Tag: Schopen Pest Solutions

PHOTO: PETE SCHOPEN

Schopen’s 2018 year in review

December 31, 2018 By
My wife still puts together the daily deposits for our company. Recently, she was filling out the deposit slips for Nov. 5, and it took her four hours. Four hours for one day’s worth of worked clients! I couldn’t believe... Read more»
This article is tagged with , , and posted in Business, featured
Photo courtesy: Pete Schopen

Schopen and his wife are partners in work and life

June 13, 2016 By
I must admit I’m a sucker for a good love story. “Jerry Maguire” and “The Princess Bride” are both in the Pete Schopen Top 10 Movies category. I know that a rough-and-tough exterminator is supposed to be more into “Terminator”... Read more»
This article is tagged with , and posted in Business, featured
Photo: ©iStock.com/BaMiNi

5 steps to bring your business from good to great

March 24, 2016 By
Baseball players play 162 games per year. The average player gets approximately 155 hits per season, or one hit per game. The really good baseball players get about 185 hits per season. Superstars crack 200 hits per season. In other... Read more»
This article is tagged with , , , and posted in Business, featured
Photo: Pete Schopen

How to Decide on the Name of Your Company

March 1, 2016 By
Before my oldest son was born, my wife and I had an epic argument on what we should name him. She wanted “Trey.” I wanted him named after my father and me. Hatfield vs. McCoys? Spartans vs. Persians? Those were... Read more»
This article is tagged with and posted in Business
Photo: ©istock.com/Chiyacat

Making Winter Downtime Productive

February 11, 2016 By
I grew up on a farm in Western Nebraska, way up in the high plains of the Sand Hills, just south of the Badlands. My family didn’t farm our property; we were renters. But we did live the farmers’ life:... Read more»
This article is tagged with , , and posted in Business, featured
Yellow Jacket working a camelia blossom

This is Yellowjacket Season and I Love It

September 28, 2015 By
Indulge my poetic side for a moment, won’t you? Ahem: Ode to the Yellow jacket September, for most, is the best month of the year. Octoberfest looms close. Smiles abound, as does good cheer. The weather is gorgeous and the nights... Read more»
Yellow Jacket working a camelia blossom

Humor in Uniform: Under Observation

September 21, 2015 By
When I pulled up to Mrs. Brown’s home that long-ago summer, I noticed she had two adorable preschool-age kids, one boy and one girl. I stepped out of my vehicle and exchanged the normal pleasantries with her before investigating a... Read more»
Photo: ©istock.com/Devonyu

Start-Up Diaries: No Free Lunch or Termite Inspections

August 31, 2015 By
Many moons ago, when I was a waiter at an exclusive country club in the Chicago suburbs, I worked with Luis, a Cuban chef who loved to swear at the wait staff in Spanish. One time, I gave a guest... Read more»
This article is tagged with , , , and posted in Business, featured
Photo: ©istock.com/jean frooms

Humor in Uniform: A Pregnant Pause

August 12, 2015 By
When I was 19, I spent the summer as an outdoor technician for my dad’s company. I did all of the power sprays, wasp jobs and ant treatments. I had just finished spraying the exterior of Mrs. Johnson’s home one... Read more»
Pete Schopen

5 Questions with Pete Schopen

August 3, 2015 By
This month, my back-page column features a question- and -answer (Q&A) session with Pete Schopen, a regular Pest Management Professional (PMP) columnist and owner of McHenry, Ill.-based Schopen Pest Solutions. 1. You worked for your dad’s pest management company, Mid Central... Read more»