Women of Mosquito Joe: Angela Zerda

If there is one thing we have learned it is that there are many misconceptions about women in the pest control industry! So while we could write a blog post about the pest control industry and why women are a good fit for Mosquito Joe, we thought there were a few people who could do a better job. In our blog series the Women of Mosquito Joe, we highlight the incredible women that are a part of the MoJo family and why it is no longer a man’s world!

This month we’re introducing you to one of the gals from the corporate office of Mosquito Joe. Angela Zerda is our Director of Marketing and is the brains behind the fun branding, taglines, and fun advertisements you see about Mosquito Joe. Hailing from Texas, she is a proud (very, very proud) graduate of the University of Texas and her background ranges from an advertising agency all the way to coffee (we’ll let her explain that). We’re glad the road led to Mosquito Joe because Angela’s quick wit and hilarious stories about her German Shepherd, Chevy, keep us laughing around here. She’s pretty good at the whole marketing thing too…

Who is your inspiration and why? 

I’ve been inspired by many people in my life but the biggest standout is my mom. She is an incredibly strong and caring woman and I am so proud of everything about her. It never ceases to amaze me how much she cares about every person who comes into her life. Whether it’s one of her students, a friend of a friend, a church member or a family member, she never thinks twice about making sure others have the same level of support and opportunity that she gave her own children.  It was common growing up to have an extra person join us for Christmas or Thanksgiving simply because they didn’t have anywhere else to go or couldn’t afford to travel to their family. And that’s just one example. I could go on…

What brought you to Mosquito Joe? 

Basically the stars aligned and a light shone the way to MoJo….sort of.  The abridged version of this story is that for me, the opportunity with Mosquito Joe was a perfect mix of marketing and entrepreneurial-ness (don’t worry, marketing people can get away with using words like that). Marketing is my bread and butter, and having been a business owner I can relate to the experiences our franchisees are going through. Plus, when I found out the CEO’s wife is a fellow Texas Longhorn I knew I was in the right place. (Hook ‘em)

How did you get your name Cup of Joe? 

I am Cup of Joe because, well, by the time I came up with a name for everyone else I was running short of options. Just kidding. Kind of. Anyway, Cup of Joe is a fitting name for me because I used to own a coffee shop in Austin, TX called the Irie Bean Coffee Bar. I opened it with two great business partners, one of which continues to run it today. I love coffee shops and if you are familiar with the term “irie” it’s all about positive vibes, and I always try to surround myself with positivity. Smiling is my favorite. (Elf reference anyone?)  So here’s my Cup of Joe pitch: If you find yourself in Austin, go by the Irie Bean and tell them Angela sent you.

There are often misconceptions around the pest control industry and in particular with women working in that industry (that it’s dirty, etc.); what are your thoughts on those?

As a woman, I can honestly say that I never in my life thought I’d be working for a pest control company. But someone wise once said, “Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.”  And I love it.  To me, it’s not about working for a company that kills bugs; it’s about working for a company that gives people the freedom to get outside again and enjoy their yards. It’s about being able to eat meals on the patio, entertain friends, and play with your dog (all things which I love to do) without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. Being a part of that is great.

I think people look at pest control as a dirty industry but if you ever visit our corporate headquarters you’ll see that we’re actually a very clean business. Our technicians and office staff shower regularly, there’s no gross smells or stains in the warehouse, and there are certainly no pests crawling around. We’re not sloppy.  In fact, I’d say we’re very smooth operators. (Sade, anyone? Circa 1980s…)

I also think this business is a natural fit for women because there’s so much flexibility built into running it.  Some women like to actually perform the service, but most prefer to hire others to do that and instead focus on the customer service side of things (taking calls, scheduling, routing, etc). Since many of our customers are women, it’s easy for our female operators to relate to why they want the service and talk through any concerns.  It’s also a flexible work schedule because you can work from home, so our female franchisees are able to accommodate getting their kids to school (or husbands to work) in the morning and being there when they get home after. We actually have a great video highlighting some of our female franchisees so you should check that out to see what being a woman in pest control is all about. Girl power!

What’s your favorite tagline and why?

This is a tough question because I love them all for different reasons. I think our main slogan, “Outside is fun again.” will always be king for me because it’s the core of what we do, but I also love “Playtime is back.” because it makes me feel like a kid again. I also love the slogan we use in our bathrooms at the corporate office that says, “Don’t worry. You’re safe in here.” Get it?  Anyway, that’s the beauty of it – there’s a tagline for every occasion!
Thanks Angela!  
We’re so proud she is leading the way when it comes to marketing efforts for Mosquito Joe. If you’re interested in the Mosquito Joe opportunity and being a neighborhood hero in your community we’d love to hear from you. You could be the next Woman of Mosquito Joe!

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Women of Mosquito Joe: Crislynn Cookman

If there is one thing we have learned it is that there are many misconceptions about women in the pest control industry! So while we could write a blog post about the pest control industry and why women are a good fit for Mosquito Joe, we thought there were a few people who could do a better job. In our blog series the Women of Mosquito Joe, we highlight the incredible women that are a part of the MoJo family and why it is no longer a man’s world!

This month we chatted with Crislynn Cookman of Mosquito Joe of Macon who provides mosquito control services in the Macon area of Georgia.  Crislynn oversees the day to day operations of the business. She is a busy gal! Not only does she run the MoJo office, she is graduating in May with her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and then moving right along to the University of Georgia (Go Bulldogs!) to pursue her Bachelor of Arts in Special Education. Her infectious personality and sweet southern drawl are just a few of the reasons the residents of Macon love calling her to get rid of pesky mosquitoes!

What is your role in the Mosquito Joe business?

I am the Office Manager! I am responsible for all incoming calls, system maintenance, and I coordinate the daily routes for the technicians.  In addition, I coordinate supplies from corporate and maintain inventory reports.

What motivated you to get involved in Mosquito Joe?

My dad is actually the one who sparked the attention and interest in opening a Mosquito Joe in Georgia. When he first told me I wasn’t so sure about it, but then as we looked deeper and started working towards being part of the MoJo team, I fell in love. The corporate office and other franchisees that we have met are informative, helpful, and extremely supportive. I also enjoy being a part of a “family” business, and working with my dad is an added bonus. I love being able to call something ours.  Seeing our yellow signs in yards throughout Macon just makes me want to scream “We did it!”

What is your most memorable moment from your first season?

Being able to call my dad and tell him we had our first customer was priceless. I really enjoyed being able to walk around and meet our customers as well as talking to potential customers about what we do to help make outside fun again.

There are often misconceptions around the pest control industry and in particular with women working in that industry. What are your thoughts on this?

I love working in the pest control industry. Being able to do something that is typically a “man’s job” in the eyes of society is very rewarding and something I like to brag about. I not only do all the work in the office, but I have even helped spray!   I think that this business would not run as smoothly without the organization and multi-tasking skills that are dominant in females.  These characteristics along with many others allow me and other women to prove regardless of the job, it is the skill set of the individual that allows a company to be successful.

Who is your inspiration and why?

My inspiration would definitely be my dad. Watching him build this business while employed full-time with a different company yet finding the time to make our family his first priority, is inspiring in my eyes.

Thanks Crislynn!

We’re so proud Crislynn and the Cookman family are a part of Mosquito Joe. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of Macon and their services, be sure to check out their website and read more about what they offer. And if you’re interested in the Mosquito Joe opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. You could be the next Woman of Mosquito Joe!

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Women of Mosquito Joe: Melissa Holmes

If there is one thing we have learned it is that there are many misconceptions about women in the pest control industry! So while we could write a blog post about the pest control industry and why women are a good fit for Mosquito Joe, we thought there were a few people who could do a better job. In our blog series the Women of Mosquito Joe, we highlight the incredible women that are a part of the MoJo family and why it is no longer a man’s world!

This month we chatted with Melissa Holmes of Mosquito Joe of the Tri-State Area, who provides mosquito control services in the tri-state region of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. You may remember hearing about the Holmes’ when we reported on their generous and charitable efforts in Charleston, WV earlier this year after a chemical spill contaminated the water supply in that area. Melissa and her husband own their franchise, and Melissa oversees the day to day operations of the business. She is a mother of three and runs the business out of her home, which gives her the flexibility to set her own hours and allow for that precious family time. Her nurturing and caring personality is one of the reasons her customers have grown to love Mosquito Joe of the Tri-State Area, not to mention they are famous for driving their kids around in the MoJo van!

What is the most memorable moment from your first season?

After seeing that our services really did work, a grandmother was nearly brought to tears. She has a granddaughter that has juvenile diabetes and when she gets bit by mosquitoes she has allergic reactions that send her straight to the emergency room. You can imagine, she doesn’t get to spend much time outdoors. We made her yard, her grandmother’s yard, and her neighbor’s yard mosquito free and she’s able to play outside again. The grandmother said she had prayed about a solution and then there we were. That makes you feel good!

Why is a Mosquito Joe business a good fit for women?

The hours allow for family time. And I really feel that customers connect with a “mom” on the phone. They feel like if you trust the product so can they. I find that it is a great industry and making yards safe for kids and pets is something women really tend to care about.

When considering your own business, why did you choose Mosquito Joe?

It was a great business concept. We felt it was the best fit for our family due to start up costs, hours, and most of all a product that really works. We felt from the very beginning this will succeed.

What are the most common questions you get asked?

The most common is probably does it actually work? (Yes, it does!) The second is how long does it last (21 days per treatment) and then of course, how soon can you come out?!

Who is your inspiration and why?

My husband, Jeff. He believes in me and lifts me up. We work great together and have the same ideals and goals. We are a great team.

Thanks Melissa!

We’re so proud Melissa and the Holmes family are a part of Mosquito Joe. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of the Tri-State area and their services, be sure to check out their website and read more about what they offer. And if you’re interested in the Mosquito Joe opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. You could be the next Woman of Mosquito Joe!

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Women of Mosquito Joe: Stephanie Simon

If there is one thing we have learned it is that there are many misconceptions about women in the pest control industry! So while we could write a blog post about the pest control industry and why women are a good fit for Mosquito Joe, we thought there were a few people who could do a better job. In our new blog series the Women of Mosquito Joe, we’ll be highlighting the incredible women that are a part of the MoJo family and why it is no longer a man’s world!

This month we chatted with Stephanie Simon from Mosquito Joe of Northwest Arkansas. Stephanie and her husband own their franchise and Stephanie oversees the day to day operations of the business. She is a mother of three and runs the business out of her home, which gives her the flexibility to get the kids on the bus and to be at the dinner table every night. Her infectious personality and attention to detail have made her popular among the customers in NW Arkansas and at Mosquito Joe!

What do you find most empowering about your job?

Stephanie: I am the voice of the company.  I get to be the one who makes sure our customers are happy and taken care of from their initial call to their last treatment of the season.

There are often misconceptions around the pest control industry and in particular with women working in that industry. What are your thoughts on this?

Stephanie: The old standard is to ask the man to “kill that bug!” However, times are changing and women have been empowered over the years to be independent.  I don’t think of this field as “dirty.”  I find it exciting to be able to help other moms in my community to be able to enjoy their summers outside with their families.

Tell us about your typical day during the season.

Stephanie: I am up early making sure our technicians have everything thing they need for a successful day, including the correct routes, products and van supplies. Once the technicians are their way, I then get my kids off to school (until June that is). After the family is taken care of, I start on all my daily reports and get ready for the next few days of routes.  Throughout the day, I will check on my techs and answer all the customer calls, making sure everything is running smoothly.  I also make follow up calls and write thank you cards to all my new customers to make sure they know how grateful we are they chose Mosquito Joe.

When considering opening your own business, why did you choose Mosquito Joe?

Stephanie: I like having the support of a franchise and knowing I have the tools to make it work.  I like being able to stay at home with my family.  This service gives me the peace of mind to protect my family and the community from those disease-ridden outdoor pests.  The seasonality was a big factor as well, knowing that during the winter months and holidays, I won’t have to miss spending time with my extended family and friends.

Thanks Stephanie!

We’re so proud Stephanie and the Simon family are a part of Mosquito Joe. If you would like more information about Mosquito Joe of NW Arkansas and their services, be sure to check out their website and read more about what they offer. And if you’re interested in the Mosquito Joe opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. You could be the next Woman of Mosquito Joe!

 

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