PCOC - Winter 2015 - (Page 21)
Jim Steed, Owner,
Neighborly Pest Management
3rd Vice President, PCOC
As a longtime member of PCOC, I am often asked by prospective members, "What do I get from my
membership? Is it worth the money?" My answer for many years has been the same. Membership pays - and
it pays big. Let me tell you the three biggest ways that it has paid for me.
PCOC Insurance Program. For many years, I participated
in PCOC and knew about the insurance program. I was happy
enough with my broker and confident that I was getting competitive
rates, so I was not very motivated to make a change. Then, in 2010,
we had a surprise increase in our auto premiums with State Farm.
I decided that it was finally time to let PCOC Insurance bring me
a quote. I was very pleased with the rates. We have a fleet of about
25 vehicles and the annual savings for me was more than $6,000.
As you can imagine, this is 10 times the cost of my PCOC dues.
While this is not the case for every member, you can understand
the significant impact that it has had for my business. If you are
not participating in this program, be smarter than me. Call them up
and ask for a quote now. You have nothing to lose and a whole lot to
gain. There are 10 other member benefit programs from uniforms
to credit card processing that can also save you money.
Networking with Friendly Competitors. Some of the best
friends I have are people who I have met in PCOC. These
relationships have helped me countless times over the years. These
friendships have given me the opportunity to work with experienced
competitors that have been willing to give me some great advice
over the years. I have made changes in my fleet fuel program, online
advertising and employee relations that have saved me significant
money and heartache over the years. How can you calculate the value
of being able to call several competitors when you have important
questions to answer? This industry is full of talented experienced
people who have a lot to offer.
PCOC Protects Your Industry. PCOC has a small full time
staff of four people and about 800 volunteer members. These
are the people that work on the front lines to make as much sense as
we can with the regulations and laws that come out of Sacramento.
In the last two years alone, PCOC has succeeded in stopping two
terrible changes that were proposed in Sacramento. The first was
an effort to give individual municipalities the power to make their
own regulations for pesticide use. Can you imagine having to
understand and comply with a different set of regulations for every
city and county you work in? PCOC stopped this one before it was
even put in writing because of the good relationships that we have
in the state Capitol. The second bill was as bad as the first. This
bill would have required you to notify all of the neighbors of your
customers prior to treatment. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. PCOC was
able to work with several law makers to get this bill put where it
belongs, the trash. The bottom line here is that PCOC is the only
organization that works to protect your business. There is nobody
else. If you care about your business and you want to make sure
that we get the best results possible in Sacramento then you need
to be a dues paying member.
Give PCOC a call today and get your membership going. I promise
you the only regret you'll have is that you didn't do it sooner.
www.pcoc.org / Winter 2015
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Winter 2015
Bird Management: Best Strategies and Biggest Challenges
Finding an SEO Company That Will Make — Not Break — Your Business in 2016
Insurance Complying with the Global Harmonized System Hazard Communication Standard of 2012
Membership Pays! Jim Steed, Neighborly Pest Management
State Capitol Report And That’s a Wrap
Building a Sales Culture in Your Business Everyone’s in Sales
Firm Profile The Hitmen Termite and Pest Control, Inc.
Index to Advertisers
PCOC - Winter 2015