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VPMA Announces Upcoming State Technical Meeting

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Scheduled for Sept. 25-26, in Richmond, Va., the meeting provides a full-day of business management training, followed by a full day of technical training by nationally renowned speakers.

| August 12, 2013

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Virginia Pest Management Association released the agenda and brochure for its 8th Annual State Technical Meeting, which is being held Sept. 25-26, in Richmond, Va. The meeting provides a full-day of business management training, followed by a full day of technical training by nationally renowned speakers. 

The business management day, Sept. 25, will be kicked off by Keynoter Fred Strickland (Terminix International) who will discuss change, how to teach change and how to recognize change.  He is joined by business development strategist, Jim Roman (Business Owners Institute) who will share his insight on how business owners can minimize distractions and how to get back on track when distracted.

Roanoke, Va., attorney, Al McLean, Jr. will speak to the conference about a “bigger picture” business issue – that of Standard of Care – and the liabilities exposed when you don’t meet the standards of your industry. Strickland will take the podium again, and answer the question that rings out in every school in the country, “When will I ever use this type of math again?” Math is an integral part of our daily business and personal lives. We will learn the ways math can improve our business, and the important role it takes in communicating with our customers.

Nationally renowned speaker and author Dr. Jerry Teplitz will switch gears as he intrigues the audience with his presentation about using energy to increase your leadership power.  The management day will wrap up with our friend to the North, Phil Cooper (Cooper Pest Solutions), and his ideas about building the commercial side of your business.

The Technical Day ,on Sept. 26, delves into technical issues and  prepares technicians, sales staff, administrators and managers alike for the changes ahead for our industry. VPMA is excited to welcome back to the State Technical Meeting, Dr. Jerome Goddard as the keynote speaker.  His keynote address will speak to the necessity of pesticides in our modern society, and the catch-22 of working with a public wary of pesticides.   Cockroaches remain a pest that pose significant health risks. Virginia’s own Dr. Dini Miller will share the initial results of a study she conducted on the use of an IGR to improve long-term German Cockroach control. 

Revisiting the commercial topic from the first day, Dr. Cisse Spragins (Rockwell Labs) will speak about large and small flies that prove to be a pervasive pest in commercial kitchens. A proactive approach to these pests will equip PMPs to solve this problem.

VPMA’s three scholarship students will provide us with their bed bug focused research updates. Dr. Goddard will revisit us after lunch to discuss the health and medical effects of bed bugs with his lively and on point discussion.  Liza Fleeson (VDACS) will discuss the very different roles that the Enforcement and the Compliance Programs play in regulating the pest management industry. Knowledge is power - you don’t want to miss this candid discussion.  Dr. Brian Forschler will wrap up our day by sharing new information about termites; their biology and control - will this latest information help you to eliminate “re-treats”?

“VPMA can provide this caliber of speakers as a result of the generous sponsorship provided by supplier members of the Association,” said Nick Lupini, Education Committee Chair. “The highest level of sponsorship is provided by AP&G Catchmaster, BASF, Bayer, Bell Labs, CNI & Fireman’s Fund, Dow Agrosciences, Forshaw, Liphatech, Residex, Syngenta and Univar.”  In addition to these “Gold” sponsors, VPMA reports dedicated sponsorship by “Silver” sponsors: Ensystex, FMC, JT Eaton, Nisus, Target Specialty Products, TAP Insulation and Zoecon.  You can visit all of VPMA’s education sponsors in the exhibit hall at the State Technical Meeting.

In addition to two full days of training, VPMA will host Pest Fest, a lively event featuring the BBQ talents of Mickey Lyles with Catchmaster.  The evening will include VPMA’s annual meeting, the 16th presentation of the VPMA Lifetime Industry Stewardship Award and the 2013 VPMA Scholarship Jail & Bail, a fun-filled event to raise money for the VPMA Scholarship Fund.

For more information visit www.VAStateTechMeeting.com.
 

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