The July 17 Technician Training class location has been changed from Ramada Seaworld in San Antonio to HIGH SIERRA CLASS ROOM in NEW BRAUNFELS 2270 State Highway 46 South. The company also announced the CEU and Technician Training classes will be offered in New Braunfels on Aug 6th for Technician Training Class and Aug 7th is the CEU class. For details or to sign up visit www.highsierraservice.com
ORLANDO, Fla. — Allen Fugler will be resigning as executive vice president of the Florida Pest Management Association (FPMA), effective July 31.
Fugler, who joined FPMA as EVP in 2007, told PCT he decided to leave FPMA to pursue other opportunities within the pest control industry. “I’m interested in a different career path, and I wanted to use my skills and experience in this industry in other capacities,” he said.
Reflecting on his 6-plus years at FPMA, Fugler said he was proud of helping FPMA streamline operations and maximize efficiencies. For example, FPMA’s biweekly e-Flash has helped the association better communicate association and industry news. Additionally, Fugler said he was proud of FPMA starting up a 501(c)(3) Florida Pest Management Foundation, which has made six awards of $500 to University of Entomology students, two of whom have remained in the pest control industry upon graduating, including NPMA Entomologist/Staff Scientist Bennett Jordan.
Prior to joining FPMA in 2007, Fugler worked for Louisiana Insurance Pest Control Association (LIPCA) as the vice president of marketing, beginning in 1997. He began his career in the pest control industry in 1991 as the executive director of the Louisiana Pest Control Association (LPCA).
RICHFIELD, Ohio — One of the can’t-miss sessions at the upcoming PCT Mergers and Acquisitions Virtual Event, scheduled for Aug. 27, is “5 Mistakes Buyers and Sellers Make That Cost Them Dearly,” presented by Paul Giannamore. Giannamore will discuss the most costly – and common – mistakes both sides of the deal often make, with devastating consequences. In an M&A transaction, a seller can do everything right and make one seemingly minor mistake and end up leaving a significant amount of money on the table. Buyers are often pennywise and pound foolish because they don’t know what they don’t know, and they end up paying for it. In this presentation, M&A authority Giannamore will discuss the most costly – and common – mistakes both sides of the deal often make, with devastating consequences. An industry veteran, with over a dozen clients on the PCT Top 100, you’ll benefit from Paul’s tens of thousands of hours advising on over $20 billion in M&A transactions for firms ranging from small, family businesses to large international firms such as The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, ISS PEST Control, American Airlines and Hewlett Packard.
Designed for anyone exploring the possibility of a sale, currently in the market for acquisitions, or laying the groundwork for succession planning, the upcoming PCT Mergers and Acquisitions Virtual Event is a half-day virtual event that provides expert advice from some of the industry’s leading authorities on mergers and acquisitions and family business issues.
Other featured sessions include:
• The M&A Journey: Envisioning Life’s Bigger Picture Dan Gordon, President, PCO Bookkeepers, and John P. Corrigan, Esq. attorney, Corrigan and Baker LLC
• Why Buyers Buy Rand Hollon, Licensed Broker, Preferred Business Brokers
• The Role of Private Equity: What You Need to Know Michael O’Connell, Managing Director, Brocket Tamny & Co. Christopher Ball, Director, Brocket Tamny & Co.
• A Word from Our Sponsors: How They View the M&A Market
More Information is available at http://manda.pctonline.com/schedule.aspx
Register at https://student.gototraining.com/r/3379584642298361856
Learn more at manda.pctonline.com, or call PCT’s conference division at 800/456-0707.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — AIB International will host its annual All-Staff Conference July 21-24 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kan., which will bring together the organization’s 300-plus associates from around the globe. Conference attendees will be updated on company progress, and will be inspired by motivational speaker Craig Zablocki, in addition to hearing from industry experts and taking part in seminars and training.
In previous years, the conference was focused primarily on food safety, but this year all aspects of AIB will be covered, including Food Safety Services Innovation, Baking and Food Technology, and Analytical and Labeling Services.
In addition to the daily conference sessions, AIB is working with area vendors to give attendees opportunities to explore the Manhattan area, opportunities that will also support the local economy. A reception will be held at the Flint Hills Discovery Center the first evening of the conference, and Old Chicago will host a trivia night and dinner on the second night. Attendees will also be encouraged to explore Manhattan on their own during free evenings.
Founded in Chicago in 1919, AIB International has been headquartered in Manhattan, KS, since 1976. AIB serves as a leader in the food industry through international baking training, third party food safety auditing programs, and analytical services. The company is undergoing a transition to become more responsive to the grain-based food industry and to actively identify the future needs of industry. As part of the company’s evolution the organization is targeting new business opportunities and pursuing key partnerships with industry and higher learning institutions.
AIB is a global company, with regional offices in China, Mexico, and the UK, as well as field staff in two dozen countries. AIB serves customers in 126 countries while remaining a committed partner to the local community.
For more information about AIB International, visit www.aibonline.org or call 800-633-5137.
HORSHAM, Pa. – The first in a series of hard-shell mobile devices is designed to provide the kind of protection a mobile device needed for pest control companies and their field crews, who often work in situations where normal cell phones and mobile computer devices are prone to damage.
Two Technologies, a 27-year-old company headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, designed the N4 for challenging work environments where communication is critical.
The N4 - an Android device housed in an ultra-rugged polycarbonate shell, is water proof and heat-resistant. It features a 5.5 inch diagonal high resolution 720 X 1280 Super AMOLED display, the powerful Android version 4.3, and an unprecedented 70 key backlit keypad. Other key features include a hot-swappable battery, optional 3 channel magnetic stripe reader and an 8MP color camera.
Pest control crews are often working under conditions that can make using normal mobile devices risky. They need to move fast, often during demanding weather, in stifling attics and tight crawlspaces, yet somehow sturdy mobile devices seem to have been overlooked, and most companies still rely on consumer grade cell phones and/or walkie-talkies, says Joan Rickards, executive vice president, sales and marketing, at Two Technologies.
“We are dedicated to raising the bar on durability in mobile computing with the ultra-rugged N4,” she says. “N4 is the next step in providing better communications gear for those working in parking industry.”
N4 incorporates the Samsung Galaxy Note series of smart-phones, is rugged to MIL-STD 810 G and operating temperatures of MIL-STD 810F. With a hot swappable battery, operators never have to exit an application, reboot, and then re-enter the application to change the battery. Rain damage is prevented and the phone can be dropped without concern about breakage or data loss.
Information can be stored in the N4’s 16GB internal memory and additional Micro SD memory is available up to 64GB. A drop-in cradle with spare battery charger may be used for desk-top or vehicle mounting. The device is IP67 rated and meets or exceeds MIL-STD 810G using methods 516.6 and method 514.6 for both shock and vibration.
The N4 can be ordered with a standard QWERTY keyboard or select a keypad that fits an application precisely. Aside from the Samsung device, the N4 is entirely produced in the USA.
“Mobile phones come in all colors, shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common – they are way too fragile for many pest control situations,” says Rickards. “This is what sets N4 apart – it is designed to outperform standard devices in demanding work conditions.”
For more information visit www.2t.com/n4.