Effective August 1, 2011 co-founder of Watch All Pest Management Steve Certa transitioned from Regional Manager to Marketing and Business Development Manager.
Certa co-founded Watch All – originally C & C Contractors – with his partner Peter Comrack in 1980. Selling their company to Rentokil in 2008, he became Regional Manager. After leading the successful integration, Certa comments, “I am confident that our business is on the right path. My goal was to create the best possible future for my employees and customers. And I know now I have achieved this goal.”
Certa began his career as a school teacher at Scituate High School, in Scituate, MA, in 1973. He, was let go not long after his teaching career began when Proposition 2 ½ passed. Certa decided to change his career focus and founded a home improvement company with Comrack. Quickly the focus of their business became the repair of insect and moisture related damage to homes. The two soon realized that they could expand their construction business by including pest control and earned pest control licensing in Massachusetts. This was only the beginning of an extremely successful business.
By 2008 Watch All was the market-leader in New England, drawing the attention of Ehrlich/Rentokil Pest Control’s acquisition team. A match was made. After the sale, as Certa continued in his leadership role, Watch All continued to provide expert Integrated Pest Management solutions to their customers. When the bed bug epidemic struck, Certa’s region led the company in earnings.
Ehrlich Vice President Dave Fisher notes, “I continue to be impressed by the business Steve created and by the extreme loyalty of his coworkers and customers. Watch All is a great story of business success in the New England market.”
In his new role, Certa will remain an integral part of the Watch All team as he continues to focus on Watch All’s community presence – which some would argue was key to Watch All’s success.
In the South Shore Region, Certa is known for supporting both his customers’ and the community’s needs. Certa continues to be active in the community as: Member of the Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee for South Shore Chamber of Commerce; President of Green Industry Alliance of Massachusetts; Member of the Atlantic Symphony Organization, the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the South Shore Women’s Business Network. As Fisher notes, “I admire Steve’s commitment. As a demonstration of his loyalty, in his new role he will continue to support his business family.”
Steve Certa notes that he is excited to move on to a new chapter in his life. He plans to spend more time traveling to California, with his wife Paula, to visit their daughter Bethany, grandson Leonardo (Age 2) and new granddaughter Piper (6 weeks old).
As for Certa, he “is certain that this is a good time to pass over reigns. I’m very happy that Watch All is part of the new Rentokil family in North America. Selling the company was the best decision for our customers and our employees.”
ABOUT WATCH ALL PEST CONTROL SERVICES
For over 30 years, Watch All has been servicing residential and commercial properties with full service Integrated Pest Management. We are committed to working for the success of our customers by providing a pest-free environment by using the most ecologically responsible practices. Our client list includes residential, commercial, industrial, medical, educational, state and municipal properties located throughout Eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and Providence, Rhode Island. Watch All is a proud member of the National Pest Management Association Inc. (NPMA) and the New England Pest Management Association (NEPMA).