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Potter Receives NPMA Highest Honor

October 31, 2011 (Fairfax, Va.) - The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) last week presented Dr. Michael Potter with its 2011 Pinnacle Award.

The award, NPMA’s most coveted and prestigious accolade, honors an individual who has contributed not only to the success of the association but to the industry as a whole over a lifetime or career.  Dr. Potter was recognized at the Industry Awards presentation on October 21, as part of the association’s annual meeting, PestWorld 2011.

In presenting the award, NPMA President Ray Johnson said Potter “embodies all of the qualities” the award represents. 

Recognized by PCT Magazine as one of the 25 most influential people in the pest control industry, Potter’s career began in the agrichemicals industry as a research entomologist and manager of insecticides at Union Carbide in Raleigh, NC. He then accepted a position as the National Technical Director with Orkin’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.  He left Orkin in 1991 for a unique opportunity at the University of Kentucky, where his position included urban, medical, and horticultural entomology. 

“Dr. Potter has advanced our industry in countless ways,” said Johnson.  “He leads cutting-edge research on perimeter treatment for termites and authored a revision of the Termite Chapter of The Mallis Handbook. He’s also one of the world’s leading experts on the global bed bug epidemic and provides counsel to NPMA, the hotel industry, homeowners, and property management firms worldwide.”

“I look at the people in the past who have won this award and I am truly honored to be named in the same company,” Potter said in his remarks.


NPMA, a non-profit with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property, reflected in the continuing education of industry professionals and the dissemination of information to homeowners and businesses.