This past weekend was a great example of good people in the pest control world coming together for one another’s aid. Competitors from around the country got together for the common cause of furthering our knowledge and standing in the industry we all love. A.C.E. stands for Associate Certified Entomologists and it is fast becoming one of the most sought after titles in pest control. Over the years I have often been asked if I’m an entomologist and my reply has always been the same. “I wish.” This high and lofty accomplishment is akin to becoming a heart surgeon or rocket scientists and there was no way I thought I could ever attain such a position. In May of 2004 the ESA, Entomological Society of America, launched a program for pest control professionals dedicated to furthering their knowledge and credentials and now that goal is reachable for anyone who’s willing to put in some work. While this is not a full fledged entomologists degree it is the highest standard any pest control professional can attain short of 8 years of college and the requirements just to be eligible make it that much harder to attain.
I’d like to Thank Rebecca Baldwin, Ph.D. and Wayne Walker, ACE both from the University of Florida who worked so diligently to put together a prep course that was truly immeasurable in the way that it helped. Also to the Massey organization who allowed us to use their beautiful facility at their head quarters. (I’ve never seen so many bug trucks in one place) Our speakers were fantastic and the whole experience was positive, geared for success and full of encouragement. It allowed for all the facts and information in our heads to be let loose a bit and definitely made for an easier exam. (if there is such a thing) My class mates came from every corner of the United States and it was great to share a weekend of comradeship and yes angst as we took our shot at becoming the next Ace’s in pest control.
In the end all of the hard work and preparation paid off and I’m proud to be associated with the other 349 Aces across the country. If this program is filled with the same kind of people I met this past weekend then I know I’m going to like it here.
Congratulations to; Charles Osborne; Clifford K. Norris; Dave H. Eplin; Gerald Schappert; Harry M. Ramos; James M. Myers; Jeff Johnson; Jorge Ortiz; Michael McGathey; Scott D. Newell; Stephanie McGathey, Aces all.