In the following video, David Fincannon, owner of A-All Pest Termite Exterminators, Dallas, Texas, interviewed several industry professionals about J.J. Davis, a Purdue University professor in the 1930s. Davis was instrumental in the industry’s progression to professionalism by providing technical programs at the university level.
ROSWELL, Ga. — Spencer Pest Services with its Pest Control for a Cure Program is just one of 10 local small businesses who joined forces to raise money to cure cancer. The group, Stick it 2 Cancer, was formed by In-Depth Wraps owners, Torri and John Westmoreland after John was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. He kicked cancer to the curb and the couple is passionate about helping others do the same.
In-Depth Wraps, Big Frog of Cumming Custom T-Shirts & More, Bodyplex Fitness, Brandywine Printing, CPR Momma, jTech Networks, Lenny’s Sub Shop, Rooter Plus, Somedia Solutions, and Spencer Pest Services all work together to host exciting fundraisers with one goal in mind: Create a cancer-free world. Everything the team does ultimately benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They put together unique events such as poker tournaments, car shows and more. The teams were able to get additional support from other local restaurants and businesses for each of their events. Together, they are increasing community awareness and support for cancer.
This is Stick it 2 Cancer’s 3rd year as a team. Last year their goal was to raise $60,000 and ended up raising over $75,000. This year they created a lofty goal of funding two researchers for a year at a cost of $1,000 per week for a total of $104,000. All monies raised by team Stick it 2 Cancer go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
During the Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on September 22, the Stick it 2 Cancer team presented a check to the LLS for $106,000, bringing their 3 year total to over $200,000! The team is still receiving monies and will end up exceeding $110,000 this year. This just goes to show that small businesses can make a huge difference.
Stick it 2 Cancer has not yet released their new goal for 2013, but it will certainly be a lofty one.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Truly Nolen recently named Mike Tanner as Western Regional Sales Manager.
In his new role, Tanner will be a pivotal member of the Truly Nolen management team and will oversee all aspects of Truly Nolen’s day-to-day functions through supporting the Western Region managers and sales staff. He will also be interacting with all sales inspectors in order to motivate and train them, helping them reach their fullest potential.
Tanner will be responsible for customer acquisition and retention, the promotion of safety through on-going education, and he will be charged with meeting branch growth/profit objectives through a motivated sales staff and excellent service to customers.
He first worked with the Truly Nolen team as a manager of internal audit and a financial analyst from 1996 to 1998. Most recently, Tanner worked as the regional sales manager for a large insurance company in the southwest.
Tanner returned to the team in December 2011 after joining the MIT program.
“Mike possesses the core values we search for in all of our employees and he continues to demonstrate those on a daily basis,” said Scott Nolen, President of Truly Nolen. “We are glad to have him back on our team and are confident that his knowledge and experience in sales and personnel management will be a tremendous asset in enhancing our western regional teams.”
Tanner also surpassed superior “hands-on” employee training at Truly University in Phoenix. To ensure success, Truly University remains dedicated to providing state of the art training and providing a solid foundation from which all Truly Nolen employees can grow professionally and personally.
Tanner lives in Gilbert, Ariz. with his wife and two children. He enjoys cycling, running and competing in triathlons in his spare time. He remains active in the community as a member of the Arizona Small Business Association.
For more information about Truly Nolen, call 1-800-GO-TRULY or visit http://www.trulynolen.com/.
In the following podcast, Stephen Vantassel, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management, provides tips to PCOs who are considering entering the wildlife management market. Vantassel also authored "A Jungle of Information" for September PCT, which focused on wildlife management.
NEW BERLIN, Wis. — Those fabulous Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches did it again! They raced in New Berlin, Wis., on Oct. 2., at the Batzner Pest Management home office. It was their 12th consecutive year and this time the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin benefited from the unique event.
Jerry Batzner, president of the company bearing his family name, said that selecting the Ronald McDonald House to be the recipient of a company donation this year was “another part of this celebration.”
According to Batzner, one of his company's customer service employees, Sandy Busalacchi, is a dedicated volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House. Her personal connection with the nonprofit, which provides families of ill and injured children a place to stay during the hospital treatment of their children, played an important role in the decision to donate money to help the Ronald McDonald House cause.
On racing day, Batzner Pest Management customer service employees comprised nine teams and each team chose their favorite roach from their collection. “Hissing Hank”, AKA Curtiss Duensing, a personable and outgoing Batzner employee wearing a cockroach costume, was the enthusiastic MC .
The roaches, urged by their respective teams sped along a customized, 8-foot track built especially for the race by Chris Venuti, Batzner marketing manager. “Prizes were awarded to the winning team, but even better, the company made a generous donation to the Ronald McDonald House in their names,” Batzner said.
Customer Service Week allows the company to recognize the important contributions made by their customer service professionals. Along with the race, the schedule of events for the week-long occasion included a staff cook-out, a number of “shout out” forms posted around their offices recognizing individual employees for providing extraordinary customer service on a daily basis, as well as theme games and puzzles.
"This event is not just an excuse for us to throw a party," Batzner added. Customer Service Week, which began in 1988, is a national event recognizing the importance of customer service and honoring the people who practice it.
“We’re extremely proud of our own customer service people and are happy to recognize them for their valuable contributions to our organization. "
As it has in previous years, the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach race attracted local radio, TV, and print media to cover the event.