|Donnie Blake was recognized with the FMC Legislative Day Award.|
|NPMA's Rob Lederer (right) presents an appreciation award to FMC's Dan Rosenbaum (left). FMC was the lead sponsor of Legislative Day.|
|NPMA's Rob Lederer (right) recognized the contributions of RISE President Allen James (left). James is retiring in August. He has been president of RISE for 19 years.|
|RNC National Committee Chairman Michael Steele (left) was the keynote speaker. Steele's speech was sponsored by Dow AgroSciences. Dow's Dave Morri (right) introduced Steele.|
|NPMA Senior Vice President Bob Rosenberg presents a ceremonial $5,000 check on behalf of NPMA's PAC to congressional candidate and PCO Robert Dold.|
|Legislative Day attendees from Pennsylvania met prior to their Capitol Hill visits to discuss strategy. (Photo: Brad Harbison)|
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In recognition of his efforts lobbying for the pest control industry on the state and national levels, Donnie Blake, president, OPC Pest Control, Louisville, Ky., was recognized with FMC Legislative Day Award, last week. Blake was presented the award by Dan Rosenbaum, director, Specialty Products Business, FMC
Blake has been active politically, both within NPMA and within his community. During the past 10 years Blake has held several positions within NPMA including president (in 2003), and chairman of NPMA’s Government Affairs Committee. Blake is a four-time president of the Kentucky Pest Management Association, and he’s served five consecutive terms as secretary-treasurer.
Additionally, Blake, a self-described “political junkie,” has been active in local politics. He serves as a local councilman and also is a member of The Louisville Metro Planning Commission
Blake said he considered the FMC Legislative Day Award the “Holy Grail” of awards. “Politics is my passion and over the years I’ve seen icons in this industry receive this award such as Norm Goldenberg, Bob Russell, Mike Katz, Tom Diederich, Charlie Hromada, Jerry Keown and Rick Bell. To be in the same place as these individuals is phenomenal.”
Other NPMA Legislative Day Highlights included:
- NPMA Executive Vice President Rob Lederer recognized the contributions of Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) President Allen James, who announced he was retiring, effective Aug. 31, 2010. James, who has been with RISE for 19 years, has been a passionate advocate for the specialty chemicals industry. James and NPMA Senior Vice President Bob Rosenberg have worked closely on numerous regulatory issues that impact both associations and their members. In presenting the award to James, Lederer said, “We can not tell you how much we appreciate your partnership, your leadership. Allen James was one of those individuals who understood early on that the industries were much stronger together than they were apart.”
- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele gave the keynote speech in which he encouraged NPMA Legislative Day attendees to “confront leadership” (related story) . Steele’s speech was sponsored by Dow AgroSciences.
- NPMA’s Political Action Committee made a $5,000 donation to the campaign of Robert Dold (R-Ill). Dold, president of Rose Pest Solutions, is running as the Republican candidate in Illinois’ 10th Congressional District. In February, Dold was declared the winner of Illinois 10th Congressional District Republican primary.
- PCT recognized its 2009 Technicians of the Year during a special ceremony at NPMA Legislative Day. The annual awards program, sponsored by BASF Pest Control Solutions, recognizes a trio of standout service professionals in the residential, commercial and termite categories. This year’s awards to:
Orkin Pest Control
Rob Van Willigen
Batzner Pest Management
New Berlin, Wisc.
HomeTeam Pest Defense