Turner Pest Control promotes 2 employees, acquires 3 companies


January 17, 2024

Suzanne Aranda

Suzanne Aranda

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Turner Pest Control, an Anticimex company, recently promoted two of its employees.

Suzanne Aranda was promoted from director of sales to vice presidents of sales and business operations. Aranda became a sales analyst at Turner Pest Control in 2020. Over the course of her tenure, she has demonstrated exceptional proficiency in her responsibilities, initially overseeing inside sales and subsequently expanding her purview to include the builder team, ATR renewal coordinators and active involvement in both commercial and residential sales.

Leanne Prewitt was promoted from director of operations to vice president of operations Southwest. She joined Turner Pest Control in June 2022 and has been overseeing day-to-day operations, including manufacturing, purchasing and sales departments. In her new role she will also be responsible for mergers and acquisitions where she will rely on her expansive relationships throughout the pest control industry to identify opportunities and build a robust pipeline. Given her experience and knowledge of the process coming from an acquisition herself, she will be a resource for owners looking to sell to be able to walk them through the process.

Leanne Prewitt

Leanne Prewitt

Prewitt brings nearly two decades of experience in the pest control industry, culminating in her most recent role as the president of Impact Pest Management, a company acquired by Turner Pest Control in 2022. She is a licensed Certified Pest Control Operator, an affiliate of the national and state Professional Women in Pest Management council, a member of the FPMA Membership Committee, and a member of the NPMA Leadership Network Community Council. She is also QualityPro certified and a Florida Green Industries Best Management Practices certified trainer.

Turner Pest Control acquires 3 companies

Turner Pest Control also recently acquired three Florida pest control companies in 2023.

Turner Pest Control acquired National Exterminators in Naples, Fla., in June, Bug Away in Jacksonville in August, and ABC Pest Control in Cape Coral, Fla., in September.

National Exterminators was founded by Dan Pearce in 1977 and offers advanced protection against insects and rodents as well as attic insulation and wall tube system treatments throughout Collier County, Lee County and the surrounding areas in Florida.

LOGO: TURNER PEST CONTROLBug Away was founded in 1999 and co-owned and operated by Sherry Barker and Stacey Miller. Bug Away provides residential and commercial customers in Jacksonville, Clay County, St. Augustine, Orange Park, the Beaches and surrounding areas with a full range of pest control, termite control and lawn services.

ABC Pest Control was founded by Ray Libretto in 1978 and was owned and operated by his son, Nick Libretto, at the time of the acquisition. ABC provides interior and exterior pest control in condos, multi-units, commercial businesses, and single-family homes in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples, Marco Island, Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte in Florida.

“Each of these companies has established a tradition of excellence that we’re committed to building on as we combine their decades of experience with our own,” Turner Pest Control President Cheri Michaels said in the news release. “We are fortunate to join forces with three world-class organizations, and our shared commitment to delivering unparalleled service will strengthen our ability to provide our expanding family of customers the best pest protection on the market.”


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Ellen Wagner

Ellen Wagner is the digital editor for PMP magazine. She can be reached at ewagner@northcoastmedia.net.

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