Otto Orkin

Otto Orkin

 

 

Otto Orkin, founder of Orkin, started the now famous pest control brand as a one-man, door-to-door sales operation in 1901. Otto went to extreme lengths to understand the behavior of pests – including hiding in boxes in barns to study the habits of rats – so that he could perfect methods of control. He was successful in the business because of his attention to detail and his reputation to deliver on his promises to customers. He sold the company for $62.4 million to Rollins Broadcasting in 1964.

Orkin employees thought highly of Otto and his work ethic. Former Orkin employee Anita E. Ritchie once said of Otto, “There are people who possess tenacity, who are undaunted by obstacles, and Mr. Orkin was certainly one of them. He had a singleness of purpose, a goal he never lost sight of, and he worked tirelessly and diligently to achieve that goal. His was the epitome of the American Dream we hear so much about. His contribution to the industry is inestimable.” He lived in Georgia until his death in 1968.