I retired in 2011 as State Entomologist from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture & Commerce and served as State Apiary Inspector for 35 years. I also served as Secretary-Treasurer for the Mississippi Beekeepers Association for 35 years. In these positions I organized and participated in numerous beekeeping workshops. I have personally kept Honey Bee colonies since 1975. I, upon retirement, decided that Russian Honey bees were a bee for the future success in beekeeping. I decided I could be a successful Russian Honey Bee Breeder and became certified in 2014.