In 1986, Jennings began running PestSure, an insurance association specializing in covering pest control operators. He led the program for more than 23 years.
"When Bob Sameth and I hired Rex Jennings to run PestSure, our insurance company captive, we not only got a terrific executive but gained a wonderful, lifelong friend,” said Victor Hammel, the former chairman of Rentokil North America and a founder of PestSure. “But we were not the only ones in that category. At his funeral in Dallas, there were about 600 people who all considered Rex to be among their closest friends.”
Jennings was born May 23, 1944, in Paris, Texas. After attending Baylor University and earning a BBA in 1966, he earned a MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.
An avid sport fan, Jennings was known for his ability to recite even the most obscure team trivia accompanied with an anecdote, Hammel said. Friends and family also noted his storytelling ability, kindness and honesty.
PestSure COO Todd Burke, who worked with Jennings for 10 years and succeeded him in 2011, said he considered Jennings “like a dad and a true mentor.”
“Rex dedicated 23 years of his career exclusively towards making PestSure successful,” Burke said. “He was highly intelligent, trustworthy, always did the right thing, cared about people, was well-liked and always made the best decisions to protect the longevity of the PestSure program. I consider myself to be very fortunate to have the opportunity to carry on his legacy with PestSure.”
Russ Ives, president of Rose Pest Solutions and current PestSure President, said Jennings was a major contributor to the growth of PestSure.
“He believed in our industry, made many friends in his 23 years of service to it, and upon his retirement, left behind a uniquely successful and reputable insurance captive that is today recognized in the Bermuda Captive Hall of Fame,” Ives said.
Jennings and his wife, Sue, were members of the Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.
He is survived by Sue, his son and daughter, his grandchildren, his siblings and his nephews. A memorial service was held May 15.