The Pest Management Professional (PMP) Hall of Fame was established in 1997 to recognize and thank those who’ve led the pest management industry to new heights. This year, four industry icons — Ed Bradbury, Gene Harrington, Don Reierson and Dempsey R. Sapp Sr. — join the ranks of 75 other PMP Hall of Famers. Though they need no introduction, here’s the Class of 2014.
Ed Bradbury founded Viking Termite & Pest Control in 1980 with his wife, Eileen, and has since grown it into one of largest and most respected pest control companies in North America — with more than 200 employees in five states. Bradbury is six-time president of the New Jersey Pest Management Association (NJPMA) and has been instrumental in creating educational programs for Rutgers University and helped develop new regulations with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Additionally, Bradbury has served on numerous National Pest Management Association (NPMA) committees, including as a board member as Region 1 Director. He’s also served as a board member for the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA).
In 1994, Gene Harrington responded to a job listing for a manager of government affairs position with the then-National Pest Control Association (now NPMA). Two decades later, he’s still with the association as vice president of government affairs. Using his Capitol Hill experience and knowledge of entomology, Harrington has spent his tenure with the organization affecting industry-related legislation and regulations. He’s helped develop and implement pest management public policy throughout the U.S., and played a key role in the defeat of legislation banning the use of pesticides on various federal properties in 2000. In 2009, Harrington helped create a workable measure affecting the treatment of pests on planes; it became law in 2012. Most recently, he spearheaded the passage of a 2014 law retaining the food uses for the fumigant sulfuryl fluoride.
Don Reierson veered from plans to teach high school science by taking a job as a student assistant to fellow Hall of Famer Dr. Walter Ebeling (Class of 2003). During his years in the graduate entomology program at the University of California-Los Angeles, Reierson studied mosquitoes and other insects.Now he conducts research for the industry on a part-time basis for the department of entomology, University of California-Riverside with his fellow Hall of Famer and friend of more than 30 years, Dr. Mike Rust (Class of 2007). Their research topics include urban insect pests, integrated pest management, insecticide resistance and field control strategies. Reierson has taken advantage of his academic position and years of expertise to serve as a mentor to next-generation researchers. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from UCLA and a master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach.
Dempsey R. Sapp Sr. is widely considered a founding father of the pest management industry. In 1949, Sapp earned a master’s degree in entomology from the University of Florida. Two days after graduation, he opened Florida Pest Control & Chemical Co. in Gainesville that’s now one of the biggest family-owned pest management companies in the U.S. He also affected pest control regulation with the Florida Pest Control Association (now Florida Pest Management Association, or FPMA), of which he was elected president in 1958. Concurrently, he served three years on the Structural Pest Control Commission of Florida. In 1999, he and his wife, Margie, created the Margie B. and Dempsey R. Sapp Sr. Distinguished Endowed Professorship in Structural Pest Control and Urban Entomology. At the time, it was the first professorship funded exclusively by a PMP at the University of Florida.
Finally, we thank our PMP Hall of Fame induction ceremony supporters for partnering with us to recognize these industry icons:
- Platinum Sponsor: Bug Off Pest Control Center
- Cocktail Hour Sponsor: J.T. Eaton & Co.
- Gold Sponsors: BASF, Control Solutions Inc. (CSI), Marathon Data Systems, Purdue University, Rockwell Labs Ltd, and Service Pro.net.
The Pest Management Professional (PMP) Hall of Fame was established in 1997 to recognize and thank those who led and continue to lead the pest management industry to new heights. This year, six industry icons — Greg Baumann, Bob Rosenberg, Dr. Claude Thomas, Vernon McKinzie, Stoy Hedges and posthumous inductee, Dr. Thomas Elliot Snyder — join the ranks of 69 other PMP Hall of Famers.
We’d like to introduce you to our PMP Hall of Fame Class of 2013, even though we’re fairly certain they need no introduction:
★ Greg Baumann, whose work with Rollins, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the food industry has earned him induction.
★ Bob Rosenberg, The NPMA’s Executive Vice President and CEO, who for decades has helped navigate our national association and pest management overall through challenging times as he continues to give back to the industry he loves.
★ Dr. Thomas Elliot Snyder (posthumous inductee), an early leader in the research of termites and their control.
★ Vernon McKinzie, a past NPMA president whose distinguished career as an entomologist, PMP and association leader cast him as a key agent for positive industry changes.
★ Dr. Claude Thomas, southeastern technical representative for B&G Equipment, whose 34 years of industry experience has made him a respected pioneer of practical industry research and technological expertise.
★ Stoy Hedges, whose combined professional skill sets of both author and entomologist have helped him make a significant literary and public-speaking impact in pest management.
Finally, we thank our PMP Hall of Fame induction ceremony supporters for partnering with us in recognition
of our industry icons: Platinum Sponsor Bug Off Pest Control Center, Cocktail Hour Sponsor JT Eaton, and Gold Sponsors Bird-B-Gone, Control Solutions Inc., Marathon Data Systems, MGK, Oldham, Purdue, Rockwell Labs Ltd., Rollins and Service Pro.
Look for more coverage of our 2013 ceremony, as well as an upcoming appeal for the 2014 nominees, in the coming weeks!
Dr. Jerome Goddard
A public health entomologist turned professor and legendary industry“infotainment” speaker.
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George L. Hockenyos
As founder of Sentinel Laboratory in Springfield, Ill., Hockenyos helped chemical manufacturers test their products’ efficacy, then he branched into providing structural pest management services
with Sentinel Pest Control, which, 80 years later, is owned and operated by his son, Jon, and other family members. Hockenyos also chaired the National Pest Control Association’s (now NPMA’s) Materials, Standards and Methods committees from
1935 through 1947 and served as NPCA’s 14th president.
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James A. Nelson
The first executive director of the international pest management fraternity Pi Chi Omega and a former editor of this publication who played a pivotal role in the launches of “Truman’s Scientific Guide to
Pest Management Operations” and Purdue University’s related correspondence course, as well as PMP’s sister publication, Landscape Management, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
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Dr. Michael F. Potter
An agricultural chemical research-and-development expert turned pest management professional/Orkin national technical director, and then extension entomologist, industry researcher and event speaker and organizer.
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Gary W. Rollins
The man leading The Orkin Man … for 45 years and counting.
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The PMP Hall of Fame class of 2011 video coverage.
When the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA’s) PestWorld 2011 concluded in October, 2011, 64 industry legends — including three couples — will have been inducted into the esteemed Pest Management Professional (PMP)
Hall of Fame.
To further honor these difference makers — professionals who truly have gone above and beyond to advance the pest management industry — we recently launched http://www.pmphalloffame.com, comprising 61 profiles of our
Hall of Famers (three features cover couples), as well as coverage (photos and videos) from past induction ceremonies.
We also partnered with New York-based Bug Off Pest Control Center to purchase 8-by-6-inch plaques featuring bronze, 3D etchings of each of our Hall of Famers. These will be showcased at Purdue University thanks to PMP Hall of Famer Dr. Gary Bennett and the rest of his Boilermakers team.
Fifteen years after our first Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1997, amazingly, the caliber of industry icons being inducted in 2011 was as strong as ever. Please join us in saluting our PMP Hall of Fame Class of 2011:
The Pest Management Professional (PMP) Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on Oct. 19, 2010, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The PMP Hall of Fame honors those who have demonstrated superior dedication to the pest management industry through leadership, education and service.
More than 100 industry insiders, including PMPs, manufacturers and past honorees, gathered at the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Coral Ballroom to honor this year’s inductees.
Family, friends and colleagues of Bob Kunst, Allen James, Dr. Charles Wright, and posthumous inductees Paul Adams and Charles Pomerantz, paid tribute to their accomplishments by recounting stories and memories, both professional and personal.
Inductees are chosen by their peers through voluntary nominations. The final selection is made by an anonymous committee of knowledgeable industry representatives.
Industry legends, past Hall of Fame inductees, family and friends of the pest management industry and esteemed guests turned out on the eve of NPMA’s PestWorld 2009 for the black-tie event to celebrate the careers of the PMP Hall of Fame Class of 2009: Joe Thomas, Sandee and Al Burger, Motokazu Hirao and Jacques Hess.
Held at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the 2009 PMP Hall of Fame banquet drew more than 150 invited guests. The evening began with a cocktail hour where old friends reminisced and shared memories.
The Hall of Fame honors those who demonstrate superior dedication to the industry.
Following dinner, PMP magazine publisher George Casey welcomed everyone and introduced the event’s sponsors — Michael Weisburger of PlanetPCO and Andy Linares of Bug Off Pest Control Center. PMP Editorial Director Frank H. Andorka Jr. took the stage next, and officially started the inductions for the Class of 2009.
After a short video history of their careers, each inductee took the stage to receive their award and say a few remarks. Thomas, CEO of Arrow Exterminators, noted the strong support from his family as the reason for his success; while the Burgers, retired owners of “Bugs” Burger Pest Control, urged those in attendance to treat their employees with respect.
Hirao, from the Japanese Pest Control Association, expressed his gratitude for the influence the U.S. pest management industry has had on his career. Geoffrey Hess, grandson of this year’s posthumous inductee Jacques Hess, shared some heartwarming memories of his grandfather.
The PMP Hall of Fame honors those who have demonstrated superior dedication to the pest management industry through leadership, education and service. Inductees are chosen by their peers through voluntary nominations, and one winner is appointed posthumously by the magazine’s staff. In addition, PMP Hall of Fame inductee names are permanently displayed on a plaque in their honor at Purdue University’s Smith Hall in West Lafayette, Ind.