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Proud to be a PCO
By Matt Evans
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
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.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Summer 2015
Best Practices for Exterior Bait Stations
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Insurance Stop the Madness!
State Capitol Report Legislature Outlook: Loud and Busy
Firm Profile Green Dog Pest Service
Index to Advertisers
PCOC - Summer 2015