Secret Site Map
Friday, November 21, 2014

Home News PCT Recognizes Technicians of the Year at Legislative Day

PCT Recognizes Technicians of the Year at Legislative Day

People

PCT, and sponsor BASF Pest Control Solutions, recognized the winners — Gail Wiles (Hulett Environmental Services), John Dawson (Griffin Pest Solutions) and Rick Gaudreault (Orkin) — during a special ceremony on Tuesday.

Brad Harbison | March 5, 2012

WASHINGTON – Pest Control Technology (PCT) magazine, and sponsor BASF Pest Control Solutions, recognized the 2011 Technicians of the Year at NPMA Legislative Day on Tuesday. This year’s winners are:

Residential Technician of the Year — Gail Wiles, Hulett Environmental Services, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Commercial Technician of the Year — John Dawson, Griffin Pest Solutions, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Termite Technician of the Year — Rick Gaudreault, Orkin, Collinsville, Ill.

“The 2011 Technicians of the Year are representative of the many outstanding service professionals in the pest control industry,” said PCT Managing Editor Brad Harbison. “Whether it’s mentoring new service technicians, assisting with training programs or growing their routes through sales efforts, each of this year’s winners truly goes above and beyond their job description.”

Wiles came to Hulett Environmental Services after having served as head safety officer for 13 power plants. Her coworkers and clients regard her as a knowledgeable, friendly and reliable professional. Wiles works hard to connect with the community and earn the trust of her customers, many of whom now consider her a friend. In addition to her work at Hulett, Wiles has been involved helping more than 30 charitable organizations during the past 13 years.

Dawson, a 24-year veteran of Griffin Pest Solutions, has been an early adopter and patient teacher of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). He works hard to find solutions that are environmentally responsible and minimally invasive. As a teacher, he believes in thoroughly explaining to customers what he’s doing and why, what they can expect in terms of results and why IPM solutions are preferable to traditional solutions in many situations. Because Dawson services accounts with very low pest thresholds, mostly in the health care and pharmaceutical segment, this customer education is vital.

Gaudreault has become a leader at Orkin’s Collinsville, Ill. branch office due to his positive attitude and willingness to do the little things to meet and exceed customer expectations. A termite technician for the past seven years, Gaudreault has excelled at a job that requires problem solving and attention to detail. He serves as a model mentor to new service technicians, exhibiting patience and dedication necessary to train others.

PCT received dozens of nominations for from pest control companies throughout the U.S. of various size and make-up. Managers/owners were asked to evaluate service technicians in several areas including: technical skills; communication skills; service to company/community; and their mentoring role within the company. All of the nominations were reviewed by a panel of pest control industry experts who determined the winners.

The 2011 Technicians of the Year will be profiled in the April issue of PCT magazine.

Top news

AMVAC Announces 'Evolution of Bed Bug Control' Webinar

Featuring industry consultant Paul Bello and AMVAC's Charles Silcox, Ph.D., the Dec. 4 webinar will cover how control tools have evolved and provide insights into a new tool for managing bed bugs, and other pests, NUVAN Directed Spray

Target Specialty Products Hosts Annual Fumigation School

As part of the annual school, held earlier this month in California, attendees took a field trip to see an actual fumigation process. This year’s fumigation beneficiary was the Greater Richmond Interfaith Project, which had been battling bed bugs the past few years. The fumigation itself was donated by Your Fumigation office, Elk Grove, Calif.

Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes Chagas Disease

A new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs, like the triatomines, can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease.

Allergy Technologies Offers Free Liner Trial Program to PMPs

The program enables pest management professionals (PMPs) to evaluate ActiveGuard Mattress Liners in real world applications.

PCO Caldwell in Country Gospel Music Video

Ronnie Caldwell, president of Innovative Pest Management, Denver, N.C., is one of the stars of the new Bruce Hedrick video 'A Better Man.'

x