Gary Roberts has been protecting Oklahoma City homes and businesses against pests for more than 40 years. Gary wasn’t always into bugs or entrepreneurship, but it was a passion for working with people that led to him become president of Acenitec, his family’s long-standing pest control business.
“My dad started Acenitec in the late 1940s. He worked as a postal mail carrier, and the customers along his mail route would always mention pest problems to him. It just clicked in his entrepreneurial mind that it would probably be a good business to get into,” Gary recalls. Acenitec began in 1947, and in 1975, the company moved to its office on Northwest 39th Street in Oklahoma City.
“I really came into this business by default. I was in grad school at OSU in 1971 but didn’t finish. I went to work for my dad’s company and I remember not being particularly enthused about it,” Gary says. Forty years later, he’s obviously found something that sparks his enthusiasm.
“I just continued putting in the work over the years. I really like the creative side of it – not many people would think this business has a creative side – but the advertising, the writing, the decision-making aspects of it. At the heart of it, I really just like dealing with people. That’s what it’s all about.”
Acenitec’s business has continued to grow over the years, and the company is now embarking on an expansion into other parts of the pest control industry, including pest control insulation. Through it all, Gary’s goals for the company are clear: “We want to maintain a good reputation, providing good service at a fair price, and a good living for our employees.”
What does Earth Day mean to you?
As an ISA Certified Arborist®, Gary is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in multiple areas of arboriculture. The certification process includes not only a comprehensive exam about best practices when it comes to ailments and treatments of trees and plants, but it also involves an adherence to a code of ethics. Gary is wholly committed to providing the best care for your trees and plants, which starts with a proactive, holistic approach. To Gary, caring for trees goes beyond having well-manicured yards.
“On an arborist’s perspective of Earth Day, I believe every day we should be stewards of this beautiful planet we were entrusted to maintain. Trees, in particular, are both air filterers and oxygen providers. They reduce erosion, cool the environment we occupy, and add beauty for us to enjoy. Like a well-orchestrated symphony, each and every plant and animal creates a whole greater than the sum of its parts.”
“Being a ‘tree hugger’ ain’t a bad gig!”
Do your trees need the care and expertise of a certified arborist? Contact Acenitec today.