RICHMOND, Va. – Aaron Owens, proprietor of Richmond, Va.-based U.S. Pest Management, was elected to function Virginia Pest Administration Affiliation (VPMA) board member. Not too long ago, he mirrored on the historical past of his enterprise in addition to a number of the individuals and practices to whom he owes his success.
U.S. Pest Management was based in 1991 by Owens’ grandmother, Joyce DeBerry. Its focus has at all times been on offering rapid, educated and reliable companies, he mentioned. Owens, 27, took the chance to work for the corporate in 2015. After managing accounts and rising U.S. Pest Management yr after yr, he turned proprietor in 2019. He hasn’t seemed again.
U.S. Pest Management presently companies residential and industrial accounts. Owens believes success got here from being personable with purchasers. This turns out to be useful when calming down frantic clients whereas explaining the pest management course of. Having data on why a pest difficulty could also be occurring and arising with an answer whereas additionally with the ability to talk it in an comprehensible manner are additionally keys. It’s also vital to take care of good management of staff in addition to preserve nice relationships with them and guarantee their satisfaction.
Owens lauded VPMA Government Director Andrea Coron, saying she leads an all-star group. His job on the board is to offer insights on the trade inside Richmond, he mentioned. As a younger skilled, he can even lend his data about technical area sources. Actually, he mentioned, the board is all about participating with others and branching off their concepts.
Owens mentioned that as he started to develop his firm he began to know the facility of networking. By means of networking, he met his enterprise mentor Robert “YB” Youngblood, proprietor of YBConnects, who later launched him to Cleveland Dixon, proprietor of Vacation Termite & Pest Management, Springfield, Va. The 2 hit it off instantly, Owens mentioned. Dixon was the one who launched him to Black Possession Issues (BOM), a company in assist of black financial development within the area of pest administration. By means of it, Owens mentioned, he has met a ton of oldsters who’ve given completely different and helpful perception.
Away from his function in Virginia’s pest management trade, Owens offers again to his neighborhood. In 2021, he was chosen to be part of “The Father Determine,” an annual occasion hosted by Relationship Basis of Virginia. Eleven dads, together with Owens, got here collectively to lift cash for fathers within the Richmond space who could also be much less lucky. With the assistance of enterprise associates, members of the family and fundraising initiatives, the dads raised cash to supply sources to much less lucky fathers elevating a household.
In 2021, the “funding fathers” managed to lift greater than $77,000 altogether. All of that cash went to the Relationship Basis of Virginia, which then distributed it to eligible fathers. Owens, personally, raised round $10,000 through the occasion