I have been a lifelong bug hater and I am so excited to be starting a business where I get to take revenge on the mosquitoes and be able to teach the community about what they can do to fight the bite. I grew up in an active family and have always been outside doing something and have had more than my fair share of bug bites. I have even been diagnosed with Lyme disease following a tick bite several years ago. My professional background began in the veterinary industry where I first learned about all of the different mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. Many of the same diseases that affect people also affect animals including encephalitis, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and heartworm. Horses are commonly vaccinated for EEE and WNV, dogs are vaccinated for Lyme disease in regions where it’s an issue, and there are millions of dollars spent each year on heartworm prevention and treatment. Bugs have always been on my radar!
I graduated from the Virginia Military Institute back in 2006 with a dual degree in International Relations and French. Upon graduation I commissioned as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force where I would go on to serve 8 years of active duty service. My assignments included time in Alaska and the United Kingdom as well as several deployments to the Middle East in support of combat operations. My wife and I elected to part ways from the military lifestyle and we ended up settling here in central Ohio where I accepted a position in the Marketing Analytics department at Nationwide. Throughout my time in the military my wife and I dreamed of opening up our own business. Now that we have settled here in Columbus we are delighted to be able to bring the benefits of the SQUAD to Ohioans.