ABOUT US

Co-Founders

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Nathan Toothman, P.E.

Co-Founder & Principal Engineer (CA #C92336)


Education
- BS Civil Engineering, U. of Colorado @ Boulder

​- MBA, Chaminade University
- MS Engineering Management, Old Dominion U.

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Tiffany Toothman

Co-Founder


Education
​- BA Physics, Whittier College

- BS Civil Engineering, USC

Bay Area Inspectors (Full-Time)

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Matt Namy, P.E., S.E.

Licensed Structural Engineer & Foundation Specialist


Education
- BS Civil Engineering, Tulane University

- MS Structural Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal

Prior Experience

- Project Engineer @ Degenkolb Engineers

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Randy Miller, E.I.T.

Residential Foundation & Drainage Specialist


Education
- BS Civil Engineering - Purdue University

Prior Experience 

- Project Engineer @ Holder Construction 

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Jakob Walter, P.E.

Licensed Civil Engineer & Foundation Specialist


Education
- BS Civil Engineering, Minor Geology - Oregon State U.

- MS Civil/Geotechnical Engineering - U. Texas at Austin

Prior Experience 

- Project Engineer @ McMillen Jacobs Associates

Additional Team Members

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Diana Suyat

Digital Product Manager 

Education
- BS Software Engineering, De La Salle University

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Aleena Sharahudeen, E.I.T.

Foundation & Drainage Specialist (Part-Time Bay Area)


Education
- BS Civil Engineering - University of Kerala

- MS Structural Engineering - SRM University 

San Diego Inspectors

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Tim Boelke, P.E. 

Licensed Civil Engineer & Foundation Specialist


Education
- BS Mech. Engineering, Catholic University of America

- MS Civil Engineering, San Diego State University

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David LaSpisa, E.I.T.

Residential Foundation & Drainage Specialist


Education
- BS Mechanical Engineering, U. of Colorado @ Boulder

​- MS Knowledge Mgt., U. Federal de Santa Catarina 

Startup Advisor

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Riley Reese

CTO & Cofounder - Arris Composites


Education
- BS Bioengineering & Material Science & Engineering, UC Berkeley

- MS Material Science & Engineering, UC Berkeley

Legal Counsel

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Blake Ilstrup

Partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Education
​- AB, International Relations, Stanford University

- JD Law - University of California, Hastings College of Law

Title Designation Differences:

P.E. = Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil in our case)
S.E. = Licensed Structural Engineer
E.I.T. = Engineer-In-Training
Details on the differences can be found on here

Core Values
 
Integrity - first & foremost, strive to do the right thing
Empathy - treat others how we want to be treated
Excellence - strive for a personal best on every job
Attitude - maintain a positive and caring attitude

Company Overview & History

BEAR is changing the way individuals & families learn about and manage both their greatest investment & where they spend the vast majority of their lives - their homes.  Tiffany & Nathan founded BEAR in 2010 out of a passion for homes and a belief that there is a need for engineering expertise applied at a homeowner level, a service that is both affordable and accessible to the average person. Our clients are a mix of people who are in the process of purchasing a home and they need an expert evaluation of the foundation & drainage in a tight timeframe or homeowners who are observing troubling signs of issues and need the expert, independent & objective guidance.

Overview Article

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