SAN DIEGO – Willie Payne, who founded Payne Pest Management in 2006, passed away on Aug. 3. He was 72.
After time spent in the U.S. Army and working for a grocery store, Payne joined Terminix and by 1989 he entered Terminix’s management training program. He would go on to become Terminix’s top-performing sales supervisor in the Los Angeles region. One of his colleagues at Terminix was Wayne Golden, recently retired Rollins executive, who told PCT that Payne’s personality was the key to his success. “He had that smile. Everyone enjoyed being around him and trusted that he would sell them the right services,” Golden recalled. “I think that is what made him such a wonderful salesperson, and what helped his company succeed.”
In 2006, after nearly 30 years as a top-performing sales professional/sales supervisor at Terminix, Payne launched Payne Pest Management. Working alongside wife Kathy and son Jason, he built Payne Pest Management into one of the largest pest control businesses in California, ranking #100 on the PCT Top 100.
Jason Payne, president of Payne Pest Management, recalled one his dad’s favorite sayings. “My father always quoted the six P's of success: Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance. He always would want us to be prepared for no matter what was thrown our way.”
More than being just a business owner, Willie Payne was a mentor to many and was active in his community. He chaired Permission to Talk Foundation, which educates men on health issues such as the importance of getting screened for diabetes and checked for prostate cancer. He also supported the philanthropic efforts of Tayari Howard, owner of radio station KKSD. Howard teaches radio classes to underprivileged, minority children and also serves as a mentor. Payne financed studio equipment for the classes and has helped with other financial considerations.
The Payne family is asking that any donation in Willie Payne's name be made to the Permission to Talk Foundation.