Brett Stephen : Owner
Brett Stephen is a Colorado native, originally from Grand Junction. He studied business administration and management at Colorado Mesa University, and worked in sales and management for 10 years with Verizon Wireless. Brett’s educational and professional background, along with his experience in multi-level managing, sales and marketing make him a strong candidate for Mosquito Squad franchise ownership. Brett will be operating the business with his co-owner, Ashley Taylor.
“I wanted to have something of my own with a proven business plan for success. After doing extensive research on Mosquito Squad, I realized that it was a great brand to be a part of,” said Brett Stephen. “The Western Slope is a valley surrounded by beautiful mountains and scenery. The current mosquito problem in the area forces a lot of families to stay indoors, so we’re excited to bring a service that will allow our clients to enjoy their backyards and the outdoors again.”
Ashley Taylor was raised on the Western Slope of Colorado and has been in the banking and mortgage trade for over 8 years. Ashley was raised in the farming industry with a family orchard in beautiful Palisade, Colorado. With a love for the outdoors and a passion for entertaining Mosquito Squad seemed to be a perfect fit. “We love to have family barbecues at our house but we would always have to move everyone inside once the swarms of mosquitoes would come in and West Nile Virus is something I am just not willing to risk”. After the first barrier treatment was put down and the mosquitoes vanished Ashley was hooked!
Their 5-year-old son Preston is always wanting to run around outside and have water gun wars with his friends. Since children are typically more prone to mosquito bites, Preston would always come back inside just covered in bites. Now since we have been doing barrier treatments, Preston can safely go outside and play with his friends and the family dogs; Kimbo (Shih Tzu), and Rhino (Old English Sheep Dog). This treatment also significantly reduces the risk of heartworm in our puppies since heartworm is typically transferred from mosquitoes.
Maranda Cloer : Office Manager
Maranda is a homegrown native of Grand Junction, Colorado. She studied Accounting at Colorado Mesa University receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in 2017. Passionate about Numbers, The Outdoors, and Safety for her family, Mosquito Squad of the Western Slope is a natural fit. Maranda prides herself on her Customer Service and Communication skills. With years of experience in the Service Industry, she understands the importance of ensuring customer satisfaction 100% of the time.
When Maranda is not answering the phone and punching numbers into a computer, most of her time is spent with the love of her life Cody, raising their two kids; Sylas age 1, and Elijah age 6. They also have two fur babies Loki and Bella, a Toy Australian Shepard, and a Lab Chow Mix. She loves spending time in our beautiful outdoors, on her often unsuccessful Pinterest projects, and meeting new people throughout the valley. She is very passionate about her families continuing growth within themselves and in the community.
We are extremely excited to have Maranda and her Family on the Mosquito Squad Team!
Matthew Fought : Field Operations Manager
Matthew was raised in the Grand Valley and has lived here for more than 33 years. He is married with four children and continues to raise his family in the same community he grew up in. Matthew is a graduate of Colorado Mesa University and has a B.Sc. in Environmental Science with HAZWOPER and Pesticide Applicator license/certifications. He has experience in business operations and has managed several environmental projects while working as a consultant over the last five years. Matthew has extensive health and safety training and is committed to cultivating a safe and productive environment through continued training and constant evaluation of safety practices.
In 2016 Matthew worked with the Mesa County Mosquito Control District. His duties included serving as a lab technician to identify and record data on mosquito species and populations. He also acted as liaison to the Mesa County Health Department for mosquito transmitted disease monitoring, and served as a pesticide applicator in areas identified as having increased mosquito populations. Matthew is excited to again be applying his skill set to mosquito control in the Grand Valley. He would like to offer you his diversified background and expertise, in order to help keep your family safe and healthy during the mosquito season.
We are extremely excited to have an amazing guy like Matthew and his Family on the Mosquito Squad Team!
Josh Meuwly : Marketing & Web Manager
Josh has been a resident of Colorado for over 25 years. He studied Graphic Design from the Art Institute in Denver CO and received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2006. Currently he is seeking a Master’s Degree and Is also teaching Graphics, Web, Photography, Video Production and design at Colorado Mesa University. His other business 970PRO has been around The Grand Valley, serving Grand Junction since 2008 and he has created countless graphics websites and even 1000’s of commercials for local companies over the years. While his three kids and two German Shepherds keep him busy at the house his dedication to his family is his number one priority. With his soon to be wife Katy being from the Veterinarian field, both of them know how important it is to keep the mosquito’s away from their family and fur-family.
When Josh isn’t buried in Mosquito Squad work he and his family love traveling and seeing family from California to Louisiana and everything in between. Raising his children Tehgan age 6, Jaxxon age 4 and Masyn age 2 and taking their German Shepherd’s to the dog park for play and training. Josh often finds himself volunteering to teach technology camps for middle and high school students around the valley. Although Josh and his family love the outdoors. Josh is also a huge nerd when it comes to technology. He may be often taking his breaks to game online or visit a VR world that is full of excitement.
We are extremely excited to have Josh and his Family on the Mosquito Squad Team!