“We are strengthening our Terminix Commercial team to continue delivering on the commitment we have made towards this important ServiceMaster business. Greg joining us is a great next step to build on the progress we are making with this fast-growing commercial pest management business, which has benefited from a strong foundation built under Deni’s incredible leadership,” says Nik Varty, ServiceMaster CEO. “Our commercial business will greatly benefit from Greg’s leadership and experience in developing people, building strong teams, delivering strong results and cultivating frontline-led organizations.”
Rutherford joins ServiceMaster from Republic Services, a Fortune 300 company and leader in solid waste and recycling services, where he was division president of Energy and Environmental Solutions. In his 13 years at Republic Services, Rutherford worked his way up through roles of increasing responsibility, including general manager, market VP, area president and region VP.
Prior to joining Republic Services, Rutherford held the role of director of operations and sales at The Scooter Store. Prior to that, he was a commercial airline pilot for United Airlines and a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
The company also announced the promotion of Aric Schroeder to VP of National Accounts and general manager of Copesan Services, succeeding Deni Naumann and reporting to Rutherford. He will be responsible for continuing the strategic direction for Copesan and Terminix National Accounts and will oversee the Copesan Operating Companies, Holder’s Pest Solutions and Wil-Kil Pest Control.
“The Copesan network is in strong and steady hands for the future,” Naumann says. “Aric’s promotion to lead the Copesan network will provide continuity to its vision and plan, serving national clients with exceptional service quality and account management.”
“I want to thank Deni Naumann who has shared her desire to spend more time with her family and community in retirement but, to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of the established direction of Terminix Commercial, will remain in a consultative role with ServiceMaster,” adds Varty. “Since joining us through the Copesan acquisition, she has provided incredible leadership and shown us a path toward sustainable, profitable growth in our important commercial and national accounts pest control businesses.”
Naumann plans to stay active in her community and church, serving as the chair of the Siebert Lutheran Foundation’s board of directors and as an adult literacy tutor.
“It has been my sincere privilege to lead the Terminix Commercial team since October,” says Naumann. “What a wonderful and unique opportunity it has been to work closely with our field organization (where it all happens), the Terminix Commercial leadership team and the ServiceMaster executive team. I’m very excited about Greg’s deep expertise in the commercial service segment and his focus on building teams and passion for clients. With his energy and service perspective, I’m confident that our commercial business will continue to grow, and our team members will flourish and have fun while doing it.”