Tar Heel Pest Management News
February  2018
2018 PCT School
Presentations available for download on MyNCPMA 

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 Pest Control Technician's School in January. We had a record turnout from vendors and attendees, and it was great to see everyone at the meeting.

Presentations from many of the presenters are now available
for download through the PCT School app or through MyNCPMA

We hope to see everyone at the 2019 Pest Control Technician's School!

In This Issue
Sales Tax and Public Policy Update

NCPMA Urges Companies to Check with Tax Professionals

During the PCT School, our members enjoyed a presentation from Eric Wayne of the Department of Revenue.  Wayne reviewed changes to the tax law and how it may impact our industry and answered questions from NCPMA members.

As we expected, the session generated some great discussion. The NCPMA public policy committee continues to work with Eric Wayne to clarify these tax changes and provide some guidance to our members.  

We urge our members to check directly with your tax advisor for more information and to determine how this will directly impact your business.

Please log into MyNCPMA to view Wayne's PCT School presentation. 

NC Professional Women in Pest Management Update
New Award for Customer Service Professional of the Year

The NC Professional Women in Pest Management Committee had a great turnout at its panel discussion about "How to Recruit Women to Work in Pest Management Companies" during the 2018 Pest Control Technician's School.

Thank you to everyone who donated a coat to the NCPWIPM Coat Drive. The committee was able to donate 148 coats to the  Wake County Salvation Army's "Coats for Kids and Families" program.

During the PCT School, the committee announced a new NCPMA award for  "Customer Service Professional of the Year."
The winning recipient will receive a plaque (to be presented at the 2019 PCT school), a $250.00 gift card, free registration to the PCT school and one night at the PCT School host hotel. More  details will be announced in the coming weeks.  

Follow the NC PWIPM Committee on Facebook.

NCPMA Member Sam Edney Running for N.C House District 113
A NCPMA member is running for a seat in the North Carolina General Assembly. Sam Edney is a candidate for House of Representatives District 113 which includes Transylvania County, Polk County and a portion of Henderson County.

Sam is the owner of Pisgah Pest Control, Inc., a company based in Brevard with branches in Cashiers and Biltmore. He purchased Pisgah Pest Control, Inc. in 1988 and has more than 30 years of experience in the pest management industry. Additionally, he served on the Transylvania County School Board from 1988-1992.

Sam is running for election to help North Carolina's education, economy, environment, healthcare and non-partisan redistricting. His goals include helping to increase funding for public education and early childhood education as well as expanding Medicaid and increasing stakeholder communication with legislators.

"I see North Carolina getting off track," he said. "We are headed in the wrong direction with things like public education in particular. Now is the time when we should be investing in public education and not cutting the funding for public education."

"I'm concerned that our General Assembly isn't taking input from stakeholders in their major actions like sales taxes on services in North Carolina," he added.

For more information about Sam's campaign, visit his campaign website
R.B. Goforth, Jr. Inducted Into NCPMA Hall of Fame

Chuck Hazelwood welcomes R.B. Goforth Jr. into the NCPMA Hall of Fame.
R.B. Goforth, Jr. of Arrow Pest Control in Fayetteville was recently inducted into the NCPMA Hall of Fame. Chuck Hazelwood presented the award to Goforth at the recent 2018 Pest Control Technician's School.
The NCPMA Hall of Fame recognizes the men and women who have made significant life-long contributions to the pest management industry in North Carolina. Goforth joins the 26 men and women previously inducted into the Hall of Fame.
"The NCPMA Hall of Fame recognizes those special pest management professionals who have made significant contributions to our association and our industry through their leadership and example," said Chuck Hazelwood, NCPMA past president, as he presented the award to Goforth.  "Through every aspect of his family, career and service that he has been involved in, R.B. Goforth took on a leadership role and did that job passionately and professionally never losing sight that he was there to serve."
A native of Indian Trial, N.C., Goforth is a second-generation pest management professional who spent most of his career working in his family business, Arrow Pest Control. He has been an active member of NCPMA since 1962 and served in numerous leadership roles including as the 1968 association president.
He graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's degree in agriculture and entomology. In addition, he served in the United States Navy, trained in the Navy's flight program and went on to serve in the Navy Reserve as a Commander until his retirement from the service in 1976.
Goforth currently resides in Fayetteville with his wife Carole.  The couple has four children and nine grandchildren.  In addition to his professional career, he has been active in several civic organizations for decades including the Jaycees, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts, Boys Club, USO Board, Air Port Commission and more.

NCPMA Awards Scholarship to Jamora Hamilton

The North Carolina Education Foundation of the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) recently awarded a scholarship to Jamora Hamilton (pictured right) to assist in the continuation of her studies at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Hamilton is a doctoral student studying entomology.
The North Carolina Education Foundation awards $1,500 annually to students attending North Carolina State University. The scholarship was presented at the NCPMA Pest Control Technician's School in Durham in January 2018.
Hamilton is focusing her research on investigating the chemical ecology and behavior of the German cockroach to improve cockroach management strategies. She received a bachelor's degree in chemistry with a minor in entomology at Clemson University and was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2016.

2018 NCPMA Technicians of the Year

Chris Miller presents the Technician of the Year Awards to Mark Trexler (pictured left) and Dan Morgan (pictured right).

Congratulations to Mark Trexler (W-Phase) and Dan Morgan (P-Phase) for receiving the 2017 NCPMA Technician of the Year awards. Mark works at Peeler Environmental in Salisbury, and Dan works at Innovative Pest Management in Denver.

NCPMA presents two Technician of the Year awards each year to technicians who exemplify the best qualities of pest management professionals within their companies.  The two Technician of the Year awards are given each year to technicians in the pest management phase and wood-destroying insects phase.  
Technicians of the Year are chosen based on the applicant's demonstration of leadership among peers, excellent customer relations, knowledge of his/her job, superior job performance and the ability to successfully handle problems on the job.  All applicants must be members of NCPMA, have at least two years of experience in either the pest management or wood-destroying insect phase and must be nominated by a person in a leadership role in his or her company. 

To nominate someone for the 2018 Technician of the Year awards, visit our website.

In the News

PestWeb: "NCPMA Opens 68th Pest Control Technician's School"

PCT Online: "NCPMA Hosts 68th Pest Control Technician's School"

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Feb. 2018
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