Matt Yates

2010 Hathaway-Ritter Distinguished Achievement Award

The 2010 recipient of the LMCA Hathaway-Ritter Award is Matthew Yates, Director of East Baton Rouge Mosquito and Rodent Control (EBRMARC). Matt becomes the 14th recipient of this prestigious award for recognition of outstanding service to the association. Lucas Terracina presented the award at the annual meeting banquet.

Matt has been working in mosquito control for nearly 40 years. He earned his MS in Medical Ecology/Medical Entomology from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. From 1973 until 1985 he was Director of the Chambers County Mosquito Control Program (CCMP) in Anahuac, TX. Working with a shoestring budget, Matt made the CCMP into one of the most respected operations in the state of Texas. In 1985 Matt accepted the job of Director at EBRMARC. Matt has provided the leadership at EBRMARC to be a mosquito control operation respected throughout the state and US.

Throughout his career, he went above and beyond the call of duty to help the industry as a whole. Highlights of his service in mosquito related professional associations include: 1975-1985 TMCA BOD; 1976 President TMCA; 1983-1987 AMCA South Central Regional Director; 1989-1994 AMCA BOD, serving as AMCA President 1991-1992; 1986-1993 & 1996-present, LMCA BOD; and, 1987-1988 President of LMCA. Matt has chaired and served on many association committees.

Matt has authored/co-authored numerous articles for publications, bulletins, training manuals and surveys. He has served as a mosquito control consultant locally, nationally and internationally. Matt has mentored several individuals who now serve as directors of mosquito control programs.

Matt's work on behalf of mosquito control legislative issues deserves a "Thank You" from the LMCA and the people of Louisiana. His dedication, leadership and sacrifice for the cause of mosquito control make him very deserving of this award.

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