Tom was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. Upon graduation from high school, Tom entered the United States Marine Corp. After graduating from boot camp at Parris Island, S.C, Tom was sent to formal Radio Communication School in New River N.C. where he was designated as a Radio Operator. He spent the remainder of his first enlistment traveling around the United States, as well as a 1 year tour in the Far East, which included Japan, Korea, and the island of Okinawa. Upon returning to the Continental US, Tom was chosen to attend the US Marine Corp Drill Instructor Academy where he finished 3rd in his class. The following 3 years were spent as a DI turning young men into Marines; a job which he relished.
In 1983, after separation from the Marines, Tom performed various construction-related jobs, until the later 1980’s at which time he formed Westridge Construction Co.;a company specializing in remodeling and renovations. During this time, he worked extensively with all the trades associated with the residential building profession, gaining an immense background in all the different systems within a house, and how they interact to form one system; your house.
As a nationally recognized home inspector, appearing on numerous episodes of HGTV’s HOUSE DETECTIVE Series, Tom brings over 2 decades of construction background into Absolute Home Inspection, Inc.
Tom is a professionally trained home inspector, certified by Building Inspection Training Associates, Inc. He spends countless hours attending advanced training and studying the complex curricula referred to as Building Science.
In 2004, Tom recruited Ed Voytovich, a nationally recognized Building Performance Contractor, into the Absolute family, with the desire to raise the level of knowledge and understanding of how a house "really" works. While Ed has moved on to persue other interests in the field of Building Performance, he was a substantial part of the Absolute Team and has helped to raise the bar on our industry.
This team can be relied on to provide the utmost in professional guidance to their clients, helping to ease them through the emotional process of purchasing or selling a home.
A Certified Member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), Tom has served his local chapter as the Education Coordinator, Chaired the Seminar committee, is the chapter web master, and is also the editor of the chapter's monthly newsletter, The Observer. Tom also served as the chapter president and spent four years as a Director on the New York State Association of Home Inspectors (NASAHI)
As the Absolute Home Inspection Office Manager since 2007, Susan has been instrumental in coordinating, facilitating and scheduling inspections and tests, as well as keeping the day-to-day tasks of running the office on an even keel. These tasks include handling contracts, accounts receivable, making contacts with persons involved with specific transactions and a host of other quality control matters.
From the onset, Susan has taken the initiative to learn the home inspection business from inside to out, reading reports, asking questions and gaining an immense knowledge in this often misunderstood profession. Not only does she understand what the inspectors are doing in the field, she also has an incredible grasp of the entire home-buying process. As a result, when you are speaking with Susan, you are speaking with someone who is learned and well adept at answering any questions or concerns you may have regarding your home or future home. Susan is the cheerful person you speak with when you call looking for information and is an invaluable asset to our team. (Tom Sherman)
Susan is a lifelong resident of Central New York, currently residing in Kirkville, NY. Within a week of graduating from Onondaga Community College with a degree in Secretarial Science, she was hired by Carrier Corporation. While at Carrier Susan worked in the Replacement Components Division as a secretary and finished her career at Carrier Transicold as a Senior Marketing Services Administrator coordinating the many tradeshows in which the division participated. During her nearly 20 years with Carrier, she earned her B.S. in Advertising from the Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University while raising a family and restoring their early1800’s farmhouse.