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In January 2021, Irwin Levy exited the pest management business after selling Aladdin Pest Control (to Terminix), a enterprise he had spent 45 years rising into a number one pest management supplier all through Lengthy Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties) and Queens County.

Levy has discovered success in his subsequent pursuit, serving as co-host, together with Esperanza Léon, of “Our Hamptons” podcast, which explores the historical past of South Fork, Lengthy Island..

As profiled in Behind the Hedges, Levy was a daily shopper at Léon’s artwork gallery and the 2 struck up a friendship, which led to the podcast. Each two weeks, Levy and Esperenza document/launch podcasts on historical past and preservation subjects associated to East Hampton. For instance, their premier episode in Could was a profile of the Amagansett neighborhood of Poseyville, residence to quite a few baymen, and now present process main improvement.

Obtain the podcasts by looking “Our Hamptons” and pay attention wherever you get your podcasts, or from this link.

PCT caught up with Levy for a glance again at his time spent in pest management and to study extra about his new pursuits.

Brad Harbison: How have you ever stayed related with the pest management business?
Irwin Levy:
I nonetheless have my consulting settlement doing M&A for Terminix.

BH: What do you miss most in regards to the pest management business?
IL: Relationships! These 
I shared with my shoppers, and the business suppliers and gross sales representatives — the general camaraderie. You did not ask, however I will inform you what I do not miss: the 12-hour work days!

BH: What have you ever discovered about podcasting by way of this expertise? What makes a superb podcast?
IL: I will reply this in reverse. I feel what makes a superb podcast is subjective: 2+2 is at all times 4. However podcasting is extra like an artwork type. I do not assume there’s a appropriate or incorrect means of doing it. You discover a area of interest that works for the message you attempt to get out. With Our Hamptons, we concentrate on the historical past, preservation and sense of place on japanese Lengthy Island. Our specific model is having a dialog attention-grabbing sufficient that you simply wish to snoop on it. I’ve discovered {that a} podcast entails a lot analysis, manufacturing and social media. Largely, it’s important to have an efficient a platform to get a message out. We have truly had like-minded organizations attain out to us, wanting to inform our viewers their specific story. We even get fan mail suggesting episodes. It is enjoyable!

BH: What expertise from working a service-based enterprise enable you join with the topics you interview?IL: That is a simple one. Folks expertise. Certain, being an proprietor/operator of a pest management enterprise I handled nearly each problem this business might throw at you. Nevertheless it at all times reverts again to 1 indisputable fact you would be one of the best technician (or dentist, or lawyer, or the rest) but when the shopper would not such as you, none of that issues. 

BH: What recommendation would you give to pest management business colleagues who’ve just lately retired or are considering retirement?

IL: Have a plan (and golf is not one)! The Wall Avenue Journal just lately had a narrative on how individuals spend extra time planning a trip than the remainder of their lives. For me, I learn so much from Ken Dychtwald, one of many world’s foremost authorities on what he phrases life’s third age. I needed to really feel like I used to be nonetheless within the “recreation.” Between the Our Hamptons podcast, neighborhood involvement on two East Hampton city advisory boards, serving as president of the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society, I’ve that. All of the whereas, I’ve time for hobbies resembling bike driving, guitar, horticulture, and sure, studying a e book in the course of the day. As a result of all the above nonetheless would not add as much as 60+ hours of dwelling, consuming and sleeping the working of your enterprise!


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