Firefighting PMP opens Truly Nolen franchise


May 17, 2019

Headshot: Johnny Whearley

Johnny Whearley

Truly Nolen Pest Control opened a new franchise in Corsicana, Texas, the fourth Texas franchise location for Truly Nolen.  Franchisee Johnny Whearley owns the new location, which exclusively serves Austin, Texas.

The company also has eight corporate service offices throughout Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and El Paso, Texas, and the surrounding areas.

Whearley, who graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in business, is also the owner of Fireman’s Pest Control, which he started in 2009 following 21 years as a Dallas-area firefighter. He remains involved in his previous profession, as he is also the current fire chief for the Mustang VFD Fire Department. He has 35 years of experience as a firefighter.

“I have always had a passion for helping people,” says Whearley. “When I retired from the Dallas area, I opened up Fireman’s Pest Control for that same reason – to help people.”

After almost a decade running his company in Corsicana, Whearley noticed Truly Nolen had a corporate service office in the Austin area and began helping the office’s national accounts. When the service office elected to become a franchise-based one, Whearley did not hesitate.

“I saw the potential of the Austin area, and using a familiar name like Truly Nolen would give us a large advantage of building the business up faster,” says Whearley. “As much as I liked our previous name, it was a no-brainer for me.”

One of owner Johnny Whearley's service vehicles at the new franchise location in Texas. PHOTO: TRULY NOLEN PEST CONTROL

One of owner Johnny Whearley’s service vehicles at the new franchise location in Texas. PHOTO: TRULY NOLEN PEST CONTROL

Whearley opened his Truly Nolen franchise in Corsicana servicing Austin Jan. 1 and plans to hold a ribbon cutting later in 2019.

Lance Washington, Truly Nolen director of domestic franchising, says Whearley went through training recently at the company’s Leadership Center in Tucson, Ariz., and is pleased to have him as part of the company’s family.

“Johnny has my respect for all of the great things he has done as a fireman throughout his career,” says Washington. “His familiarity in the Austin area, decade of pest control experience, and excellence with customer service should help him in the years to come.”


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