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 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 fast, educated and reliable companies, he stated. 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 appeared again.
U.S. Pest Management at present companies residential and business accounts. Owens believes success got here from being personable with purchasers. This is useful when calming down frantic prospects whereas explaining the pest management course of. Having information on why a pest concern could also be occurring and arising with an answer whereas additionally having the ability to talk it in an comprehensible method are additionally keys. It’s also necessary to take care of good management of workers in addition to maintain nice relationships with them and guarantee their satisfaction.
Owens lauded VPMA Government Director Andrea Coron, saying she leads an all-star workforce. His job on the board is to provide insights on the business inside Richmond, he stated. As a younger skilled, he may lend his information 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 know 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 parents 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 boost 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 offer sources to much less lucky fathers elevating a household.
In 2021, the “funding fathers” managed to boost 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 throughout the occasion