COO Lou Schager elaborates on military experience and how to maximize efficiency
As the mosquito prevention company looks to continue establishing its nationwide presence, Mosquito Joe recently hired Lou Schager as the company's new COO. Schager spent nearly 30 years in the U.S. Navy, serving as the Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Oceana. Through his experience, Schager has mastered the craft of streamlining operations in order to maximize efficiency - a skill he plans to bring to this new role.
“I gained great insight through my leadership opportunities while serving in the Navy,” Schager said in a company press release. “Placing as much emphasis on building relationships as on making informed, strategic decisions led to high-level operational performance. When I was transitioning out of the military, I wanted to find an organization I could connect with on a personal level. Mosquito Joe fits both of those so well for me because our brand helps families enjoy their outdoors while also making entrepreneurial dreams come true for our franchisees.”
Exposed to the brand as a customer, Schager recognized the unique opportunity Mosquito Joe offered to both customers and franchisees. With two young kids of his own, he loved the assurance the brand offered with its proprietary spray -keeping his children protected while they played in the backyard.
“Mosquito Joe’s leadership team has a strong focus on creating a successful future for its franchisees, which was a big draw to me,” Schager said. “Once I saw Mosquito Joe’s culture from the inside, I got a clear understanding of how the brand lives its core values: lead with integrity, be curious and innovative, have fun, empower and serve, and act with purpose. I was honored that they asked me to be a part of that mission. Even after nearly three decades of service, I still think of myself as a student, learning each and every day from the corporate team and from our franchisees who have the experience and knowledge base we’ll build on to move Mosquito Joe to the next level of success.”
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