Michael Judas is a 24-year veteran of the pest control industry and president of Franz Termite Control Corporation, a Diamond Certified company since 2002. He can be reached at (650) 866-5924 or by email.

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Michael Judas: A Successful Return

  • Michael Judas is owner of Franz Termite Control Corporation.

“Running a small business can be challenging at times, but it can also be very rewarding."

PALO ALTO − Michael Judas grew up around the pest control trade, but it wasn’t until returning to the family business after a long absence that he considered it for a career. “My dad started Franz Termite Control Corporation in 1971, so I was pretty much raised in the business,” he says. “From a young age, I spent my summers working for him, but I never really planned to go into the trade. Instead, I attended Cal Poly and studied construction management. Later, while in between jobs, my dad suggested I come back and work for him again. Thirty years later, I’m still here. It just goes to show that sometimes things happen even when you don’t plan for them.”

Today, as second-generation owner of Franz Termite Control Corporation, Michael says he enjoys the interactive aspects of his job. “Running a small business can be challenging at times, but it can also be very rewarding. In particular, I enjoy working alongside my team, as well as meeting new customers and developing relationships with them.”

A lifetime resident of Santa Clara County, Michael appreciates the perks of living in an area he’s become intimately familiar with. “I grew up near Los Gatos, so I really love the Santa Cruz Mountains and still go up there on a regular basis,” he says. “It’s also nice having all my immediate family nearby, including my kids, parents and siblings.”

Outside of work, Michael engages in a variety of pastimes, his favorite of which takes place on two wheels. “I love cycling, whether it’s road or mountain biking,” he says. “One of my favorite spots to go riding is Soquel Demonstration State Forest.” Other activities Michael enjoys include cooking, gardening and playing music. “I recently picked up the guitar again, and I’m taking lessons with a professional instructor.”

In regard to his professional career, Michael espouses the importance of customer service and satisfaction. “In business, one thing I’ve learned is that you have to meet your customers’ expectations,” he explains. “At the end of the day, it’s all about service. You can have all the latest technology and a wealth of industry expertise, but if you don’t provide good customer service, you won’t get very far.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Michael says he’d head out for a long trip abroad. “I’d probably do some travelling through Europe. I’m second-generation German, and I still have a lot of family in Germany, so it’d be neat to go visit them and get in touch with my roots.”

Ask me anything!
Q: If you could immediately master a musical instrument, what would you choose?

A: The guitar.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

A: Stay inside and watch a movie.

Q: What’s your favorite season?

A: Fall—the colors and weather are beautiful, and places are generally less crowded.

Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?

A: Legos.

Q: What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

A: When I was a kid, my dad got me a mini-bike.

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