In addition to the winning and finalist photos from the 2011 contest, the PCT staff wanted to share other noteworthy entries.
The Purdue Pest Management Conference, held last month at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., provided attendees with an opportunity to hear from leading industry professionals, check out the latest pest control products in the exhibit hall and network with one another. The following photo review includes speakers, attendees and ceremonies.
NEW YORK — Was your Valentine’s Day gift this year memorable? It probably was for those who received the gift of a cockroach. The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo offered a light-hearted way to “make sure your loved one knows your feelings are forever” – a cockroach in their name and a 100 percent solid dark chocolate COCOA-ROACH.
This was the second year in which the WCS’s Bronx Zoo offered “hopeless romantics from around the world” the opportunity to name (for the price of $10) real live Madagascar hissing cockroaches after their favorite loved one, “ex” or mother-in-law. Each gift came with a colorful certificate e-mailed to the purchaser’s loved one announcing that a cockroach was named in his or her honor.
To make the offer even sweeter, this year the WCS’s Bronx Zoo was selling a COCOA-ROACH for that special someone – a genuine artisanal 100 percent solid dark chocolate likeness of a Madagascar hissing cockroach – the world’s largest member of the roach family. COCOA-ROACHES were created with precision and artistry by chocolatier Sabrina Berkowitz of The Chocolate Box NYC. COCOA-ROACHES were an additional $15 for one or $25 for a COCOA-ROACH couple. All proceeds went to help the Wildlife Conservation Society save wildlife and wild places around the world.
Visit www.bronxzoo.com/roach to see a video about this promotion.
Editor’s note: The January PCT cover story "Route Risks That Can Kill” provides tips for avoiding on-the-job injuries and included results from an August 2011 PCT survey focusing on safety training and programs for pest control companies. The following article “A review of the 2007-2010 PCOC” was written by Eric Paulsen, CRM, risk manager, Clark Pest Control, and originally appeared in the Pest Control Operators of California’s (PCOC’s) quarterly magazine. The article was edited with contributions from Paul Lindsay, director, Jenkins Insurance Group. The PCOC and the Pest Management Insurance team at Jenkins Insurance have partnered with the California State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) and other compensation carriers for more than 22 years to provide quality insurance and risk management to PCOC members. One of the purposes and advantages of this type of joint partnership is to pool resources in an effort to control losses. In the following article, Paulsen has compiled and analyzed the loss history generated through this partnership. It provides valuable insight into the exposure and losses that PCOs encounter.
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Editor’s note: In the following article PCT takes a look at the evolution of NPMA Legislative Day, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. The 2012 event, sponsored by FMC Professional Solutions, takes place Feb. 26-28, at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Washington, D.C. For more information visit www.npmapestworld.org or call 703/352-6762.
NPMA Legislative Day has evolved into a premier event for increasing the awareness of key legislative and regulatory issues impacting the pest management industry. In recent years, Legislative Day has been attended by 400 to 800 industry professionals — a far cry from Legislative Day events 20-plus years ago.
“I remember the second Legislative Day and we had maybe 50 people,” said NPMA Senior Vice President Bob Rosenberg. “So, we’ve gone from an industry that wasn’t known on Capitol Hill to one that has become a power, become a force and has become very successful.”
Rosenberg said the pest control industry has made significant inroads withCongress the past 25 years on a variety of issues, including the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA); bed bug legislation; hazardous materials DOT legislation; and the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA). “None of these successes would have been possible if it was just a couple lobbyists working the Hill — it needed the grass-roots support that occurs at Legislative Day,” Rosenberg said.
PCOs have a power that they sometimes don’t even know they have, Rosenberg added. “[PCOs] are known throughout their community. People up on Capitol Hill belong to the same clubs, go to the same churches, their kids go to school together, they do business together. They’ve got a lot of influence — it’s just a matter of being willing to use it. If we can get constituents in to see their members of Congress and they can articulate the concerns that need to be articulated, you get an awful lot of traction.”
Featured Speakers. This year’s Legislative Day will feature keynote addresses by the following renowned speakers.
Haley Barbour (R-MS). Called one of “the most powerful Republicans in politics,” Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi and former chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association, is one of the top political strategists in the country. Now in his eighth and final year as governor, Barbour helped put Mississippi on a new path in job creation, education, health care, and energy. During this keynote presentation, Barbour will provide attendees an outlook on the political landscape during what is expected to be a significant election year. Barbour’s presentation is sponsored by FMC Professional Solutions.
Political strategist Dick Morris. Among the most prominent American political consultants in the country, Dick Morris is almost universally credited with piloting Bill Clinton to a stunning comeback re-election victory in 1996 after the president lost Congress to the Republicans two years prior. Once called “the most influential private citizen in America” by Time Magazine, Morris has become a familiar figure as a political commentator. He is well known for hard hitting, nonpartisan, objective commentary about the U.S. political scene. He writes a weekly column for the New York Post and another for the Hill Magazine in Washington, D.C. His presentation is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences.
More to Come. This article is part one of PCT’s NPMA Legislative Day preview; part two will be included in February PCT and it will review the issues that pest management professionals will be advocating for at NPMA Legislative Day.
25 Years and Going Strong
Editor’s note: Wendell Codner, strategic and international accounts manager, FMC Professional Solutions, shared his Legislative Day memories in the following column.
When I started working as a pest management product representative for FMC back in the late 1980s, we wanted to make an impact in the industry. Our company was just getting started in this market segment and decided to get involved at the grassroots level.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), then the National Pest Control Association (NPCA), conceived the idea of Legislative Day in 1987, and FMC welcomed the opportunity to be the premiere sponsor of this vital industry initiative. Twenty-five years later, Legislative Day and FMC are still primary partners for this annual event.
We started small. The first year, there were only around 30 or 40 attendees. Through the years, this event has grown and evolved into the vibrant meeting of hundreds of professional advocates and leaders in the pest management industry. Moreover, representatives of the same strong core group are still attending and presenting pertinent industry issues to their legislators each year.
I have attended Legislative Day nearly every year of its existence. During that time, I’ve met luminaries such as Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich, James Carville and Bob Beckel. Last year, we were honored to hear from a pest management professional-turned congressman, Rep. Bob Dold (R- Ill).
The opportunity to experience how our government works is critical for our industry professionals. If you have no voice in the process, you will likely delay the progress of the industry and your business.
I urge all pest management professionals — no matter how small your company — to consider attending this great event at least once, if not every year. We generally stop ourselves by not starting, so let’s meet at Legislative Day, 2012.
The author is managing editor of PCT and can be contacted at email@example.com.
To reserve your hotel room at the historic Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, call 202/347-3000 by February 3, 2012 and mention “NPMA” to receive the group rate of $288 per night. After Feb. 3, rooms and the group rate are subject to availability.