WASHINGTON, D.C. — Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. announced that Harvey Massey, chairman and CEO of Massey Services, Inc., has been selected as one of its 2016 recipients of the prestigious Horatio Alger Award.  These annual awards recognize exceptional leaders—all with a commitment to philanthropy and higher education—who have overcome significant personal challenges to achieve success. Massey joins an esteemed group of just over 200 living members.

“Horatio Alger Association is proud to welcome Mr. Massey as a member of the association,” said Byron Trott, president and CEO of Horatio Alger Association and 2011 Horatio Alger Award recipient. “From an early age, he understood the importance of taking initiative and serving as a leader. His values are aligned with the Association’s mission and he will be an inspiration to our Scholars for years to come.”

Massey took on a role in his family business while still in high school, enlisted in the U.S. Army Security Agency at 18, and started Massey Services over 30 years ago, in 1985. Today, Massey Services is the fifth largest pest management company in the industry and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015. He is a leading industry voice and 52-year veteran of the in the pest management and landscape services industries. He has served in numerous capacities and organizations including: Chair of the Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Task Force, Vice Chairman of the Expressway Authority, Chairman of the United Arts, Chairman of the Rollins College Center of Advanced Entrepreneurship Program and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation.

Massey and the other 12 Horatio Alger Award recipients will be formally inducted as members at the association’s annual three-day event, which will be held in Washington, D.C. from March 31-April 2, 2016. In addition to honoring these outstanding leaders, Horatio Alger Association will also recognize its 2016 National Scholarship recipients, providing an opportunity for scholars and members to meet and exchange stories of their respective perseverance and success.