Pest Perspectives - September/October 2015 - (Page 14)
in Pest control
By Mary Lou Jay
lorida's pest management industry is fortunate to have a strong advocate
in the FPMA and an outstanding educational resource in the University of
Florida's Entomology and Nematology Department. So it's not surprising
that many of the industry's next generation of leaders have come from the state.
Here's a look at some future industry makers with Florida ties.
dAnny nix, service center Manager
Arrow exterminators (Hughes), naples
"Getting into the pest control industry
was a shot in the dark," said Danny Nix.
Although he laughed when a friend offered
him work in a pest control company, he ended
up taking the job at Arrow Exterminators.
"After about two months I fell in love with it.
I said, 'I think I have found my career.'"
In his 18 years with Arrow Exterminators Nix
has done everything from pest control and Sentricon routes to sales and
management roles. "The industry encompasses sales and customer service
and so many other things," he said. "It has really suited who I am and
helped make me the man I am today.
"The part I really have fun with is taking a customer who has had a bad
experience and changing things so they're happy," Nix added.
He spent most of his career in Georgia and volunteered with the Georgia
Pest Control Association before moving to Florida four years ago. He's a
graduate of FPMA's first Leadership Program, which he calls "one of the
best things I've ever done."
Although he's a proud University of Georgia fan, Nix admits the
University of Florida's urban entomology department is "phenomenal."
He's excited about the possibilities for the industry's future with UF/IAS,
pest control companies and FPMA all working together towards common
goals. "I think you're going to see more strides in the industry in the next
10 years than what we have seen to date."
He's also encouraged by the new attitude he sees in the industry.
"Everybody has more of an understanding that there's so much business
out there for all of us," he said. "If we work together to make it a better
industry for tomorrow, all of our businesses are going to grow."
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dr. BenneTT JordAn,
Bennett Jordan was planning
a career in herpetology when he
graduated from Lake Forest College
in Illinois with a biology degree. But
when he actually started a herpetology
graduate program, he found it wasn't
"So I took a job with the Minnesota
Department of Agriculture working
on gypsy moth surveillance. That
was the transition point, when I first
started thinking about entomology as
a potential career," he said. He was
amazed to find how many different
types of entomologists and entomology
jobs there were in the United States.
Jordan's specialty at UF's urban
entomology lab was termites. "I was
entering a world I knew nothing about,
but I couldn't have been happier to
have found this industry; it's unique
and interesting work." He credits
Dr. Phil Koehler and Dr. Robert Periera
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pest Perspectives - September/October 2015
presidential perspective : Partying for a Purpose in Paradise
2015 FPMA in Paradise Recap
Advancing the Pest Control Industry: One technology improvement at a time
Rising Stars in Pest Control
Adding Lawn Care Services to Your Business
sunshine spotlight : Bug Out Services Honors its Customers, Employees and Brand
What Do PMPs Want from Suppliers?
capitol concerns : Special Session. The new normal? It could be
operational excellence : Customer Engagement
marketing matters : The Search Engine and Social Media Relationship
Pest Perspectives - September/October 2015