The professionals at Rinehart Real Estate Inspection Service
Steven Rinehart would be described by those around him as a passionate man. He loves what he does, helping those who need advice. Teaching has been a major part of his life since he was very young.
His first profession was in aviation, both as a mechanic and pilot. He was introduced to flying by his mother before he was old enough to drive; she was at that time the Central Region FAA National Fight Instructor of the Year. He held a commercial pilot license when he joined the Army as an aircraft mechanic and then flight school. He spent evenings and weekends continuing training in advance aircraft and then teaching others. He spent the next 25 years and over 7000 flight hours teaching in everything from vintage airplanes to complex military helicopters. After retirement in 1999, he reentered the academic field with emphasis in construction science. He began inspecting full time in late 2000 and never looked back
His most recent accomplishment was the reappointment to his second six-year term on the Texas Real Estate Commission Inspector Committee. In this capacity, he continues his fulfill his desire to help others. He has served twice as Chairman of the committee and curently chairs the education committee.
Steven also serves as the Chairman of the International Code Council Exam Development Committee for the Energy Efficiency Code and Green Building Code. Here he has an opportunity to contribute to the inspectors worldwide by maintaining the exam to ensure it has realistic field-tested questions that truly evaluate the knowledge required to be an energy inspector.
Steven lives with his wife Anna-Dee in Harker Heights. They have two grown sons, Christopher George living in Grand Rapids Michigan and Michael Rinehart and wife Amy who recently delivered their third child, John Michael Rinehart, who joins his older sister Gabriella Grace Rinehart and brother Sovereign Edwin Rinehart. They currently live in Ft Worth and work for Bell Helicopter in Ft Worth Texas area.
Norma Baker , Office Manager, is a native Texan from the El Paso area. She met her husband, Calvin D. Baker while stationed at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. God blessed them with two beautiful children; son John David born in Hawaii and daughter Kristen Nicolle born in Ft. Lewis, WA. After 21 years of military service, they decided to retire from Army life and made Killeen their home. Norma’s job experience includes retail, management, banking, dental and now construction. She joined Rinehart Real Estate Inspection Service in July 2004. Her responsibilities include, but are not limited to, scheduling a wide variety of inspections, completing the inspection paperwork and performing the day to day operations of the office. She enjoys working with the many builders we service as well as building lasting relationships with our customers.
Bruce Ebbert, an Inspector, is a native of the Sunshine State, specifically Clearwater, Florida. He has been in the Central Texas area for over 25 years. He is retired from the City of Killeen and is currently working for the City of Belton. He previously worked in the construction industry for 15 years with plastering and drywall companies. He is currently our leader in the number of inspections with over 20 years’ worth. He presently holds 6 licenses & 22 certifications. He holds a Professional Inspector license with the Texas Real Estate Commission.
Steve Philen is a senior inspector, a native Texan and a retired 35 year veteran of the fire service. He retired with the rank of Fire Marshal and fire inspector. He has been in the construction field all his life and became a building inspector in 2006. He has 6 ICC certifications, licenses with TSBPE and TCEQ and has performed over 10,000 fire, life safety, and construction inspections. He currently works for the City of Harker Heights as the Building Official.He formally held a journeyman electrician license and is currently serving on the board for the Bluebonnet chapter of the ICC. He is currently an inspector with the Texas Real Estate Commission.
Michael Beard, Inspector,was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but moved to Texas as quick as he could. He went straight to work in the construction field right out of high school. Doing everything from framing houses to remodeling to pouring concrete. In his mid-20's he worked with at-risk youth for several years. In 2007 he joined the City of Lampasas as a Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer and then the City's Building Official. He currently works for the City of Harker Heights as a building inspector. He has performed about 20,000 inspections. He holds 10 licenses in the inspection field. He is currently the Vice-President for the Bluebonnet Chapter of the ICC. He is currently an inspector with the Texas Real Estate Commission.