Norfolk, Va.-based Getem Services celebrates 100 years of service.
Founded in 1922, Luther Church, Sr. was inspired to start his own business serving the Norfolk community and beyond. When first found, Norfolk was a Navy town and Portsmouth, Va., sat across the Elizabeth River, while the cities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Suffolk, Va., did not exist.
Since that time, Getem Services has seen the Great Depression, World War II, Equal Rights, a man on the moon and many other history-making events, according to Getem Services’ website. The region has also grown well past a population of 1.5 million people.
The Getem Services family is soon to be led by the fourth generation of the Church family.
When the company first started 100 years ago, Getem Manufacturing specialized in the production of pesticides and cleaning products. Today, Getem Services serves homes and businesses across all of Hampton Roads for pest control and management. As its website notes, “its products and services have stayed on the cutting edge as they provide the best science has to offer to safely protect homes and health from pests.”
Third-generation owner Charlie Church has become well known in Hampton Roads as a community pillar and philanthropist. He has supported Old Dominion Athletics, numerous youth sports leagues and other charitable efforts. Charlie Church is a past-president and current board member of the Virginia Pest Management Association (VPMA), and he’s a member of the Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services as appointed by the governor. Charlie’s board service has also extended to Towne Bank and the Blocker YMCA in downtown Norfolk.
Charlie’s son Chaz and daughter Carley Church, both graduates of James Madison University, are deeply involved in the family business. Chaz and Carley are routinely in the field servicing clients for Getem Services, and they both have a hand in running the business side of the operation as well.
“It’s good for them to know all sides of the operation before they take over the business full-time as the fourth generation of ownership,” Charlie Church said in a news release detailing the company’s centennial.