We’re excited to announce the first quarter winners of the Sentricon Golden Station Award! The quarterly award recognizes Certified Sentricon Specialists® (CSS) who go above and beyond to help their communities, grow their businesses and bolster the larger pest control industry through extraordinary involvement.
How does it work? Territory managers for the Sentricon® system nominate one CSS who they believe embodies the theme of the quarter, and a panel of judges chooses a winner from each district. The theme of the first quarter was “Partnering with Society.” Read on to see the district winners of the coveted Golden Station Award.
Central District Winner: Capital City Exterminating Co.
The CSSs at Capital City Exterminating Co. of Worthington, Ohio, have “partnered with society” in several ways, including:
- Honoring the memory of those lost too soon. Every year since Sept. 11, 2001, Capital City Exterminating displays and replaces 78 American flags on the Main St. bridge that crosses over I-71, just south of Polaris Parkway. Following the death of two Westerville Police Department officers who were killed in the line of duty, the company now also displays Blue Line flags to honor police officers. This year, they also added Red Line flags to the rotation to honor firefighters.
- Providing free pest control for the benefit of the community. Capital City Exterminating has provided free pest control services to local food processors in exchange for donations to local food banks. A bakery that received the free services has donated well over 300 pounds of bread products to a local food bank, while a local meat processing plant has donated more than 500 pounds of meat.
- Offering a pandemic discount to local eateries. As local restaurants struggled to stay in business and shift to delivery/carryout service, Capital City Exterminating gave the restaurants it services a significant discount to help offset costs. Service call charges were slashed by 50% and technicians were reimbursed any money spent ordering food from the restaurants serviced by the company.
Southern District Winner: Advanced Services
The CSSs of Advanced Services of Augusta, Georgia, have supported their local community through fundraising, education and urban revitalization, including:
- Raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Since 2003, Advanced Services has raised more than $120,000 through its annual “Light the Night” campaign. The company has also organized several fundraising events along the way, such as “Bald for a Cause” where participants raised money by shaving their heads.
- Bringing “bugs school” to kids. Since 2000, Advanced Services has brought its traveling “bugs school” to schools, daycares, after-school programs and library programs. The bugs school teaches kids about beneficial insects and how to stay safe from stinging insects and other bugs they may encounter in their yards. The kids also get to see the Advanced Services bug collection, which includes Madagascar hissing cockroaches, several different tarantula varieties, beetles, and other bugs collected and brought in by technicians.
- Participating in an urban revitalization program. Since 2009, Advanced Services has installed both Sentricon and TAP insulation, at no charge, in homes refurbished by the Turn Back the Block program. The program converts rundown homes in downtown Augusta into new homes for individuals who wouldn’t be able to afford a home. The homeowners also pay a reduced fee when renewing their service for Sentricon.
Western District: Moxie Pest Control
The CSSs at Moxie Pest Control of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, have assisted their community in times of need by:
- Volunteering time. When it’s time to volunteer, Moxie Pest Control shuts down for a day and the whole team participates. Employees have donated their time to several worthy causes. In January, employees spent time helping City Rescue Mission, a nonprofit that gives the homeless and those in need a chance to “shop” for the goods they need. In 2019, the whole team volunteered at the Edmond Hope Center, the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Oklahoma City Salvation Army Food Pantry.
- Organizing a coat drive. Last year, Moxie was able to donate more than 270 coats to the City Rescue Mission.
- Providing free disinfecting services to any of its 8,000 customers who had someone in their home test positive for COVID-19. Owner Chris Peebles was committed to doing anything they could to stop the spread of the virus.
Congratulations to our first quarter Golden Station Award winners!