Thomas N. Wilson, III
Lawn Department Supervisor
Born: January 1, 1986 in Youngstown, OH
I have lived in Florida since I was three years old. I earned a B.S. in BioMedical Sciences in 2004 at USF and attended medical school. However, after a pivotal moment in my life, I was challenged with the decision to either fully invest my life in medicine or my brand new family; I decided on family. It was then that the pest control industry entered my path. I began as a salesman at TruGreen and eventually started my own business in the grounds maintenance industry. In January 2006, I opened the doors to my company, AgroPro, LLC, a mid-size company in Ocala, FL. As the business began to expand, I served in multiple capacities working as a Crewman, Foreman, Field Supervisor, Department Manager, Operations Manager, Sales Manager, General Manager and ultimately served as CEO for this multi-million dollar revenue company.
As my family needs changed, it became clear that moving to Melbourne would best support those goals. Therefore, I sold the business and began as Commercial Accounts Manager for TruGreen. What initially began as the pursuit of a job, however, changed into a desire to dedicate my working life to a company with morals and ethics that aligned with my own. And it was this path that lead me to my current position as Lawn Supervisor at Slug-A-Bug. It took some trial and error, but I finally found that home in Slug-A-Bug—a company that I am truly blessed to be a part of.
Overall, I have seven years’ experience in this industry. I am a BMP- certified instructor and have built and managed multi-million dollar budgets in the pest control industry. I love to learn and enjoy building multi-faceted teams that build businesses and have a positive effect on our community.
I am a certified Pilot as well as a certified SCUBA diver. I have always said that I find God in the ocean. It is the place where day-to-day minutia disappears and God reveals himself in His creation, reminding me how truly small I am. Whether on a surf board making everyone around me look good or swimming under the surface in complete awe, the ocean is where I truly belong. Luckily for me, my wife, two boys and I all share the same passion for the ocean and whenever our busy lives let up, we abscond to the water!
Born: 1963, Pittsburgh, PA
I graduated in 1986 from Florida State University with a BS in Political Science and a BA in International Affairs. In my early years, I worked for Frank’s Nursery and Crafts as Assistant Manager and on-site Horticulturist. Prior to entering the pest control industry, I was owner of Mr. T’s Lawn and Landscape Service. In 1997, I began working for Truly Nolen Pest Control in their Sales Department. Due to our reputation of supporting our community, I joined the Slug-A-Bug family in September of 2000. I began in a Sales position and now hold the position of Sales Supervisor. I have 17 plus years’ experience in the pest control industry. I am diplomatic in my approach to situations that may arise. I have an interest in many sports, but mainly college football and am a big supporter of the Florida State Seminoles. I am an avid bass fisherman, fishing competitively throughout the State of Florida. I am a member of Florida Bass Nation and B.A.S.S. as well as a member of the Florida Pest Management Association.
Born: July 3, 1981 in Colorado Springs, CO
Prior to working in the pest control industry, I worked for Walmart, Kangaroo Express as Assistant Manager and a Restaurant Manager at Burger King. After several years working various shifts, I sought out steady weekday hours in order to have more time with my family. I began at Slug-A-Bug as our Termite Administrator and changed positions to Administrative Assistant. After several years supporting our President, Steve Lum, I was promoted to the position of Office Manager in July of 2012.
I have worked in the pest control industry for almost nine years here at Slug-A-Bug and was recently nominated to serve as Region 4 Assistant Director of the Florida Pest Management Association. I have earned several awards here at Slug-A-Bug, including three Employee of the Month awards and an award for Outstanding Service to the Company in 2008. I am thorough, dedicated and excel at problem-solving. I enjoy leading our Administrative team here at Slug-A-Bug and am always looking for ways to improve the efficiency with which our organization runs. I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa fraternity and recently graduated with honors with an Associate of Arts Degree from Eastern Florida State College.
While I love the work that I do, my favorite job is that of wife and mother. I am the proud mother of three wonderful children: a son and two daughters and have been married to the love of my life, Brandon for nine years. My home is happy and full, with our fun-loving cat Charger and my wonderful Gram who shares our home with us. When not working, I enjoy scrapbooking, shopping, watching my children play sports and play in the band and visiting Walt Disney World with my family.
David C. Laster
Born: March 1, 1962 in Rockledge, FL
After a misspent youth and too many years partying, I realized that didn’t know it all and returned to school to earn my G.E.D. After a brief stint in the Air Force, I worked as a cook, a house painter, and for a short time, I worked at the hospital in Environmental Services. Realizing that I was going nowhere fast, I decided to try the pest control industry.
In 1982, I began in the pest control industry as a PC Technician for Reese Pest Control. In the 6 years that I worked for this company, I won several awards for Technician of the Month and also Technician of the Year. In January 1986, I was promoted to Service Manager where I held the title for two years. I took a position at Truly Nolen Pest Control as Sales Representative and after four years was promoted to Branch Manager in order to start a new office in Port St. Lucie. After four years running the PSL office, I returned to Melbourne and found my home at Slug-A-Bug. I had known our Founder, Doug Vander Poest from working together at Reese Pest Control. I made the change because I wanted to work for a small, honest and caring company and for a true leader who cared about his employees. I worked for sixteen years as a Sales Representative and currently serve as Technical Director.
I am fully certified in the categories of: General Household Pest Control, Lawn and Ornamental, Subterranean Termite and Tent Fumigation. I have attended IPM courses, Truly Nolen Business Management courses, University of Florida Termite Management Courses and many others, including the School of Hard Knocks!
I have old school ethics; I believe in honesty, hard work, and loyalty. I try to treat people the way I would like to be treated, with fairness, forgiveness and patience. I’m true to myself, my friends and the people I work with. I live hard, love hard and persist in life for myself and the future of my family. I am creative, decisive and even a little stubborn.
In my free time, I enjoy cooking, fishing, camping, riding motorcycles with friends and spending time with my family. Aside from my two dogs and a cat that are like family, I have two wonderful daughters and have been married to my soulmate for thirty-two years. She’s the only woman in the world who would put up with me and my stubborn ways.