Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs: Nick Chiero of A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Pest Service
Meet Nick Chiero of A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Pest Service (3118 S Oak Park Ave), est. 1997
Current Town: Romeoville
All About Nick: My name is Nick! I was born in Chicago and moved to Berwyn when I was 6 years old. I attended Piper Grade School and St Joseph High School. I spent my youth playing soccer with the Berwyn Blazers and moved on to play varsity soccer at St Joseph, where I went to the state championship as a freshman and finals as a junior.
As a teenager, I was selected to be part of the People to People Student Ambassador program for soccer. I was able to travel to Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England to represent the United States playing soccer and was able meet kids and families from other countries—I even was able to stay with a local family in Ireland for a few days. This enabled me to experience a little if their culture.
I’ve been married to my wife, Kristie, for 6 years and have 3 beautiful little girls: Aubrey (5), Courtney (3) and Kailey (9 months old). I am an avid fisherman and hunter. I love to be out on a lake, to be able to sit quietly and not have to think about much, just relax. I love to be out in nature.
The Business Side: I work for my father in our family-owned business, A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Pest Service, which has been operating for 20 years! I was a teenager when I started working weekends and during summer break. After graduating from high school, I joined the business full time.
I have helped grow the business into what it has become today. When joining the company full time, I was able to help expand our business with social media and create a new more user friendly website. Since then, we have also expanded our services to new markets which include restaurants, industrial buildings and medical facilities. We also service residential properties, commercial properties, municipalities and schools.
Along the way I have been made a partner in the business. I am constantly continuing my education in the pest control industry so I can perform pest control in an environmentally safe manner. Through education, I have learned the habits of rodents and insects so I can improve the services that A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Pest Service provides to its customers. I have also learned how to safely trap and relocate wild animals when needed.
Describe yourself using three words.
Loyalty – Loyalty is everything to me. In my opinion if someone is not loyal to you cannot trust them. I will stand by a friend in good or bad times as long as they do not break my trust.
Motivated –I don’t wait around for things to happen. I believe you must go after what you want in life. There are plenty of times that I might not feel like doing something that day, but I know that if I don’t do it, I might never do it or I will get behind on whatever I need to finish. My family keeps me motivated to make a better life for them and also to teach my girls that you must go after your dreams or you may never reach them.
Funny – Laughter is key to a good life. I love to play jokes on my family and friends and they do the same to me. One time, when I was a teenager, I tied a rubber band around the sprayer of the kitchen faucet so when my mom turned on the water, it sprayed all over her and the kitchen.
What inspires you?
My wife and kids inspire me—how could they not? Every time I look at them, I want to be a better person. When my girls look at me, I melt.
Tell us something people might not know about you.
I am a dooms day prepper. If you look in my garage and cabinets, I have food and water stored away just in case. I don’t have the bunker in my yard, but who knows…maybe one day. You never know when a natural disaster will occur. I am really waiting for the zombie apocalypse (HA HA).
What is your fondest memory?
One of my fondest memories was when I went on a bus trip with my grandfather and father to the Notre Dame vs Navy game. It was a family tradition. It was my first time at a college game and I had so much fun. I was rooting for Notre Dame to win—and they did! My grandfather is gone now, so I cherish that time.
What gets you through a rough day?
My wife and kids. When I come home and they are running to give me hugs and kisses, it just washes everything else away that happened that day. I love to fish, too, and I take my family as much as I can. It is so much fun teaching them how to bait their own hooks and to be patient. When they actually catch a fish it is so great to see the smile on their faces. Instant good day!
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear, ever since I was a kid, is glass elevators. I’m not afraid of heights, but it just freaks me out to look down.