About Us

The Aust Group, LLC is a mergers and acquisitions advisory firm for pest control and service related businesses that have a recurring business model. We guide companies that range in size from small business to lower-middle market through the transaction process and help facilitate successful transactions between buyer and seller. The Aust Group also offers consulting and mentorship packages to help business owners and shareholders improve performance and prepare for an eventual sale of their business.  

Stuart Aust, Principal/Founder

Stuart Aust

Stuart is Principal and Founder of The Aust Group and oversees all transactions and client engagements. Stuart began his career in the pest control industry working for various national pest control companies in both service and sales roles. In 1992, Stuart, started his pest control business Bug Doctor, Inc., grew the business into a Top 100 pest control company (PCT Magazine), and purchased numerous pest control businesses on his own. Stuart decided the time was right to spend more time with his family and sold his business to a international service provider. In his new role, Stuart worked in business development where he was instrumental in closing many transactions of different sizes throughout the United States. Stuart formed The Aust Group with the purpose of guiding business owners through the transaction and being able to relate with them throughout the process. He is extremely passionate about the industry and is a regular contributor to Pest Management Professional (PMP) and Pest Control Technology (PCT).

Daniel Aust, Director of M&A

Daniel Aust

Dan serves as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at The Aust Group. Dan worked in previous sales and executive management positions for Bug Doctor Inc., and the national service provider that purchased the business. Dan was involved with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) as part of their Leadership Development Group (LDG) and was a keynote speaker at PestWorld East in Dubai. Dan became passionate about mergers and acquisitions when he experienced the sale of his family’s business and observed different dynamics during his time with the acquiring company. Dan works closely with the buyer and seller in his current role and helps facilitate successful transactions that are mutually rewarding for both parties. Dan has his B.A. from Taylor University.

Nick Aust, M&A Analyst

Nick Aust

Nick Aust is a M&A Analyst for The Aust Group, LLC. After graduating from Furman University with a major in business administration and finance, he worked in residential and commercial pest control sales at Bug Doctor Inc. where he also was exposed to the different financial aspects of the business. Nick’s passion for the pest control industry and background in corporate finance allows him to build different financial models for sellers and analyze different trends that create value for sellers when approaching and engaging purchasers.

Chris Aust, Director of Business Development

Chris Aust

Chris Aust is the Director of Business Development, where he oversees the marketing strategies, company branding, and digital content. Chris graduated from High Point University with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Entrepreneurship. During his tenure at High Point University, Chris had various internships and ambassador roles with several marketing companies. Chris uses his creativity and marketing background to create company presentations for sellers that are both informative and have attractive layouts. 

Featured Articles

The Aust Group has been sought out for their expertise and have appeared in several industry related publications. We have been featured in PCT Magazine, PMP Magazine, and HVACR Business Magazine on topics related to M&A, exit planning, and business valuation. See below for our featured articles in various industry specific publications and trade magazines:


PestWorld 2021
PestWorld 2019
PestWorld 2019
PestWorld 2018

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