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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
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.
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.
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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
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
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
Insurance The PCOC Insurance Program Celebrates 25 Years!
State Capitol Report Autumnal Clairvoyance
Firm Profile Craig & Sons Termite & Pest Control
Index to Advertisers
PCOC -Fall 2014