Our Team

Joey O’Brien

Owner/Inspector/New Construction Specialist 

Joey was born in Austin and raised in Round Rock, Texas. He has lived in this great state his entire life. He has been in the business for 18 years and knows the Austin area well. During his career, he has had the privilege of working for some of Austin’s Premier builders. This background enabled him to gain extensive knowledge and expertise of the construction process. Joey is attentive to detail and produces easy to interpret reports for all of his clients. He guarantees same day reports and often has them within hours of completing the inspection. He is licensed by the Texas Agricultural Commission for wood destroying insects, NAWT (National Association of Wastewater Transporters), and holds a Professional Home Inspector license by the Texas Real Estate Commission. In addition to playing a big role in today’s real estate market here in the Austin area, Joey is also an OEF veteran. Through both his construction and military backgrounds, Joey provides a wealth of knowledge allowing him to tackle any job with utmost respect and integrity. If you would like to read reviews about Joey and his team, please click the link below.

Kenneth Cook

Lead Inspector

A sixth generation Texan, Kenneth was born in Dallas and moved to Austin during his high school years. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, who was a Marine aviator with the infamous Black sheep Squadron in WWII, Kenneth knew becoming a marine was his calling. After his service in the Marine Corps, he worked as an automotive mechanic for many years, which included time as a state of Texas safety and emissions inspector. In recent years he was drawn to an opportunity to work for one of Austin’s premier luxury home builders, which provided a dynamic experience and expertise in all stages of the construction process. The detailed nature of home inspections and the team structure of Inspect It Austin combined with his interest in real estate is why Kenneth decided to study and become a licensed home inspector. Kenneth is licensed with the TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) and NAWT (National Association of Wastewater Transporters).

Ben McCue


Ben was born in Houston and raised in Lubbock, and later moved to Round Rock with his family during his high school years and has resided here in the Austin area ever since. Ben is a Licensed Professional Home Inspectors through TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) and is proud to be a part of the amazing team of Inspectors at Inspect It Austin. Not only has Ben acquired his license as a Professional Home Inspector, he has also founded a CrossFit gym and has successfully operated that business with his wife for the past 9 years. In his experience as a coach and business professional, Ben has developed various skills that enhance his proficiency with home inspections such as awareness to detail, personability, and communication with customers. When Ben is not inspecting homes or coaching CrossFit at his family’s gym, he enjoys spending time camping with his wife, their two daughters, and three dogs.

Justin Nacol


Justin was born in Houston, growing up in Magnolia, until moving to Round Rock just before middle school. The oldest son of successful business owners, Justin wanted to forge his own path after graduation, subsequently choosing to enlist in the military. A veteran of multiple overseas and combat tours, Justin served the majority of his time in uniform as an analyst advising senior military leaders on a variety of subjects. After more than 20 years of service, Justin and his wife Beth, decided it was time to retire, and move back home to pursue a life outside of the armed forces, so they could provide roots for their two young girls. Having grown up in a family involved in both business and property development, Justin found real estate inspection to be a natural and somewhat familiar second career. Justin is a Licensed Professional Home Inspector through the Texas Real Estate Commission and has found that the same principles of communication, attention to detail, pragmatism, and integrity to be just as applicable as an inspector as they were in service.

Steven Short

Inspector/New Construction Specialist

Steven is proud to be a member of a multi-generation native Texan family. Born in Austin, Steven spent his formative years splitting time between the Texas Hill Country and the foothills of Colorado.

While in high school, Steven spent his time outside of class working as an apprentice electrician under his father, while simultaneously honing his skills in the family construction business. After graduating from LBJ High School in Johnson City, Steven chose to follow the example set by his father, and enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served 5 years as an Automotive Maintainer & Technician. During his time in service to the country, Steven was privileged to employ his skills maintaining an assortment of vehicles including HUMMVE and MRAPs while serving in stateside, and multiple combat deployed locations.

Upon completing his time in service, Steven moved home to Texas and married his wife Casey. They have been blessed with two beautiful children, a girl McKenna, and boy Steven Michael. While completing his Bachelors’s degree in Business from Texas Tech University, Steven worked jobs in Ranch Management, Metal Fabrication, and Stucco application for some of Central Texas’ premier homes.

While his time in service impressed on him the importance of honor and integrity in all aspects of life; his history in construction, has taught him that success comes from being detail-oriented and treating every aspect of the job as being the most important.

Steven is licensed with the Texas Real Estate Commission and the Texas Department of Agriculture.

When he isn’t working Steven loves camping, bow fishing, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with his family.

Brandi O’Brien

Director of Marketing

Brandi is a native Texan, growing up in Round Rock as well. She attended Texas State University in San Marcos and received a degree in Marketing. After college, she was a 7th grade Math teacher but decided to stay home after having her youngest daughter, Harper. As well as being the wife of Inspect It owner, Joey O’Brien, she is also mother to their 3 children, Maddie, Brooklyn, and Harper. Through Joey’s inspection success and the ongoing request for his services, they have decided to expand the business and have her fill the spot of Marketing Director for Inspect It Austin. She loves cooking, Crossfit and hanging out with her loving family.