Atlanta Business Chronicle honors Arrow, Rollins CEOs


November 9, 2020



Emily Thomas Kendrick, third-generation CEO of Atlanta, Ga.-based Arrow Exterminators, has been named one of the “Most Admired CEOs in Atlanta” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The Chronicle explains that “this prestigious recognition is awarded each year to CEOs who demonstrate a strong record of innovation in their field, outstanding financial performance, a commitment to quality, a strong vision, a commitment to diversity in the workplace and contributions to the metro community.” Kendrick was named one of the Most Admired CEOs in the Family-Owned Business category, along with one other individual.

“We are absolutely thrilled about what Emily has done for our company, and want to congratulate her most recent achievement,” Arrow President and COO Tim Pollard said in a news release. “She has been an outstanding leader and role model for our team members, and we have no doubt that she will continue the legacy and family-oriented culture that her grandfather Starkey Thomas started in 1964.”

Gary Rollins

Gary Rollins

“It is such an honor to be recognized alongside such a fantastic group of leaders in the Metro Atlanta area,” Kendrick said in the news release. “We also want to extend a congratulations to chairman and CEO of Rollins Inc.’s Gary W. Rollins for his recognition as a Most Admired CEO in the Public Companies category. I am very pleased to see that others in our industry are being recognized as innovative leaders.”

Both Atlanta-based companies have ties to Pest Management Professional’s (PMP’s) Hall of Fame: Kendricks’ father and Arrow Chairman Joe Thomas, is a member of the Class of 2009, while Gary Rollins is a member of the Class of 2012.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle will honor all recipients, in their respected categories, at a virtual event on Dec. 10, 2020.


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Heather Gooch

Heather Gooch is the editor-in-chief for PMP magazine. She can be reached at or 330-321-9754.

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