Born out of a love relationship with the 100-year-old farmhouse Rick and Ellen Belliveau bought after moving to Maryland, Rick combined his electrical engineering knowledge, US Navy submarine experience, and natural teaching ability to conduct pre-purchase home inspections for friends and relatives. He attended the Property Inspectors Training Institute course and quickly pursued the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) membership and certification while doing many more inspections on a part-time basis. The growing demand for his inspections resulted in a career move from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to a full-time inspections service.
HHI now averages more than 1,000 inspections a year. Over the years, it has added inspectors, with a current corps of six trained, certified, and licensed home inspectors, and a full-time office manager to quickly meet callers’ needs.
Rick Belliveau is the owner of Highland Home Inspections, which he began in 1989. He is a 1978 graduate of Clarkson University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduating, he served as an officer in the Navy on a nuclear submarine. After a five-year tour in the Navy, he joined the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel where he worked for 13 years testing and evaluating submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Rick and his wife Ellen have four children. Rick is very involved at Columbia Presbyterian Church and enjoys theology, reading, watching movies, and working on his house. With over 27 years of experience, Rick has seen just about everything; however, his love for what he does enables him to approach each inspection with new interest and enthusiasm.
Barry Hoskins has been with Highland Home Inspections since 2000 and is our most senior inspector after Rick. He is highly respected and sought after by many realtors and previous clients. Formerly an art teacher at River Hill High School, he is an outdoorsman with experience in all kinds of outdoor sports including biking, camping, and white water canoeing and rafting. His interests and knowledge are so wide and varied that everyone finds something in common with him. Barry’s teaching experience makes him an exceptional inspector with first-time home buyers. He is our go-to guy when it comes to identifying which type of animal might have been in a house based on what it left behind. Barry and his wife Linda live in Carroll County and have two children.
Dave Hughmanick came to Highland Home Inspections in 2012 after investing over 20 years of his career in business management. Dave has also worked in home remodeling, reconstruction, and real estate staging. Dave’s DIY father taught him the skills of construction, roofing, plumbing, electrical, drywall, and concrete work, and landscaping. Growing up with an engineer for a father was the perfect training ground to plant seeds of curiosity about how things work. And living “with an old house” sets the perfect ground work for evaluating and inspecting homes for our clients. Dave, who has also served as a college Communications instructor, is a natural teacher which makes him a good fit for first-time home buyers.
Jamie Columbia joined Highland Home Inspections in the spring of 2014. As an inspector, Jamie enjoys the “teachable moments” that routinely arise during inspections and explaining how a home’s systems work. A 1996 graduate of Salisbury University, Jamie’s prior work experience includes program management with the Howard County YMCA and the Columbia Gym in Clarksville as well as seven years of experience teaching first grade, second grade, physical education, and technology in public and private schools. In his free time, Jamie enjoys spending time with his two children, playing basketball, and mountain biking.
JD Pyle joined Highland Home Inspections in March 2015, bringing with him seven years of professional home inspection experience. When asked about a favorite aspect of his job, he immediately responds, “I love meeting new people everyday in the field; no two days are exactly alike.” Prior to becoming a home inspector, JD worked three years in professional kitchens as a chef; he holds an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from Stratford University and a B.S. in Nutrition Science from Kaplan University. In his spare time, JD enjoys cooking, brewing his own beer, and building furniture. He and his wife Cheryl have three children and live in Frederick County.
Dan Floyd is the newest member of the Highland Home Inspections team. After
working five years in residential construction, remodeling, and carpentry and nearly ten years in sales and management, he joined Highland Home Inspections as a home inspector in January 2016. For Dan, this new path is a natural fit with his expertise in home construction and his extensive customer service skills. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, running, and spending time outdoors. A Howard County native, Dan and his wife Sarah have three daughters and live in Highland.
Debbie DeSena maintains the office and has been with Highland Home Inspections since the summer of 2012. She has experience in real estate, a background in industrial sales, and a degree in Chemical Engineering. Debbie is excited to serve, quick to respond, and friendly and intent on excellent customer service. She grows a diverse vegetable garden and enjoys raising chickens. Debbie serves in her community and her daughters’ elementary school and Girl Scout Troop. She and her husband Jonathan live in Ellicott City with their three daughters.
Tom Belliveau has been with Highland Home Inspections since he graduated from UMBC in May 2015 with a degree in Mathematics. Tom enjoys doing business development and administration for Highland Home Inspections. Tom is married to Lindsay Anne and enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, an occasional video game, and playing guitar.