PestStop Pest Control announced that the company’s CEO, Billy Olesen, ACE, has been honored with the 2022 Entomological Society of America (ESA) Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) Professional Award.
The 2022 ESA ACE Professional Award “recognizes superior contributions of an Associate Certified Entomologist in the field of structural pest management,” according to the news release.
Olesen said in the news release that he is “deeply honored and humbled by the recognition.”
Olesen is a fourth-generation pest management professional who began working with his father, Chuck Sullivan, two decades ago. Since 2002, Olesen has worked alongside his father building a highly skilled and trained professional pest management organization. Over the years, Olesen says, he found a true passion for insect biology, behavior and control methods. In 2004, he pursued his certification as an ACE, which is an internationally recognized designation by the ESA.
Olesen credits his ACE designation in allowing new doors and opportunities to be open to him over the past eight years. Soon after receiving his ACE, he was named to the Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Board and worked his way into the chair position in 2018.
Today, Olesen serves on the Washington State Pollinator Health Taskforce, working alongside fellow experts to address protecting pollinator health throughout the state. In July, Olesen was elected as president of the Washington State Pest Management Association Board of Directors. In addition to his state involvement and volunteer efforts, Olesen is a graduate of the Class of 2019 for the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) inaugural Executive Leadership Program and recently served on NPMA’s Inclusion Diversity Equity (IDE) Task Force. Olesen credits these programs for the relationships and life-long friendships he has been able to form.
“The ACE has truly been a catalyst to many incredible opportunities I have had throughout my career both at the state and national levels,” Olesen said.