TACOMA, Wash. – As a result of impressive growth in the western United States, Sprague Pest Solutions announced the expansion of its technical services team, adding three new regional entomologists and a consultant.
The expansion, which mirrors the company’s commitment to education and training that has seen nearly 15 percent of all employees earn advanced entomology degrees or designations, will provide expanded and more flexible technical resources for clients and Sprague’s field staff.
Stepping into the three new regional entomologist positions are Ashley Roden, B.C.E.; Bobbie Orr, B.C.E.; and Dr. Richard Houseman.
A Sprague technical services team member since 2013, Roden will expand her current role and serve as regional entomologist along the I-5 corridor from Seattle to Portland. She holds a master’s degree in entomology from the University of Georgia.
Orr, an entomologist and educator, will support Sprague’s growing, diverse client base in California, Nevada and portions of Oregon. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, with a degree in entomology, Orr has worked for national and regional pest service companies.
Houseman, the newest member of the Sprague technical services team, brings experience in pest control research, analysis, training and education. He was an associate professor of urban entomology at the University of Missouri and an instructor and post-doctoral research associate at Texas A&M University. He will support Sprague service centers in Colorado, Idaho and Utah.
Recently retired Sprague Technical Director Jeff Weier, B.C.E., will serve as a consultant to the technical services team. Weier, known for his innovative approach to designing and implementing pest control programs, brings with him extensive client and institutional knowledge.
“All three of our regional entomologists bring a wealth of expertise to their roles,” said Ross Treleven, Sprague president. “These talented individuals not only allow us to provide expanded technical support and consulting to our clients but bring fresh eyes to technical issues across Sprague’s multi-state service area.”
Sprague CEO Alfie Treleven added that the Tacoma, Wash.-based company is excited about the expansion.
“It speaks to our commitment to not only continue the legacy of innovation and exceptional client service that has been our trademark for more than nine decades, but to build on that in the years ahead for both the benefit of our internal team and clients,” he said.