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 among the folks 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 speedy, educated and reliable providers, 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 grew to become proprietor in 2019. He hasn’t regarded again.
U.S. Pest Management at the moment providers residential and industrial accounts. Owens believes success got here from being personable with purchasers. This is useful when calming down frantic clients whereas explaining the pest management course of. Having information on why a pest challenge could also be occurring and arising with an answer whereas additionally with the ability to talk it in an comprehensible means are additionally keys. It is usually essential to keep up good management of staff in addition to hold 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 provide insights on the business inside Richmond, he mentioned. As a younger skilled, he may also lend his information about technical subject assets. Actually, he mentioned, the board is all about partaking with others and branching off their concepts.
Owens mentioned that as he started to develop his firm he began to grasp the ability of networking. By 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 help of black financial development within the subject of pest administration. By it, Owens mentioned, he has met a ton of oldsters who’ve given totally different and helpful perception.
Away from his function in Virginia’s pest management business, Owens offers again to his group. 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, relations and fundraising initiatives, the dads raised cash to supply assets 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 in the course of the occasion