One of Allen’s favorite quotes is “You haven’t lived until you’ve done something for someone who can never repay you.” In fact, this is cross-stitched on a small sampler mounted on his office wall, an item his sister presented to him years ago.
Allen’s family arrived in Shelby, NC, in 1974 when his father came here to start a business. Allen exhibited leadership abilities at that early age by being President of the Student Body at Crest Senior High School in Shelby. Later he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
He has been involved in various civic organizations over the years including his church and a gospel quartet. Presently he chairs Shelby’s Parks and Recreations Board, and serves on the Board of the Dover YMCA. He is Chair of the Merry-Go-Round Festival, Cleveland County’s largest festival; is a Board Member of the Boy Scouts of America, and was elected Chairman of the Board for the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce. Add to this list that Allen is also a 32nd Degree Mason, and his dedication to public service is very evident.
In 1986, he took over his father’s business, H&H Pest Control and Waterproofing, where he remains President, directing this residential and commercial enterprise as it serves customers throughout the region. In fact, he is a long-standing member of the North Carolina Structural Pest Control Committee, the board that governs his industry. Allen is also a two-time recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
But his passion is Rotary. He became a member in August 1987, and in the years since has maintained perfect attendance. He has served as Club President, Sergeant at Arms, is a faculty member of the Rotary Leadership Institute, and has served three past District Governors as Aide and three others as Assistant Governor. He makes it a point to attend annual Rotary International conferences, including Australia, Copenhagen, Chicago, and New Orleans. In 2010 he participated in National Immunization Day in India where more than 8,000,000 children were inoculated for the poliovirus. He served as this district’s District Governor for 2011-2012. And in September 2012, he joined a group of fellow Rotarians on a climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for their “End Polio Now” program
Rotary has honored him in the past with such awards as The Four-Way Test (his local club’s highest award), Rotary International’s Four Avenues of Service: Individual Citation, and the Distinguished Rotarian Award for both his local club and his district. In 2010 he became a Major Donor.
When he can take a break from his other commitments, he enjoys a round of golf. In fact, he was on the 12th hole when the news arrived that his wife Mandi was going into labor with their first daughter Chloe in December 1999. His first question was, “Do I have time to finish?” Since then, they have increased their family circle with a second daughter, Gracie in March 2001.