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Cook’s Pest Control makes management changes

|  August 24, 2017

Cook’s Pest Control, Decatur, Ala., promoted three top officers in the company.

Brian Cook is now president and CEO. He had been the company’s chief administrative officer since 2014, and was customer care manager and director of business development.

Jim Aycock, who has been president and CEO since 1995, is now vice chairman of the board. He has been with the company since 1972, when he was hired as controller.

Cook's Pest ControlCook also serves as president and chairman of the board of the Cook Museum of Natural Science, which was founded by John Cook Sr., PMP Hall of Fame Class of 2015. The museum, which started as his private collection, is currently under construction; the new million-dollar, state-of-the-art facility located in Decatur is slated to open in 2018.

Joey Harris was named executive vice president and chief operating officer. An entomologist, Harris has worked for Cook’s Pest Control for 33 years, most recently as chief operating officer. He has been president of the Alabama Pest Control Association several times, and served on committees and the board of the National Pest Management Association.

Arthur Orr was appointed executive vice president and chief administrative officer. Previously vice president and general counsel, Orr has been with the company 16 years. He will oversee the company’s administrative duties relating to accounting, human resources, property, marketing and advertising, and will handle all legal matters.

“I think everyone knows that Brian, as a family member, has the DNA of Cook’s Pest Control ingrained in him,” company Chairman John Cook Jr. said. “He has grown up in the business and spent a lot of his formative years in a close relationship with his grandfather [John Cook Sr.] and grandmother [Jo Cook]. He learned a lot from them, even at an early age.”

Cook’s Pest Control provides residential and commercial pest management services to more than 330,000 residential and commercial customers. Founded in 1928, the company has 36 offices and 1,750 employees.

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