Former Executive Takes the Sting Out of Backyard Pests

Former Executive Takes the Sting Out of Backyard Pests
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Kevin Lobdell spent 30 years in corporate finance with several successful companies. After Black & Decker ultimately bought Niscayah, the company for which he served as Chief Financial Officer of its U.S. subsidiary, Lobdell was offered an early retirement. While some may have seen this as an ending, Lobdell saw an opportunity to utilize his lifetime of business experience to invest in himself through franchise ownership.

“Being in charge of mergers and acquisitions at Niscayah in the U.S., I was constantly evaluating offers and trying to find value in companies we could potentially purchase,” said Lobdell. “So being able to evaluate a franchise in much the same manner put me in an ideal position to select the right franchise for me.

Lobdell initially started a real estate development company following his departure from Niscayah and soon realized that starting a business from scratch meant having to establish all the systems and support by himself. He figured there had to be an easier way to realize his dream of profitable business ownership.

He also wanted a business that would allow him to remain in Atlanta with his family. That’s when Lobdell began to explore opportunities in franchising. Through a professional networking group he met FranNet of Atlanta consultant Julie Denise. With Julie’s guidance, Lobdell realized that he didn’t want to run his business forever.

"I wanted something I could really sink my teeth into, then bring on a manager to run the day-to-day portion of the business at some point."

After reviewing several franchise opportunities that fit both his signature talents and the personal business model he built with the help of FranNet, Lobdell invested in a Mosquito Squad franchise. He pointed to several factors in selecting the right franchise for him, including the niche market, competition and the strong customer service model of the company.

Lobdell also pointed out a misperception he had before he met with FranNet of Atlanta. “I felt I should only look into industries in which I had experience,” admitted Lobdell. “I didn’t know anything about pest control, but what I did know was how to use my experience and skill set to manager and grow my business.”

Since 1987, FranNet experts across North America have been matching individuals with franchise opportunities through a no-cost, extensive educational and coaching process. The FranNet of Atlanta team is dedicated to helping you evaluate the various types of franchise opportunities in today’s marketplace so you can make sound business decisions and reach your personal and professional goals. To begin your exploration, connect with Julie Denise today.

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