ATLANTA - Orkin announced Richard R. Rollins III has been named president of the company's Southeast division. His new role will be effective Feb. 1, 2021.
Rollins began working for Orkin in 1995 as a seasonal termite technician, and he joined the company full time in 2003 as a customer service and sales representative at the Orkin Customer Contact Center. He then became a pest control route manager in 2004. He took a brief leave from Orkin to pursue other professional interests in 2005, and he started back at Orkin in 2012 as a service manager trainee. Since that time, he’s been a branch manager, region sales manager, region manager, and he is currently serving as a division sales manager.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Richard and support him in his new role as Southeast Division President,” said Freeman Elliott, Orkin President. “Richard has served Orkin in a variety of roles, and his in-depth knowledge of all areas of our business will help him lead our Southeast Division.”
Chris Gorecki Inducted into GPCA Hall of Fame
Gorecki, vice president of operational support at Rollins, was recognized by the Georgia Pest Control Association for his dedication to the pest control industry in Georgia.
ATLANTA - Chris Gorecki, vice president of operational support at Rollins, was inducted into the Georgia Pest Control Association (GPCA) Hall of Fame on Jan. 13. Gorecki was recognized for his lifetime dedication to the advancement of the Georgia pest control industry. GPCA promotes the standards and ethics of the industry by providing ongoing education for the pest control industry, including the advancement of research.
At Rollins, Gorecki is responsible for numerous departments that support field operations. In addition to his leadership at Rollins, he is also a leader throughout the pest control industry. He recently served as the president of the National Pest Management Association. Prior to becoming president, he served on many boards and committees within NPMA.
“We are extremely proud of the work Chris Gorecki has done and continues to do, not only for Rollins, but also for the pest control industry. His leadership is well deserving of this honor,” said Jerry Gahlhoff, president and COO at Rollins.
PCT No Longer Seeking Continuing Education Credits for Online Label Training Courses
Effective immediately, PCT is no longer applying to states to have our online label training courses approved for continuing education credits. The modules will remain active on PCT Online and can be used by applicators as a training tool.
VALLEY VIEW, Ohio - Effective immediately, PCT is no longer applying to states to have our online label training courses approved for continuing education credits.
All courses that are currently approved for continuing education credits will continue to be processed until they expire, or are otherwise made ineligible by a state’s certifying agency. Once they have expired, the courses WILL NO LONGER count towards continuing education credits.
To find out when currently approved online training courses expire in your state (and/or the state you are applying them towards) refer to https://training.pctonline.com/content/state-by-state.pdf, which provides a summary of states that accept online courses and contacts within in each state’s certifying agency.
Please note that the online label training modules will remain active on PCT Online and can be used by applicators as a training tool. Also, the PCT Media Group is continuing to offer webinars and virtual events, some of which count towards continuing education credits.
PCT thanks all of its readers for using these courses during the past five years and we look forward to providing you with more training resources in the coming years.
Rentokil Expands with Acquisition of Eight Companies
Rentokil North America announced the acquisition of eight companies in the U.S., significantly expanding the firm's footprint throughout more than 15 states.
READING, Pa. – Rentokil North America announced the acquisition of eight companies across the United States. The acquisitions significantly expand Rentokil’s service footprint across the country in more than 15 states.
"The Rentokil family continues to grow with the acquisition of these strong companies,” said John Myers, President and CEO of Rentokil North America. “We are proud to add to our legacy of protecting people and enhancing lives, and adding to our valuable employee base and customer service areas.”
The recent acquisitions add more than 900 colleagues to the company. Last week, Rentokil also announced the acquisition of Environmental Pest Service, the parent company of Bug Out and Arrow Environmental Services. The other companies acquired in Q4 2020 include:
Bain Pest Control — Bain Pest Control is based in Lowell, Mass., and serves communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine.
Blue Chip Pest Control — Founded in 1971, Blue Chip Pest Control is based in Fenton, Mo., and serves commercial and residential customers in the metro St. Louis area as well as communities in Illinois.
Garrie Pest Control — Garrie Pest Control, founded in 1972, serves residential and commercial customers in the New York Hudson Valley communities and Fairfield County, Conn.
Griffin Pest Solutions — Griffin Pest Solutions, founded in 1929, has built a strong client base in Michigan as well as Northern Indiana and Northwest Ohio. Griffin was ranked No. 60 on the 2020 PCT list.
Ja-Roy Pest Control — Ja-Roy Pest Control, ranked No. 88 on the 2020 PCT list, is based in Louisiana and provides residential and commercial services to customers in the Northshore area of Lake Ponchartrain, north of New Orleans.
McNeely Pest Control — The North Carolina-based McNeely Pest Control serves customers in North Carolina and southwest Virginia and was ranked No. 51 on the 2020 PCT list.
Suburban Exterminating — Based in Smithtown, N.Y., Suburban Exterminating serves commercial and residential customers on Long Island, including Nassau, Suffolk and the East End.
The Bug Man — The Bug Man is based in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and serves the metro Nashville communities.