Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior VP of Professional Development Shay Runion, Regional VP Brantley Russell, and Arrow University VP Alyson Gilleland were all recognized for their outstanding achievements and leadership.
“We are so very proud of our incredible team members for all of their industry accomplishments. It is an honor to watch their leadership and professionalism get recognized with such well-deserved accolades,” said Emily Thomas Kendrick, CEO for Arrow Exterminators. “Their enormous effect on and contributions to the Georgia Pest Control Association have helped us all raise the bar for professionalism and integrity within the industry as a whole.”
Runion was named the first recipient of the GPCA Woman of Excellence Award. She is an active member of the GPCA and the former recipient of the 2016 National Pest Management Association’s Women of Excellence Award. Runion created the Georgia Chapter of the Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM), previously served on the GPCA Executive Board as the second female officer in the association’s history and is a former president of the GPCA.
Russell, who is currently serving as president of the GPCA for the 2020-2021 term, was presented the President’s Award by former President Garry Adams. The President’s Award is given to an individual who has been helpful and supportive to the President of GPCA during their term. Adams described Russell as “levelheaded, very slow to anger and a consummate professional for the organization.” Adams continued, “As vice president he made the association better and is already leading them skillfully as president through the challenging times the country is facing.”
Gilleland was presented with the Presidential Special Award from the GPCA for her time during Adams term. This award is given to an individual who has stood out during a president’s term. Adams said, “Alyson not only takes initiative but also thinks outside of the box. As co-chair of the Education Committee for GPCA, she has had the opportunity to bring her innovative ideas to help better the organization and industry as a whole.”