President Nearing 50-Year Career with Fourth-Generation Family-Owned Business
Jay Gunter Besheer, President of Gunter Pest and Lawn, started working for his grandfather’s pest control company when he was only 13 - just short of 50 years ago! He's since been the owner for nearly 20 years. Family owned and operated Gunter Pest and Lawn has been in business in Kansas City since 1950. Jay started working officially at Gunter Pest Management in 1969, but in the early sixties he spent his childhood and teenage summers alongside his grandfather and his employees, often entertaining the homeowners as the service was performed. In the later years of Jay's father Reggie Gunter's life, his son in law and Jay’s father came aboard as well. Norman O. Besheer left his career in Law, becoming president after Reggie’s death in 1979. Jay's father Norman Besheer (son-in-law of original founder) still works at Gunter as CEO at age 89. As of 2017, Gunter now has over 27 employees and 100,000 clients.