Certus buys Ambassador Pest Management


August 6, 2021

From left are Sherry and Scott Lewis, owners of Ambassador, and Ron Shakespeare, SE Market President for Certus. PHOTO: CERTUS

From left are Sherry and Scott Lewis, owners of Ambassador, and Ron Shakespeare, SE Market President for Certus. PHOTO: CERTUS

Orlando, Fla.-based Certus Pest has purchased Ambassador Pest Management. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Rand Hollon from Preferred Business Brokers represented and acted as exclusive financial advisor to Ambassador Pest Management in this transaction.

Founded in 1989, Ambassador is one of the oldest family-owned pest control companies operating in the West Palm Beach, Fla., area. Owner and founder Scott Lewis grew the business over the past 32 years through a commitment to providing exceptional service and customer care.

“Selling the business I built from the ground up was a difficult decision,” Lewis said. “By choosing Certus, a company that truly puts people first and is committed to excellent service, I’m confident that I’m leaving both my customers and employees in great hands.”

The acquisition further expands Certus’ reach in south Florida.

Mike Givlin, CEO and co-founder of Certus, said, “We’re excited to continue to develop our Florida business with the addition of Ambassador Pest Management. Scott has built a strong business with a long history of commitment to his customers; we’re proud to have been chosen to take up that mantle.”


So far in 2021, the company has purchased several companies, including Columbus, Ga.-based Pesty John’s Pest Control, Venice, Fla.-based Bug Termite & Pest Control, DeLand, Fla.-based Aaron Pest Control, Palm Desert, Calif.-based Bug Guys Pest Control, and Gilbert, Ariz.-based Bryant Pest Control.

Certus also purchased its first company in Georgia with Peachtree Pest Control; its first in Nevada with Las Vegas Pest Control; and began the year with acquisitions of Palm Desert, Calif.-based Bug Guys Pest Control., Stuart, Fla.-based Patrick Exterminating and Hayward, Calif.-based Keystone Pest Control.

Certus now operates in California, Georgia, Alabama, Washington, Oregon, Florida, Idaho, Arizona and Nevada. The company expects to continue to grow in its existing markets and enter new markets into 2021.

In 2019, CEO and co-founder Mike Givlin partnered with Imperial Capital, a mid-market private equity firm from Toronto, Canada. Then Certus was launched and entered the pest control market in 2019 in the Pacific Northwest with its first two acquisitions: Mathis Exterminating, Puget Sound, Wash., and Eco Elite Pest Control, Seattle, Wash.


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