Hall Of Fame Inductees
The individuals nominated should have made a significant impact or positive influence that assures the future of our industry in the lives of generations to come.
Once nominated, an individual’s biography and photo are updated on the site, and he or she is placed in the polls for voting. At the end of the year the committee takes into consideration the votes and decides which candidates are inducted.
- Person with integrity and passion
- Minimum 20 years in industry
- Someone who has developed or invented new technology
- Has made contributions that resulted in change
- Contributed to mankind’s needs in his field
- Provided education and encouragement with self-sacrifice
- Changed the industry
Steve Hazzard started Organic Control Inc. in 1976 to provide beneficial insects to home gardeners who were looking for alternatives to chemical pesticides. At that time people were just becoming aware of the harmful environmental impact caused by humans and making efforts to reverse the damage. Organic Control pioneered the effort to treat a multitude of garden issues in a safe and natural way. The company grew by selling beneficial insects through lawn & garden distributors across the country. In 2013, the company merged with Kellogg Garden Products, and today Steve serves as a consultant with Organic Control Inc.
Born in 1947, Steve was raised in Santa Monica, California, where he attended grammar school through high school. He was a member of the varsity basketball and football teams at Santa Monica High School.
He went on to California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. While there, he was a member of the varsity football team. From Cal Poly he went to the University of Southern California where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree.
In his current role with Organic Control, Steve serves in an advisory and educational capacity and also performs these functions in garden centers throughout the country. He has been featured in many radio interviews and store visits, captivating audiences by illustrating the uniquely important role of beneficial insects in the garden. Steve keeps impeccable records of the company’s 40 year history and adds much wisdom to the tricky business of selling LIVE creatures to consumers.
Steve is an avid bicycle rider, and travels across the country and to Europe to enjoy some of the world’s beautiful scenery from a slow speed point of view. In winter, he can often be found on the slopes at Mammoth Mountain or other great ski venues around the country.
Steve is fortunate to be able to enjoy these activities with his wife of 35 years, Paula White Hazzard, and when possible, with his son Daniel.
Currently Steve serves as the President of the Westwood Village chapter of Sertoma International, a service club that helps kids with speech and hearing challenges.