Residex owner was honored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
| Donaghy, right, receives Outstanding Alumnus award.
NOVI, Mich. - Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored Christopher Donaghy, owner and CEO of Residex, with a 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award.
The award is the highest honor the College of Agriculture Sciences and the Ag Alumni Society present to select alumni who have achieved notable professional achievements and have brought distinction to themselves, the college and the University. The award is designed to invite outstanding alumni leaders to the University to share their special expertise with students, faculty and administration of the College of Agricultural Sciences, according to Penn State.
A 1985 graduate with a bachelor's degree in entomology, Donaghy started as a service technician with Parsippany, N.J.-based Western Pest Services. In 1996, he moved to Western subsidiary Residex Corporation, where he rose through the ranks to become general manager.
“When I graduated from Penn State, it was a dream come true to finally hold a diploma and one from such a prestigious university," Donaghy said. "I carried my Penn State Pride into everything I pursued in my personal life and professional career."
When Western Pest Services was sold in 2004, Donaghy led a group that acquired Residex LLC from the new owners, and he became CEO and president of the company. Under his leadership, the company has grown from 12 distribution centers to 25 and now operates in eighteen states.
Since 1996, Donaghy has been a member of several industry associations, serving in various officer and committee positions. In 2011, he was named one of PCT and Syngenta's Crown Leadership Award winners.
He has been extensively involved with several charities including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Hospital and the Achilles Freedom Team, which provides hand-crank bicycles for disabled American veterans, enabling them to compete in major sporting events.