed decisions.

For more information call 904-347-0882.