Terminix has agreed to pay $10 million for illegally using a pesticide containing a toxic chemical in the U.S. Virgin Islands, federal officials said.
The plea deal comes more than a year after a family of four vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands fell seriously ill when the unit below them was fumigated, CNN reported.
"Terminix companies knowingly failed to properly manage their pest control operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, allowing pesticides containing methyl bromide to be applied illegally and exposing a family of four to profoundly debilitating injuries," U.S. Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden said in a statement Tuesday.
Terminix did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.
The plea agreement, which must be approved by a district court judge, includes $8 million in criminal fines, $1 million in restitution and a $1 million community service project for Terminix International Company and its U.S. Virgin Islands operation, the U.S. Justice Department said.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Tony Massey, president of Massey Services, is proud to announce that Massey Services team member Ed Dougherty has been promoted to the position of executive vice president, chief operating officer.
Dougherty joined Massey Services in 1992 as a manager trainee and has been continuously promoted to positions of increasing responsibility. In 2010, he was promoted to executive vice president of operations.
“Over the past 24 years, Ed has been an integral part of our organization’s growth while serving in a variety of operational roles,” said Tony Massey. “He has provided outstanding leadership to our operational and executive teams, and I am confident that he will continue to contribute significantly to the success of our company.”
In Dougherty’s new role he will be responsible for all operations for the residential and commercial business in all six states that the company currently services.
Dougherty, originally from Philadelphia, PA, began his career in the pest management industry after he received his B.B.A. in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University. He completed the Harvard Business School OPM Key Executives Program in 2004 and is a graduate of Leadership Orlando.
Active in the local Orlando community, Dougherty is a member of the Board of Directors for Florida Citrus Sports and previously served as a member of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk leadership team. He also volunteers with organizations such as Junior Achievement and Autism Speaks.
FAIRFAX, Va. — Registration is now open for Academy 2016. This annual summer conference, hosted by NPMA, will be held July 20-22 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Fla. The Academy is a unique opportunity designed to advance the professional and business development of the industry's leaders and emerging leaders in a hands-on, interactive environment. Click here to register. NPMA Academy is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Centering on a theme of change and growth, Jason Dorsey, PestWorld 2015's keynote speaker, will center his workshop on creating a generational advantage. You will walk away with an understanding of how you can leverage the different generations you have working for you to help you grow your business and create customer - and employee - loyalty.
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LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. — BedBug Central has expanded their team of speaking engagement experts by including University of Florida’s Brittany Campbell, Virginia Tech’s Molly Stedfast and BedBug Central’s Danny White.
Both Campbell and Stedfast fell into the bed bug field through Virginia Tech’s Entomologist Dr. Dini Miller. Campbell had been interested in pursuing a degree in entomology, but never considered urban entomology until she started working with Miller on bed bugs for her graduate education.
“I learned as much as I could about bed bugs on my own,” Campbell said, “and then agreed to join her program because I felt that I was going to be able to do really applicable research that could potentially make a difference in people's lives.”
When Stedfast was an undergraduate biochemistry major at Virginia Tech, she was working in a vector disease lab with mosquitoes where she realized she had developed an interest with insects and wanted to pursue that route rather than being stuck behind a lab bench. Stedfast continued her graduate education under Miller, where her primary focus was to be the Virginia Public School Integrated Pest Management program, however that quickly changed as they both realized what a problem bed bugs were becoming.
“My research focus quickly changed to bed bugs as Dr. Miller and I realized just how much research and education was needed to meet the demands of the country's new bed bugs crisis,” Stedfast said.
Throughout their extensive educational careers, both Campbell and Stedfast have seen the pest industry make significant improvements in regards to bed bug knowledge and treatments, but still feel the industry has a ways to go before it is completely caught up with bed bug research.
“I think one of the main problems is that pest control companies aren’t always using research to guide their decisions when building a protocol,” Campbell said. “When science isn’t used to make solid protocol decisions, it can lead to companies using ineffective products and thus having poor results. Strong science-based protocols leads to great results, efficient treatments and happy customers, as well as improving the reputation of the entire pest control industry.”
Stedfast also mentioned that it starts with just basic bed bug knowledge to help alleviate the spread of infestations.
“I personally feel that basic bed bug education is the most important aspect in combating bed bug infestations,” Stedfast said. “If every person knew what a bed bug looked like, was aware of their potential presence, and had a rudimentary idea of what to do if a bed bug is found, we would not be dealing with such vast and persistent bed bug infestations as we are now.”
While Campbell and Stedfast will focus on bed bug research, BedBug Central’s Danny White will tackle the business angle of bed bugs. After first starting with Cooper Pest Solutions in 2009, White went into the sales field and became a bed bug account manager. He enjoyed every second of it and soon became a consultant for BedBug Central, where he would travel across the country and share his knowledge of bed bugs from a sales perspective. After watching his brother, Jeff White, doing various speaking events, White decided that was a route he was interested in pursuing.
“After seeing my brother Jeff command an audience by speaking and sharing his knowledge, I was inspired to do the same,” White said. “The feeling of speaking in front of an audience and sharing your personal sales experience is an incredible feeling.”
White’s experience as a sales manager brings a new perspective for speaking engagements that illustrates how to properly implement protocols into a bed bug management program that is both profitable and successful in eliminating bed bugs.
“Differentiating your bed bug service from the competition is important,” he said. “In my speaking engagements, I explain how to add encasements, interception devices and active bed bug monitors to a program and have it still remain profitable for the companies.”
By adding Campbell, Stedfast and White to BedBug Central’s new speaker roster, they are bringing on a fresh, new perspective on everything that encompasses bed bugs.
“I am incredibly passionate about educating people about bed bugs so that they can be as prepared as possible,” Stedfast stated.
Sharing in Stedfast’s similar excitement, Campbell hopes to use her experience and knowledge to help make a difference within the pest industry and beyond.
“I love academia and research but I’m thrilled to join the BedBug Central team,” Campbell said. “I can really use my bed bug knowledge and help apply it in the best manner that can be a service to communities and the nation. As a researcher we consider publications to be the most important way to get our research and science out, but really talking first hand to pest control companies and the public is the best way to convey our research.”
Dr. John Paige III, senior scientist and field development representative, Bayer CropScience, announced the 31st Annual Paige Family Beast Feast. This is a combination Beast Feast and fund-raising dinner for the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida.
This year’s event is scheduled for April 9, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the RiverHouse @ 305 Acacia Rd., Vero Beach, Fla.
On the menu is dove, duck, snipe, quail, wild hog, deer, pheasant, fish, alligator, bear and more.
Atlantic Bluegrass will be on hand for a live performance.
Bring a side dish to share and BYOB.
Donations will go to the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida.
For more information, contact John Paige at (772) 633-8883 or email John.Paige@Bayer.com.