Born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, Billy Tesh has been in the pest control business since age 14. Now, over 35 years since the establishment of Pest Management Systems, Inc. he has proven himself as a leader, collaborator and contributor to the Greensboro, Summerfield and Sandhills communities.
Tesh graduated, with honors, from North Carolina State University and with the help of his wife, Laurie, founded PMi in 1984. Billy has two grown and married daughters with children of their own. His family spirit has translated into a very family-oriented workplace which is usually the top answer when anyone is asked why they like working at PMi.
With an ever-raging spirit to innovate and communicate Billy has also started and maintained several other successful businesses. After the success of PMi, our sister company Groundworks, was founded in 1995; PestOne in 1999; Crawlspace Care Technologies in 2006; followed by Crawlspace Depot in 2011.
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 35 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 now a former President of this international organization.
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 is continuing to his mission to try and make it better and bring people together. The bugs don’t stop and neither does PMi or Billy Tesh!