Published on November 11th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
NPMA Pinnacle Award Presented to Tom Fortson
Pictured above; Tom Fortson (left) is presented the Pinnacle Award by NPMA President Billy Tesh.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Tom Fortson, longtime president of Terminix Service, Columbia, S.C., was announced as recipient of the NPMA Pinnacle Award, prior to the general session at PestWorld 2014.
NPMA’s Pinnacle Award is the association’s highest honor and it is presented annually in recognition of individual for their outstanding contributions to both the NPMA and the industry.
NPMA President Billy Tesh presented the award to Fortson. Tesh noted that Fortson joined Terminix Service in 1963 in an entry-level position but during the past 51 years he held virtually every position possible in the company. Today, Terminix Service operates 53 branches in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.
“Tom has been involved in the industry, having served on the South Carolina Pesticide Advisory Committee, the South Carolina Regulatory Review Committee, and the Clemson University Advisory Board. He has served as past president for both the South Carolina Pest Control Association and the North Carolina Pest Management Association, served on the Board of Directors of the National Pest Management Association and currently serves as the chairman of the Professional Pest Management Alliance,” said Tesh.
Additionally, Fortson is a nationally ranked master’s swimmer and is a veteran of the United States Navy.
In accepting the award Fortson thanked his wife Pat, his team at Terminix, including sons Nelson and Scott (current president of the company) and his friends in the pest control industry. “It’s been quite a ride and I hope to stick around for a few more years. This award is really remarkable and I thank you all.”