On Independence Day, one year ago, my resignation letter was sent to the home inspection company I had worked with since 2007. People have assumed that money was the driving force and/ or that I am going to be a cheap version of the company I was a part of. Truthfully, it boiled down to building a different brand, an audacity to believe in myself, and others. One year ago today, Deck Plate Home Inspections, LLC took its first step just prior to stepping on a plane bound for the Horn of Africa. Thank you to my family, friends, and brothers/ sisters of NMCB27 that have believed in me often despite myself.