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president's Message Our Future is So Bright... Record attendance! That's right; the Expo this year drew a bigger audience than it has for more than 10 years. I want to thank everyone who attended and worked tirelessly to make it a reality. I love seeing the unwavering support for our association and spending time sharing thoughts and ideas with like-minded industry professionals. By Robert Baker 2014-2015 President As your new president, one of my first calls to action surrounds our association's need to drive membership and streamline the licensing process. The future of our industry hinges on developing and maintaining a depth of licensed pest control professionals, with long-term careers in the industry in mind. However, the process to acquire the appropriate knowledge and become licensed isn't nearly as straightforward as it should be, and I feel it inhibits our goal of growing a responsible, sustainable future. By bringing more qualified professionals into our industry, we grow membership and the strength of our shared voice. It's imperative that we unite in this cause. What can we do? Well, to start with, there are 16 different sources currently cited for study guides, amounting to literally tens of thousands of pages of potential study material. Where is a potential licensee to start? And once they have studied the guide of their choice, the test and its grading are a constantly evolving target. Not only are candidates losing faith in the licensing system, but so are many business managers and owners. We must come together as an association, in collaboration with regulatory agencies, to sponsor consolidated, clear study materials and testing processes. We must also ensure testing content is maintained current, accurate and relevant to modern-day standards. Without good directions and attainable success, we risk losing momentum and limiting our future. The way we rally together around a common cause is a true rarity in today's business landscape; I count on that to bring us together again on this important issue and make immediate and sustained change for the business we all thrive in. Please attend meetings and events as often as possible and get involved. It takes every one of us to make sure our future is bright. martyn's Corner A Strong, Active Association! The single most important reason that PCOC is such a strong industry trade association is because of its members. Having been involved in other associations and talking with other association executives in Sacramento, I continue to be very impressed with the level of activism that we have within the pest control industry. It starts with the 19 vibrant and energetic PCOC By Martyn B. Hopper districts. The meetings are professionally run and well Executive Vice President attended. Companies - which often compete with one another - come together for fellowship and networking. This activity is tremendously significant because it builds a base for affecting public policy at the federal, state and local levels as we are lobbying for industry issues, protecting the pest control industry. Your trade association is thus comprised of a large number of separate entities throughout the state. Following on from the local district level is the opportunity to participate on a statewide basis in one of PCOC's 20  committees. These are listed in the Directory. Here, we have groups of individuals lending their expertise to issues that affect our industry and the continued professionalism that it represents. Our legislative agenda, our Best Management Practices and our GreenPro certification program are a few examples of this important effort. www.pcoc.org / Fall 2014 7 And then there is the opportunity to attend one of PCOC's events and continuing education meetings. Whether it is Pest Ed, Leg Day, the Leadership Conference or our Expo, these are all great opportunities for you to support the industry and become more knowledgeable about issues that affect your bottom line. The photos in this magazine are from our hugely successful Expo  2014 in Las Vegas. We had a record number of attendees (254) and the largest exhibit hall ever with 58 booths. Finally, the mark of a strong association is the development of future leaders. Under the guidance of our immediate past president, Travis Swope, we are identifying and empowering new leaders in the industry, giving them the tools to develop new visions for the future growth of PCOC. I look forward to a very productive and active fall! http://www.pcoc.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC -Fall 2014

President’s Message Our Future is So Bright…
Martyn’s Corner A Strong, Active Association!
PCOC Expo 2014: Bigger and Better than Ever
Controlling the Spread of Argentine Ants
What Customers Should Know About Bed Bugs
Five Tips for Retaining Customers as You Grow
Federal Update
Insurance The PCOC Insurance Program Celebrates 25 Years!
State Capitol Report Autumnal Clairvoyance
Firm Profile Craig & Sons Termite & Pest Control
Index to Advertisers
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