Rick Bell, former president of the GPCA and current co-chair of the Guardians and Legislative Committees, received the President’s Award. This award is given to an individual who has served the President the most during his tenure. Brantley Russell, current president of GPCA and regional vice president of Arrow Exterminators commented, “Rick Bell has been an ally and friend, and someone I could ask for honest feedback on matters concerning the Association, as well as information on future ways to improve GPCA. . Rick has been exceptional last year helping me out, and I couldn’t be happier to give him this honor.
Xavier Cugnon, a member of the Arrow team, who is currently co-chair of the GA PestVets committee, received the Presidential Special Award, as well as the Committee of the Year award. The Presidential Special Prize is awarded to an individual who has distinguished himself during the President’s tenure. Russell described Cugnon as “a very passionate person who is constantly looking to help others and comes up with ideas that impact not only the pest control industry but also the communities we live in.” Cugnon has consistently stood up for the veteran community looking for new ways to help them including coat drives, food drives, house building projects, golf tournaments to raise money for the community, and more. In addition to being involved in the GA PestVets committee, he is also heavily involved in the Veterans Committee for Arrows Exterminators.
Tyler Russell, current co-chair of the GPCA Public Relations Committee, also received the Presidential Special Award. Like Cugnon, this award is given to someone who has stood out remarkably during the President’s tenure. Russell’s hard work, dedication and professionalism impacted GPCA President Russell, who said, “With Tyler’s background in mass communication and marketing, he has helped the association to drive targeted traffic to our website and social channels from individuals, members and non-members. Keeping our public informed and up to date with what our organization has to offer is essential. GPCA and its members are the beneficiaries of his time and talent!
“We are very proud of our amazing team members for all of their accomplishments in the industry. It is an honor to see their leadership and professionalism recognized with such well-deserved accolades, ”said Emily Thomas Kendrick, CEO of Arrow Exterminators. “Their tremendous support and contributions to the Georgia Pest Control Association have helped us all raise the bar of professionalism and integrity within the industry as a whole. ”