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 few 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 all the time been on offering rapid, educated and reliable providers, he stated. Owens, 27, took the chance to work for the corporate in 2015. After managing accounts and rising U.S. Pest Management 12 months after 12 months, he grew to become proprietor in 2019. He hasn’t regarded again.
U.S. Pest Management presently providers residential and industrial accounts. Owens believes success got here from being personable with shoppers. This turns out to be useful when calming down frantic prospects whereas explaining the pest management course of. Having data on why a pest difficulty could also be occurring and developing with an answer whereas additionally having the ability to talk it in an comprehensible manner are additionally keys. It’s also essential to take care of good management of staff in addition to maintain nice relationships with them and guarantee their satisfaction.
Owens lauded VPMA Govt Director Andrea Coron, saying she leads an all-star staff. His job on the board is to provide insights on the business inside Richmond, he stated. As a younger skilled, he can even lend his data about technical discipline sources. Actually, he stated, the board is all about partaking with others and branching off their concepts.
Owens stated that as he started to develop his firm he began to grasp the facility of networking. Via 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 stated. Dixon was the one who launched him to Black Possession Issues (BOM), a corporation in assist of black financial development within the discipline of pest administration. Via it, Owens stated, he has met a ton of oldsters who’ve given totally different and helpful perception.
Away from his position in Virginia’s pest management business, Owens provides 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 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 in the course of the occasion