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Derek R. Ballard –Owner/Founder Licensed in Texas: Trec 10108 and Arkansas: HI1529 ASHI Certified Inspector: #252158

Affiliations: ASHI, TAREI, INTER-NACHI, Texarkana Board of Realtors, Better Business Bureau
Born and raised in the Texarkana area, I have had the honor of many friendships and acquaintances over the years. After years spent working for a local paper mill and years of construction, I really felt like I wanted to serve the community by doing something meaningful to enhance the housing quality in our area. In 2008 I attended the American Home Inspectors Training at the University of Texas at Arlington and also obtained licenses from both Texas and Arkansas. Later that year, I started Inspection Gator LLC. My prior experience and extensive training gave me the confidence to reach out to area real estate professionals and the general public. I must say it was a very humbling experience as so many faithful clients began spreading the word about my style of inspection. My wife Jessica has been a constant support and part of the background success of our company. My personal goals keep me constantly learning, and my fantastic clients continue to drive my desire to serve. We feel like our clients are our family, and we want to be an ally in their quest to make good decisions regarding their real estate investments. As my children have grown and purchased homes, I felt that having a home inspection was a must for them and for anyone wanting to be proactive in determining the condition of a property before they spend their hard earned money.

Jason Eddy – Arkansas AHIB# 1814 and Texas TREC 21704

Jason joined INSPECTION GATOR LLC in 2015. He is licensed as a home inspector by the Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board and by Texas Real Estate Commission. Jason lives in Texarkana with his wife Sarah and son Hunter. They have family in Louisiana and Texarkana. Inspection Gator is delighted to have Jason with us bringing energy, a heart for customer service, and experience. His construction knowledge and work ethic makes him a tremendous asset to the community and the home inspection industry.

Richard Oakes – TREC 22760

Rick joined Inspection Gator, LLC in 2017. He is licensed by Texas Real Estate Commission. Rick grew up in Redwater and later attended and graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a B.A. in Mass Media. Inspection Gator is thrilled to have Rick as a member of our Gator Family. In addition to a stellar work ethic, he brings with him experience in: remodeling, brickwork, Sheetrock, painting, flooring, tile work, plumbing supply and waste, concrete work, appliance installation, electrical, and roofing. Furthermore, he is experienced in house and shop building, as well as pool instillation–both in and above-ground. In addition to his in-depth knowledge of our field and his work ethic, Rick’s character makes us proud to have him on our team.

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