The Pest Management Professional Hall of Fame was established in 1997 to recognize and thank those who’ve led the pest management industry to new heights. This year, four industry icons — John R. Cook Sr., Noad Corley, Dr. Laurel Hansen and Dr. Phil Koehler — join the ranks of 79 other PMP Hall of Famers. Though they need no introduction, here’s the Class of 2015.
John R. Cook Sr.
John R. Cook Sr. took the reins of the North Alabama Termite Co. after the passing of his father, and sculpted it into Cook’s Pest Control, a full-service pest management company. He grew his company from one full-time employee and a handful of accounts into the seventh largest pest management company in the nation. In addition to being Chairman emeritus of Cook’s Pest Control, Cook Sr. served as president of the Alabama Pest Control Association and the National Pest Control Association. He also received the 2001 National Pest Management Association President’s Pinnacle Award and was recognized by the Better Business Bureau with a National Torch Award for Marketplace ethics. Cook was at the helm of the company from 1950 until 1995, and still came to work up until about a month before he died in February 2009 from pancreatic cancer.
Noad Corley, president and founder of Corley Pest Control in Dallas, is remembered by the industry for his advocacy for industry training and education as well as his member-recruiting expertise. He was the creator and driving force behind the National Pest Management Association’s Bird Control Manual. He also served two terms each as president of the Texas Pest Control Association and the Greater Dallas Pest Control Association and displayed a natural ability to lead as a member of both the Texas Pest Control Board and the National Pest Control Association. Corley passed away in 2000 with more than 50 years of pest management industry experience behind him and a legacy found in the countless individuals who learned from him in those years.
Dr. Laurel Hansen
Dr. Laurel Hansen holds a Ph.D. in entomology from Eastern Washington University and is currently an instructor of biology for Spokane Falls Community College, where she is an adjunct faculty member. Known as one of the nation’s top ant researchers, Hansen has shared her wealth of knowledge concerning ants, urban pest management and chemical control fundamentals, in classrooms, labs and through her numerous industry speaking engagements. A highly regarded industry speaker, Hansen is continually submerged in research and teaching, and says that ants continue to fuel her passion for entomology. Hansen has been honored with a Life Achievement Award from the Washington State Pest Management Association and 2006 Crown Leadership Award. She continues to encourage and inspire future entomologists and pest management professionals.
Dr. Phil Koehler
Dr. Phil Koehler has played a key role in developing a professional pest industry in the Sunshine State. As professor of the department of entomology and nematology at University of Florida’s (UF’s) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Koehler has affected and informed countless individuals in pest management through his various training programs and research. Koehler earned his degree in biology from North Carolina’s Catawba College and a doctorate in entomology from Cornell University. He’s also served as a Lieutenant medical entomologist in the U.S. Navy. In 1995, he helped raise more than $600,000 to build the Urban Entomology Building on the UF campus. He’s also the author of four books on pests, and is an endowed professor both in structural pest control and in urban pest management.