At age 17, Jason Sayre had a vision of running a profitable company and becoming financially wealthy. To achieve his goals, he began reading a lot of business books. After working several different jobs, including a clerk position at the Chicago Board of Trade, he came up with the idea to start a pest control business with two of his close friends.
Despite some initial apprehension, Sayre’s now business partners Ken Williams and Mike Panichi followed their friend’s lead and pooled their savings to obtain a small business loan. Platinum Pest Solutions was born and began its operations in Country Club Hills.
After only six years, the company expanded its service reach to include the areas of Lansing, Rolling Meadows, and Indianapolis. Platinum Pest Solutions has 85 employees, 50 trucks, and expects to do $8 million in sales this year alone. Platinum Pest has also been featured in Pest Control Technology’s Top 100, a publication which acknowledges the best and largest pest control firms in the country.
Platinum Pest Solutions’ main focus has been getting rid of bed bugs in multiunit dwellings such as apartment complexes, and has grown this mission by adding a canine division featuring four handlers, a trainer, and eight bed-bug sniffing dogs. Just like dogs are used to sniff out drugs, they can also sniff and find bed bugs, which are hard for humans to see. The company is also growing into the area of rodent and rat control.
The company’s main clients are property management companies, and their latest contract is with the Chicago Housing Authority.
Platinum Pest Solutions has grown into the company it is today by treating employees and customers the right way. “I just love this industry,” said Sayre, who describes himself as optimistic and is always looking at the solution.
The founders plan to expand the business, and have a vision to reach 20-22 more cities over the next nine years.
Learn more about the evolution of Platinum Pest Solutions at https://www.dhbusinessledger.com/business/20180917/platinum-pest-solutions-puts-bedbugs-to-rest