Tar Heel Pest Management News
March 2016

Deadline Extended! Scholarship Applications Available Until April 30
The NCPMA Past Presidents' Scholarship Fund is accepting applications for its 2016 scholarships through April 30.

Scholarships are available for students enrolled in a  post-high-school education program at a technical school, college or university.  These scholarships are available to owners, employees and family members (i.e. children, grandchildren) of employees of NCPMA member companies.

Since 2013, NCPMA has awarded $53,000 in scholarships to students statewide.

To apply, visit the NCPMA website.

Deadline: April 30, 2016

Billy Tesh Inducted Into NCPMA Hall of Fame
Billy Tesh of Greensboro's Pest Management Systems, Inc. is the newest inductee into the NCPMA Hall of Fame.

Tesh has been involved in the pest management industry since the age of 14. With more than 40 years of experience in the pest management industry, he has been active on both national and state levels.  He served as NCPMA president in 1987 and the 2014-2015 president of the National Pest Management Association and has been active in public policy and legislative committees for both organizations for many years. He owns and operates Greensboro-based Pest Management Systems, Inc., which he co-founded with his wife in 1984, and is a graduate of North Carolina State University.

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. Tesh joins the 25 men and women previously inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Visit the NCPMA Hall of Fame page for more information.
Technician of the Year Winners

Congratulations to our 2015 Technician of the Year Winners!

At the 2016 PCT School in January, NCPMA Vice President Dana McDuffie presented High Point's Jason Bryant (pictured left) with the award for the pest management phase and Holly Ridge's Daniel Cahoon (pictured right) with the award for the wood-destroying insect phase.

Bryant works for  Go-Forth Pest & Lawn in High Point, and  Cahoon works for B&T Pest Control in Holly Ridge.
NCSU Scholarships Awarded

The North Carolina Education Foundation of the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) awarded scholarships to Travis Ricks (pictured left with Steve Taylor) and Angela Sierras (pictured right) to assist in the continuation of their studies at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Ricks is a sophomore studying Agricultural Business Management, and Sierras is a graduate student studying entomology.

The North Carolina Education Foundation awards $1,500 annually to two students attending North Carolina State University. The scholarships were presented at the NCPMA Pest Control Technician's School in Durham on Jan. 26.
NCPMA PestLine is Coming in April
Beginning April 1, the NCPMA PestLine will be open once again!
The NCPMA PestLine is an electronic hotline that allows consumers to contact NCPMA for answers to their pest questions.  We are accepting questions from consumers in three formats:
The NCPMA PestLine is only open April 1-30, so we encourage you to share our Tweets and Facebook posts with your own followers to help spread the word!
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Click links to get more information or to register.

Orlando, FL
July 20-22, 2016

Wrightsville Beach
July 28-30, 2016

United We Stand
Greensboro, NC
Nov. 17-18, 2016

Table of Contents
Meet the Board
Preston Brown
Region IV Director

While many people follow their family into the pest management industry, the career choice was a happy coincidence for Preston Brown.

In 1987, Preston was in search of a job and was hired as a pest control route technician at Wheeler Exterminating Company, Inc. in Kinston. Nearly 30 years later, he now serves as the Vice-President of the company and has been involved in every aspect of the company including being suspended from a 130-ft crane to treat wasps in the top of a water tower.

Preston is currently serving his fifth term as the Region IV Director for NCPMA.

He and his wife live in Kinston and have three sons. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, target shooting and boating. Preston is also a former Scoutmaster.
Committee Spotlight
WDIR Committee

The WDIR Committee oversees the Wood-Destroying Insect Report (WDIR) Accreditation Program for NCPMA. The WDIR Accreditation program is the only program in the state devoted to training and educating pest management technicians to identify wood-destroying insect infestations and damage. Accreditation classes are offered throughout the year at NCPMA events.

Recognizing the prevalence of termites in our state, NCPMA created this state-of-the-art training program to train wood-destroying insect inspection professionals. Accredited inspectors must adhere to a Code of Ethics and are issued a special stamp for use on completed WDIR forms.

The committee is chaired by Chuck Hazelwood of Go-Forth Pest & Lawn of High Point.
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