WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of its Capitol Cares initiative, Capitol Pest, Bethesda, Md., recently donated more than $14,000 in services and monetary gifts to charitable organizations supporting those affected by COVID-19.
Since April, the company donated more than $10,000 worth of free disinfecting services to Covenant House’s five Washington, D.C., locations. Covenant House is an agency that offers shelter, meals, classes, counseling, healthcare and more to abused, homeless and trafficked youth.
“We launched our Capitol Cares initiative in early April with a mission to find worthy causes that need our help; whether it be employee time to volunteer, a monetary donation, a service donation or any other qualifying way that we can help a worthy cause,” said Brian Schoonmaker, president of Capitol Pest.
The company also recently donated $4,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Society, which is currently providing food and basic needs — such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo and more — to families that have lost their income as a result of COVID-19. The donation supported more than 100 families, nine of which Schoonmaker and his wife personally delivered food and supplies. Capitol Pest plans to donate another $4,000 to the church next month.
“As our company grows, so does our responsibility for giving back,” Schoonmaker said. “We are blessed to be in an essential industry and people can use our help now more than ever.”
Capitol Pest founded its Capitol Pest Cares Program in 1936 with the goal of helping those in its community that are less fortunate. The program’s committee is currently working to identify one cause that they can donate money, services or time to each month, according to the company’s website.
“On behalf of the 706,000 residents in Washington, D.C., I thank Capitol Pest for their legacy of service,” Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote in a letter of appreciation to Capitol Pest.
Schoonmaker added, “We all need to do our part to contribute to society and prop up our fellow man. It is the right thing to do.”
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Keith Smith, who spent the last 12 years as COO of Action Pest Control, (a part of TruGreen), left the Evansville, Ind.-based business on July 24. Smith told PCT he is taking at least one year off from pest control to work on his commercial boat leasing business.
Smith had been overseeing the daily operations of Action — which has seven branch locations throughout south and central Indiana, southeastern Illinois and Kentucky — since the firm was sold to Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., in 2015. Following the sale, Action operated as part of Scotts LawnService, and then as a part TruGreen, which purchased Scotts LawnService (including Action), in 2016.
In addition to working for Action, Smith owned Smith Commercial Boat Leasing. Recent developments in Kentucky influenced Smith’s decision to leave Action. In December, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) secured $25 million to help fight Asian carp in Western Kentucky.
Smith told PCT that he and his fleet will be participating in the program by leasing his fleet of boats; the program involves catching and killing the damaging Asian carp. “It’s a lucrative deal that can be one-year, or a two-year deal, but I won’t rule out a return to the pest control industry,” Smith said.
Smith joined Action Pest Control in 2008 after holding various management positions in the pest control industry. Prior to that he worked in the domestic caviar business; he retained the fleet of boats used in that business and was leasing them out.
While at Action Pest Control, Smith helped Action and CEO Kevin Pass build the firm from a $4.9 million company to one that was about $13 million at the time of the sale to Scotts.
Smith is also president of the Kentucky Pest Management Association, a position he said he plans on retaining, at least for the time being.
PCT reached out to TruGreen; they did not immediately respond to interview requests.
Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) welcomed its new slate of board members for 2020-2021.
The new officers of the board of directors for 2020-2021 include:
- President: John Adkins, Four Seasons Pest Control (Danville, Va.)
- Vice President: Marty Roberts, Rid-A-Bug Exterminating Company (Hamptonville)
- Secretary/Treasurer: Marie Horner, Arrow Exterminators (Greensboro)
- Past President: Clint Miller, Clint Miller Exterminating (Mt. Pleasant)
In addition, the board of directors welcomed four new members who have never previously served on the board of directors. These include Bernard Buttone, Triangle Pest Control; Johnnie Johnson, Eco Advantage Termite & Pest Solutions; Patrick Thompson, Pest Management Systems; and Kyle Franklin, BASF.
“2020 has been a year of challenges and change, but what hasn’t changed is our dedication to serving the pest management industry in North Carolina," said John Adkins, 2020-2021 NCPMA President. "As a board of directors, we are proud to continue a nearly 70-year tradition of serving and representing the state’s pest management industry."
The officers and board members will serve a one-year term ending July 2021. Each of the executive officers has served previous terms on the board of directors and has been active in board committees.
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