Michelle “Chelle” Hartzer, BCE, has joined Atlanta-based Rollins Inc., responsible for providing technical support to all of its pest control brands, including Orkin, HomeTeam Pest Defense, Western Pest Services, Critter Control, Industrial Fumigant Co. (IFC), Truth Wildlife Service and Allpest, Waltham Services, PermaTreat, Crane Pest Control, Murray Pest Control, Statewide Pest Control and Safeguard.
Hartzer previously served as a staff entomologist and product manager for IFC. She earned her bachelor’s degree in entomology from the University of Delaware and master’s degree in entomology from Kansas State University. Prior to joining IFC, she worked at the USDA Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan, Kan., and subsequently at Kansas State University. Her research included pest management of stored products pests, development of integrated pest management (IPM) programs for food and feed processing facilities, grain protectants and modified atmospheres.
Hartzer is a Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) and was recently elected to serve as the Entomological Society of America’s Certification Board Director-Elect. Hartzer notes her transfer to Atlanta could not have happened without the support and assistance of Dan Ponton, executive vice president and general manager of IFC and Chris Mueller, IFC’s vice president, marketing and bsiness Manager.
“Chelle will be missed here at IFC,” Ponton says. “However, we are also excited for her as she begins her new role at Rollins and we look forward to working with her in her new capacity. Chris Mueller and I appreciate everything Chelle has contributed to IFC, particularly her efforts in advancing our training programs for IFC team members and our clients.”
Hartzer and her husband, Kris, will relocate from Kansas to Atlanta.