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What a Great Experience at
FPMA in Paradise:
The 2013 Summer Conference
is a publication of the
Florida Pest Management
More than 400 FPMA members spent a week in Paradise, June 17–21,
2013 at FPMA in Paradise, the 2013 Summer Conference. Presented by
Syngenta Professional Products, the special time together featured
entertaining CEUs sponsored by Pumptec, a sold-out hall of tabletop
exhibits sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and Zoecon with the latest
in products, equipment and services, a sold-out fishing tournament
sponsored by Univar Environmental Services with a top prize of
original artwork by FPMA member Brian Eisenberg, a 5K that benefitted the Florida
Pest Management Foundation, a Zumba session taught by Residex’s Sandy Eason,
Family Fun Night with ice cream sponsored by Rush Truck Centers, GT Leasing and
Really Innovations, a comical “Lobster Race” sponsored by BASF, an elegant “White
Party” Sunset Soiree sponsored by Direct Solutions and important meetings of the
Government Affairs Committee and Board of Directors.
At the Sunset Soiree event, I had the honor of recognizing special members who
have contributed so much to the profession and the association:
• Jennifer Leggett, who was awarded the Pioneer Award, our highest honor.
• Alan Turner, who was named the recipient of the Harry J. Balcom Legend Award,
given to a deserving Allied member.
• Jim Williamson, who earned the Fellowship Award.
A main attraction was the Leadership Challenge, sponsored by Pestpac Software,
which built teamwork and tested endurance! Attendees reported the 2013 FPMA in
Paradise as a great way to learn, network with fellow professionals and spend time
The exotic and relaxing tropical setting of Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key was
the perfect environment to create special memories while building and renewing
relationships that will last a lifetime.
By September, the first class of Leadership FPMA will be preparing to meet in
Gainesville for their initial session. This new program, initially led by Wedgeworth
Leadership Institute graduates Sean Brantley and Marcie Downing, will keep attendees
on the leading edge of technology, management practices, training, regulatory changes
and customer service driving the leading companies in the industry.
Florida’s pest management profession represents more than $1 billion in economic
impact and more than 100,000 jobs; it faces constant pressure from regulators, legislators,
media, activist groups, economic cycles and demographic shifts. To meet the challenges
that the Florida pest management profession faces, FPMA has launched Leadership FPMA.
Leadership FPMA will be a mile-wide, but inch-deep view of how leadership
influences our lives and industry. During this program participants will be exposed
to new insights about themselves, others and the world around them in a range of
aspects from policy to personality. The intent of Leadership FPMA is to broaden the
perspective of the participants and entrust them to become engaged leaders in the pest
management profession. It will prepare participants to communicate and formulate
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pest Perspectives - September/October 2013
presidential perspective What a Great Experience at FPMA in Paradise
2013 FPMA in Paradise
Women Add Unique Perspective to Pest Control Industry
Getting Rid of GALS
capitol concerns Legislative, Regulatory Issues Push Forward
FPMA corner Membership News & Updates
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2013