In 2006, PLI was the first home inspector pre-license educational provider approved by the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors (KBHI) after the KBHI was formed, earning Provide # KBHI P-1001.
PLI is approved for government tuition grants for students, such as VA, disability, GI bill, etc. PLI further participates in “private-public partnerships” to educate first-time home buyers, and to meet various lending and loan guarantee requirements, such as classes provided by the Housing Partnership, a home loan counseling agency.
Lorri Keeney is a state approved instructor to teach a number of home inspection courses, including business standards, business communication, business start-up practices, report writing, and more.
She owns an allied business, InspectHomes4U, LLC, a Louisville home inspection company, with a Better Business Bureau A + rating.
Born in Connecticut, she was the founder and former President of USHIA (the “United States Home Inspection Academy”), one of the first training academies for home inspectors accredited in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Lorri co-founded Homechek, a home inspection company there best known as “ProChek.” It became Connecticut’s largest home inspection service at the time, with about 90 local home inspectors and about 1,200 nation-wide, at its peak. She sold both USHIA and ProChek when she moved to Kentucky.
Lorri also co-hosted a weekly radio talk show on home inspection broadcast by Clear Channel Communications in Louisville.
She is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University. Lorri was certified to teach in Connecticut and in 1975 she taught school for three years in Coonabarabran, NSW Australia.
She is a member of the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors, Women’s Council of Realtors, Greater Louisville Business Network Institute, and the Association of the Louisville Orchestra.
Steven H. Keeney, has served as an expert witness for more than a decade in the field of residential homes, their construction, and industry standards. He was the first instructor approved by the state of Kentucky to train home inspectors for licensing. He also was the first approved to teach Kentucky Standards of Practice, and Kentucky Law & Regulation for home inspectors. He also is an approved Instructor for home inspectors in the State of Tennessee and has provided ASHI-approved CEU training for home inspectors in the State of Ohio, which does not have home inspector licensing.
He has been state approved to train home inspectors in unconventional housing (such as log cabins or steel frames), risk inspections (such as fire or water damage), manufactured housing, and residential building standards since 2006. Since the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors (“KBHI”) first approved home inspector Instructors in 2006, Mr. Keeney has taught home inspection standards of practice, report writing, inspection law & regulation, contracts, and other subjects at PLI and at conferences and conventions.
He has inspected well over 1,000 homes for Louisville-based InspectHomes4U, LLC, where he has been the senior training inspector for years. He is a Kentucky licensed home inspector (KBHI HI-102240); KMHI (“Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute”) certified in manufactured housing; a NRSB (“National Radon Safety Board”) certified Radon Measurement Specialist (#5SS0020); a NPP (“National Radon Proficiency Program”) certified Residential Measurement Provider (ID # 107130 RT); and a member of key national professional organizations of home inspectors such as ASHI (“American Society of Home Inspectors” #250071), InterNACHI (“National Association of Certified Home Inspectors” #05061897), and the Housing Inspection Foundation. Before Kentucky licensed home inspectors, he also was a NACHI (“National Association of Certified Home Inspectors,” now “InterNACHI”) certified residential inspector; and both a KREIA (“Kentucky Real Estate Inspectors Association”) certified inspector and honorary lifetime member. He chaired the Kentucky statewide home inspectors Convention in 2006.
He co-hosted a weekly Kentucky radio talk show on home inspections on Clear Channel. Today, he regularly appears on the Elizabeth Monarch Real Estate show on Salem Communications radio 970 AM. He testified before the Indiana Professional Licensing Study Committee at its October, 2009 hearing on licensing home inspectors in that state.
He has been engaged as an expert witness by various law firms and has served as a consultant to law firms on home inspection and real estate trial issues. These include firms throughout the state, ranging from Frost, Brown, Todd (Louisville) Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs (Lexington) to Martin & West (Edgewood).
Mr. Keeney also is a retired (still licensed) attorney, with over 30 years experience, admitted to practice in Kentucky and federal courts.
He was certified to teach in 1975 in Connecticut and served as Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools for the Hartford (CT) Public Schools.
Publications. He is the subject and co-copyright owner of David Heilbroner’s book, Death Benefit (NY: Random House/Harmony Books, 1993). It was reviewed by Washington columnist Maureen Dowd on the cover of The New York Times Book Review (March 14, 1993), by distinguished novelist Joyce Carol Oates on the cover of The New York Review of Books (March 24, 1994) and others. It was a Reader’s Digest Best Non-Fiction selection and Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection. It became a MCA-Universal movie, Death Benefit, and the plot of the Lifetime/CBS television movie, Moment of Truth: Justice for Annie.
Within the last ten years, he has written and published numerous articles for the digital publications Breaking News: Home Inspector Info; InView and FlashLites; and Alert, a newsletter for real estate professionals, all produced and published by PLI. His print articles also have appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Weekly, Police Magazine, American Lawyer; The American School Board Journal, Connecticut Law Journal, Bulletin of Bibliography and others. His blogs appear on the PLI web site, www.pli4u.com.
He also has been a commentator and subject on A&E, Court TV, “Forensic Files,” and other cable outlets. He makes presentations and leads seminars on home inspection and related law for various organizations, including ASHI and Louisville’s Housing Partnership, Inc. (HPI), among others.
To engage Mr. Keeney’s services, please contact [email protected], 502-896-2020. Mr. Keeney should not be identified as an expert witness until the Engagement Agreement is executed. A home inspection report alone ordinarily is insufficient to form a Rule 702 opinion, though inspections as part of the fact-finding processed typically are useful. Other expert resources in this field also are available through Professional Learning Institute.
David Flota. Mr. Flota is a Kentucky licensed home inspector (License. # HI-173681). Mr. Flota is a graduate of the Professional Learning Institute, the region’s leading home inspector training provider, often called “the Harvard of Home Inspecting.” His background includes over 20 years in residential and commercial construction, including serving as foreman for one of the largest builder/remodelers in Kansas City. Earlier, he was a federally certified industrial electrician with a large coal mining company for over a decade. After moving here from KC, he started a home improvement company in 2002, retiring from the business in 2016. A Marine Corps vet, he also holds an Associates degree. All inspections are conducted under InterNACHI Standards of Practice, as approved by the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors, or independently for commercial inspection.
Kentucky License Numbers:
KY # 102240
KY # 216618
KY # 173681