WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Pest management professionals from across the country, as well as several countries, gathered in West Lafayette, Ind., for the 81st annual Purdue Pest Management Conference, one of the industry’s premier educational events.
A highlight of the opening session was the dedication of this year’s event to Greg Campbell of Hatfield Pest Control, La Porte, Ind. Campbell, a Purdue University graduate (1973), is stepping down as chair of the Purdue Pest Management Conference Planning Committee, a position he has held since 2001.
Said Gary Bennett, professor and director of the Urban Pest Management Center, “We would like to thank Greg for his dedication to our mission of promoting progressive pest management training for our industry. He has always been an enthusiastic and insightful representative of the industry, helping to appoint the committee for each year and providing his own insights into developing interests and issues in the pest management arena.”
In addition to serving as the conference chair, Campbell has been a member the Indiana Pesticide Review Board, which he did for 10 years representing structural applicators in categories 7A and 7B. “Greg has always focused on providing the consumer with a quality service experience through well-educated technicians, managers and owners,” added Bennett. “You can see this training emphasis throughout this biography, not only for his own company, but for the industry he has served and loved. His service to our industry is exemplary.”
After working for pest control companies in the Chicago area in the mid-1970s, Campbell met Dean Hatfield at an Indiana Pest Control Association meeting in South Bend, Ind., in 1979. Hatfield invited him to visit the home office of Hatfield Pest Control to look over his operation and discuss his future plans. Less than a month later, Campbell was working for Hatfield, and about a year after that Campbell bought him out and became owner of Hatfield Pest Control.
Greg Campbell was not able to attend this year’s conference, but accepting the award on his behalf was Campbell’s daughter, Carrie, who purchased Hatfield Pest Control from her father in 2015.
(Pictured: Purdue’s Gary Bennett presents to Carrie Campbell a plaque recognizing her father, Greg Campbell, to whom this year’s Purdue conference was dedicated).