Like A Boss: The Mosquito Joe Leadership Team

This week we celebrated National Boss’s Day (there is a day for everything, but we can get behind this one!), and it got us thinking about those we’re lucky enough to call boss around here. At Mosquito Joe, our leadership team has strong backgrounds in business, marketing, finance, entrepreneurship and franchising. We know when you’re researching franchise opportunities, the team supporting you is a top consideration. That’s why we’re excited to introduce our leadership to you, because when you sign onto to join the Mosquito Joe family, they’re working for you.

Kevin Wkevin-linkedinilson, CEO & President (aka Head Joe)

What do airplanes, bagels and mosquitoes all have in common? Kevin Wilson, that’s what. After graduating from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario, Canada Kevin began his business career working for Bain and Company as a consultant in Toronto, Canada and Dallas, Texas.  He then founded Benny’s Bagels, a franchisor of retail bagel stores based in Dallas, TX. He then went on to hold the position of CEO of South African Airways Technical in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also developed a business plan and co-founded Volaris, a low cost airline in Mexico City. Before coming to Mosquito Joe in 2012, Kevin was a Senior Managing Director with Envest Ventures where he oversaw $160M across three funds that made 28 investments, four of which were franchisors. It’s pretty clear to see Kevin was bit by the franchising and entrepreneurial bug early. He now heads up our leadership team and as Head Joe helps make sure franchisees are well equipped to keep communities across the US avoid being bit by another type of bug, one that is far more itchy.

brian_headshotBrian Garrison, Chief Operating Officer (aka G.I. Joe) 

Brian comes to Mosquito Joe after an extensive career serving our country in the United States Navy. Brian graduated from the Naval Academy, after which he served 22 years as a Naval officer, focused in naval aviation. He is also a former management consultant with McKinsey & Co, where he focused on strategy and operations in a variety of industries and corporate settings. As our G.I. Joe and Chief Operating Officer, Brian coordinates the efforts and activities of the corporate team to enhance the performance of Mosquito Joe franchises. He guides new franchisees through the startup process and advises established franchisees in their ongoing business operations. Brian has actually been a Mosquito Joe customer since the original location opened in 2010! Originally from Massachusetts, Brian is a die-hard Boston sports fan and, like a true Navy captain, enjoys a good single malt scotch.

angela_headshotAngela Paules, VP of Marketing (aka Our Cup of Joe)

Angela joined the Mosquito Joe team in 2012 after spending the majority of her life in Texas. Her career spans advertising, working at her alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin, and even opening and running a successful coffee shop in Austin. So, even our marketing guru wasn’t immune to entrepreneurship, and it gave her the name of Our Cup of Joe! Here at the corporate office, the marketing team’s focus is to set our franchisees up with a marketing plan that supports their success and makes Mosquito Joe a household name in the community they are launching. Angela leads those initiatives and keeps the marketing team inspired with her knowledge and many pieces of Mosquito Joe brand colored jewelry.

img_0612_editedJayme Sabo, Director of Marketing (aka Ginger Joe)

Jayme brings a wealth of marketing and advertising experience to Mosquito Joe after relocating to Virginia Beach from Tucson, Arizona. She has worked in both the agency world and a variety of corporate settings including financial services, real estate development, and the Indy Racing League. Jayme also worked as a consumer marketing manager for a large car wash business with more than 100 locations in ten states. Coming back to the franchise world was a perfect fit for Jayme as she grew up in a franchisee family helping her father with his ten-unit Subway franchise. As the Director of Marketing, she not only dedicates her experience to the overall best marketing strategy for Mosquito Joe, but also to the day-to-day success of our franchisees across the country.

mikeMichael Hull, Director of Finance (aka Numbers Joe)

Michael has a finance and real estate background, but was one of the original founders of Mosquito Joe in 2010 and has been involved ever since. As our Numbers Joe, Michael oversees the books but also supports the franchise operations with business intelligence analytics, financial reporting and vendor management. He has a passion for the city of Norfolk where he grew up, serves as President of the Young Associates Board of the Hermitage Museum there, and serves on the leadership board of a local bank.

Denisedenise2 Morris, Director of Local Operations (aka Joe Mama)

Denise is the queen of customer service and manages our technicians, which earned her the title of our Joe Mama. Her background includes ten years in office management and eleven years as a paraprofessional within the educational system. She came to Mosquito Joe in 2011, and after the company started franchising in 2012, she became in integral role in training new franchisees as they come through our onsite training on things ranging from taking phone calls all the way to proper spraying techniques. No one knows the mosquito control business the way she does, so she is an invaluable resource to franchisees, and those of us in the corporate office as well.

As we said, we know the leadership behind the brand is a top consideration as you’re weighing opportunities. It’s pretty clear to see we had a lot to celebrate this week for National Boss’s Day. These folks are the brains behind the brand and offer up the experience in business and franchising that makes Mosquito Joe such a turn key opportunity. This year, Mosquito Joe has over 165 territories open, over 270 territories sold, and 120 unique franchisees in 28 states. We ranked 128th on Inc. 5000’s list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America and are just getting started! If you are interested in the Mosquito Joe franchise opportunity and working with these folks you just read about, please visit our franchise information page and contact us. We’d love to make you the new neighborhood Joe.

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