As 2018 comes to a close, I would like to wish our members, partners and industry professionals a wonderful and prosperous New Year.
The NPMA staff is working hard to plan an outstanding line-up of conferences in 2019 that are geared towards enhancing your business and personal career goals.
Here is a snapshot of our upcoming events, we hope to see you often in 2019!
Dominique Stumpf, CMP, CAE
NPMA Chief Executive Officer
The NPMA office will be closed for the New Year holiday on Monday, December 31 and will reopen at noon on Wednesday, January 2.
Last month, industry pest control association leaders representing 34 states met in Denver, Colorado for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA)’s inaugural State Association Leadership Retreat. This event focused on ways to improve market practices and share collaborative ideas between the national and state associations. “We at NPMA, would like to thank the time and commitment made by those who attended our first ever retreat for state association leaders,” said Dominique Stumpf, NPMA CEO.
- Online Resource Center – The resource Center provides a vast array of up-to-the-minute technical and business management resources specifically developed for the pest management industry and designed to help your company succeed. Start exploring now: https://npmapestworld.org/resourcecenter.
- MyNPMA Open Forum - At MyNPMA, you can seek help from other members for your specific challenges, create your own communities based on specific interests, and download professional pest photos for use in your marketing collateral, sample charts of accounts, business operations survey, sample contracts, marketing material and much more! All members have access to MyNPMA and you can learn more about the site by visiting my.npmapestworld.org.
- Mobile Field Guide - The Mobile Field Guide offers users an easy way to access information on over 200 different structural pests, with high resolution photos and charts for confident identification. PMPs will also be able to send an email directly to NPMA experts about a certain pest, create individual notes, take photos, reference the glossary or browse saved files. We will be adding more vertebrate pests to the mobile guide in 2019. Stay tuned!
- QualityPro Service Certifications and OSHA Toolbox - QualityPro sets the standards of excellence for professional pest management companies and their employees through education, training and certification, providing consumers protection and confidence when selecting a nationally accredited company. NPMA members have access to the OSHA Toolbox, a comprehensive website including resources for OSHA inspection, posting requirements, state plans, respiratory protection and injury and illness reporting. To log on, visit www.qualityprotools.org and enter "osha" as both the username and password.
- PPMA Mainframe – Does your company need a marketing boost that doesn’t break the budget? Consider using Mainframe, an online digital agency powered by the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA). This exclusive subscription service enables companies to access comprehensive marketing materials to jumpstart or supplement existing marketing, public relations, social media and advertising efforts.
Our team is committed to providing you with member benefits and resources that will help your company succeed. We look forward to helping you take advantage of these and new resources in 2019.
Q: Pollinator health is important to my company and my customers. What can I do to provide exterior pest protection while still protecting these important insects?
As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of
pest images at My.NPMAPestWorld.org for use by NPMA members.
Inman-Murphy, Inc. of Millington, TN
Pest-Pro Solutions, Inc. of Shelbina, MO
Ray's Pest Control of Gallipolis Ferry, WV
Thelens of Henderson, NV
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Boston 25 News
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North Bay Business Journal
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Harvard Business Review
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