WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Industry consultant Stoy Hedges has been selected to receive the 2019 John V. Osmun Alumni Professional Achievement Award in Entomology, announced Stephen Cameron, head of Purdue’s Entomology Department. The award is presented annually by the Department of Entomology at Purdue University to an alumnus who has demonstrated excellence in their career as an entomologist or in a related field.
Hedges is a storied 40-year veteran of the U.S. pest management industry, having worked for a variety of pest management companies across the Midwest and South, including a 25-year tenure as the senior technical entomologist with Terminix. In 2014, Hedges launched his own consulting firm, Stoy Pest Consulting.
Hedges’s impact on the field has been immense through roles as a conference educator and author of first-of-a-kind field manuals of pest control technicians. He has served as the editorial director for the last three editions of the Mallis Handbook of Pest Control (the 1.600-page industry “bible”) and he has written over a hundred articles for Pest Control Technology and Service Technician magazines.
The JV Osmun Award ceremony, including a presentation by Hedges, will be on Oct. 11.
Dayton Hylton started Dayton’s Pest Control in 1985 in the basement of his parents’ home, and under the leadership of Dayton and his wife Sheila, it has grown into a firm with 35 professionals.
Commenting on the announcement, Eric Frye, president of Waynes, said, “Partnering with Dayton’s will allow us to effectively serve Knoxville and surrounding communities.”
Dayton Hylton, owner of Dayton’s added, “Thirty-five years ago, I began this business with a passion to serve others while pursuing my dream of a career in entomology. In 2003, my wife Sheila joined Dayton’s and we have been blessed to expand the Dayton’s Team and our impact within the community through service to thousands of Knoxville residents. We are honored to entrust Waynes with our Team and look forward to the opportunities that this will create for them and the customers we serve now and in the future.”