Pete Schopen discusses how he and his team are celebrating 15 years of McHenry, Ill.-based Schopen Pest Solutions throughout 2021 in his latest column “Going and growing, since 2006.” It’s also the 15th year of his “Start-up Diaries” column with Pest Management Professional, and we are marking the occasion with a walk down memory lane.
Schopen Pest Solutions has grown from a one-man operation in 2006 to more than 25 employees today.
Pete Schopen Jr. poses with Pete Schopen Sr., in 2015, about a year before the latter’s death. “Big Pete” was an inspiration and mentor to his son, so although they ended up running separate companies, they always loved and admired each other.
Pete and his wife, Tami “The Queen,” who is co-owner of the company, cut the ribbon at their new facility in 2018.
A customer’s preschooler decided he wanted to be a Schopen technician for Halloween last year.
Schopen Pest Solutions headquarters today, pictured, are a long way from the company’s start in the family garage.
Billboard advertising has long been an important part of Schopen Pest Solutions’ brand awareness campaign.
Pete’s youngest son Caleb helps during a reshuffle of the office layout last summer.
Pete’s older son, Trey, poses with a Schopen truck, circa 2016.