A continuing family tradition
On November 12, 1961, Al Foster Sr. started All-American Exterminating. With a heart for people and a dream to own his own business, Al began by going from door to door to find people in need of termite and pest control services. Al’s relatives, Pat and Bliss Foster, started All-American Exterminating in Atlanta, Georgia the same year.
In 1962, Al’s wife, Ruth Bartz Foster started in the business. They were a perfect duo. Al would generate the new business and Ruth would ensure that the customers were happy, with accurate and on-time billing, ensuring that all services were performed when scheduled. To this day, much of Ruth’s organizational skills are evident in how All-American handles its customers and day-to-day operations in the office.
Al and Ruth’s second son, Al Foster, Jr., is the past owner and manager of All-American Pest Control. Al, Jr. worked in all aspects of the company and started full-time in 1975 after graduating with a business degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.
Erin Richardson, Al, Jr.’s oldest daughter, is carrying on the family tradition at All-American Pest Control, purchasing the business from her dad in 2012. Together with her father they have expanded into new markets, developed new service offerings and continue to look for ways to provide more effective pest control services and even higher standards for customer service.
Al, Jr. is a past President of the Tennessee Pest Control Association and Middle TN Pest Control Association and currently chairs the Lifetime Achievement Award Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for National Pest Management Association. Erin is the President of the Home Builders Association of Middle TN Green Building Council and serves on the Professional Women in Pest Management Council of the National Pest Management Association. She is actively involved in the HBAMT, CABLE and Vistage. Both Erin and Al are active partners in Associated Pest Services and Accelerent.
All-American Pest Control has grown by delivering reliable pest control services for homeowners and businesses. The key to continued success is the longevity and hard work of the employees. The average tenure of an All-American employee is nine years.
All-American is proud to be endorsed by Dave Ramsey, the winner of Angie’s List Super Service Award and an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau with an A+ Rating.