The Voice of PCOC staff
recently had a chance to catch
up with incoming 2015-2016
President Matthew Evans on his
plans for the association during
PCOC: How did you get started on your
Evans: I was born into pest control. My
parents started our company in 1964. I went
to work with my dad as I was growing up and
worked on the crews in the summer. I got
my first field representative license when I
was 18 and started working full time at 21. I
worked as a termite inspector and salesman
and eventually moved to branch manager. In
2003 my parents decided to sell portions of
the company to myself and my younger sister
in an effort to move us into our own operations. I have owned my portion of Northstar
Exterminators since 2003.
PCOC: What do you think are the
biggest challenges facing the industry in
the state of California and nationwide?
Evans: Regulatory is by far the biggest
challenge. We are seeing major changes to
how and when we can apply our products.
California will continue to see changes that
are pushed by environmental and legislative
groups that will further restrict our applications. The future viability of sulfuryl
flouride is our biggest concern in the short
term. Our ability to educate the regulatory
community about our business is critical to
developing rules and regulations that adequately address environmental and public
health concerns, yet not adversely impact
our ability to control pests.
PCOC: What are your goals as
president of PCOC and what vision do
you have for leading the association?
Evans: I would like to see PCOC
become stronger politically. I feel our PAC
must become financially stronger so we
can increase our presence in Sacramento.
Our PAC is currently funded by voluntary donations. That means of funding is
simply not providing the necessary capital to fund our legislative donations. The
Executive Committee is currently looking
at other funding mechanisms for PAPCO.
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