Steve 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.