Recent news includes expansion into Turkey and the promotion of Steve Leavitt to assistant to the president of Orkin USA.
ATLANTA – Rollins, Inc., announced that the company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Orkin, will begin providing pest control service in Turkey in the second half of 2010. Turkey marks the sixteenth international country Orkin services.
“Turkey encounters many of the same pests we encounter in the U.S., like cockroaches, ants, house flies and rodents,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin vice president of international development and franchising. “We are excited to bring our pest control expertise and excellent customer service to Turkey.”
Orkin will offer primarily commercial pest control service, along with some additional residential services, throughout the country. Firat Imamzade, currently involved in the pest control and chemical distribution business, will own and operate the franchises.
“We are pleased to partner with Orkin to bring superior pest control to residences and businesses in Turkey,” said Imamzade.
Dr. Zeliha Imamzade, technical and training director for Orkin Turkey and wife of Firat Imamzade, has completed the initial franchise training in Atlanta, Orkin’s U.S. headquarters, at the company’s award-winning training center.
In other Orkin news, the Atlanta-based pest control company, recently expanded its employee base and service area with the acquisition of Redi-National Pest Eliminators near Tyler, Texas.
“We look forward to expanding Orkin’s customer base in Texas and gaining valuable local employees,” said Bob Hines, director of acquisitions for Orkin. “We welcome the opportunity to work with the Redi-National team to continue to provide local residents and businesses with quality pest control service.”
Bobbi and Lloyd Robertson founded Redi-National Pest Eliminators nearly 25 years ago. Following the acquisition, Bobbi Robertson will retire from the business and Lloyd Robertson will join Orkin’s Tyler branch as a service manager. Redi-National’s employees will join Orkin’s Tyler branch.
Orkin also announced the following executive promotions. Steve Leavitt bas been promoted to assistant to the president of Orkin USA, where he will be responsible for maximizing growth in Orkin’s residential pest control practice. Orkin also named Bob Cipriano as assistant vice president of human resources, replacing Vye Ladd, who will retire at the end of this month, and Greg Baumann as director of technical services (see related story). Cipriano will oversee five division human resources departments for Orkin, and Baumann will provide technical support and guidance primarily to Orkin’s new and ongoing marketing initiatives.
Leavitt originally joined Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc., in 1994 as a pest control technician in Las Vegas. Leavitt and his family will relocate this month to Atlanta from San Diego, where he was a senior region manager for Orkin.
“For almost 16 years, Steve has made enormous contributions to Orkin,” said John Wilson, president of Orkin USA. “I am confident he will continue to bring new ideas as we strive to provide the best pest control service to our customers.”
Cipriano has worked in the human resources field for more than 25 years, including senior level positions with Kimberly-Clark and General Electric. Baumann joins Rollins after 18 years at the National Pest Management Association. He has worked in the pest control industry for nearly 30 years, and in 2006, was named PCT/Syngenta Professional Products Crown Leadership Award winner.
“Greg and Bob both bring many years of valuable experience and knowledge to Orkin,” said Wilson. “We look forward to the contributions they will make toward the company’s continued growth.”