Pest Perspectives - January/February 2014 - (Page 17)
Giving Back and
teve Lum's career journey to
president of Slug-A-Bug Inc.
didn't come too easy. He, like
many in pest management, stumbled
upon the pest control business.
After high school, he joined
the work force. The jobs he took
were short-lived and not very
fulfilling: fast food management,
milk route, insurance and debt
collector. Then he saw an ad for
Orkin and he's never looked back.
"I became a termite sales
inspector. I excelled at the service
aspect and I loved the technical
training...Six months later I heard
about an opening at Slug-A-Bug
and was hired by Doug Vander
Poest on July 29, 1987," he said.
After a few years in the business,
Lum got his GHP license. Poest
told him about the Florida Pest
Management Association. He went
to a few meetings, but it wasn't
until 2003 when Lum became
general manager of Slug-A-Bug,
his involvement took a more active
role. Poest signed him up as a
candidate for assistant director for
Region 4 and as the only candidate,
he was unanimously voted in.
Since 2003, Lum has been assistant
director or director of Region 4 or
Region 16 or has been the coordinator
for both Regions 4 and 16. Now,
in 2014, he will serve as the new
FPMA Secretary, a responsibility he
said he doesn't take lightly. With
wisdom from God and counsel and
support from past board members,
he said "great things will happen."
"I'm excited. It's a pretty big deal"
Lum admitted. "It's a great honor and
it's an important responsibility. I'll be
very honest and tell you I am also a
little apprehensive. A lot of very good
and amazingly talented people have
gone before me and it's more than a
little bit intimidating for me to think
I can measure up to any of them."
As an FPMA officer, he wants
to try and find a way to make the
association more relevant to small
and medium sized companies, while
continuing to make strides in serving
the needs of larger organizations. He
said being involved with FPMA
has been a way to give back to an
industry has been good to him.
"The more I got involved in FPMA,
the more I developed and learned and
the more I saw the need for others
to be involved. I became passionate
about the industry," said Lum, 55. "I
became passionate about wanting
to help others get involved so they
could see how they can benefit and
how the industry can benefit from
their involvement," he said.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pest Perspectives - January/February 2014
presidential perspective Saying Goodbye
Pest Management Fleets 2014
Steve Lum: Giving Back and Moving up
capitol concerns 2014 Agenda Outlook
FPMA corner Membership News & Updates
Pest Perspectives - January/February 2014