Pest Control Technology Magazine selected Orkin termite technician Rick Gaudreault as its 2011 Termite Technician of the Year. PCT will profile Gaudreault in an upcoming issue of the magazine, and he will be honored during a special ceremony at the National Pest Management Association’s Legislative Day at the end of February in Washington, D.C.
Gaudreault, of the Collinsville, Ill. Branch, transitioned from working at a furniture factory into pest control. “I was attracted to the job because I saw it as an opportunity to work directly with people and problem solve for them,” said Gaudreault. “The best part of my job is providing customers with the peace of mind that their pest problem is gone and their home is protected.”
Gaudreault has worked as a termite technician for the last seven of his 12 years in the pest control industry and has recently taken his experience to the sales team. Klete Boehne, Orkin service manager, said Gaudreault’s experience, technical knowledge and customer service skills will make him a natural fit. “It doesn’t matter what part of the business Rick works in,” said Boehne. “He’ll be successful because of his unparalleled attitude, work ethic and his sincere interest in helping others.”
“The 2011 Technicians of the Year are representative of the many outstanding service professionals in the pest control industry,” said PCT Managing Editor Brad Harbison. “Whether it’s mentoring new service technicians, assisting with training programs or growing their routes through sales efforts, each of this year’s winners truly goes above and beyond their job description.”
For the past 15 years, the Technician of the Year awards have recognized three standout service professionals in the residential, commercial and termite categories. Managers/owners were asked to evaluate service technicians in several areas including: technical skills; communication skills; service to company/community; and their mentoring role within the company. A panel of pest control industry professionals reviewed each candidate’s credentials and selected the winners.
About Orkin, LLC
Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin athttp://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).