Tar Heel Pest Management News
November 2020

Register for the 2021 PCT School

The 2021 PCT School is going VIRTUAL! 

We are excited to host the first-ever virtual PCT School, and the PCT School Committee has been hard at work making sure that this year's event offers the same great speakers and sessions as our in-person meetings.

For a full schedule, visit our website.

Register today! Early Bird Registration is open through Dec. 31! (Use Code EARLYMEMBER to receive Early Bird discount for members only)

MUST READ: Credit Requirements
Due to credit regulations from various states, there are a few things to keep in mind as you register in order to get your course credits.
  • No Device Sharing: Each individual must be able to view on their own device and must use the specific link provided by email. No device sharing will be allowed.
  • Individual Emails Required: Using the same email to register multiple attendees is not permitted. 
  • Internet Login Required: Calling in on the phone is not sufficient; attendees must watch the webinar live in its entirety and answer poll questions during to receive credit.  
  • Poll Questions Must be Answered: Polls will be deployed during the sessions. You must answer these questions to receive credit.
Contacting NCPMA Headquarters

NCPMA's staff is currently working remotely and is available via email and phone to discuss any questions, comments, concerns, or requests you may have (using the same number/email). 
To keep you informed, NPMA will continue to update its information page and  NCPMA's page on coronavirus. If you have any questions or are concerned about availability, please feel free to reach out and discuss your concerns with our association staff:
Ashley Amidon, Executive Director, 703.999.8463
Ashlee Wilcox, Program Manager, 703.626.3321

In This Issue
Endowment Update

We have launched the NCPMA Extension Program Endowment in Honor of Mike Waldvogel to support the ongoing work of NCSU, focusing on supporting positions that directly contribute to the education of our industry.

Contributions are being accepted by visiting
this site  or  downloading the contribution form.

In Memoriam: Dennis Griffin

NCPMA is saddened to hear of the passing of Dennis Griffin with Griffin Exterminating. Dennis was a long-time member of NCPMA, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

His obituary can be found here.

Meet the Board: Bernard Buttone
At-Large Director

When Bernard Buttone moved to North Carolina in 2011, he never imagined that he'd soon begin a career in pest management. 
"I was working in a restaurant, about to have a baby, and the hours were not ideal. I came in for an interview with (NCPMA Past President) Donnie Shelton, and I saw the passion that he had for what he was trying to accomplish," Bernard said. "I wanted to be a part of that. Once I got into the industry, I realized how different it was from other ones that I was a part of."
Now he's an Associate Certified Entomologist who is working as Chief Operations Officer of Triangle Pest Control in Raleigh and is serving his first term as a board member of NCPMA.
Bernard serves as Chair of the Awards Committee which oversees the association's Technician of the Year and Administrative Professional of the Year awards and as Chair of the Fundraising Committee, which oversees and coordinates all of NCPMA's fundraising efforts.
He enjoys being able to make a difference through pest management.
"The thing that has been the most interesting to me is the interaction with people that do not understand the importance/skill of pest management. I have been in countless conversations with people and they ask what I do. I tell them I am in pest control, and they respond with something like, 'Well what are you looking to do in the future?'" he said. "The stigma of pest management is interesting, and I like changing people's perception of it."
Bernard and his wife have three sons. In his downtime, you'll find him building things and enjoying sports of any kind, and he's looking forward to traveling again once the pandemic is over.

Sign up for NCPMA Texts!

NCPMA has a new text service to help our members stay informed. 

If you are not already receiving text updates from us, simply text NCPMA to 833-961-2348.

You'll receive a confirmation once the registration process is complete.

Upcoming Events

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Jan. 25-28, 2021

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