TUMWATER, Wash. – PestStop Pest Control announced that CEO Billy Olesen, ACE, has received the 2022 Entomological Society of America (ESA) Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) award. The 2022 ESA ACE Professional Award “recognizes the superior contributions of an Associate Certified Entomologist in the field of structural pest control.”
Olesen says he is “deeply honored and humbled by this recognition.”
Oleson is a fourth-generation pest control professional who started working with his father, Chuck Sullivan, two decades ago. Since 2002, Olesen has worked alongside his father to build a highly skilled and trained professional pest control organization.
Over the years, Olesen has discovered a real passion for the biology, behavior and methods of controlling insects. In 2004, he earned his Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) certification, which is an internationally recognized designation from the Entomological Society of America. ACE certification is awarded to those who pass the ACE exam, a rigorous test of entomological application within the pest control industry.
Olesen credits his ACE designation with allowing new doors and opportunities to open to him over the past eight years. Shortly after receiving his ACE, he was appointed to the Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Council and in 2018 rose to the position of president of the state. In July of this year, Olesen was elected chairman of the board of the Washington State Pest Management Association. In addition to his state involvement and volunteer efforts, Olesen is a graduate of the 2019 class of the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) inaugural Executive Leadership Program and recently served on the Inclusion Diversity Equity Task Force ( IDE) of the NPMA.
Olesen credits these programs for the lasting relationships and friendships he has been able to form. “ACE has truly been a catalyst for many amazing opportunities I’ve had throughout my career, both state and national,” says Billy.
Although Olesen prefers to work behind the scenes, he is very honored to receive the 2022 ACE Professional Award from the Entomological Society of America. “Any opportunity I can have to express my deep appreciation for ACE and promote the wonderful resources that ESA has provided to me and PestStop is a total win,” he said.
To learn more about the ESA ACE designation, visit https://entocert.org/ace.