Saturday, June 15, 2019

Kevin Verpaele and Critter Ridders Pest Control

Kevin Verpaele

Illinois-born and Florida-raised Kevin Verpaele didn’t come into business ownership through a conventional route. Rather, this man spent many years working in data configuration management, fatherhood and other roles -- including a youth career in football -- that eventually led to a desire to conduct work for himself.

Verpaele became a father at a young age, just following his graduation from Merritt Island High School in Florida. And although he was embarking upon parenthood, he didn’t let up from his goals at the time -- football. Strong performances on the field throughout high school led to a football scholarship to the University of South Florida. The young parent still followed through, attending USF alongside his girlfriend and with his newborn daughter in tow.

The couple resided off campus, growing as parents while working and, for Kevin Verpaele, playing football. That was a significant focus during the USF years despite attaining an invaluable education. Verpaele’s wife -- whom he married during sophomore year -- graduated and moved into dermatological nursing. The young family continued to blossom with a second child during Verpaele’s senior year at USF then four more to follow in the years through 2016. Verpaele moved into configuration management work at Patrick Air Force Base after graduation. Gaining many years of experience under his belt, he recently decided to take on an endeavor for himself -- business ownership. Now, Verpaele offers a variety of pest prevention services to Brevard County and beyond in Florida through Critter Ridders Pest Control.

Friday, March 22, 2019

To Kevin Verpaele, Business and Family Are Both Important

Kevin Verpaele

Looking at his background, it is clear that Kevin Verpaele is proudest of his family. A testament to his sense of responsibility is his willingness to leave football practice early to pick up his daughter from her child care facility. He did this while playing safety at the University of South Florida, which he attended on a football scholarship. He would wear his complete uniform, and then come back to finish practice. In his senior year, he was even named captain of the football team, which was a huge honor, especially since he placed such high importance on his family.

Kevin Verpaele is also a dedicated businessman. These days, he runs Critter Ridders Pest Control in Brevard County, a business he recently took over and has been running for a few years. That business offers a wide range of pest prevention and remediation services to residential and commercial properties countywide, all at prices anyone can afford. Kevin Verpaele’s family-oriented approach has paid dividends in many ways. The daughter he used to break practice to pick up from day care now attends the University of Alabama, where she has a GPA high enough to make the Dean’s List. Another daughter plays soccer as a freshman at Cocoa Beach High School, as well as club soccer for Orlando City. All of his children are active and healthy, and isn’t that what it’s all about?