What does a Fashion Merchandising Degree have to do with pest control – absolutely nothing, unless you are Amanda Korthuis, the Termite Department manager at Admiral Pest Control’s Bellflower office?
Amanda has been a part of the Admiral Pest Control family most of her life – OK, literally all of her life.
You see her father, Jeff Jones, is vice president and owner of the business his grandfather founded in 1947.
From Amanda’s days in middle school, she has worked alongside her family in the pest control business.
“My dad thought it would be a good idea to have me start working here when I was young to teach me responsibility, and to learn how to manage my money at a young age,” she said. “I had my own little desk and I would make new yearly termite control files and file them in the back.”
She continued to work through high school during the summer months and after school.
“I’ve been out of high school for nine years now, so I’ve been working here, seems like my whole life,” she said.
Amanda went on to earn a degree in fashion merchandising, but afterward found she was drawn to return to Admiral Pest, where over the years, she has managed to do a little bit of everything around the office.
She co-manages the office staff, makes sure termite reports get out efficiently, and oversees the accounts receivable, just to name a few of her responsibilities.
The fact that the business is family-owned only strengthens her love for her job.
“The most enjoyable thing about Admiral is getting to work with my family on a daily basis,” she said. “Most would think seeing your brother, sister, uncle, and dad everyday would probably cause irritation or annoyance, but we all work well together. It’s a chance to connect with them professionally.”
Outside the office, Amanda is a wife and mother of two. She and her high school sweetheart Brandon have been married for four years and are the proud parents of 2 ½ -year-old Cooper and 4-month-old Davis.
“I enjoy being a mother and watching them grow up,” she said. “The majority of my time is spent with my family because family is the number one thing in my life, and will always be the most important.”
Amanda also enjoys scrap booking, a hobby she rarely finds time for with two small children, she said.
Her years of dedication to Admiral stemmed, not only from her love for her family, but for her job and the employees who have dedicated themselves to the success of her family’s business, she said.
“I continued to work for Admiral because I loved it and it has stuck,” she said. “I have known many of the employees at Admiral since I was really little, so they have gotten to watch me grow up and many of them are like family as well.”