Born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, Billy Tesh has been in the pest control business since age 14! Now, over 40 years later and 30 years since the establishment of Pest Management Systems, Inc. he is a profound leader in the industry and this community.
Tesh graduated, with honors, from North Carolina State University and with the help of his wife, Laurie, founded PMi in 1984. He is a family man, balancing time working every day and with their two daughters, Julie and Kelly. After the success of PMi, the sister company Groundworks, was founded in 1995; PestOne in 1999; Crawlspace Care Technologies in 2006; followed by Crawlspace Depot in 2011. It is his knowledge, passion for pest control, love of people he works with and works for, as well as the integrity he has developed over the years that make Billy Tesh an integral part of the pest management industry.
Mr. Tesh has held many positions on boards and elected offices. After rising through the ranks with the North Carolina Pest Control Association, Billy was elected President in 1987. He worked extensively as a member of the Greensboro Builders Association, earning Associate of the Year in 2003, Recruiter of the Year in 2004, and elected President in 2008. He was the proud recipient in 2009 of the Eugene Gulledge Outstanding Service Award. Tesh is a member of the board of directors for the Greensboro Science Center and has served that position for over 10 years. He received the NC State Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2003. PMi and Tesh are proud members of many local, state and national organizations.
Over the last 30 years, Tesh has worked with lawmakers in Washington, DC on important legislation affecting the pest control industry lobbying for the good of the industry and betterment of the country. He says pest control is more than just protecting homes and health it’s about making a difference in people’s lives. He is doing just that, Mr. Tesh a longtime member of the National Pest Management Association was elected to the Board of Directors in 2011 serving as Secretary, Treasurer, and currently President for the international organization.
PMi is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Greensboro Grasshoppers, UNC-G Spartans, and Habitat for Humanity. Tesh also supports yearly events with the Autism Society of North Carolina, Make-A-Wish foundation, Operation Smile, USO-NC, and the Children’s Home Society. In 2013 PMi gifted Crisis Ministries of Davidson County a large bed bug treatment, keeping a roof over the heads of nearly 100 people. Recently, Billy contributed to the Science Discovery Channel’s Cicada & Invaders Show and appeared as the pest professional on an episode of TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive. Billy has made an impact in the world of pest management and the people whose lives he has touched. As pests continue to grow and evolve, he continues to learn, improve, and keeps working harder in this industry. Mr. Tesh is a staple in this community and anyone that knows him, or has met him, will know his love for what he does!! The bugs don’t stop and neither does PMi or Billy Tesh!