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BEYOND THE BUGS: A Conversation with MICHAEL F. POTTER His job centers around pests, but the PCOC Expo 2014 keynote speaker finds the most joy from helping the public and his peers. By Khaya Myers Michael F. Potter is a distinguished service professor and urban entomologist at the University of Kentucky, the former national technical director for Orkin and a Pest Management Professional Hall of Famer. And this summer, he will add another nod to his impressive career: keynote speaker at PCOC Expo 2014. Here, Potter was more than happy to discuss his multifaceted experience as well as his keynote address topic, "Bedbug Nation: Are We Making Any Progress?" PCOC: What's the most exciting aspect of your work as a professor of urban entomology at the University of Kentucky? Mike Potter: I would say it's the most interesting things that happen - the day to day challenges. They come many and varied and no one day is the same. There's a challenge in trying to give it your best shot and come up with solutions that are helpful to people; whether it's dealing with bedbugs or a young mother's apprehensions about pesticide application or some other tricky pest problem. How important was it for you to have a position where you work with students in a school setting and also assist the public with their pest problems? This was extremely important. I have a 100 percent extension appointment, which means that really my primary job is to assist the public with their pest problems and of course I spend a tremendous amount of time working with the pest control industry and their customers. Quite honestly, what really hits my hot buttons the most, is being able to work in the real world with people's real problems. I really enjoy trying to help them out. Has entomology become somewhat of a family business for you? Somewhat. I believe that my brother Dan and I are the only two entomologists in the country that are both professors www.pcoc.org / Spring 2014 12 in the same Entomology department. My brother, who is a few years older than I, went directly into a faculty position at the University of Kentucky and I went into the industry for a number of years and then an opportunity came up to bring the family together. I interviewed for a position at the University of Kentucky covering structural pests (urban entomology); http://www.pcoc.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Spring 2014

President’s Message
Martyn’s Corner
Beyond the Bugs: A Conversation with Michael F. Potter
Equipment Financing & Leasing: An Important Tool for Business Growth
Maximize Our Presence at PCOC’s 2014 Legislative Days
Federal Update
Small Employer Responsibilities Under Health Care Reform Act
Happy Days are Here Again
Corky’s Pest Control
Index to Advertisers
Advertiser.com

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