Our Team

Meet Our Team

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Troy Thompson


Troy leads the Nook & Kranny team and has been in the construction industry his whole life.  Prior to becoming a home inspector, Troy worked as a plumber for 17 years.  Troy founded Nook & Kranny in 1997 and has loved every minute of his time running the company.  Over his career as an inspector, Troy has performed well over 10,000 home inspections and has risen to the top of his industry by becoming a master certified inspector.

I have been married to the love of my life for 26 years and have been blessed with 3 boys that constantly keep me on my toes.  As a family we love to spend time outdoors, whether it be camping, four wheeling, fishing, hunting or a host of other activities.  We simply enjoy being together.  


Austin Thompson

Inspector Manager

Austin has been raised in the home Inspection industry. He started as an assistant, at a very early age, working with his dad after school and during the summer. Don’t let his youthful appearance fool you. Austin is a Certified Master Inspector through InterNachi, one of the youngest to achieve this ranking. He is always pushing our team to be the best we can be.

He is our NRPP/AARST certified Radon technician and does all of our Radon testing.

I love what I do. In my free time I enjoy spending time camping, fishing, hunting, and riding my Razor.

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Cory Downward

Lead Inspector

Cory is the lead inspector for Nook and Kranny Home Inspections. He has been doing home inspections for several years now. Cory gained four years experience in the appliance repair business, before coming to work for Nook & Kranny. Cory is the father to two twin boys, Brock and Dean. They keep him on his toes and running all the time.

I wouldn’t change a thing about them, well… maybe if they would sit for about 15 minutes and watch a movie that would be nice. Throughout my life I have always loved learning how things work and fixing them when they brake, as well as finding ways to make them better. I currently live in Herriman and cover most of the Salt Lake and Utah counties. I will go wherever I am needed to do inspections.

In his free time, Cory loves working in his yard and coming up with new ideas to improve it. Some of his hobbies are, enjoying the outdoors, hiking, hunting, camping, and just recently, he has taken up long range shooting. He indicates that these are the things that allow him to be calm and clear his mind. Cory also loves working on cars or any other machines, fixing them or reinventing them to make them better.


Justin Searle



Justin has been working with Nook and Kranny Home Inspections for a couple of years now. He’s an Internachi certified home inspector and loves his job. Justin’s goal is to make not only his clients happy but the real estate agents that are involved as well.

I’m married to a beautiful woman with an incredible personality and we enjoy outdoor activities such as: camping, hunting, dirt biking and jeeping.

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Zach Combs



Zach has worked with Nook & Kranny for a number of years now.  He is an Internachi certified home inspector and as such is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of home inspection. Prior to working for Nook & Kranny, Zach worked with a disaster cleanup company.

“In my free time, I like to go to the mountains and enjoy all types of outdoor activities.  I also enjoy working in my garage.”


Lou Jerome


Lou is one of our senior inspectors and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team.  Lou operated a successful home inspection company for 18 years before joining the Nook & Kranny team.  His experience in the home inspection field spans over 21 years, and he has performed over 10,000 home inspections.  His experience and expertise is enhanced by the fact that he is also a certified commercial building inspector.

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Blake Hadley


Blake is the father of three extremely active kids.

We’re outgoing and always on an adventure, either in the mountains hiking or at an amusement park, that’s the kind of family we are.

Some of the things that Blake enjoys during his downtime include, archery hunting, trail running and soccer. He basically enjoys any activity involving the outdoors. One of Blake’s goals is to run a 100 mile trail race.  Blake was born and raised in Utah and doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon due to his love of Utah and all it has to offer.

Britnee Vanfoeken


Britnee has always been interested in anything to do with homes. She decided to become a home inspector two and a half years ago when she and her husband got into the process of buying their own home. Britnee took the necessary classes online, got her inspection certificate and has absolutely loved working with Nook and Kranny Home Inspections.

I have been married to my husband since April 2011. We have two daughters, LaRoux age 5, and Myka age 4. I feel very blessed to be where I am in my life. It is exciting to help people get into their own homes and feel comfortable and safe with their purchase, especially, in this scary and often overwhelming time of house buying.

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Dallin Flinders


Dallin has been with the company for a long time and is one of our finest inspectors.

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Colton Hill


Lead Inspector – Southern Utah Region

Colton grew up in Northern Utah and has been in the home inspection business for a few years now. He enjoys the profession because it allows him to see new things and meet new people every day. Colton met his wife Tana four years ago and they have two boys, Mason and Trey.

In my free time, I enjoy doing outdoor activities like camping, going to the lake, and fishing.

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Hunter Gardner

IT Support/Inspector

Hunter has a passion for people and technology. He is also an acting inspector and has been inspecting houses since 2016, in addition to his role as lead technology adviser and developer for the company.

When I’m not at work you can find me in my virtual reality rig, playing games, engineering new software and mechanical systems, or on a set of wheels shredding pavement or the side of a mountain.

Ryker Thompson

Junior Inspector (In Training)

And Introducing, Ryker Thompson.  Ryker is in the 2nd grade and is an inspector in training.  he loves to play soccer and be outside playing with friends.  Ryker also enjoys hunting with his dad and two older brothers. He is full of life and looking forward to the day when he can follow in his father and older brother’s shoes and take his place as a Nook & Kranny Home Inspector.

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Lacey Crown

Client Care Team Leader

Lacey has been a part of the Nook & Kranny team for a little over a year now and she indicates that she loves every aspect of her job, especially being able to meet so many new and interesting people daily.

“I’ve been married for 3 years and we just had our first baby.  It’s been a challenge but a joy as well. “

Ashlyn Dower

Client Care Coordinator – North Region

Ashlyn is new to Nook & Kranny, having worked here for several months now.  She is an amazing addition to our team and indicates she has loved loved every second of her time here.

“I have a background in graphic design and do a lot of promotional materials for our company! When i’m not working, you can find me hanging out with friends or family, or doing a new art project!”

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Athena Fox

Office Manager

Athena is an amazing part of our team.  She is the type of person who is always willing to help out or try something new.  She is the mother of three awesome children and enjoys playing with the kids and just being a mom.  She lives life to its fullest.

You only live once.  My life is very busy and there is never a dull moment.  Some of my favorite things to do are, enjoying camping with the family, hiking, BBQ’s, and lots of movies; especially any produced by Marvel Entertainment (I’m kind of a nerd)  I also love to play ‘Just Dance’ with the whole family.

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