President's Letter
A big thanks to everyone who joined us October 2nd at the Ameristar Casino Resort and Spa in Black Hawk, CO for our conference.  It was a great meeting this year and I will share some of the highlights here.

Andrew Architect and John Scott brought us the latest on some of the regulatory issues that threaten our industry − from Pollinators to the changes to the Pesticide Applicator's Act.  You'll want to stay tuned into our newsletters and the CDA for changes coming.  We are seeing activists visit city council meetings and pushing the ban on pesticides on city property.  It is important that every one of us get to know our legislators and let them know our position on this.
Andrew Architect, NPMA, received an award for his years of service to CPCA from 2007-2015

Coach Sean McCarthy did a great job of challenging us to put a vision out there for your people to follow.  It is our job as leaders to "dream a bigger dream."  Your vision should scare you a little.  The feedback from those attending was this was one of the best sessions we have had in many years.  Coach Sean is based in Loveland and is an affordable option for even the smallest company to bring in and motivate your team.
Lastly, we had a great session on hiring.  Michelle Stockstad from Orkin provided some great tools and insight on how to find and hire the right people.  The phrase "fire fast, hire slow" was really driven home with me throughout this session.  Michelle shared a number of steps and a book titled "Why" to provide the roadmap to success in this area.
Our board has agreed that next year we will extend this meeting to include some key CEC's.  I would ask that you let me know what credits are important for you and your staff in the fall so we can help meet your needs.  The fall conference will continue to offer key business strategies for the leaders and managers in your organizations as well.

Please feel free to email kevin@creepycrawlythings.com with your ideas for future meetings.

Kevin Lemasters

Analysis of EPA Proposed Rule Changes 

In early October the NPMA Public Policy team held a webinar with the Public Policy Committee to discuss and analyze the EPA proposed rule concerning new certification and training standards for the use of restricted use pesticides. During the webinar the committee identified the areas of the rule that will need to be further analyzed and addressed in comments that will be submitted to EPA by NPMA.  Due to the scope and breadth of this rule, NPMA will be requesting an extension to the November 23rd comment deadline. The rule will be a priority topic during the Public Policy Committee meeting at PestWorld in Nashville. Please review the following information and provide input, questions or concerns to the

NPMA Sends Official SPAR Invitations 

This week NPMA Policy Staff sent letters formally inviting the initial group of State Policy Affairs Representatives (SPARs) to serve as liaisons between their respective states and NPMA. We applaud and appreciate the commitment of this group and would like to recognize Andrea Edwards for representing Colorado. To see a list of the representatives by state 
We Want to Hear from You!

We are always looking for fun and interesting articles to include and would love to hear your suggestions for articles for this newsletter.  If you've seen an article you would like for us to include, please submit it via email to Alexis Wirtz at awirtz@pestworld.org.
QualityPro Launches New Streamlined
Version of GreenPro Certification Program

QualityPro has unveiled a new version of the popular GreenPro certification program. GreenPro is designed to identify and recognize green services offered by QualityPro certified companies. Certification enables companies to better promote their services and commercial or residential customers to easily find the environmentally friendly service they desire. GreenPro service certification is available at no additional cost to QualityPro certified companies. Under the new program, companies will find it easier to submit their service programs for certification.

"We are excited to share the new GreenPro at PestWorld and are hopeful that this streamlined program will encourage even more pest control companies to submit their green services for consideration," says Andy Architect, Executive Director of QualityPro.

For further information on the GreenPro certification program, please contact the Certification Program Manager at 703.352.6762 or qualitypro@pestworld.org or visit the site at www.npmaQualityPro.org/GreenPro.

Veterans Survey

NPMA is committed to engaging veterans in their successful transition to a productive and rewarding career in the pest management industry.  To that end, PestVets, NPMA's Veterans Group, actively promotes the recruitment of veterans to member companies and supports those recruitment efforts through various education and training opportunities. Please take our Veterans Survey 
and share your military background and insights with us.
Member Benefit Highlight: The NPMA Shipping Program

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Visit PartnerShip.com/NPMA for more information and to enroll in the NPMA shipping program.  If you have any questions, please call PartnerShip directly at 800-599-2902, or email sales@PartnerShip.com.

Coming Soon: PesTech3.0 2016, Wildlife Expo and Regional Conferences

This winter NPMA will pull together professionals from throughout the country for a series of meetings to keep you current on the latest in the industry.  Join us at  
PesTech3.0 2016 from January 5-7 in San Jose, CA for a mix of business management sessions and interactive breakout groups featuring up-and-coming information/digital technologies for the pest management industry. "The changes in technology in the past five years have been extraordinary," stated NPMA CEO Bob Rosenberg. "During PesTech3.0 2016, companies will have the opportunity to learn about advances in mobile technologies, business automation, big data, security and other technologies on the horizon that will improve their efficiencies and create opportunities for financial growth."

The conference will feature technology thought leaders and provide a forum for attendees to learn from each other about their technology experiences as well as the current technologies used to enhance daily practices within their pest management businesses. Hotel information and registration forms for the conference are available on NPMA's website.

Professionals who are involved in wildlife management or are considering offering this valuable add-on service  will want to join the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) for the Wildlife Expo 2016, January 15-17, Las Vegas, NV. The educational program will provide both technical and business-related information. Hotel information for Wildlife Expo 2016 is available here

Also upcoming in January, regional conferences bring together members for the opportunity to network and learn. The Eastern Conference this year takes place at the Kalahari Resort, Poconos, PA from January 13-15.  At the end of the month, The Southwestern Conference will be held at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel from January 26-28. The Southern Conference 2016 follows from February 9-10 at the Hilton, Memphis, Memphis, TN.


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