Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence

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A look back at the PCT/BASF Technician of the Year Awards program.

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December 13, 2021

One of PCT’s most important projects is our annual Technician of the Year Awards, sponsored by BASF.

The program was launched in the 1990s as part of PCT Media Group legacy publication Service Technician magazine. That magazine included training articles and other content of interest to service professionals. When we made the decision to discontinue Service Technician in 2000, we all agreed it was important continue the Technician of the Year Awards program in the pages of PCT magazine.

The program is an opportunity to pay homage to the men and women working in the field who are the lifeblood of any pest control company. Service technicians are the ones entrusted with helping your company carry out its mission statement by: understanding and effectively utilizing products and technology; explaining your company’s services to their customers; going the extra mile to ensure that they are recurring customers; and much more.

All of our past winners traveled different paths to the pest control industry, but they have all become respected company leaders, admired by customers and coworkers alike.

Next year marks 25 years that PCT will be recognizing Technicians of the Year at an in-person event. As we celebrate this milestone, here is a look back at all of our past honorees (visit pctonline.com to read their profiles).

RESIDENTIAL TECHNICIANS OF THE YEAR
Mariano Acosta, Arrow Exterminating, Lynbrook, N.Y.
Bob Acra, Terminix International, Cincinnati, Ohio
Juan Arroyo, Massey Services, Orlando, Fla.
Larry Bloechl, Wil-Kil Pest Control, Sun Prairie, Wis.
Peter Bopp, Arrow Exterminating, Lynbrook, N.Y.
Terry Bowers, General Pest Control, Durango, Colo.
Norbert Brungardt, Orkin, Tulsa, Okla.
Rebecca Cade, Cook’s Pest Control, Memphis, Tenn.
Tony Decker, Scherzinger Pest Control, Cincinnati, Ohio
Andy Diaz, Truly Nolen of America, Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Alonzo Ferguson, Massey Services, Orlando, Fla.
Lee Gouty, J.C. Ehrlich Co., Reading, Pa.
Joey Hoke, American Pest Management, Manhattan, Kan.
Patrick John, Wil-Kil Pest Control, Menomonee Falls, Wis.
Scott Leeman, Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, St. Louis, Mo.
Scott Lupo, Batzner Pest Management, New Berlin, Wis.
Colby McCarty, Chem-Free Organic Pest & Lawn, Austin, Texas
Patsy McIntire, Terminix, San Angelo, Texas
Randy Miller, Orkin, Greenville, S.C.
Al Moore, Massey Services, Atlanta, Ga.
Luther Mosley, Arrow Exterminators, Tampa, Fla.
Annette Oravsky, Chapman Pest Control, Pinellas Park, Fla.
Mike Pugliese, Terminix Service, Hendersonville, N.C.
Danielle Whitley, Massey Services, Orlando, Fla.
Fred Wiemann, University Termite and Pest Control, Tucson, Ariz.
Gail Wiles, Hulett Environmental Services, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Larry Williams, A-Active Termite & Pest Control, Virginia Beach, Va.
COMMERCIAL TECHNICIANS OF THE YEAR
Steve Atchley, Cook’s Pest Control, Albertville, Ala.
Jim Bailey, Orkin, Columbus, Ohio
Gilbert Balart, Arrow Exterminators, Atlanta, Ga.
Bill Bock, Western Pest Services, Egg Harbor Twp., N.J.
John Dawson, Griffin Pest Solutions, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Ron Evans, J.C. Ehrlich Co., Avenal, N.J.
Jim Feleay, Presto-X-Company, Des Moines, Iowa
Derek Foster, Northwest Exterminating, Marietta, Ga.
Donald Goff, Dodson Bros., Chesapeake, Va.
Peter Gorman, Waltham Services, Waltham, Mass.
Rob Heisner, McCloud Services, Elgin, Ill.
Thomas Horton, International Exterminating, Elk Grove, Ill.
Randy Jahnke, Alternative Pest Solutions, Beaver Dam, Wis.
Robert “Corky” Long, Presto-X-Company, Springfield, Mo.
Jim Matej, The General Pest Control Co., Cleveland, Ohio
Matthew Miller, Arrow Environmental Services, Sarasota, Fla.
Paul Morton, The Steritech Group, Charlotte, N.C.
Javier Rodriguez, Massey Services, Bedford, Texas
Steve Rogers, Presto-X-Company, Denison, Iowa
Macy Ruiz, The Steritech Group, Charlotte, N.C.
Scott Sander, Action Pest Control, Evansville, Ind.
L.C. Spivey, Orkin, Atlanta, Ga.
Wallace Taylor, Arrow Exterminators, Atlanta, Ga.
Rob Van Willigen, Batzner Pest Management, New Berlin, Wis.
Jake Vollink, Rose Pest Solutions, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Gus Walker, Gregory Pest Solutions, Greenville, S.C.
TERMITE TECHNICIANS OF THE YEAR
Steve Adkins, Western Exterminator, Santa Maria, Calif.
Joe Avery, HomeTeam Pest Defense, Winter Garden, Fla.
Benny Bufford, Dixon Exterminating Co., Thomasville, Ga.
Luis Colon, Heron Home & Outdoor, Apopka, Fla.
JD Donaldson, Parker Pest Control, Ponca City, Okla.
Rick Gaudreault, Orkin, Collinsville, Ill.
William Graves, Orkin, Columbus, Ohio
Jerry Hadaway, Mid South Pest Control, Amory, Miss.
David Hicks, Bug Out Service, Jacksonville, Fla.
Allen Hulstine, Terminix, Sherman, Texas
Tim Hunt, Hunt Pest & Termite Control, Lehi, Utah
Mark Lopez, Western Exterminator, Long Beach, Calif.
Kevin McDonald, Orkin, Clearwater, Fla.
James Miners, Western Pest Services, Randolph, N.J.
Steve Morrison, Burt’s Termite & Pest Control, Columbus, Ind.
Morris Myles, Terminix, Memphis, Tenn.
Arnold Parnell, Orkin, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Jay Roberts, Roberts Pest Control, Mt. Airy, N.C.
Chris Sillinger, B&B Exterminating, Jacksonville, Fla.
Al Smith, Cooper Pest Solutions, Lawrenceville, N.J.
David Story, Western Exterminator, Santa Maria, Calif.
Shawn Svehla, Turner Pest Control, Jacksonville, Fla.
Todd Walker, B&B Exterminating, Jacksonville, Fla.
John Whitman, Champion Exterminating Co., Houston, Texas
Robert Woodson, ABC Home & Commercial Services, Austin, Texas
Sean Young, HomeTeam Pest Defense, Houston, Texas