NPMA ePestWorld
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Our first-ever virtual PestWorld has come to a close, marking yet another successful conference! While the format was different than years past, over 1,600 participants gained knowledge and skills, networked with their peers, and stopped by our interactive exhibit hall to visit with industry suppliers nearly 50,000 times!
Let’s take a look back at the outstanding experience we had last week.
PestWorld 2020 Opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony started PestWorld 2020 off with a message from NPMA Chief Executive Officer Dominique Stumpf. Stumpf talked about industry's experiences in 2020, and how NPMA has worked hard to help the pest management industry move forward through the pandemic. Pest management was deemed essential, and has persevered through the busy season, with some companies even launching disinfection services to clients. Stumpf also discussed the need for skilled labor in the industry, which prompted the creation of the NPMA Workforce Initiative, launched at last year’s PestWorld. A video was shown on this effort, which includes a separate website, job board and social media accounts. Stumpf thanked the NPMA staff, sponsors and attendees for making the shift to a virtual PestWorld, which was a huge undertaking.
Kick-off Entertainment Featuring Songwriters Barry Dean and Luke Laird
This duo has an impressive background - Dean had a Grammy nomination and has topped the charts with number one singles, and Laird co-wrote many songs with Dean and has also written over 20 number one Billboard singles. They performed “Heartache Medication,” “Take a Back Road” and “Diamond Rings”—it was great to get a taste of Nashville from these amazing artists. Thank you to Bayer for sponsoring.
Virtual Networking Opportunities
Each morning, PestWorld attendees had the opportunity to join the PestWorld Roundtables sponsored by AMVAC, breakfast with PWIPM sponsored by ServicePro, and various Coffee Chats to mingle with fellow attendees and ease into the day with casual conversations.
During the annual In the Mix reception, attendees not only got to mix and mingle with NPMA’s Interest Groups, but they also got to learn how to barbeque the best West-Tennessee style baby back ribs first-hand from Pit Master Carey Bringle, live from the world famous Peg Leg Porker in Nashville, Tennessee. Thank you to Corteva, FMC, ServicePro and Target Specialty Products for sponsoring this fun event.
Opening General Session & Keynote Presentation featuring Leon Logothetis
The Opening General Session began with the presentation of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors, a passing of the gavel from Past President Chris Gorecki to President Scott Steckel, and an opening address from President Scott Steckel.

The feedback we’ve received from PestWorld attendees is tremendously positive, with a highlight being the educational sessions that can be watched at their own pace for credit and accessed on-demand until the end of the year.

The NPMA staff and leadership thank all who made the commitment to join us, and if you didn’t get a chance to participate last week, we are excited to offer “10 Days of PestWorld” for a deeply discounted rate of $299 per attendee. This is an outstanding opportunity to access the PestWorld virtual platform including entry to the exhibit hall beginning today through October 31, 2020 and the ability to watch over 60 on-demand educational sessions for credit through December 31, 2020! Click here to sign up.

Hear from your industry peers about the value they received from attending:

“You all did a great job of adjusting the schedule and format to keep our attention while utilizing new technologies to effectively bring it all together.” - Jerry Gahlhoff, President & Chief Operating Officer, Rollins Inc.
“It was an amazing 3 days and just wanted to share with you that there would have been no chance for me to connect with as many vendors and peers in the industry had this been in person!” – Tim Bird, Mayday Pest Solutions & NPMA ELP Class of 2020
“The educational sessions I participated in were well attended and there seemed to be a healthy amount of interaction on the trade show floor. I particularly enjoyed the morning roundtable discussions." – Dan Moreland, PCT Magazine
“First I have to tell you that I was a bit apprehensive about the online forum and if being an exhibitor was going to be worthwhile.  While there is nothing better than face to face, we definitely closed enough business to make it worthwhile.  In addition, I loved the software you used, not sure how it could have been any better!"  – Dan Gordon, PCO Bookkeepers
Thank you to all who joined us for this memorable experience! Next year, we hope to return to an in-person format. Make plans to join us at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on November 2-5, 2021.
There, you'll find the same level of top-notch education, networking, social events and tours, set in the dazzling Vegas setting.
We hope to see you there!

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has announced the launch of a new workforce website,, as part of its national initiative to help highlight pest control as a viable and desirable industry with many job opportunities and career paths. It will build a pipeline of qualified candidates to meet business demand and increase overall pride and professionalism in the industry by showcasing the value of what pest management professionals do to protect people, food and property pests and improve overall quality of life.

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As a member of the National Pest Management Association, you are encouraged to join us virtually for our upcoming general membership and committee meetings over the next two weeks. View the schedule below and mark your calendars for the meetings you would like to attend.

Tuesday, October 20

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Recruitment & Retention Committee Meeting
Contact Allie Allen to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Diversity Council Meeting
Contact Brittany Campbell to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Professional Women in Pest Management Council Meeting
Contact Allie Allen to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fumigation Committee Meeting
Contact Jim Fredericks to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

Wednesday, October 21

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Business Development Committee Meeting
Contact Mike Bentley to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wildlife Committee Meeting
Contact Mike Bentley to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Leadership Networking Community Council Meeting
Contact Alexis Wirtz to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Pest Management Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting
Contact Jim Fredericks to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
PestVets Council Meeting 
Contact Jake Plevelich to get the Zoom info for this meeting. 

Thursday, October 22

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Marketing to Membership Committee Meeting
Contact Rachel Dittman to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Commercial Committee Meeting
Contact Brittany Campbell to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Public Policy Committee Meeting
Contact Ashley Amidon to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

Friday, October 23

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WDO Committee Meeting
Contact Jim Fredericks to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Technical Committee Meeting
Contact Jim Fredericks to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

Tuesday, October 27

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Technology Committee Meeting
Contact Alexis Wirtz to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

Wednesday, October 28

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NPMA Board of Directors Meeting
Contact Jillian Gardner to get the Zoom info for this meeting.
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4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NPMA Annual Membership Meeting
Members of the National Pest Management Association are encouraged to join us virtually for our 87th Annual Membership Meeting. At this meeting, a vote will take place to adopt proposed changes to the association bylaws. It is important, if you are able, to attend this meeting virtually during the times listed above. Please click here to register in advance for this meeting. However, if you are unable to attend, you may submit a proxy vote online. If you have any questions in regards to the bylaws, please contact the Bylaws Committee Staff Liaison, Allie Allen

Thursday, October 29

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
QualityPro Board of Directors Meeting 
Contact Allie Allen to get the Zoom info for this meeting.
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Wednesday, November 4

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Nominating Committee Meeting
Contact Jillian Gardner to get the Zoom info for this meeting.

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NPMA is excited to have Kristen Hadeed, Founder of Student Maid and author of 'Permission to Screw Up - How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong' as a keynote speaker at the Womens Leadership Forum on November 9-10, 2020. Kristen will share her “perfectly imperfect” story of success and empower attendees with the knowledge that even if they screw up, they can still make it!

This program also includes sessions led by your industry peers and many opportunities to connect with each other, during coffee chats and roundtable networking events.

View the full schedule and register today!


NPMA’s Business Development Committee is developing resources aimed at helping small pest control businesses reach their full potential, and they want your help! Participate in this 2-question survey to help identify what topics you feel are important to help businesses grow, and what format you want those resources made available.

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 As a membership benefit, NPMA has developed a gallery of 
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The Pest Reaper of Birmingham, MI
TTNA Company Limited (Pests Insider) of Vietnam
Virginia Carolina Pest Management of Roanoke Rapids, NC

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NPMA Education and Events

Join us December 2-3, 2020 for the virtual Global Bed Bug Summit, sponsored by BedBug Central. The Global Bed Bug Summit provides pest management professionals with the information they need from a legal, technical, business, and customer-oriented perspective so they can not only eliminate bed bug issues, but also create an environment of trust between themselves and their customers.

View the full program and register today!

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The Professional Women in Pest Management of New England are hosting their second webinar of 2020, on Thursday November 12, 2020 from 2pm-3pm EST. “Why a SEO Friendly Website Matters, Before Navigating the World of Creepy Targeted Ads?” with Kelly Decollibus-Fillion of Reachlocal. All are welcome.  We are thrilled to open this webinar to all PMPs both in the USA and Internationally.

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NEPMA’s Fall training is a must-attend for PMPs looking to maximize their rodent work. Join us virtually for 2 hours each morning before you start your day. Rats and building science from Dr. Bobby Corrigan. House mice and electronic monitoring from Dr. Shannon Sked and exclusion best practices from Xcluder’s Dave Colbert. Register Today.

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Calendar of Events
  Date Event Location
  October 13 – November 19 CEO Forum: Good to Great Virtual Series
  November 9-10 International Professional Women in Pest Management Leadership Forum Virtual Event
  December 2-3 Global Bed Bug Summit Virtual Event

View our master calendar for a full list of industry events.




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