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Local Pest Elimination Director Wins 2021 ACE Professional Award
By Melody Pierce - Wednesday Sep 01, 2021
Jeffrey Keller has been awarded the 2021 ACE (Associated Certified Entomologist) Professional Award by the Entomology Society of America for his outstanding performance in the field of structural pest management. Winners include scientists, educators and more and will be honored during Entomology 2021, ESA's annual meeting, taking place in-person and online, October 31 through November 3, in in Denver, Colorado.

“It’s an honor to witness and support the growth and success of an outstanding individual like Jeffery Keller,” said Dave Burns, president and CEO of Burns Pest Elimination. “Our family at Burns is dedicated to the growth of every hardworking individual and we are so excited to celebrate this award.”

“I am honored to receive this award and believe that individual value is greatly increased when you surround yourself with dedicated individuals who share a similar perspective for personal development of skills, knowledge, and pursuit of education,” said Keller.

Jeffery Keller is a certified technical director of Burns Pest Elimination, located in Metro Phoenix, with branches in Mesa, Arizona; Tucson, Arizona; and Las Vegas. He has been actively involved in the pest control industry for 20 years and has dedicated much of his professional life to assisting others and problem solving within that discipline. As a technical director at Burns Pest Elimination, he oversees the development of more than 150 highly skilled professionals. He believes strongly in the importance of education and "leading by example." He has acquired more than eight licenses and certificates over the last 20 years. This guiding philosophy yields a multitude of benefits for those around him, including the customers at his company.

“We are so proud of Jeff not just his achievement regarding this award but in the manner that he mentors daily,” said Austin Burns, operations manager at Burns Pest Elimination. “He is a true ambassador for our industry; professional, knowledgeable, and passionate. His commitment to excellence and training has elevated all those around him. His hard work and dedication is proven through receiving the 2021 ACE Professional Award.”

Keller has many years of involvement in the Arizona State Pest Association Board of Directors. He currently serves as vice chair the NPMA PestVets Council, assisting transitioning military service members into the pest control industry. Keller had an extensive military career within the U.S. Army. He served in several deployments and was honored with various distinguished awards and commendations.

"Jeff is the epitome of what we strive for here at Burns. We are so proud of what he has accomplished not only at Burns, but in his career in the pest industry, said Cory Burns, district manager for Burns Pest Elimination. “Each and every day, Jeff personally strives for the best from himself and his team. Through communication, leadership, mentoring and overall passion he has brought our service team and our company to a new level. We cannot say enough about Jeff and his commitment to excellence, he is undoubtedly deserving of this award, and we are so proud to celebrate and honor him."

“Jeff Keller is very deserving of this reward. Not only is he an example for us all but promotes the best qualities at Burns that we hold dear: honesty, integrity, compassionate and caring about our customers, said Danny Burns, vice president of Burns Pest Elimination. “Jeff is an individual if that he is involved you can rest assured that the challenge that is present will be accomplished.”

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