Friday, January 20, 2017

Year-end totals for 2016

Here at ESA HQ we have closed out 2016 and finalized our record keeping. And though we reported on the "state of the certification programs" during the Business Meeting a few weeks ago, I wanted to give everyone a sense of how we finished the year in terms of ACE and BCE certified individuals.

Let's review the BCE program first.  I'm pleased to report that we had another solid year of growth - ending the year with 472 BCEs, a full 20 more than we had on the books at the end of 2015 (growth of 4%). Of those, 385 were full BCEs, 10 were Interns, 77 were Emeritus. BCE has grown annually since 2012. 

ACE's growth was even stronger than last year. We recorded 118 more ACEs than we had when 2015 closed out, finishing the year at 1,018. That is a growth rate of 13%! On average, since the program was introduced in 2004, the program has grown every year at an average growth rate of 46% (full disclosure - some of those early years had huge percentage increases, but were less stellar in terms of overall numbers - 2004 had 14 ACEs and 2005 had 45 ACEs, a 165% jump). But, of note, ACE has grown every year.

Included in the numbers above for ACE are 14 ACE-International individuals. ACE-I was introduced in October 2014, but we did not have our first applicant pass until February 2015. We finished 2015 with a total of 5 ACE-I's and our 2016 total of 14 is thus 9 more than the year before, or a jump of about 180% (see what I mean about percentage increases!). 

Also of interest, we had 10 people who hold both the ACE and BCE!

We hope that you continue to maintain your ACE and BCE. These certification programs help to build the professionalism of the industry and showcase our professionalism for the world. 

Wear your ACE and BCE logos with pride!  If you need a copy of the logo for your website, business cards, or email signature, please contact or

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New ACEs and BCEs (through Jan 10, 2017)

Happy New Year ... make yourself a resolution to get your ACE, ACE-International, or BCE this year, just like these folks did:

New BCEs:

  • Ms. Laura Ellen Hammon, BCE, (not provided), San Jose, CA  USA.  Certified on 12/13/2016
  • Dr. Michael T. Bentley, BCE, (National Pest Management Association), Fairfax, VA  USA.  Certified on 12/30/2016

New ACE Internationals:

  • Mr. Sambasiva Rao Malyala, ACE-I, (Abell Pest Control), Etobicoke, ON  Canada.  Certified on 11/30/2016
  • Mr. Steven R. Graff, ACE-I, (Abell Pest Control), Etobicoke, ON  Canada.  Certified on 12/21/2016

New ACEs:

  • Mr. Jay Charles Newell, ACE, (Copesan Services Inc), Menomonee Falls, WI  USA.  Certified on 11/22/2016
  • Mr. Adam Warrix, ACE, (Varment Gaurd), Columbus, OH  USA.  Certified on 11/29/2016
  • Mr. Daniel J Foard, ACE, (Pestmaster Services), Saint Augustine, FL  USA.  Certified on 11/29/2016
  • Mr. Gregory Richard McMillon, ACE, (Batzner Pest Control), New Berlin, WI  USA.  Certified on 12/1/2016
  • Mr. Daniel Elton Stawicki, ACE, (Batzner Pest Control), New Berlin, WI  USA.  Certified on 12/1/2016
  • Mr. Jason D. Ganas, ACE, (Batzner Pest Control), Waukesha, WI  USA.  Certified on 12/1/2016
  • Mr. Christian M. Blake, ACE, (Rentokil North America), Lebanon, TN  USA.  Certified on 12/5/2016
  • Mr. Ryan Scott Cocking, ACE, (Patton Termite and Pest), Wichita, KS  USA.  Certified on 12/6/2016
  • Mr. Timothy Alan Dahl, ACE, (Patton Termite and Pest), Wichita, KS  USA.  Certified on 12/6/2016
  • Mr. Gabriel Aguillon, ACE, (Bob Jenkins Pest & Lawn Service), San Antonio, TX  USA.  Certified on 12/7/2016
  • Mr. Clinton T Hester, ACE, (Stark Exterminators), Birmingham, AL  USA.  Certified on 12/14/2016
  • Mr. James Steven Dvorak, ACE, (ABC Home and Commercial Services), Lewisville, TX  USA.  Certified on 12/23/2016
  • Ms. Shelby Guilfoyle, ACE, (Advanced Services), Augusta, GA  USA.  Certified on 1/10/2017
  • Mr. Kevin Hudson, ACE, (Advanced Services Inc.), Augusta, GA  USA.  Certified on 1/10/2017
  • Ms. Dena B. Thomas, ACE, (Advanced Services, Inc.), Augusta, GA  USA.  Certified on 1/10/2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 ESACC Business Meeting

On Wednesday the 21st of December, the ESA Certification Corporation hosted its second-annual virtual business meeting. As we posted on this blog last year for the 2015 Business Meeting, the annual meeting switched from a live meeting held in conjunction with the ESA Annual Meeting to this format in an effort to boost its reach, attendance, and staying power (by virtue of a recorded webinar).

We had 56 people register for the webinar and 31 who actually attended it. While this is a slight decrease from last year's 37 attendees, it remains a strong improvement over previous in-person meetings.

Dr. Zia Siddiqi, BCE (2017 Chair of the Certification Board (CB)) presided over the meeting with additional commentary provided by Forrest St. Aubin, BCE-Emeritus (2016 Chair of the CB).

The webinar is live on the ESA YouTube channel and can also be accessed by clicking on the video below. Selected questions that were submitted to the webinar that we were unable to answer during the session are also addressed below the video.

Questions and comments submitted during the webinar that were not addressed during the live event:

Question:  Is there an ACE award application online? If so, where do I find it?
The ACE Award site is on the ESA Awards site. It can be found here:

Question:  Will hiring a new certification manager affect our relationship with Chris Stelzig?
Yes, but only to the extent that the new manager will take over the daily operations of the program. Stelzig will continue to manage the program and oversee all activities, including attending some meetings, but the new manager will soon become a familiar face at many pest management conferences and meetings in the United States and around the world.

Question:  RE nominating persons for an ACE Award -- It might be a good idea to involve the editorial staffs of Pest Control Technology (PCT) Magazine and PMP magazine, as well as appropriate NPMA faculty/staff members, to help promote the choice and submittal of ACE-credentialed co-worker and colleague names within the structural pest management industry.
Agreed!  In the past we have used our social media platforms, our industry partners (like NPMA) and ESA's regular communication vehicles like eNews to distribute announcements. All ACEs and BCEs are encouraged to watch their inboxes for the awards announcements and distribute to their networks.

Question Maybe ESA can explore a special registration option for ACE professionals who would like to attend Annual Meeting or Branch Meetings for continuing education without being ESA members. 
Actually, ACEs already enjoy a discounted rate to attend the ESA Annual Meeting. It is not quite as steep of a discount as ESA members enjoy, but ... hey, it's an ESA membership meeting, what do you expect?

Question:  I suggest that serious consideration be given to having webinars in specific areas that could also serve as educational resources for ACE and BCE. There are a lot of members who are academics and may have good material that could be presented online.
Thank you for the suggestion. We have investigated this option in the past and would still consider it for future expansion and resources that we can offer to applicants.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New ACEs and BCEs - including our 1,000th ACE

The ACE program crossed a milestone this month when the 1,000th person for the year earned his ACE. This is not the 1,000th person to ever earn the ACE, but the Rudy Ayala pushed our overall count of ACEs over 1,000 for the first time when he passed his exam on November 16 (the event was covered in the EntomologyToday blog). Please help us to celebrate all of the new ACEs and BCEs who passed their exams since mid-September.

New BCEs:
  • Mr. Paul M. Zarebicki, BCE, (State of Delaware, Division of Fish and Wildlife), Milford, DE  USA.  Certified on 9/15/2016
  • Mr. Wei Leong Chong, BCE, (Ikari Services PTE Ltd.), Singapore,   Singapore.  Certified on 10/10/2016
New ACEs:
  • Ms. Corinne Down, ACE-I, (Abell Pest Control), Cochrane, AB  Canada.  Certified on 10/24/2016
  • Mr. Juan Jose Higueros, ACE, (Orkin Pest Control), Anaheim, CA  USA.  Certified on 9/16/2016
  • Mr. William E. Reardon, ACE, (Royal Pest Solutions), West Chester, PA  USA.  Certified on 9/30/2016
  • Mr. Michael James Cook, ACE, (Ecolab), Mukwonago, WI  USA.  Certified on 9/30/2016
  • Mr. John Young, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Matthew J Wise, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Michael Biando, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Todd Kirk, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Tom Dunn, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Jason Pugh, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Jimmie D. McIntyre, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Brian Keith Doyle, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Dennis Ahchin, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Lance Van Zant, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Micheal D. Dirks, ACE, (Dirks Pest Management Specialist), Royersford, PA  USA.  Certified on 10/6/2016
  • Mr. Rock T Thweatt, ACE, (Roberts Termite and Pest Control, Inc), Austin, TX  USA.  Certified on 10/19/2016
  • Mr. Thomas L Wright, ACE, (Pest Pro Academy), Carrollton, TX  USA.  Certified on 10/19/2016
  • Mr. William Jay Beems, ACE, (Ecolab), Bel Aire, KS  USA.  Certified on 10/25/2016
  • Mr. Robert David Lockwood, ACE, (Rentokil/Ehrlich), Milford, CT  USA.  Certified on 10/29/2016
  • Mr. Jeffrey Ryan Schmidt, ACE, (Copesan Services Inc.), Menomonee Falls, WI  USA.  Certified on 11/7/2016
  • Mr. Nicholas Brian Fowler, ACE, (Applied Pest Management Inc), Vallejo, CA  USA.  Certified on 11/9/2016
  • Mr. Bobby Mullins, ACE, (Terminix), Charleston, WV  USA.  Certified on 11/11/2016
  • Mr. Rudy Ayala, ACE, (Spearhead Pest Control), Ventura, CA USA. Certified on 11/16/2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

Newly certified - thru Sept 14, 2016

Please join ESA in congratulating these PMPs for earning their ESA certification.

Ms. Heather King, BCE, (American Pest Control), Athens, GA  USA.  Certified on 8/26/2016
Mrs. Kristen Coleen Stevens, BCE-Intern, (University of Florida), Gainesville, FL  USA.  Certified on 8/15/2016

Mr. Michael John Jaurigui, ACE, (Alert Pest Control), Daly City, CA  USA.  Certified on 9/8/2016
Mr. Paul Walton, ACE, (Ecolab Pest Elimination), Hughson, CA  USA.  Certified on 8/31/2016
Mr. Sean Thomas Hannon, ACE, (Dirks PMS), Collegeville, PA  USA.  Certified on 8/25/2016
Ms. Dusana A. Bondy, ACE-I, (Abell Pest Control INC), Barrie, ON  Canada.  Certified on 8/18/2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

PestWorld East Review

ESA's Chris Stelzig meeting with attendees at
PestWorld East on August 29 in Panjim, Goa, India
I'd never been to India before, so was not sure what to expect from my first trip which was to attend PestWorld East at the Grand Hyatt in Goa, India on 27-29 August 2016. This meeting was a joint production of the Indian Pest Control Association and the NPMA.

To say that I was impressed is an understatement. 

From the impressive array of speakers, cultural programming, delicious food, interesting tour opportunities, and the high level of the attendees at the conference, this trip was a win by any standards.

The IPCA had an incredible attendance of about 525 (last count I heard) interested, attentive, professional, and dedicated PMPs. I honestly don't think I've ever attended a pest management conference where the audience in the training sessions paid attention like this group did. The speakers included (too many to list them all) included many ESA members, such as Chow-Yang Lee (BCE), Jim Fredericks (BCE), Su Yee Lim (BCE), Faith Oi, and Dini Miller. Jim and I contributed to a session on professionalism in pest management and credentialing possibilities that exist -- including ACE, ACE-I, and BCE. There are currently no ACEs in India, but that won't last for long. Especially with talented and dedicated BCEs like Jayant Dandawate and Ruparao T. Gahukar to serve as proctors.

I had the privilege to spend some time with Anil Rao, owner of PCI and some members of his professional team and family. PCI is the largest pest management firm in the nation and it shows in the quality that they bring to their work. They take a science-based approach to pest management, even operating a laboratory in-house for product research and development.

ESA ran an exhibit booth that frequently had attendees lined up to visit. I quickly ran out of business cards and made nearly five times as many contacts as I would normally make at a professional conference like this. Next time I'll pack more cards!

The takeaway for me is this -- India is a country where the pest management industry is in great shape and is growing rapidly in professionalism. I look forward to having an opportunity to return.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Newly certified

Please join us in congratulating these newly certified individuals who have earned their credentials in the past few months.

New BCEs:
  • Ms. Carrie Elizabeth De Jesus, BCE-Intern, (Delta Vector Control District), Rancho Santa Margarita, CA  USA.  Certified on 8/2/2016
  • Mr. Mark Janowiecki, BCE-Intern, (not provided), College Station, TX  USA.  Certified on 6/13/2016
  • Mr. Chong Chin Heo, BCE, (Texas A&M University), College Station, TX  USA.  Certified on 7/20/2016
  • Capt. Jordan McQuade Coburn, BCE, (United States Army), Killeen, TX  USA.  Certified on 6/27/2016
  • Mr. Travis J Gates, BCE, (ABC Home and Commercial), Lewisville, TX  USA.  Certified on 6/27/2016
  • Mr. Christopher A. Hohnholt, BCE, (NAVFAC ATLANTIC), Norfolk, VA  USA.  Certified on 6/13/2016
  • Dr. Bennett William Jordan, BCE, (Copesan Services, Inc.), Menomonee Falls, WI  USA.  Certified on 6/10/2016
  • Mr. Timothy McGonegal, BCE, (Scientific Coordination Inc.), Warrenton, VA  USA.  Certified on 5/15/2016
New ACE-Internationals:
  • Mr. Francis Aaron Soudant, ACE-I, (Abell Pest Controll), Etobicoke, ON  Canada.  Certified on 7/21/2016
  • Mr. Marcus F. Rezende, ACE-I, (Truly Nolen International), Orlando, FL  USA.  Certified on 7/18/2016
New ACEs:
  • Mr. Jonathan Roland Anderson, ACE, (Specialized Pest Control and Lawn Care), Hyde Park, UT  USA.  Certified on 8/12/2016
  • Mr. Pete Zimmermann, ACE, (Ecolab Pest Elimination), Spencer, IA  USA.  Certified on 8/11/2016
  • Mr. Joseph Adam Owens, ACE, (Bama Exterminating Company Inc.), Northport, AL  USA.  Certified on 8/4/2016
  • Mr. Andrew V. Mannino III, ACE, (Amco Ranger, Inc.), Saint Peters, MO  USA.  Certified on 7/26/2016
  • Mr. Derek Eugene Brigman, ACE, (Protex Lawn and Pest Control Inc.), Goldenrod, FL  USA.  Certified on 7/8/2016
  • Mr. Dominique Sauvage, ACE, (Copesan), Menomonee Falls, WI  USA.  Certified on 7/6/2016
  • Mr. Nathan Gary Goodson, ACE, (Ecolab), Albuquerque, NM  USA.  Certified on 6/29/2016
  • Mr. Adam Scott Vannest, ACE, (Northwest Exterminating), Marietta, GA  USA.  Certified on 6/20/2016
  • Mr. Todd L. Moeller, ACE, (Ecolab, Inc.), Round Rock, TX  USA.  Certified on 6/10/2016
  • Mr. H. Sam Kendrick, ACE, (Arrow Exterminators), Woodstock, GA  USA.  Certified on 6/6/2016
  • Mr. Daniel Rottler, ACE, (Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions), Saint Louis, MO  USA.  Certified on 5/31/2016
  • Mr. Kyle A Bond, ACE, (Terminix - Owner), Kerrville, TX  USA.  Certified on 5/17/2016
  • Mr. Walter Carson, Jr., ACE, (Terminix), Kerrville, TX  USA.  Certified on 5/17/2016