SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Lloyd Smigel, former national training director at Truly Nolen of America and a longtime industry consultant, died Tuesday after a 3-year battle with cancer. He was 74.
A native of New York City, Smigel was introduced to the pest control industry through his association with Mr. Truly Nolen, to whom he sold uniforms. He would become the company’s first national training director at a time when it had 50 offices.
Smigel left Truly Nolen to become a consultant, working with pest control companies (small, medium and large) on growth strategies, including navigating family business issues.
Terry Clark, vice president of Lodi, Calif.-based Clark Pest Control, said his company benefited from its 25-year relationship with Smigel. “Lloyd could make people more successful than they believed they could be, and those partners and people that listened grew as a result,” he said. “It will be part of the legacy that Lloyd has left behind.”
Added Pat VanHooser, Smigel’s colleague who worked with Smigel since 1995, “Lloyd’s greatest joy and sense of accomplishment came when others succeeded and that is really unique. I’m grateful I had a chance to know and work with him.”
Many PCOs also benefitted from the Smigel-created Discovery Retreats, where PCOs gathered for 2-day meetings in which they shared ideas and resources.
Smigel is survived by Bonnie, his wife of 50 years, as well as son Eric and daughter Lisa. The Smigels were also foster parents to many children throughout the years.
The family has not set up a memorial, but they ask that you “think about Lloyd” the next time you contribute to your favorite charity.