Welcome to Structure Tech

Structure Tech was established in 1987. All of our home inspectors are proud members of ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors.

 

Reuben Saltzman | Neil Saltzman | Barry Eliason | Duane Erickson | Milind Angolkar | George Ury | Nick Pickert | Wayne Rademacher | Patrick BrennanDustin WieboldBill Oelrich | Jim Tobias | Tessa Murry | Antonio Cedillo | John Fitzgerald | Lisa Norbeck | Mindy SaltzmanRick Norling |

Reuben Saltzman

Reuben SaltzmanReuben is a second-generation home inspector with a passion for his work. He grew up remodeling homes and learning about carpentry since he was old enough to hold a hammer. Reuben has worked for Structure Tech since it was purchased in 1997 and is now co-owner and President of the company.

Reuben grew up thinking he was going to be a school teacher because he enjoyed teaching others so much. In a sense, that’s a lot of what home inspections are about, so Reuben truly does what he loves. Reuben teaches continuing education classes to real estate agents throughout the Twin Cities, and rarely does home inspections alone any more; almost every home inspection is conducted with an apprentice home inspector by his side.

Reuben has an A.A. degree in liberal arts and has attended most of the Building Inspection Technology classes at North Hennepin Community College.

Reuben and his wife are the proud parents of two young children, Cy Alexander and Lucy Nicole, and have a sweet German Shepherd / Rottweiler named Stella. With two young children Reuben doesn’t have much free time, but he still tries to play disc golf as often as possible during the summer.

Reuben lives in Maple Grove, MN.

Professional Qualifications / Memberships:

  • ASHI Certified InspectorASHI Certified Inspector
  • President, ASHI Heartland Chapter
  • ASHI Public Relations Committee Member
  • ASHI Strategic Planning Committee Member
  • ASHI Education Committee Member
  • ASHI Technical Review Committee Member
  • Member, Minnesota Society of Housing Inspectors (MSHI)
  • Licensed Minneapolis Truth-in-Sale of Housing Evaluator
  • Licensed Saint Paul Truth-in-Sale of Housing Evaluator
  • Affiliate Member, Saint Paul Area Association of Realtors®

Blogs:

Reuben writes the Home Inspection Blog on this site
Guest author at Zillow
Guest author at Star Tribune – Home & Garden
Guest author at HomeSpotHQ
Guest author at HomesMSPblog.com

Publications:

Reuben is a contributing author to the ASHI Reporter

YouTube Videos:

Reuben’s video clips from home inspections can be viewed here: Reuben’s video clips

Neil Saltzman

Neil Saltzman

Neil began his career in the construction field at the age of 16 when his father secured a job for him on a commercial construction site. He continued working in construction for the next 20 years, taking time to get a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Minnesota.

After taking many building code classes and securing his professional certifications, Neil began his career in home inspections in 1990. In 1997, Neil purchased Structure Tech, and since then has developed an organization that is well respected by the real estate and home inspection community.

Besides his love of work, Neil spends time with his wife and four grown children whenever possible. He also enjoys weekends at the cabin fishing, water skiing, jet boating, hiking, 4-wheeling, and cross country skiing.

Neil lives in St. Louis Park, MN.

Professional Qualifications / Memberships:

  • ASHI Certified InspectorASHI Certified Inspector
  • ASHI Heartland Chapter member
  • President (2004 – 2010), Minnesota Society of Housing Inspectors (MSHI)
  • Certified Building Inspector # 0868139, International Code Council
  • Member, Minnesota Association of Housing Code Officials
  • Licensed Minneapolis Truth-in-Sale of Housing Evaluator
  • Licensed Hopkins Truth-in-Housing Evaluator
  • Licensed Robbinsdale Point of Sale Evaluator
  • Licensed Bloomington Time-of-Sale Evaluator
  • Affiliate Member, Saint Paul Area Association of Realtors®

YouTube Videos:

Neil’s video clips from home inspections can be viewed here: Neil’s video clips

Barry Eliason

Barry EliasonBarry’s professional journey to the present began with the Arab oil embargo of the 1970s. Barry realized the importance of energy conservation and energy self-sufficiency and began to study architecture, construction technology and home energy conservation. After working for a few years as an energy auditor he studied and learned about home inspections. In 1990 he started his own home inspection company, Private Eye Inc.

In the late 90’s Barry started hearing about moisture problems in newer, stucco clad houses around the country. He recommended moisture testing to his home inspection clients, but discovered there was no such service available in the Twin Cities. Sensing a business opportunity he received training in moisture intrusion testing and began adding moisture testing as an additional service. Much to his surprise, about 90% of the stucco homes built after the mid 80’s that he tested were positive for moisture intrusion!

Since then Private Eye has tested thousands of homes for moisture. Although many of the earlier problems have been corrected in homes built today, there is still an unacceptable failure rate in stucco homes. Barry continues to be the local authority on moisture intrusion issues and has been included in multiple TV and newspaper stories. He speaks at realtor education meetings and home inspector conferences on the subject of moisture intrusion and moisture intrusion testing.

In 2014 Barry merged Private Eye with what he determined to be the best home inspection company in the Twin Cities, Structure Tech. Through Structure Tech Barry continues to perform home inspections and moisture testing as well as training for the next generation of home inspectors.

Barry lives in New Brighton with his wife Sandra. He is fortunate that his three grown daughters and five grand children all live close by. He likes to spend time with them all at the lake where he also enjoys fishing and driving his home made solar powered pontoon. Barry is an avid cross country skier and has completed many ski marathons including the Mora Vasaloppet and the Hayward, WI Birkebiner. In recent years he has gotten more serious about learning the guitar and plans on becoming a rock star in his next life.

ASHI Certified Inspector

Professional Qualifications / Memberships:

  • ASHI Certified Inspector
  • ASHI Heartland Chapter member
  • Licensed Saint Paul Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator
  • Licensed Minneapolis Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator
  • Licensed Maplewood Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator
  • EDI Certified Building Envelope Inspector, #MN-12
  • Certified Environmental Risk Assessor
  • Advanced Training Certification for Stucco Pro Moisture Scan Testing Protocol
  • Certificate of Completion number 1112, MoistureFree Warranty Inspection and Repair Training
  • Certified Building Science Thermographer
  • Level 1 EIFS inspector
  • Level 2 Building Envelope Inspector
  • Member, Minnesota Society of Housing Inspectors (MSHI)
  • Affiliate Member, Saint Paul Area Association of Realtors

YouTube Videos:

Barry’s video clips from home inspections can be viewed here: Barry’s video clips

Duane Erickson

Duane Erickson

In 1974, Duane and his father built his first house, using permits and inspections. He did all of the work at the house except for the exterior grading. He found out that a good way to learn is to have the local building inspector tell you it’s not right!

Duane lives in Delano, and has become a living legend in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities. If you’re buying a big house in the western suburbs and you don’t want any surprises, you call Duane. Duane has been inspecting full time with Structure Tech since 1996, and has earned himself a devout following of real estate agents and clients. We get a lot of calls from customers that remember Duane from their first home inspection in the ’90s, and they want to make sure he’s still around to do the inspection on their next house!

When not inspecting houses, Duane enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, and 4-wheeling with family.

Duane lives in Delano, MN.

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Milind Angolkar

Milind Angolkar

Milind has worked in the home improvement industry since 1994. A background working with some of the largest names in home improvement built a strong base for Milind as a home inspector. A few of these previous jobs were Market Manager at Sherwin-Williams, Installation Coordinator at Home Depot, Service Coordinator at Pella Windows and Doors, and Project Manager at ICF Thermal Wall Structures, specializing in super-insulated foundation systems.

Milind believes that education, experience, a “nose” for the unusual, and understanding that building sciences are constantly evolving are the keys to a quality inspection.

When not inspecting houses or working on his own house, Milind spends his free time at the archery range, biking, golfing and skiing.

Milind lives in Bloomington, MN with his lovely wife, Charlie the dog, Oscar the cat, their daughter Ava Rae, and newly born son Jackson.

Professional Qualifications / Memberships:

  • ASHI Certified InspectorASHI Certified Inspector
  • ASHI Heartland Chapter member
  • Licensed Saint Paul Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator
  • Licensed Minneapolis Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator
  • Licensed Maplewood Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator
  • Licensed Bloomington Time-Of-Sale Evaluator
  • Licensed South Saint Paul Time-Of-Sale Evaluator
  • Licensed Hopkins Truth-In-Housing Evaluator
  • Licensed Robbinsdale Point-of-Sale Evaluator
  • Level I Certified Infrared Thermographer
  • Member, Minnesota Society of Housing Inspectors (MSHI)
  • Affiliate Member, Saint Paul Area Association of Realtors®

YouTube Videos:

Milind’s video clips from home inspections can be viewed here: Milind’s video clips

George Ury

George Ury

George is passionate about homes and has been lucky enough to turn that passion into a career. His friends and clients will tell you the same. He has spent the last ten years restoring his 1927 Craftsman style home in St. Paul because he wants to play his part in preserving a little piece of history. Not only is it a great place to live, it’s proved to be an excellent laboratory for new technology, building techniques, and the perfect excuse to purchase a new tool.

When friends come to George’s home, they know they’re in for a tour. Whether it’s to explain how the tankless water heater works, the benefits of additional attic insulation, or the importance of exterior grading, gutters, and down spouts, they politely listen, nod their heads, and probably think “I could use a little more wine…”

ASHI Certified Inspector

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Nick Pickert

Nick PickertNick grew up interested in architecture, devouring all the classes he could about architectural design. He owned a lawn care and landscape company for many years and is your go to guy for all outdoor landscape questions, including irrigation and low voltage lighting.

In his limited spare time, Nick loves to help at his church, spend time in his garden, go hunting, and watch NASCAR and football. Nick dreams some day of building his own log cabin with his family in the middle of 100 acres.

Nick lives in the Lake Minnetonka area with his wife, Melissa, and their four children, Jeffrey, Samantha, Carter and Elizabeth.

ASHI Certified InspectorProfessional Qualifications / Memberships:

Wayne Rademacher

Wayne RademacherWayne started remodeling work as a carpenter’s assistant in college. He assisted with concrete work, additions, garages, boat houses and even building a basement under a house that never had a basement. He also worked with brother on a complete remodel of a home that was over 150 years old. After working in the airline business and remodeling his own homes for 25 years, Wayne completed an apprenticeship in the home inspection business in 2003 and began inspections on his own.

After a year of inspecting on his own, Wayne joined Private Eye Home Inspections in 2004. Besides home inspections, Wayne also has a great deal of experience in moisture testing homes, with over 1,100 moisture inspections through 2013. Wayne continues to perform moisture intrusion inspections on homes through Private Eye, which was acquired by Structure Tech in 2014.

Wayne lives in South Minneapolis with his family.

ASHI Certified Inspector

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Patrick Brennan

Patrick BrennanPatrick is a second-generation carpenter. He started working for his dad as a pre-teen and after high school he continued building for the next twenty-something years. Most of his experience has been with new house construction. He also has extensive experience in commercial work such as apartment buildings, assisted-living, multipurpose buildings and even large scale fertilizer elevators. If it’s made out of wood chances are he has built it.

The pinnacle of his construction career was working for Charles Cudd as a project manager. There he worked side-by-side with the construction workers and the customers to build some of the nicest homes in the metro area. These experiences transfer very nicely into the home inspection business.

After the workday is done Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids doing all things family. On those rare occasions that he gets a minute to himself you can usually find him working on his yard or in the garden.

ASHI Certified Inspector

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Dustin Wiebold

Dustin Wiebold

Dustin started his career in residential construction in 1999 by installing windows for Renewal by Andersen as a subcontractor.  He learned the trade and struck off on his own with a bucket of tools and a box of business cards, building a small construction company by providing flexible solutions. Along the way he obtained his Minnesota Builder’s License and received an A.A.S. in Building Inspection Technology from North Hennepin Community College.

Dustin’s dedication to the industry has gained him hands-on experience in most aspects of residential construction applications.

Dustin began inspecting homes on his own in 2003, and joined Structure Tech’s team in 2015.

For fun and leisure, Dustin enjoys spending time “Up North” with his family fishing and hunting.  Dustin lives in the NW metro with his family, Spike the cat, and Bella the dog.

 

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YouTube Videos:

Dustin’s video clips from home inspections can be viewed here: Dustin’s video clips

Bill Oelrich

Bill OelrichBill has always been fascinated by houses, dating back to his early working days at his local lumberyard.  Bill has spent time working as a carpenter both in residential and light commercial construction, as well as working real estate in Central Minnesota.

A move to Minneapolis landed him at the University of St. Thomas and ultimately a career in the orthopedic industry (carpentry on the human body).  Twelve years later, after a kitchen/bath remodel, an energy audit, and the replacement of nearly every system in his 1940s St. Paul home, he knew he wanted to get back to working with houses, and that brings us to the present.

He absolutely enjoys discovering the story every house has to tell.  When he is not thinking about houses, he enjoys either being in a boat, an ice house or an ice rink.  Bill lives in Highland Park with his wife Jyothi (Jodi), stepson Parthan, daughter Mina,  and their crazy Boston Terrier Stella.  He’s happy to chat about houses, total joint replacements, and fishing walleyes – in no particular order.

ASHI-Member

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Jim Tobias

Jim TobiasJim spent the early years of his working career opening and managing restaurants in uptown and downtown Minneapolis. After heavy consideration, Jim came to the conclusion that the restaurant business was more about the quantity of guest experiences rather than the quality, and decided it was time for a career change.

Although this was a big career change, Jim’s grandfather was a building inspector for the University of Minnesota, and his father a contractor. The move felt more natural than you might expect. Jim is now happy to be working with a company that gives its clients the very best in information and service. Jim enjoys working side by side with home buyers through one of the largest purchases of their life and strives to make it a fun and educational event.

Jim is always happy to share a sports stat, or note an upcoming movie while talking about proper grading and drainage during the inspection. Jim and his wife welcomed their first child in May of 2016, and couldn’t be happier to be learning about all of the joys of being parents.

Jim lives in Saint Louis Park, MN

ASHI-Member

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Tessa Murry

Tessa MurryTess was born with a fascination of houses. She became a construction crew leader for Habitat for Humanity in Louisiana after the wake of Hurricane Katrina. This experience sparked her interest in learning how to build houses that are more energy efficient, sustainable, durable and healthy. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree specializing in just that – Residential Building Science and Technology.

Along the way, Tess has gained experience and knowledge of real-world building science by working for a local non-profit doing energy audits for low-income weatherization and becoming the Performance and Testing Manager at a local home performance and insulation company, Cocoon. She now gets to blend her passion for houses with her love for people at Structure Tech and is excited whenever there is an opportunity to educate (and people willing to listen).

She lives in Falcon Heights, MN.

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ASHI-Member

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Antonio Cedillo

AntonioAntonio conducts moisture testing for Structure Tech. Antonio grew up in Mexico, where he helped his father and grandfather build their own homes from the ground up. Since that time he still enjoys fixing and repairing anything he can get his hands on.

Antonio began working at Private Eye in 1998 doing moisture testing on stucco homes when the field was newly developing. Since that time the industry has grown in leaps and bounds and Antonio has taken advantage of the opportunity to continue to refine his moisture testing skills. Antonio is now the primary moisture testing technician for Structure Tech.

Antonio, his wife April and their daughter live in the Twin Cities. He enjoys pickup soccer games during the summer, traveling, water sports, camping in the BWCA, and working on home improvement projects in his spare time.

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John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald, aka “Radon John”, is Structure Tech’s Principal Investigator and Quality Assurance Officer for radon testing. John sets, picks up, and reads radon tests for Structure Tech, and is responsible for ensuring correct protocols are followed for all of our radon tests. He has a twenty-five-year background in managed health care as a contract manager negotiating reimbursement with physician groups. John has a BS/BA – Finance degree from the University of Central Florida (Yes, that’s ex-Viking quarterback Daunte Culpepper’s alma mater).

John and wife Deborah have one daughter and are recent grandparents for the first time. John enjoys both playing and restoring vintage drum sets — preferably Ludwig and Sonor.

NRPP Certified

Professional Qualifications / Memberships:

  • National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) Certified Residential Measurement Provider. NRPP ID# 107380RT
  • Affiliate Member, Saint Paul Area Association of Realtors®

Lisa Norbeck

Lisa Norbeck

Lisa is Structure Tech’s office manager, schedule coordinator, and all-around miracle worker. At least that’s what we all seem to think here at Structure Tech.

Lisa has spent most of her adult life working in an office environment, with experience in real estate, churches, and law firms. Lisa graduated from Minnesota School of Business with an associate paralegal degree.

Lisa lives in Andover with her three wonderful daughters, two squawky birds, one old dog, and two mischievous cats. With three girls and plenty of animals, there isn’t much free time, but Lisa enjoys being outside gardening, going for walks, camping, and biking. Lisa’s most recent hobby / passion for 2016 has been exercise, both cardio and weight lifting.

 

Mindy Saltzman

Mindy Saltzman

Mindy comes to Structure Tech with 12 years of customer service experience. She became familiarized with inspecting at a very young age from her father (Neil) and it has always been an interest of hers.

She began bookkeeping for Structure Tech in 2013 and you can expect to hear her voice when scheduling your next inspection.

Mindy resides in St. Louis Park and is engaged to be married in the fall of 2016. She enjoys exercising, DIY crafts, watching the Minnesota Wild and attempting to tire out their loving Pitbull, Remi.

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Rick Norling

Rick Norling

Rick Norling was one of the original founders of Stucture Tech, back in 1987. Rick and his business partner sold Structure Tech to Neil in 1997, but Rick has stayed in close contact with Neil and Reuben ever since, mostly helping out when needed during peak business times as a subcontractor.

Rick came back to work for Structure Tech part time in 2014, helping to answer the phones and schedule home inspections on Mondays.

Rick’s full-time passion is Operation HighGround, an organization that he founded to identify and implement strategies to help Veterans with housing, employment, education, and transportation. For more information about Operation HighGround, click here: http://www.operationhighground.org/