Class of 1998

Bill Brehm

When the image of a pest control operator (PCO) comes to one’s mind, it’s almost impossible not to think of the compressed air sprayer, or as it’s affectionately known—the B&G. Bill Brehm is one man responsible for that vision.

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Bill Buettner

Buettner had seen a need for a professional organization firsthand in New York in the late 1920s. He was instrumental in the early days of the Society of Exterminators and Fumigators in New York City, and his marketing skills and tireless energy were soon in great demand.

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Charlie Hromada

Hromada’s start in pest control had to do with some “white bugs,” but his story has a little different twist. During the time that Hromada was attending Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., majoring in forestry, a division of Terminix called E.L. Bruce Co. was receiving complaints from customers about “white bugs” in the oak wood flooring that they were manufacturing.

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J.E. SamethJ.E. Sameth

The words that readers’ nominations used most often to describe J.E. Sameth, founder of Western Pest Services, Parsippany, N.J., include ethical, honest, leader and integrity. Could there be any words sweeter than those for a man, who gave 70 years of his life to an industry, to hear about himself?

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