Massey Services is proud to acknowledge Bob Belmont and Karen Nix, Technical & Training Directors in Pest Prevention, on becoming two of only 30 Board Certified Entomologists (BCE) in the state of Florida,granted by the Entomological Society ofAmerica.
“Massey Services is dedicated to leadership and education in the pest management industry,” said Tony Massey, President and COO of Massey Services. “This is a great achievement for Bob and Karen and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to them both.”
To become qualified as a BCE, applicants must pass a proctored exam and meet stringent requirements which include up to seven years of field experience (depending on level of formal education), a qualifying curriculum vitae and letters of reference. Applicants must also agree to the BCE Code of Ethics to ensure integrity in their profession including “proper regard for the safety, health, and welfare of the public in the performance of professional duties” and promising that “knowledge and skills will be used for the betterment of human welfare.”
“I’ve dedicated my life to working in entomology and to properly treating for pests for the purpose of protecting the safety and welfare of my community,” said Belmont.“Massey Services has supported my passion for the science of what we do and I pursued this certification with their encouragement. I am honored to become one of only a handful of Board Certified Entomologists in Florida.”
Belmont has been with Massey Services since 2000 and has practiced in the field of entomology since 1967. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Entomology at the University of California,Davis, and went on to earn a Master in Science in Entomology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
“The process to become a Board Certified Entomologist is a rigorous one, but is definitely worthwhile.” said Karen Nix. “Bob and I are so pleased to represent both Massey Services and our industry, being two of only30 in Florida to have achieved this certification.”
Nix has worked for Massey Services since 2006 and has practiced in the field of entomology since 1999. She graduated in 1998 with her Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from McNeese State University in Louisiana. She also earned her Masters in Science and Entomology from Louisiana State University in2005.
The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. For more information about the BCE program please visit www.entsoc.org.
About Massey Services
Massey Services is one of the nation’s largest and most respected service companies. Massey Services and its subsidiary organizations provide residential and commercial pest prevention, termite protection and landscape services to more than 185,000 customers from 61 service centers throughout Florida, Georgia and Louisiana.