July 2013
Upcoming Events






A Message from KPMA President

Donnie Blake, OPC, Louisville, KY


The KPMA Summer and Annual meeting is scheduled for July 30-31 at Wildwood Country Club in Louisville. Please register for the meeting as soon as possible so we can make arrangements for the golf, Annual meeting dinner and training meeting. Everyone has always enjoyed the Wildwood facilities and this year should be no exception.

The golf outing is on Tuesday morning, July 30, with a limited number of tee times available. So register early and be a part of this annual networking event. Bob Rosenberg, NPMA Executive Vice President, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Annual meeting dinner on Tuesday evening. Bob will update everyone on NPMA activities, including the latest in Government Affairs issues. Benson Bell, KDA Executive Director, is planning to attend the Annual meeting dinner and will provide an update on the happenings at KDA. Tommy Reeves is providing the entertainment for the Annual meeting dinner. You will witness a side of Tommy that will leave a lasting impression! As always, the KPMA business meeting and election of officers will be held during the dinner.

As usual the training session on Wednesday is going to be outstanding. Ray Hardebeck, Chris Christensen and Scott Underwood have done another great job with the content and speakers for the training session on Wednesday. We would be unable to provide the quality of training and the events for this meeting without the exhibitors and sponsors. So a big "thank you" in advance for their participation in the KPMA Summer and Annual Meeting! If you have not received information for the meeting, or have any questions, please contact Andrew Architect at 800-678-6722 or
aarchitect@pestworld.org or Donnie Blake at 502-969-9635 or donnieblake@opcpest.com.

REMEMBER: Every KPMA member is invited and encouraged to attend the KPMA annual meeting and dinner on Tuesday evening July 30. There is no charge for two people from each member company. There is a small charge, which includes dinner and entertainment, for additional attendees.

On June 14, the pest management industry lost a dear friend, Verlon Gosser. Verlon was a longtime leader in the pest management industry, not only in Kentucky, but also nationally. Verlon Gosser served multiple terms as KPMA President and also served on the NPMA Board of Directors. Verlon is the person that originally asked me to serve on the KPMA Board and I will never forget that conversation and the support he provided me. Verlon was a dedicated participant in all legislative activities in Kentucky and was always ready to provide input and direction. Verlon will be terribly missed. We wish his family the best at this difficult time.

If anyone has any interesting news regarding their company for submission in the KPMA newsletter, please forward the information to me at donnieblake@opcpest.com and I will forward the information to NPMA for inclusion in the next newsletter.

Thanks again for allowing me to serve as President of KPMA.



Donnie Blake

KPMA President

Register Today and Earn Credits at the KPMA Summer Meeting


July 30-31, 2013
Wildwood Country Club
5000 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40291 
Tuesday, July 30
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
Golf Tournament (Prizes will be awarded - Limited Availability)
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  
Member Banquet & President's Reception - RSVP dinner to include guest speaker & KPMA general membership meeting. (2 persons per company included with registration)
Wednesday, July 31
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Continuing Education Recertification Training
(Continuing education state approvals applied for: IL, IN, KY, OH, TN, VA, WV)

Click here to view the full schedule.
Hotel Information
Marriott East, 1903 Embassy Square Blvd., Louisville, KY 40299
Call 502-491-1184 and mention "KPMA" or click here to make your reservations.

Registration Fees
KPMA Members - $75
KPMA Non-Members - $100

Click here to register.
Click here for exhibitor registration.
News From National 

Registration Now Open for NPMA's PestWorld 2013!
PestWorld, the premier event in the professional pest management industry, will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, October 22-25, 2013.

With targeted information on the latest products, services, technologies, and business applications, PestWorld is the destination for networking, education, products, and research in the pest management industry.


At PestWorld You Will:

  • Network with more than 3,000 other pest management professionals, researchers and vendors from around the world.
  • Discover the latest business trends and learn how to apply these innovative ideas into your business.
  • Earn valuable recertification credits at educational sessions led by world-renowned experts.

The PestWorld 2013 website is live! Visit www.npmapestworld.org/pestworld2013 for the most up-to-date event information and registration.

NPMA Accepting Nominations for Young Entrepreneur Award  


NPMA recently announced a call for nominations for the Young Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by Rentokil.

This is the second year the NPMA will recognize young entrepreneurs 40 years or younger working in the professional pest management industry. Applicants will have demonstrated an ability to create or develop an industry innovation or brought a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Nominations may be submitted online. Self-nominations will be accepted as well. All nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on August 15, 2013.
Applicants will be evaluated by an independent panel of industry experts on:
  • Notable contributions made to his or her company in a management level capacity
  • Contributions to the pest management industry 
  • Personal leadership and community involvement   
The panel of judges will select one award recipient who will be announced during PestWorld 2013, October 22-25 in Phoenix.

Submit Your Nominations for the 2013 Women of Excellence Award 


The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is currently accepting nominations for NPMA's Women of Excellence Award, presented by Orkin. This is the fifth year the NPMA will recognize women who advance the pest management industry every day, in every way. Nominations may be submitted online no later than August 15. Self-nominations will be accepted. Click here to view the nomination guidelines.


The award recipient will be announced at a special award presentation during PestWorld 2013, Oct. 22-25 in Phoenix.


For more information about the NPMA Women of Excellence Award, please click here or contact Dominique Stumpf at dstumpf@pestworld.org or 703-352-6762.

News & Views
Louisville Ranks 9th for Cities with Greatest Increase of Bed Bugs 
WHAS 11, July 10, 2013
Feeling itchy? Terminix has released its annual list of top bed-bug infested cities and a Kentuckiana city has made the list. Read more... 
Spring Rains Spawn Mosquitoes' Reign in Kentucky; Spraying Concerns Some Residents
Courier Journal, July 4, 2013

Mosquitoes are back in force and putting the bite on Kentucky. Heavy spring rains and plenty of standing water have provided the perfect breeding ground for a bumper crop of mosquitoes, prompting officials to fight back with aggressive spraying programs in Western Kentucky and fogging in Louisville. Read more... 



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