Tar Heel Pest Management News
October 2019
NCPMA Announces Creation of Endowment to Honor Mike Waldvogel

NCPMA has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the research and extension faculty at North Carolina State University (NCSU); a relationship that has raised the industry up over many years.
To honor this relationship and the dedication of Mike Waldvogel, NCPMA is creating the NCPMA Extension Program Endowment in Honor of Mike Waldvogel, which will support the ongoing work of NCSU, focusing on supporting positions that directly contribute to the education of our industry.
NCPMA is fully committed to ensuring that funding is always available for our industry, and we need you to join our effort. To contribute, visit this site or download the contribution form.
Donors who pledge $1,000 or more will be invited to attend a special dinner* on November 13, 2019 in Raleigh, NC, where Dr. Mike Waldvogel will be honored for his support of the industry.
November 13, 2019*
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM 
Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Ave. 
Raleigh, NC 27617
*By Invitation Only
Contact Ashley Amidon at aamidon@pestworld.org.

In This Issue

PCT Update: Darren McBurnett Announced as Headline Speaker
Registration and Room Reservations Now Open 

We are excited to announce the headline speaker for our 2020 Pest Control Technician's School.  Darren McBurnett will join us Jan. 28 for the Opening Session of the 70th Annual PCT School. 
McBurnett is a former Navy SEAL and veteran who spent 24 years serving his country. In addition, he is an accomplished athlete, award-winning photographer, author and motivational speaker. Visit his  website to learn more about his career and experience.

Meet the Board: Ashley Amidon
NCPMA Announces New Executive Director

There's a new face at NCPMA.

Ashley Amidon was named the association's Executive Director effective July 1. 

Amidon replaces Andrew Architect who served as NCPMA Executive Director from 2014-2019 and who currently serves as Chief of Staff of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).
"I am so excited to support the excellent work NCPMA does," said Amidon. "I've been working with the Board since this summer, and I am so impressed by all the work NCPMA has done and is planning to support the pest management industry." 
In this role, Amidon will oversee daily association management, event and conference management and will work with the Board of Directors to support the pest management industry in North Carolina.
She also currently serves as the Vice President of Public Policy for the NPMA where she leads the NPMA public policy team, handles federal legislative issues and serves as the Treasurer of NPMA's Political Action Committee. Her issues portfolio focuses on pesticides, water, endangered species act reform, tax and public health.
"We are thrilled to welcome Ashley Amidon to our NCPMA team," said Clint Miller, NCPMA president. "Ashley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in public affairs, and we are looking forward to working closely with her as we continue to serve the needs of the pest management industry in North Carolina."
Amidon received her bachelor's degree from George Mason University in Virginia and a master's degree in International Affairs from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom. She is a registered and certified lobbyist and a 2018 graduate of the Institute for Organization Management.   

Registration Open: NCPMA Premier Technician Program
If you're looking for a chance to take your career to the next level and become  an expert pest management technician, register for the NCPMA Premier Technician Program today.

Our first courses will be offered Nov. 5-6, 2019, and registration is open now.

Topics include:
  • Ant Behavior: How and Why Ants Do What They Do (Presenter: Patricia Alder, NCSU)
  • Mouse vs Rat: The R Factor Commensal Rodent 101 (Presenter: Maria Miller, Univar)
T he NCPMA Premier Technician Program is an intensive, hands-on training program designed to recognize pest management technicians who strive to be experts in the industry. It can be completed in as little as 18 months. 

The program is made possible through the contributions of Strategic Founding Partners: BASF, Bayer, Bell Laboratories, Inc., Corteva Agriscience, FMC and Syngenta.

To register, visit  www.ncpestmanagement.org/ptp.  

Registration Open: ACE Prep Course and Test
We are excited to again offer the  Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) prep course and exam at the 2020 Pest Control Technician's (PCT) School. 

We launched this program at the 2019 PCT School, and had an incredible result. Seven of the nine participants passed the exam!

Our goal is to help you through the entire process from completing the ESA application to passing the exam. 

Benefits offered to you.
  • Once you submit your commitment form, you will be assigned a mentor that will work with you to complete all the paperwork required by ESA to take the exam.
  • You will receive your study book immediately.
  • Your mentor will work with you from the time you commit until the day of the prep course.
  • Your mentor will be available to answer questions, encourage you and send you practice tests to start preparing on how to take the exam.  Our goal is for you to feel prepared when you walk in to review for the exam.
Start preparing NOW to become an Associate Certified Entomologist by completing and submitting your commitment form.  You will register and pay for the program in the 2020 PCT School Registration Form. 

Upcoming Events

Don't miss these upcoming events: 

Nov. 5-6
Raleigh, NC

Nov. 13
Raleigh, NC

2020 NCPMA PCT School
Jan. 26-30, 2020
Durham, NC
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