How I Got Here: Billy Tesh

|  March 12, 2015
Billy Tesh

“I started in the pest management business at age 14, doing grunt work in crawlspaces. I worked my way up to the point where today, 40 years later, I’m still in crawlspaces!”

Billy Tesh, Owner, Pest Management Systems Inc. (PMi), Greensboro, N.C.

EDUCATION

Class of 1977
Smith High School
Greensboro, N.C.

Class of 1979
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, N.C.
Associate’s degree, structural pest management

ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP

1987
President, North Carolina Pest Management

NC State

“At NC State, I was privileged to learn from some of the best, including PMP Hall of Famer Dr. Charles Wright.”

Association

July 2014-June 2015
President, National Pest Management Association

WORK EXPERIENCE

1969
Paperboy, Greensboro Daily News

1971-1973
Owner, one-man lawn-cutting business

1974-1977
Serviceman, Holland’s Gulf station, Greensboro

1974-1984

Billy Tesh

“I was hired to pump gas and clean up, but before long I was working on cars. I love to see how things work, to take them apart and put them back together.”

Technician-turned-GM, Tesh Pest Control, a Greensboro business owned by his uncle

1984
Co-Founded Pest Management Systems Inc. with his wife, Laurie

1995
Founder, Groundworks

1999
Co-Founder, PestOne

2006
Founder, CrawlSpace Care Technologies

2011
Co-Founder, Crawlspace Depot

CLOSING THOUGHT

Telephone on phonebook photo from iStock.com/kingjon

“Initially, our company was called ‘PMS,’ but we quickly changed it to ‘PMi’ after fielding a few calls from people struggling with premenstrual syndrome — no joke.” Photo: ©iStock.com/kingjon

“My mom is the Energizer Bunny, still going strong at age 87. I’ve been told I’m a bit like her.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All photos except for telephone courtesy of Billy Tesh. 

 

 

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