PCOC - Summer 2016 - 25
Clark Pest Control Highlights
its PCOC Benefits and Value
By Robert Baker, Clark Pest Control
A really good way to find out if a trade association is valuable is to ask one of its member companies what
it thinks. Ask longtime employees of Clark Pest Control about the non-profit group Pest Control Operators of
California, and what you're likely to hear is a ringing endorsement of PCOC, not only as a trade association
that accomplishes so much for the pest management industry in California, but as a place where lifetime
friendships are formed and cultivated.
That's certainly what Baron McDonald, Branch Manager at
Clark Pest Control's service center in Sonora, has found. "PCOC
has benefited me by the wonderful relationships and friendships
that I have developed over the last 30 years," he says.
McDonald has been with Clark since 1978. He learned about
PCOC in 1986 from Ron Fair, Clark Pest Control's longtime
Modesto Branch Manager. Over that time, he has come to regard
PCOC as a vehicle to get things done that neither he nor his company could do alone.
"Together, we are a strong association," he continues. "By
sharing and communicating with each other, we learn and
adjust to the political issues that confront us on a regular basis.
The people involved in PCOC are some of the brightest business
people I have ever met, and I have learned so much from them. It
makes me proud when, together, we accomplish great issues for our
society, we prevent diseases, we prevent property damage, we make
our food better and, in general, we make our world a better place."
Clark Pest Control has been a member of PCOC for much of
its 66 years in the business. As an operator who was focused on
practicing pest control in an ethical manner, company founder
Charlie Clark saw the wisdom in aligning with a group that originally was formed by above-board pest management companies,
with the idea of convincing government agencies to enact laws and
regulations that would protect consumers and legitimate operators
alike. For over 60 years now, Pest Control Operators of California
has functioned as a non-profit trade association whose objective is
to serve the business and educational needs of pest control operators
in this state. It's no secret that doing business in California can be
complicated and sometimes even frustrating - and doubly so for
pest management providers, who must navigate an ever-changing
web of laws and regulations.
PCOC provides that expertise, working closely with the Structural
Pest Control Board and the Department of Pesticide Regulation, the
two regulatory bodies that oversee the pest management industry in
California. PCOC also interacts with the Departments of Consumer
Affairs and Transportation, along with various county agricultural commissioners and any other regulatory body that can have
impact on the way the business of pest management is conducted
in California. The group's associated lobbyists identify legislative
bills that might have a negative impact on the industry, and they
work hard to get them either tabled or modified. And, when new
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