History

Brief History of Petri's Positive Pest Control, Inc.

Petri's Positive Pest Control, Inc., a full service pest control company, was started by Henry C. Petri in Miami, Florida in 1956. In the early 1960's Petri's expanded into Broward County when Mr. Petri purchased a small pest control company in Pompano Beach. In 1972, Brendan E. Cavanagh joined Petri's Positive Pest Control, Inc. when he and his family moved to South Florida from New Jersey.

Mr. Cavanagh's strong sales ability and his familiarity with public relations served him well as the Broward County office grew rapidly during the 70's and 80's and he became an owner in Petri's. Growth continued when, in 1978, the owners of Petri's purchased a parcel of land in West Palm Beach, erected a building and began servicing customers in Palm Beach and Martin counties. In 1988 the original Miami operation was sold and the sale allowed Petri's owners and managers to concentrate their efforts on the two remaining locations.

Mr. Petri, and Brendan E. Cavanagh, are both past presidents of the Florida Pest Management Association and have served in leadership positions with the National Pest Management Association and Associated Pest Control Association. In June of 1990, Hank Petri was honored and presented the Pioneer Award at the Florida Pest Management Association's annual convention for his contribution and dedication to the pest control industry in the state of Florida. Ruth Petri served as secretary-treasurer until retiring in August, 1998, when Deborah Lausier, owner and certified operator since 1976, assumed Mrs. Petri's duties.

A Third Generation

In January of 1996, Christopher Cavanagh, the son of Brendan and Deborah, joined the family business as manager of the Palm Beach office. Christopher had worked for Petri's during Summer and Winter breaks from school since he was seventeen. After graduating from Florda State University with a degree in Communications for Business, Christopher took a sales/service position with a large pest control company in Tallahasse. While there, Christopher was recognized for his outstanding sales performance and was consistently the recipient of the Top Salesperson of the Month award. In 1997, after serving as manager of the Palm Beach County office, Christopher relocated to the larger, main office in Broward County to serve as manager.

In March of 1999, the owners of Petri's had an opportunity to sell Petri's Positive Pest Control of Palm Beach County, Inc. and decided to do so, consolidating and concentrating all of their efforts on successfully growing their largest operation, Petri's Positive Pest Control of Broward County, Inc.. Over the many years Petri's has been serving South Florida the company has gone through tremendous change and progression. One thing that we have always tried to keep constant over the years is our mission: to provide our customers with the highest quality service possible.