Gary Rollins

Gary Rollins


Gary Rollins is chief executive officer and vice chairman of Rollins. Gary started his Orkin career as a pest control service technician in college and learned business principles from his father, O. Wayne Rollins, and his older brother and current chairman of the Rollins board, R. Randall Rollins.

After graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Gary moved his family to Atlanta in 1967, where he rose from "The Orkin Man” to president of Orkin in 1978. He worked with his brother, Randall, who then served as Rollins president and chief operating officer, to overhaul existing procedures and implement new programs in advertising, training and sales to accelerate Orkin’s growth.

Gary became president of Rollins in 1984 and CEO in 2001. In 2004, Orkin appointed Gary as chairman of the board of directors. In this position, he helped the company develop a world-class training program and expanded the company’s role in protecting public health through a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

In October 2003, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) honored Gary and his contributions to the pest control industry with the Pinnacle Award. “Throughout his career, Gary Rollins has demonstrated his support for the entire pest management industry,” said Donnie Blake, former NPMA president. “Without that support, our industry would not be what it is today.”

In 2012, Gary was inducted into the Pest Management Professional Hall of Fame for his years of experience. “My field experience enabled me to identify with employees and contribute to the decisions made about how we’d do business going forward," said Gary. "It also showed the employees that I knew about the work they did, which helped me earn their respect.”