Pest Perspectives - May/June 2015 - (Page 27)

fpma leadership Class 2 Takes on Tallahassee By Sean Brantley, Co-Director, FPMA Leadership Class 2 members: Sandy Eason, Elliott Zace, Kyle Varona, Sean McDonough, Dennis Castle, Tony Walker and Trey Garrison C lass 2 of FPMA Leadership has completed its Tallahassee seminar. Our last stop together will be at the Summer Conference in Key Largo for some programming and graduation. It is hard to believe that we are almost done and another class of FPMA Leadership moves on to spread their wings. Our Seminar ran parallel to the Legislative Tour in some activities and was quite different in others. As we have mentioned before, the programming presented gives the participants a 30,000 foot view of things and zooms into ground level on others. Our time in Tallahassee was no different. Once again we thank our sponsors, speakers, guests and participants for putting the effort in to make our industry and our association strong. This Seminar owes a special thanks to Missy Timmins and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Assistant Director Steve Dwinell, along with everyone at the DACS Laboratory. Class 2 has certainly demonstrated its strengths and its willingness to move forward taking on new leadership roles in their companies and the FPMA. This is truly a small investment to gain such great results. Our group started bright and early by meeting with Dwinell at the DACS Conner Building. We got a chance to sit with Dwinell for several hours, where he presented a ton of information and allowed for questions and answers all along the way. He | covered the new organizational structure of DACS and even told us about the latest evolutions in how organization by function works for them. We had a chance to review with him how our cross-trained inspectors will work, what that means for consumers and what that means for PMPs. Overall, we clearly have a new DACS with a different perspective of regulating. The Department now thinks of us as its customer in many ways. Its goal is to help bring us into compliance with education and opportunity rather than stop us with fines. The new approach seems to work in many cases and they will continue to track field compliance. He also talked about the presumed in compliance program and how that will affect us as companies once rolled out in full. We also had opportunities to ask questions and discuss industry rumors and more. We had a great discussion with Mr. Dwinell before he had to leave for an appointment. Our next step was the DACS Laboratory. Bureau Chief Patty Lucas, Bureau of Agricultural Environmental Laboratories, led our group through all of the laboratories associated with DACS. This tour illustrated the importance of the very expensive testing equipment and processes to maintain quality lab work. Everything from soil to fertilizer, pest control dilutions to termiticide tank mixes and all sorts of agricultural testing occur at these labs. A detailed chain of command process, documented lab practices, certifications and ongoing training make the Bureau's Laboratories run to the highest performance and acceptance. Pest Perspectives 27

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pest Perspectives - May/June 2015

Presidential perspective: Out and About with FPMA
FPMA 1980-1999: More Influence, a More Professional Image
Update on the Invasive Conehead Termite Treatment Program in South Florida
Four Secrets to Communicating with Clarity
Capitol concerns: Legislative Tour 2015 Recap
FPMA Leadership: Class 2 Takes on Tallahassee
FPMA corner
Operational excellence: Five Characteristics of Attractive Pest Control Merger Partners
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Pest Perspectives - May/June 2015