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Erica Peden Brister

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Erica Peden Brister
BornErica Peden
(1980-05-23) May 23, 1980 (age 40)
Hendersonville, Tennessee
🏳️ NationalityUnited States
🏫 EducationEmerson College
💼 Occupation
👔 EmployerU.S. Pest Protection, Inc.
Environmental Advocacy
TitlePresident and CEO
PredecessorSamuel Peden
👩 Spouse(s)J.K. Brister
👶 Children4
👴 👵 Parent(s)Samuel Peden, Sheryl Peden
🌐 Websitehttps://uspest.com/

Erica Peden Brister (ˈɛrɪkə ˈbrɪstɚ; born May 23, 1980 in Hendersonville, Tennessee) is an American entrepreneur. She is the president and CEO of U.S. Pest Protection, a pest control service company based in Hendersonville,[1] and founder of the Tennessee Honey Festival.[2]

Early life[edit]

Erica Brister was born on May 23, 1980. Her father is Sam Peden, former CEO and current CFO of U.S. Pest Protection, Inc., and her mother is Sheryl Peden, who co-founded the company with her husband in 1985.[3]

In a 2016 interview with Pest Management Professional on “Women in Pest Management,” Brister reports having been involved in her family business since the age of eight.[4]

In 2006, Brister earned a degree in Business Management from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts with an emphasis in Photography and Broadcast Journalism.[5] She has credited her training in journalism and the arts for inspiring a narrative approach to her company’s brand:

I asked myself how I was going to run a pest control company with all of my passion and inspiration for art… how am I going to apply all of that to pest control? How do we make a difference in people’s lives from a human interaction standpoint using technology? That’s the art and journalism coming out of me… I’m essentially narrating the story as I go[6].


As Brister relates in her “Women In Pest Management” profile, in 2010 her father told her “If you want this business, come get it or I’m going to sell it.” That same year, Brister assumed the duties of President and CEO for U.S. Pest Protection, Inc. At the time of her promotion, she was reputed to be one of the youngest female chief executives in the pest control industry’s history.[7]

Under her leadership, U.S. Pest Protection created its first technical services operation,[8] expanding the company’s growth in residential subscriptions[9] and commercial disinfecting services.[10]

In 2015, Brister announced her company’s commitment to practices for the protection of honeybee colonies against colony collapse disorder (including favoring use of non-neonicotinoid pesticides).[11]

Inspired by her personal interest in beekeeping (after taking a class at Williams Honey Farm in Franklin, Tennessee),[12] Brister founded the Tennessee Honey Festival.[13] The annual festival is dedicated to public awareness, education, and celebration of honey and the preservation of honeybee populations.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Brister is married to Joshua (J.K.) Brister, a Nashville-area Christian music singer-songwriter. Since 2006, J.K. Brister has served as the company’s Chief Growth Officer. The couple have four children.


  1. Go Big Or Go Home; Erica Brister President and CEO of US Pest Protection, retrieved 2020-08-10
  2. "About - Pollinator Awareness | 2019 Tennessee Honey Festival". Tennessee Honey Festival. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  3. "Keeping Field Service Human, Personal, and Compassionate". Future of Field Service. 2019-10-16. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  4. "Women in pest management: Erica Brister". Pest Management Professional. 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  5. Emersonian : [Emerson College yearbook]. Emerson College. Emerson College. 2005. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. Go Big Or Go Home; Erica Brister President and CEO of US Pest Protection, retrieved 2020-08-10
  7. "[News]". PCT - Pest Control Technology. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  8. "Schwalb Joins U.S. Pest Protection". PCT - Pest Control Technology. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  9. "U.S. Pest Online Service Subscriptions grow by 1500% in the months of April & May – SW News". Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  10. "U.S. Pest Protection Offers 'ViroCleanse' Disinfecting Service | News Break". News Break Nashville, TN. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  11. "How This Pest Control Company is Fighting Against The Honeybee Crisis". WorkWave. 2019-06-05. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  12. MURRAY, RICK. "A honey of success". Hendersonville Standard. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  13. "The Tennessee Honey Festival - Support Tennessee Native Honey Bees!". Edible Nashville. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  14. "About - Pollinator Awareness | 2019 Tennessee Honey Festival". Tennessee Honey Festival. Retrieved 2020-08-10.

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