John Cook has built one of the most successful privately-owned companies in the South. Beginning with one full-time employee and a handful of accounts, he leads a company that employs more than 1,200 people, with sales approaching $100 Million a year.

In 2001, the Better Business Bureau honored his company for its business ethics as the top organization of its size in the United States. That same year the National Pest Management Association presented John its Pinnacle Award, the Association’s highest honor.

Despite all his accolades, many who recognize the Cook name know it only through the catchy jingle advertising his company: "Lookie, Lookie, Lookie, Here Comes Cookie! Cook’s Pest Control."

If that’s all they know about John Cook, it’s unfortunate. John has become wealthy while generously giving to others. He has become an admired and often imitated business leader by encouraging others to lead. His humble charm has made him one of the most innovative and successful leaders of his generation. He achieved all this even though his career path turned out nothing like he planned.

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