WASHINGTON — Darrell Ennes, who worked as director of government affairs for Terminix International, was posthumously recognized with the FMC Legislative Day Award, on March 16. Ennes, who passed away in February, was actively involved with regulatory/legislative issues with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO), and the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL).
“Another reason FMC is proud to be the lead sponsor of Legislative Day is because it epitomizes great teamwork,” said Pramod Thota, director of FMC Professional Solutions. “We all compete, and we all try to outwork, and out-innovate, and outsell each other, but make no mistake we are all on the same team [regarding legislative involvement]. And that all starts with people who make up our industry — people like our dear friend Darrell Ennes.”
Ennes spent his entire 43-year career with Terminix in California, first as a service technician then, in 1977, he was promoted to branch manager. Over the next 14 years, he successfully managed four Terminix branches in Central and Northern California which led to his promotion to region manager in 1991. He served as region manager for the Sacramento region through 2001, earning Region Manager of the Year in 1991. In 2001, Ennes was promoted to director of government affairs for Terminix in California, where he reported to Norman Goldenberg, Terminix Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, through 2013. In 2008-2009, he served as the President of the Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC), and for the past 5 years was Chairperson of the PCOC Legislative Committee.
Accepting the award for Ennes was Dr. Stan Cope, director of entomology and regulatory services, Terminix, and Beneficial Exterminating’s Lee Whitmore, as well as Darrell’s daughter, Amanda Lindley, and sister, Janelle Spencer.
|FMC's Pramod Thota (far right) posthumously presents the FMC Legislative Day Award to Darrell Ennes' colleages and family (from l to r): Stan Cope, Terminix; daughter Andrea Lindley and sister Janelle Spencer; and Lee Whitmore, PCOC.|
Said Cope, “On behalf of Terminix President Bill Derwin and our current 8,000 or so associates – but also on behalf of the countless people for 43 years that Darrell mentored and touched their lives both personally and professionally, he’d be very proud of this award.”
Whitmore, a longtime friend and fellow PCOC member, added, “The FMC Legislative Day Award truly embodies who Darrell was as a professional and what he meant for this industry. Over the years Darrell became famous as the guy who would never volunteer for anything but would be involved in every meaningful task force and legislative agenda he could.”
The FMC award is presented annually to individuals who have distinguished themselves in the pest management industry through various activities — particularly legislative involvement — and through their contributions to advancing the industry.