Speakers at Spring Training 2018

Michael Bentley, NPMA

Michael Bentley is the staff entomologist for the National Pest Management Association. He is a board certified entomologist who holds a Ph.D. in urban entomology from the University of Florida. His doctorate research focused on understanding environmental factors that influence the success of invasive ants in the southeastern US. Prior to earning his doctorate, Mike spent 5 years working in the pest management industry where he held multiple technical and operations roles for a nationwide pest control company. Mike also has a Master of Science degree in medical and veterinary entomology from the University of Florida. His masters research investigated the host-seeking behavior of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes.

Harry Bryan, NISUS

Harry D. Bryan is an Area Manager for Nisus Corporation which is based in Rockford, TN. Bryan is a 22-year veteran with Nisus Corporation and has served both the Professional Pest Control Industry and the Agriculture Industry. He currently serves the Midwest Territory, which includes IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, PA, WI, WV, SD and part of VA.

Harry is considered a “hands-on” guy. You can often find him in the field helping a pest company treat a WDO problem on a farm or treating a restaurant for small flies at 2:00 a.m. Harry knows his company’s products because he uses them! Whether it is a new foaming machine or a new aerosol, you can bet he will be running it through the paces to find out exactly what it can do.

Equally important, Harry loves to share. He is constantly taking pictures and videos to share on social media and apply to the hundreds of training presentations he does each year. His genuine interest in helping customers grow their business makes him an asset to many companies and a friend to the people with whom he works.

Prior to Nisus, Harry was a Research Economist at the University of Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station in Griffin, GA where he assisted research in economic impacts of pesticide ban or reduction. He also worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), chemical manufacturers and land grant universities. He specialized in economic modeling and “what if” analyses.

Harry attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he earned Bachelor of Science Degree with an Agricultural Business Major in 1986. He also minored in Statistics and Marketing and was a Wall Street Journal Scholar Recipient. He went on to earn a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from UT in 1988.

Harry along with his wife April compete on the BBQ circuit and is always working to create the perfect Q. They have two adult children and live in Powell, Tennessee.

Ed Dolshun, Atlantic Paste & Glue

Ed Dolshun has been employed with Atlantic Paste & Glue since 2006 when he was hired as the Northeast and Canada Regional Sales Manager. In 2014 he was promoted to the position of Technical Director and in 2016 was made the VP of Business Development. Ed possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and a Master’s Degree in Administrative Science. Ed came to the industry after serving many years as an Environmental Specialist, Program Administrator and Labor Standards Compliance Specialist for federally funded projects administered by the Bergen County Office of Community Development. He also taught Environmental Issues courses in the Graduate program at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.
Ed has a passion for the pest management industry where he enjoys spending time in the field learning from pests and truly enjoys the problem-solving nature of the business. Ed was born and raised in Bergen County, NJ and enjoys spending time with his family. He is an avid outdoorsman who can often be found in his downtime enjoying the outdoors hunting and fishing.

Gail Getty, University of California

Gail Getty, recently retired after 20 years as an urban entomologist at the University of California, Berkeley continues to consult to industry. She is a 30-year veteran in our industry.

She is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on pests as they relate to the public and structures, especially in multi-unit housing. She served as a board member on the National Pest Management Association Bed Bug Task Force which issued the “best practice standards” for the nation on bed bug management in 2011, and is currently serving on the National Pest Management Association Technical Board.

Gail serves as an expert witness on numerous bed bug, termite, cockroach and construction issue lawsuits. She has appeared on NPR, as well as the Today Show, MSNBC with Brian Williams and consulted to the film industry. She has been featured in countless magazines and newspapers.

She has authored over 20 scientific and industry publications on bed bugs, termites, and other pests. She received her BS in Entomology and MS in Wood Science & Technology from the University of California, Berkeley.

John Kane, Orkin Pest Control

John J. Kane currently serves as Technical Director for Orkin Pest Control in the Midwest. He earned a BS in Biology at UC San Diego in 2001, and a Masters in Entomology in 2007 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a focus on veterinary and medical entomology. He has conducted field bee research in Costa Rica, molecular and morphological phylogenetic research on old world stingless bees, large scale mosquito management, and mosquito management and efficacy trials in Kenya. He joined the pest management industry in 2008, working in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut as a regional entomologist for Western Pest Services, before relocating to join the Midwest Orkin team. He is involved in field inspections, high level pharmaceuticals and food processing consultations, identification and resolution of challenging pest issues, internal and external trainings and outreach, and industry conferences and legislative discussion forums.

Jay Koritzinsky, Koritzinsky & Karls

Jay Koritzinsky is the senior member of Koritzinsky & Karls, LLC, in Madison, Wisconsin, whose law practice focuses on landlord/tenant law, fair housing issues, residential and commercial real estate transactions, and collections. Jay received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a 1980 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has done extensive lecturing throughout the State on landlord/tenant issues, fair housing laws, and collection matters.

P.J. Liesch, UW Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab

After receiving his biology degree from UW-Parkside in 2007, Patrick (PJ) Liesch joined the lab of Dr. Chris Williamson at UW-Madison to work on his master’s degree in entomology. Upon completing his master’s degree in early 2010, PJ continued to work as an assistant researcher on the Madison campus for three and a half years.

In early 2014, PJ transitioned over to managing the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab. Each year the diagnostic lab handles over 2,000 cases in the state and provides outreach activities for the UW-Madison entomology department. With over 20,000 species of insects in the state, there’s never a dull moment around the lab.

PJ grew up in southeastern Wisconsin and originally became involved with insect-related research and outreach as a student at UW-Parkside in 2005. In addition to managing the Insect Diagnostic Lab, PJ is a regular speaker for the statewide Master Gardener program, the Wisconsin First Detector Network, and the UW Farm and Industry Short Course program. He also is a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller (“Meeler”) Show.

When not in the lab, PJ is an avid insect collector and has an inordinate fondness for beetles. He lives in Middleton with his wife, Sarah, and two loveable black labs.

Jeff Watts, Bird B Gone

Jeff Watts is a seasoned bird control expert with over 14 years of technical and sales experience. Jeff specializes in classroom and remote training to sales people and operations, providing product knowledge, bird biology, marketing strategies and sales techniques. He also offers on-site training to give technicians the opportunity to learn correct installation techniques and time-saving labor tips. Jeff’s extensive hands-on experience offers technicians the chance to learn how to walk a job site, perform an in-depth site audit, determine access equipment, bid jobs, install product, and market their company.

Gene White, Rentokil

Gene White is a native Ohioan who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Glenville State College, Glenville, West Virginia. Gene’s career in Urban Pest Management began in 1981 with experience as technician, sales consultant, supervisor, district manager, and corporate trainer. In 1993 he enrolled at Purdue University and completed his MS degree in Entomology in December of 1996.

Gene is an Entomological Society of America Board Certified Entomologist and Technical Director of North America for Rentokil-Steritech. Rentokil’s corporate offices are headquartered in the United Kingdom and is the largest structural pest management company in the world with offices in 72 countries. Gene’s responsibilities encompass Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Gene’s professional activities include memberships in the Entomological Society of America and secretary for Pi Chi Omega, a profession pest management fraternity. He is also a member of the Purdue Entomology Development Council.

During his career, Gene’s created several outreach programs for youth education. One program called “Incredible Edible Insects” reigned for 23 years and was part of Cleveland Metro Parks “Bug City’s – Culinary Bugstitute” event. He also initiated a basic entomology learning program called “Bug Rodeo” presented to underprivileged and summer camp children in Detroit for 10 years! Aside from these duties, Gene is also a regular speaker for industry conferences for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), the Kentucky Short Course, Purdue Pest Management Conference, and state organizations across the country.

Gene enjoys inline skating, bow hunting, and is an accomplished nature photographer. His photographic work has been published in American Entomologist, Pest Control Technology and Pest Management Magazines as well as various industry text books such as; the NPMA’s Field Guide to Structural Pests, the Mallis Handbook of Pest Control, Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations, A Guide to the Cockroaches of Australia, Bugs Be Gone, and Stored Product Protection to name just a few. His photography has also appeared on the Discovery Channel.