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, four industry icons join the ranks of 83 other PMP Hall of Famers.
It’s hard to believe 20 years have passed since Dr. Austin Frishman explained, in a conference call with the PMP magazine staff, his desire to recognize the many leaders and pioneers — both contemporary and from generations past — in the pest management industry.
Every PMP Hall of Fame class is special, of course, but to know we reached the 20-year milestone with this premier industry-recognition program is something to celebrate. Please join us in congratulating our 20th class of the PMP Hall of Fame: Dr. Vernard Lewis, University of California — Berkley, Richard Sameth, retired, Western Pest Services, Vern Toblan (deceased), Pi Chi Omega, and Lawrence Treleven, Sprague Pest Solutions.
Dr. Vernard Lewis is Cooperative Extension Entomologist at the University of California, Berkeley. He’s served the pest management industry for 35 years. Key positions include pest management department head at San Quentin Prison, owner of IPM Systems and entomology professor.
Dick Sameth, who helped Western Pest Services become the company it is today, is a second-generation PMP Hall of Famer — his father, J.E. Sameth, was inducted in 1998. He retired as vice president of Western Pest Services after 49 years. He and brother and company president Bob helped grow Western Pest Services into one of the largest pest management companies in the countries and sold it to Rollins Inc. long before mergers and acquisitions were common in the pest management industry.
Larry Treleven, co-owner and co-president of Sprague Pest Solutions, has been in the pest management field for 45 years. At Sprague, he’s been a technician, sales associate and branch manager and now splits duties with brother Alfie Treleven.
Posthumous inductee Vern Toblan was instrumental in guiding industry fraternity Pi Chi Omega into the 21st century. He took immense pride in his work for the fraternity, and his enthusiasm was contagious.