PCOC - Summer 2015 - (Page 7)

president's Message Proud to be a PCO By Matt Evans 2015-2016 President PCOC is a remarkable organization. It was born of necessity for the betterment of the entire pest control industry in California. It has a relatively small staff and relies heavily on volunteer work from its members. PCOC is unique in that its members, while fiercely competitive, share a bond with one another that is apparently unique to our industry. This is the industry and association I was born into. My parents, Lyle and Marie Evans, are first generation PCOs. They got involved in PCOC while building their business and raising their family. I went to work with my dad often while growing up and never really thought about any other careers than pest control. I got my first Field Representative license at age 18 and attended my first PCOC Convention at 20. One of the events was dinner and a show at a club. When we got there, I thought I would have to stay outside because no one under 21 was allowed, and I was only 20. But I guess a coat and tie added a few years, and I got in. Since that first Convention, I have been fortunate to serve in every position in my local district, San Bernardino/Riverside. I have also served as member and chairman of several committees for the Board of Directors. It has been said that the camaraderie that we have is unique. It seems normal to me because that is all I have ever known. I watched my dad at work go to great lengths to sell termite jobs and pest control contracts and then be genuinely friendly with his competitors at the next meeting. This is because members of our industry have had to fight bigger enemies than each other. Over the years the pest control industry has been targeted by environmental groups and misguided legislators that have sought to eliminate our products and methods. PCOC members have had to band together against these attacks, which has bonded us together. PCOC has always faced challenges. The next few years will be no different. One issue of great concern is the re-registration of sulfuryl fluoride, our only remaining fumigant. Dow AgroSciences has been at the forefront of this process, providing scientific information and test results to the Department of Pesticide Regulation. In a nutshell, DPR wants to lower the clearance threshold to a level that will simply not be able to be read with field testing equipment. PCOC is working closely with Dow and DPR to retain this compound. We have always been able to mitigate these processes at the regulatory and legislative committee level. We are now looking at having to apply political pressure if we are not successful with DPR in regard to an acceptable field clearance level. The need for possible political pressure leads to the need for a strong political presence. PCOC's vehicle for political presence is PAPCO. PAPCO (Political Action by Pest Control Operators) is our funding mechanism for our political needs. Although many have a disdain for politics, the simple fact is that without a strong presence at the Capitol in Sacramento our ability to perform pest control in California will be curtailed because of erroneous legislation. The two primary ways PAPCO is funded are contributions from fund raisers and our Club 99. These contributions have dwindled over the years. I encourage everyone to participate in their local district fundraisers and contribute to www.pcoc.org / Summer 2015 7 Club 99. Your money will be well spent to ensure the future of pest control. Another challenge for any association is finding strong leaders and developing participation from its members both at the local and state level. We are seeing a trend of first and second generation companies making the decision to sell to larger companies. Many of our leaders have historically been owner/operators. Your current Executive Committee now has an equal number of owner/operators and upper level managers. PCOC is fortunate that many of our larger member firms recognize the value of PCOC and encourages their employees to be active members. Whether owner/operator or employee, PCOC must continue to develop up-and-coming leaders. Our Leadership Academy and state level committees are great avenues to start the leadership path. I encourage everyone to get involved. While active participation requires time away from our businesses and families, I have found I get much more out of PCOC than I have ever put into it. It is an honor to serve as the President of PCOC. Being part of the Executive Committee has been very rewarding. This next year will fly by, I am sure. I look forward to seeing everyone at their local districts as Martyn and I travel to our speaking invitations. Thank you again for electing me as your President. I look forward to both the challenges and opportunities. http://pcoc.org/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Summer 2015

President’s Message
Martyn’s Corner
Presidential Profile
Best Practices for Exterior Bait Stations
What Do PMPs Want from Suppliers?
Federal Update
Insurance Stop the Madness!
State Capitol Report Legislature Outlook: Loud and Busy
Firm Profile Green Dog Pest Service
Index to Advertisers
Advertiser.com

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