For this month’s employee spotlight, we sat down with our 2016 Doug Craft Technician of the Year award winner, Rick Eitel.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in Charleston South Carolina, where we lived till I was 4 years old. I moved from Charleston to Woodbine, Ga (just above Jacksonville Fl). We lived there for about 8 years. Next, we moved to Hartwell, GA where I currently live. Growing up I loved baseball, fishing and all things outdoors. I graduated from Hart County High School in 2002. I have been married for 10 years and have 2 little girls, Alissa (10) and Katelyn (4).
You’re coming up on your 7 year anniversary with American Pest Control. What has been your favorite aspect of your job as a technician?
My favorite part of my job is the customers. I have enjoyed meeting lots of new people and seeing families of customers grow as mine has done in the past 7 years.
How did you first get into the pest control industry?
I guess you could say I lucked into it. I had a family member that was friends with a manager in Toccoa. He knew I was unhappy where I was currently working and thought that I would be right for the job. I applied, got the job and haven’t looked back.
What are your favorite hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy hunting, fishing, and camping.
What do you love about living in Hartwell?
Everything! I believe it is the perfect place to raise my family.
What’s your favorite local organization to support and why?
My favorite organization is the Shriners. It’s my favorite because when I was born they helped me and my family a lot. I give back to them as often as possible.