Bob Rosenberg, NPMA executive vice president, opened this year”s PestWorld on 22 October with an update of activities regarding the NPMA strategic plan which was unveiled at the previous year”s event.
|These included the creation and implementation of the association’s new logo and tagline ‘Our mission is your protection’ (as revealed in August – click here for details), the addition of new staff, an enhanced on-line web presence, finding ways to work more effectively with partners and the establishment of new conferences, such as the forthcoming Bed Bug Summit in Denver in December jointly with BedBug Central.
Also on the agenda was the creation of a new international task force which is proving to be one of the fastest growing of all the committees. Their somewhat ambitious objective is to ensure the future strength of the global pest management industry.
Vision 2020 initiative
“We must manage our fears and emotions so that we are open and receptive to change. Vision 2020 is the first step towards changing the future of the pest management industry,” he said.
At the Annual Membership meeting held on the last day, members voted unanimously to repeal the NPMA constitution and adopt a new set of bylaws.
No PestWorld would be complete without its motivational speakers. This year Jordan Belfort, an American author who was convicted of crimes related to stock market manipulation and running a penny stock boiler room for which he spent 22 months in prison, was the star turn.
Billed as a motivational speaker and certainly blessed with ‘the gift of the gab’ he related his roller-coaster life story. Maybe his biggest claim to fame is the forthcoming film about his life – The Wolf of Wall Street – featuring Leonardo DiCaprio with no less than UK star, Joanna Lumley, playing his aunt.
Directed by Martin Scorsese the official trailer for the film can be seen here.