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Shannon Cory
Lead Kaplan Instructor, Code Certified

Shannon is President of Rainbow Home Inspections, Inc. and has been performing residential inspections in the metro Atlanta areas since 1998. Most of Shannon’s success has been from his innovative reporting methods, marketing techniques and continuing educational programs. Some of his past back ground, which helped him make the decision to become a home inspector was while growing up in North Alabama Shannon assisted his grandfather who had a small contracting business that built custom homes. Due to the quality of the construction many of these homes appear still structurally sound today. Prior to moving to Georgia in 1979, Shannon spent 13 ½ years with Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University as a technician and research engineer building structures for seismic sites in 54 countries around the world. The last three years while with Lamont, construction took place in Alaska, Chiang Mai Thailand, Charter Towers Australia, Elat Israel, Kongsberg Norway, and New York State. Shannon is a member of or holds certifications in or certificates in the following: Building Officials and Code Administrators International(BOCA), Exterior Design Institute(EDI), Southern Building Code Congress International(SBCCI), International Code Council(ICC), Mold & Healthy Home, National Radon Proficiency Program(NRPP) as a residential Measurement Provider, Mold Surveying and Sampling, and Thermography Building Science. Shannon presently is a member of many of the local real estate associations as an affiliate. Member of ASHI National, a COR Member for ASHI Georgia, past vice-president and co-chair for the membership of ASHI Georgia, and 2004-2006 president of ASHI Georgia. Shannon started with Kaplan as an contract instructor in October 2003. Besides being the lead instructor for courses offered thru Kaplan Professional Schools at both the Atlanta and Tennessee locations, he also instructs at many of the other locations as well.

Ray Baird
Kaplan Instructor

Ray Baird is the owner of RCI Services, a home inspection firm serving the greater Nashville area. He has been performing inspections in the Middle Tennessee area since 1997. Ray trained at Kaplan’s Enhanced Residential course in Southern California. His prior experience includes over 30 years in all phases of commercial and residential construction including international construction work. He has significant experience working with Underwriters Laboratory on UL system designs and was instrumental in implementing the Interpolation Clause. Ray is an ASHI member and currently serves as secretary of the Mid-Tennessee ASHI Chapter. He is affiliated with Kaplan’s Nashville facility.

Bill Gunther
Kaplan Instructor

Bill is President of BJK Property Inspections Inc. and has been performing residential and commercial inspections in the middle Tennessee area since 1996. Bill grew up in a construction family. His father was a general contractor who built homes and commercial buildings. He has over 35 years of construction experience including: working as a licensed electrician, union carpentry, carpenter foreman and building superintendent on major projects. Prior to being a home inspector Bill was a police officer in New York and retired after 23 years of service. His duties included patrol, investigation, training and supervision and shift commander. During his years with the PD, he also worked as a licensed general contractor with his father and on his own. Bill has been active in the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) on the local level and was the founder the Mid-Tennessee Chapter. Bill served as president for three years and is currently serving as treasurer. He has also been active in preparation of the pending Home Inspection licensing legislation in Tennessee. He is a graduate of EDI ( Exterior Design Institute) and is an EPA listed Radon Measurement Operator. Combining investigative skills with his knowledge of buildings and their systems enables him to better serve his clients. His strong feelings about the importance of having properly trained professional home inspectors to protect buyers in the process of purchasing a home has lead him to teaching.

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Oct 20-22
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Nov 10-21
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Nov 10
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