Versacor manager earns ACE certification


December 19, 2019

Ryan Gates, total quality manager at Versacor Managed Pest Solutions, earned the Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) designation.

Headshot: Ryan Gates. PHOTO: VERSACOR


The ACE certification recognizes pest management professionals with strong experience in insect-related work and whose training in entomology has been achieved through continuing education, self-study and on-the-job experience. The Entomological Society of America administers the ACE program.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to further advance within the industry and hope that the knowledge gained in the process will prove valuable to Versacor in the future,” says Gates.

Gates joined Versacor in 2015 and was promoted to the position of total quality manager in January 2018. He holds a certified applicator license in multiple categories in six states.

As total quality manager, Gates manages Versacor’s overall quality program and conducts training of company personnel. In addition to providing initial service training to new associates, Gates maintains the ongoing training of branch personnel, which includes all specialized certifications. Acting as the safety officer of Versacor, Gates also works to ensure a safe working environment for all associates and manages Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance for the company.

Versacor is based in Southlake, Texas, and serves Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The company was named one of the 2020 Best Companies to Work for in Texas for the third year in a row.

“We strive each day to maintain a company culture of involvement, opportunity and recognition,” says Jason Eicher, president of Versacor. “Additionally, our associates are passionate about what they do and are fully committed to our clients. This level of commitment is what makes Versacor succeed and excel in our industry.”

The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business, Texas SHRM and Best Companies Group. The list is made up of 100 companies.


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Ellen Kriz

Ellen Kriz is the managing editor for PMP magazine. She can be reached at or 216-706-3764.

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