Jordan to succeed Sarge at Copesan

|  January 4, 2016

Drs. Jim Sargent and Bennett Jordan

Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based Copesan Services has hired PMP columnist Dr. Bennett Jordan as director of technical support and regulatory compliance, effective Jan. 4, 2016. Dr. Jordan is succeeding Dr. James “Sarge” Sargent, who will retire from the post April 4, 2016.

“Sarge has contributed to the pest management industry for over 43 years, and has been with Copesan for 19 years. He has built deep relationships with national clients, vendors, our service provider network, and been a key contributor on various committees of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA),” says Copesan President Deni Naumann. “Sarge is respected by his peers and pest management staff and technicians, as well as by our clients. Copesan is deeply grateful for his commitment and contributions, and congratulates him on his upcoming retirement.”

Dr. Sargent’s career includes serving as past president of Pi Chi Omega, the industry’s professional fraternity; receiving the FMC Legislative Day Award in 2014; and serving as a long-time member on the Copesan Technical Committee (CTC).

Dr. Jordan comes to Copesan from the NPMA, where he worked as staff entomologist/research scientist. He provided technical support to member pest management companies — identifying pests, authoring a variety of technical articles for industry and various publications, speaking on technical topics at various conferences and association meetings, serving as staff liaison for the technical and wood-destroying organism committees, and developing training content. Dr. Jordan earned his doctorate in 2013 in urban entomology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he worked under PMP Hall of Famer Dr. Phil Koehler.  Prior to graduating from UF, Dr. Jordan was employed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in St. Paul, Minn., to detect and monitor the gypsy moth invasion in the state.

“We’re excited to have Bennett join the Copesan team. We know his experience working with regional pest management companies is a perfect fit for our unique network of service providers, focused on national coverage with local expertise,” says Dominique Sauvage, director of field operations and quality. “Of course, we also share some mixed emotions as we say good-bye to Sarge – he’s so respected and loved by clients, service providers and staff. He’ll enjoy retirement and his family; and knowing Sarge, there will always be bugs and learning involved in some way!”

Drs. Sargent and Jordan will be working side-by-side over the next three months to transition responsibilities while Dr. Jordan gains familiarity with service teams and national clients.

Dr. Jordan will replace Sargent as a member of the Copesan Technical Committee (CTC), and with clients. He will represent Copesan at industry events including NPMA’s Legislative Day, the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) and the Entomological Society of America (ESA) meetings.

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