Last year, Ron DeSear semi-retired from Truly Nolen Pest Control after 40 years with the company and 47 years in the pest control industry. He now works a reduced schedule as a company consultant on projects such as acquisitions in key market areas.

In other news at the firm, Truly Nolen pest control technician Ray Rogers, who started with the company on Sept. 15, 1966, at its Phoenix service office at the age of 17, last year celebrated a milestone — 50 years with one company. Rogers, who has always worked out of the company’s Phoenix service office, began as a termite technician, but switched to general pest control after six months and has kept the same route and territory ever since.

The Pest Management Division of Liphatech hired Howard Franklin as the South Central District sales manager responsible for representing Liphatech’s full line of rodenticides in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Franklin takes over the district from independent sales consultant Creig Manson, who will continue to work as a consultant with Franklin.