Meet The Team
In 2008, Richard relocated to Maryland from Connecticut, where he operated and sold a large tree, lawn and pest control business. He says the beautiful Maryland landscape, warm people, and thriving equestrian community drew him to the area.
After renovating and selling homes for a number of years, including a time as a builder of spec homes, he decided to begin performing home inspections. He says “I wanted to create a company where I could have a team of loyal associates who LOVE helping our customers. Having worked closely with other home inspectors during my time as a builder, I knew I could create a company that offered great services to real estate agents and a great work atmosphere for inspectors.” Richard founded the company in 2012. After spending several years learning the ins and outs of the business he hired his first team members in 2016.“ I had to become a great technician before training others,” he says.
Richard lives in Boonsboro, Maryland, where he enjoys all outdoor activities but especially Fox Chasing. In the USA, riders do not kill the fox, which is why the sport is often called Fox Chasing in lieu of Fox Hunting. Richard is a Whipper-In for the New Market Middletown Valley Hounds. He also enjoys trail riding at nearby Antietam Battlefield and encourages new and regular real estate agents who ride (or want to ride) to give him a ring!
Director of operations
Erin Guyton, M.B.A.
Erin joined the company the winter of 2014, when she was on break during graduate school. She began by performing market analysis and building out models for growth, eventually learning and creating systems and processes for client care.
In addition to her work with the company, she creates fully individualized, custom business plans for clients who wish to raise capital or are seeking a bank loan. She’s worked with companies from a nonprofit organization to a $20million manufacturer building a factory. She is a member of the Dynamic Advisors Network of Frederick and Montgomery County.
Erin sits on the advisory board of a national home inspection coaching group, where she not only counsels other inspection firms on financial practices, but is continually finding new ways to improve operations and the customer experience at Fox Mountain Property Inspections.
She is an avid trail runner, a lover of dogs, and a proud member of the Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick. She also likes to play guitar and sing (whenever someone lets her.)
Dan joined the company in 2016, after meeting Richard through the Fox Chasing Community.
The word must frequently used to describe Dan’s work is “thorough.”
We often say that Dan is an old soul in a young person’s body. He drove a model A car to high school and had his pilot’s license as a teenager. His airplane of choice is a 1942 Stearman Biplane.
Prior to joining the company, Dan was an airplane mechanic and as driver of tractor-trailers. He still maintains his CDL, and has an airplane hangar full of antique planes and vehicles he likes to repair in his spare time. He is also renovating his historic farmhouse, which served as a hospital during the Civil War.
Dan’s most recent project is an amphibious plane, and he and Richard are on the lookout for inspection opportunities that might involve a water landing! Dan lives in a 200 year old home on a horse farm in Gettysburg.
Shelley Eyler joined the team in 2016 and worked closely with Richard Leonard to create valuable ways for her to contribute to the real estate community. After working part-time for two years, she began working full time and in addition to visiting numerous offices in seven counties, she participates in several events each week. Shelley also gives presentations and says “I love my job! I get paid to talk to people, and I love people!” We call Shelley the “heart” of the company.
A nurse by trade, Shelley developed a primary autoimmune deficiency which made it not possible for her to work near people who are sick. She supports her immune system with regular injections of plasma, and would like everyone to know there is a plasma shortage in the U.S. today.
Shelley advocates for donating plasma. You may do so in Frederick (here) and Hagerstown (here).
When not working for Fox Mountain Property Inspections, Shelley has her own business, Nailed-it by Shelley, where she is a purveyor of polish-free nail color. She also works at the Main Cup in Middletown. Shelley lives in Myersville with her significant other, Chris, and her children Mylo and Ella. She also has two grown children, Taylor and Cameron, and a grand-daughter.
Colby has been with the company since 2017. Prior to joining, he worked in the construction industry in project management and sales.
The word our clients use most frequently to describe Colby is “patient.”
On a regular basis, we also encounter agents and clients who say “Oh, I know Colby!” He’s a graduate of Thomas Johnson High School and Shepherd University, where he played football and drove a memorable purple Volkswagen.
Colby has a passion for shelter pets and encourages everyone to adopt whenever possible.
Colby says he is “living the dream” in Middletown, where he, his significant other Bonnie, their dogs and her children call home.
Matt Rhoads was a licensed home inspector when he joined our company in 2018.
The word most associated with Matt in our Google reviews is “explain.” Clients appreciate that Matt takes the time to not only point out items, but to explain the workings of the home.
Before becoming an inspector, Matt had a career with FedEx, which explains his focus on efficiency, measurable success and especially understanding the “why” behind processes. He brings this value to team meetings and even a casual conversation.
Matt lives in Keedysville with his wife Marcie and their daughters, Matlyn and Jovie. They enjoy outdoor activities and love music (Matt plays the drums) - especially attending concerts.
Inspector, M.E. – F.A.A. Drone Pilot
Charles is our mechanical engineer and drone pilot. He is also a licensed home inspector.
He has a special gift for immersing himself in written material to learn a topic and then follow the steps toward licensing. The process to earn an F.A.A. drone pilot license is not for the meek, and Charles is our ace.
A far cry from drone photography, drone inspection has commercial and industrial applications and involves using the drone in conjunction with other tools to assess a building, or region, or structure. Charles has mastered not only the regulatory challenges but the technology involved with becoming proficient in this field.
Charles and his wife, Emma, live in Boonsboro with two horses, two goats, two dogs, and a whole bunch of chickens.
Client care coordinator
Christina joined the company summer of 2019.
If you’ve ever visited the Main Cup in Middletown, where she works two nights a week either tending bar or serving tables, you’ll see multitasking poetry. Christina has an uncanny way of handling multiple rapid-fire responsibilities all at the same time, and always while smiling and friendly.
She also has experience working in several different office environments, including a real estate brokerage. She understands the challenges and desires of real estate agents and homebuyers and takes seriously her role as conductor of all the daily workings. (If Shelley is the heart of the company, then Christina is the oxygen!)
Christina is also an accomplished baker (and artiste behind our special fox cookies) and a cheerleading coach as well! She lives in Smithsburg with her partner Michael and their children Elsie and Max.
Melissa joined the company summer of 2019.
Her gift for bringing people together through design led us to engage Melissa to ensure Fox Mountain Property Inspections website is state-of-the-art and all the links speak to one another. She will be leading our re-branding efforts and bringing a fresh look to marketing materials and social media content and communications.
Currently a student at The Academy of Art University, Melissa is enrolled in a rigorous Interior Architecture and Design program to obtain her Masters degree in Healthcare design.
She has extensive backgrounds in healthcare, construction, and mortgage banking. She has also built several spec homes and was a partner at a home interior store in downtown Shepherdstown, where her true love of design flourished.
Melissa and her partner, Tim, live in Shepherdstown, WV with their loud-mouthed orange-haired cat, Lucy.
CHAIRMAN OF MORALE
Guinness, a twelve year old Rhodesian Ridgeback, is in charge of morale at Fox Mountain Property Inspections.
He greets all delivery folks with enthusiasm (lots of enthusiasm – he frequently jumps in the delivery truck) and is the Alpha dog of his morale team. Generating this much happiness takes energy, so Guinness can frequently be found napping on the office floor.
DIRECTOR OF RIDICULOUSNESS
Our ten year old American Foxhound, Ready, is a retiree. He worked with the New Market Middletown Valley Hounds for his adult life and upon retirement, very quickly discovered the joys of napping in every sunny spot he could find.
His favorite activity is running up and down the property line, announcing his presence to every car or truck that passes.
Director of Ridiculousness
Fido is an eleven year old Labrador mix whose boundless energy is infectious.
He loves nothing more than playing Frisbee and rolling in the grass.