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Ben Walker Given Ownership Interest in Gregory Pest Solutions

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Phil and Sara Gregory made this decision in recognition of the outstanding leadership Walker has provided to Gregory Pest Solutions for the past 15 years.

| May 31, 2012

GREENVILLE, S.C.  — On March 22, 2012, Phil Gregory, chairman of Gregory Pest Solutions, announced that he and co-owner Sara Gregory have made arrangements to give long-term President Ben Walker an ownership interest in the company.  According to Phil Gregory, he and Sara Gregory made this decision in recognition of the outstanding leadership Walker has provided to Gregory Pest Solutions for the past 15 years.

Walker has overseen the phenomenal growth of Gregory Pest Solutions in terms of revenue, customers, employees and other traditional measures.  "Ben Walker has led this company during a period of exceptional success," said Gregory.  "While many companies have struggled in this economy, Gregory Pest Solutions continues to do well.  We understand that Ben's leadership has been critical to our good fortune and while Sara and I will remain the majority shareholders, we also felt it to be a good business decision to ensure the leadership of this great company for many years to come."

During the past 10 years, Gregory Pest Solutions' revenue has grown from $6 million to $16 million.  This places Gregory Pest Solutions at number 38 out of the Top 100 companies in the industry, according to PCT magazine.  The company employs 160 professionals serving its clients throughout the Southeast.

Walker was pleased with Phil and Sara Gregory's decision to include him as an owner, but he is quick to recognize the primary reasons for the company's success.  "First, we have the finest work force in the industry," said Walker.  "They are the best trained, most knowledgeable, hardest working and most dedicated professionals in the business."  Second, Walker believes "we have had a singular focus on customer service.  The Gregory Pest Solutions customer has always come first, and we are, and always have been, dedicated to solving our customer’s pest issues."  Not satisfied with past success, Walker has initiated a campaign within the organization to attain $21 million in revenue by 2015.

The recent steps to offer Walker an equity position in the company is a reward and recognition of his leadership and a commitment of leadership to the future of the company, but Walker also is recognized as an industry leader, including involvement in the NPMA, SCPCA and is currently serving on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for Copesan Services.

Phil Gregory summed up the excitement of the moment for the company: "Gregory Pest Solutions has celebrated many successes throughout our forty years, but today we are celebrating one employee in particular, Ben Walker."

 

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