Owners of American Pest Control Speak About Selling Their Pest Control Business

American Pest Control : A Family-Run Pest Control Business Looks Towards the Future: Douglas Wade started his pest control career over 40 years ago working initially for a nationwide operator and later a smaller operator that Doug purchased in 1994 that is known today as American Pest Control of Montgomery County, Inc. (“APC”), a company that is owned by Doug and his spouse, Becky.

Over the course of time, Doug and Becky’s children, Brian and Deana, joined the family business and helped their parents build APC into a thriving company operating from Gaithersburg to Bethesda, MD as well as the Washington D.C. metro area.

 The Decision to Sell American Pest Control

Early in 2017, Doug and Becky began formulating a plan for their retirement and to do so comfortably would require them to sell APC to a third-party buyer. Doug and Becky had been approached in the past by several suitors but had never sold a business before. With Brian and Deana’s assistance, the family made a concerted effort to find an experienced business broker that could structure the best deal possible to achieve their retirement funding needs. They also sought to find a qualified buyer that would continue in their tradition of delivering great service and have a culture like their own and provide their valued employees security and greater career growth opportunities.

The Sale: Anticimex Acquires American Pest Control

The PCO M&A Specialists team worked closely with the family members to develop a suitable plan, an appropriate range of values, gather and produce the financial and operational information to properly market the company for sale, and ultimately structure and conclude a deal with the right buyer. In the end, Doug and Becky were able to achieve their goal and can now look towards a more comfortable retirement. Additionally, Brian, Deana, and the other APC employees have a bright future ahead becoming new employees of the buyer.

Thanks, Doug and Becky for allowing us to assist with your sale. We wish the entire family a great future of happiness and success!

“Are we glad the family made the decision to sell our business and enlisting the help of an experienced industry broker? Absolutely, without question! The PCO M&A Specialists team worked very hard over the course of many months to help us bring together a project that would otherwise have been a daunting task if had to do it alone. We believe that we achieved the best possible outcome for the entire family and our employees. The PCO M&A team have very broad and deep experience in valuations, taxes, accounting, contracts, pest management service software, and everything else we needed and found out going through the sale process which is much more complicated than we ever imagined. They were worth every penny!”

Doug and Becky Wade

Owners / Founders, American Pest Control

When the LEADERS of the Pest Management Industry Decide to Sell Their Businesses, They Choose the LEADERS of the Pest Management Merger and Acquisition Business to Help Them Sell their Businesses for Maximum after Tax Dollars.

We are fortunate that we had the PCO M&A Specialists team to look after our interests, find the right deal, negotiate and structure it for maximum after-tax dollars. They did everything they said they would do for us always looking out for our best interests. We highly recommend this team of experts to any owner who’s contemplating the sale of their pest management business.

Ray Johnson

Past NPMA President , Johnson Pest Control

When the time came to sell, we knew that Dan Gordon, CPA, his attorney partner, John Corrigan, and their team of MBAs and CPAs would get us the best deal on all
aspects important to our family. PCO M&A Specialists also did an outstanding job coordinating all the moving parts leading up to the consummation of the transaction.

Lupini Family

Joe Lupini, Past Virginia Pest Management Association , Loyal Termite and Pest Control

Selling a long time established family business is a huge and very emotional decision. Dan and John helped us make the decision to sell, and did a great job getting us the best offer while making sure that we minimized the tax bite. I can’t say enough about how they navigated the valuation and the tax and legal minefields in getting our deal done!

Laura Simpson

Past President NPMA, Dugas Pest Control of Baton Rouge Inc.

 The PCO M&A Specialists team worked very closely with me to help me achieve my primary goals. Dan, John, and the entire PCO M&A Specialists team are seasoned professionals, and their expertise in the finances and unique legalities of the pest control industry resulted in a deal that went smoothly and achieved an outcome that exceeded my expectations.  

Kurt Trombetti

Past President Nevada Pest Management Association, Envirosafe Pest Control, Inc.

 The PCO M&A Specialists team are CPAs, Analysts, MBAs and a transactional attorney ready to help. Their skill set includes determining value, marketing sellers to many buyers who have significant cash, are ready to buy, and who they have great relationships with. It’s a very powerful combination of talent that puts a seller in the driver seat.

Bob Kunst

Past President NPMA, Fisher Environmental Services, Inc.

 Their expertise is far reaching and multidimensional. They don’t just broker the deal, collect a commission and leave you to your own accountant or attorney who may not be familiar with how pest industry deals get done. They are a team of seasoned professionals who are ready to help. 

Dave Castro

Past President New Jersey Pest Management Association, Merlin’s Pest Control, LLC

 Based on my own experience I think PCO M&A Specialists, not unlike my New Mexico applicator’s license, are #1 in delivering on their service promise. They’ve assembled an outstanding team of professionals that help clients interested in selling their businesses achieve maximum value.


Chuck Simko

Past President New Mexico Pest Management Association, New Mexico Pest Control, Inc.

 I count my blessings for having been able to work with and come to rely upon such an experienced business brokerage team as PCO M&A Specialists. They did everything they said they would do with great precision and were always looking out for the best interests of my wife and me. It doesn’t get any better than that! 

Dana Pratt

Past President Washington State Pest Management Association, Pratt Pest Management Northwest, Inc.

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