International College, a private, not-for-profit four-year college, announced that it has selected Truly Nolen, Chairman and CEO of Truly Nolen of America, Inc., as the 2007 Humanitarian of the Year. The award presentation, presented by R. W. Baird & Co., will be part of a luncheon on Thursday, March 1, 2007 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.
The Humanitarian of the Year Award recognizes human beings who are making a beneficial difference in the lives of other human beings. “This is the 11th year in which International College has bestowed the award upon a local individual or individuals,” said Dr. Louis J. Traina, Vice President, Institutional Advancement for International College.
An entrepreneur, adventurer and father, Truly Nolen epitomizes the American Dream. Throughout his 65-year career, he has maintained a sense of adventure and a youthful outlook, along with a culture of honesty, integrity and unparalleled customer service.
Truly Nolen began his miraculous journey as a boy growing up in Miami Beach. At the age of 16, he left home, and with a 13-year-old friend, navigated his 21-foot sailboat in the Intercoastal Waterway from Miami to Annapolis, Maryland. The 1,200-mile journey took nearly six weeks. Years later, he joined his father’s pest control business where he learned the importance of finding a better way and not relying upon past practices.
In 1952, an unexpected battle with polio left Truly Nolen in an iron lung fighting for his life. With determination and courage, he eventually defeated polio and began taking night courses while supporting his young family. He then went on to establish Truly Nolen Pest Control, an international pest extermination firm that today ranks among the nation’s top 10 pest control companies with over $72 million in annual revenue and locations across
the nation and in 40 countries. His innovation and humor are exhibited in the company’s distinctive advertising and over 100 classic cars emblazoned with the Truly Nolen name.
A family man, Truly Nolen has conveyed his adventurous spirit to his wife Vickie and their children, most of whom have learned to fly and share time with him sailing and scuba diving. Lured by the warm weather and water, Truly Nolen moved the family to Naples in 1992 and has since been an active member of the community. He generously supports the March of Dimes, Temple Shalom and countless other organizations.
For his support of the community, for fostering hope in those afflicted by despair, for proving that the promise of tomorrow’s future never means forsaking the past, for demonstrating the degree to which one man can make a positive difference when times most demand it, International College is pleased to honor Truly Nolen as the 2007 Humanitarian of the Year.
The luncheon ceremony on March 1, 2007 begins with a reception at 11 a.m. and is being generously underwritten by the wealth management and investment firm of Robert W. Baird & Co. Additional sponsors are being sought for the event. Tickets cost $125 per person. For reservations, call 239-598-6159 or visit www.internationalcollege.edu.