Charleston Celebration

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In June, PCT, Univar and Syngenta honored the industry’s Top 100 companies with educational sessions, networking and an evening awards ceremony.

October 9, 2018

Trace McEuen, vice president, Univar Environmental Science – Americas, welcomes attendees to the Top 100 event.

In June, representatives from more than 40 PCT Top 100 companies traveled to Charleston, S.C., to attend the fifth biennial PCT Top 100 Awards Ceremony and Executive Summit. The every- other-year event was co-sponsored by Univar Environmental Sciences and Syngenta Professional Pest Management.

The two-day event provided attendees opportunities to hear from speakers especially chosen for the Top 100 audience, as well as ample time to network with one another.

On June 12, attendees were welcomed to the Francis Marion Hotel in South Carolina by Scott Fortson of Columbia, S.C.’s Terminix Service.

Keynote speaker Janine Driver of the Body Language Institute discussed with PMPs how they can better understand non-verbal and verbal communication cues, which can assist owners with attracting and retaining the best and brightest candidates for their pest control businesses.

PCT Publisher Dan Moreland gave a “State of the Pest Control Industry Labor Market,” report prior to a welcome reception to end the first day.

On day two, attendees heard a keynote presentation from Shawna Suckow, The Buyer Inside, who discussed “How to Market to Today’s Buyers — Successful Strategies for Customer Engagement.”

Dan Gordon, PCO Bookkeepers, followed Suckow with a talk on how PMPs can manage their business for continuous improvement and maximum profitability.

To wrap up the educational programming, Top 100 companies heard a panel discussion titled “Leveraging Technology for Competitive Advantage Discussion,” which featured various Top 100 companies. On the panel were:

  • Ben Walker, president, and Khori Brewton, IT director, Gregory Pest Solutions
  • Forrest Vodden, IT director, Guard- ian Pest Solutions
  • Jeff Buhler, senior vice president of customer service, Massey Services
  • Kevin J. Smith, chief marketing offi- cer, Rollins


A cocktail reception, dinner and the Top 100 Ceremony & Awards Presentation was held at the Historic Rice Mill that night.

The PCT Top 100 list, which ranks pest control firms by revenue, was featured in PCT’s 17th annual Top 100 issue in May.

Photos at the awards presentation are by Rick Dean Photography.

Keynote speaker Janine Driver of the Body Language Institute taught owners/operators a better understanding of non-verbal and verbal communication cues designed to help them make better hires for their companies.
Syngenta’s Scott Reasons, head of Lawn & Garden, Americas region, speaks to Top 100 event attendees.
Keynote speaker Shawna Suckow of The Buyer Inside shared “insider secrets” about sales, prospecting, marketing, branding and the future of buyer behavior with attendees.
Forrest Vodden, IT director, Guardian Pest Solutions (standing) takes a question during the technology panel. Others on the panel included (left to right): Ben Walker and Khori Brewton, Gregory Pest Solutions; Jeff Buhler, senior vice president of customer service, Massey Services; Vodden; and Kevin J. Smith, chief marketing officer, Rollins.
PCT Editor Jodi Dorsch welcomes attendees to the awards ceremony.
Dan Gordon, PCO Bookkeepers, presented “Strategies for Managing Your Pest Business for Financial Success.”
Blue Chip Pest Services, #95 on the PCT Top 100, was represented by the Phillips family (left to right): Jeff, Kimberly, Scott, Carter and Logan.
PCT’s Dan Moreland (right), with J. Kevin Jeffrey of Copesan, who attended on behalf of Wil-Kil Pest Control.
Platinum Pest Solutions was new on the PCT Top 100 this year. Co- founders (left to right) Michael Panichi, Jason Sayre and Ken Williams attended the event. PCT’s Dan Moreland is on the right.
Versacor, #81 on the list, was represented by (left to right): Mitch Brantley, Bryan Eicher, Sherri Byrd, Steve Byrd, Eric Eicher, Cindy Eicher, Jason Eicher and Ana Eicher.
More than 40 PCT Top 100 companies attended this year’s awards ceremony in Charleston, S.C.
Left to right: Kevin Burns, Shay Runion and Tim Pollard accept Arrow Exterminators’ plaque from PCT Publisher Dan Moreland.