Legislative Day 2019

Schedule of Events


12:30 PM – 5:30 PM

NPMA Board of Directors Meeting

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

NPMA Board of Directors Reception
Invitation Only


8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Recruitment & Retention Meeting

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Pest Management Board of Trustees Meeting

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

PestVets Committee Meeting

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Public Policy Committee Meeting

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM


Noon – 1:00 PM

Lunch for Committee Meetings

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

PWIPM Networking Event

Come have lunch with other professional women in pest management and join the discussion of how we can attract, develop and support women in the pest management industry.

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12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Suppliers Council Meeting

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Business Development Committee Meeting

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Commercial Committee Meeting

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Marketing to Membership Committee Meeting

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Fumigation Committee Meeting

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

State Association Leadership Forum
State Government Affairs in Other Industries: Best Practices 
State Leadership & Government Affairs: Presented by MeeCee Baker, Ph.D., PA Pest Management Association - Versant Strategies; Chris Reardon, Executive Director of PCOC, and Todd Kercheval, Texas Pest Control Association - Kercheval & Associates.

Federal & State Government Affairs Strategies: Presented by Stephanie See, Director, State Government Relations and Washington Operations, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM); Bob Helland, Director, Congressional and Federal Affairs, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GSCAA); and Karl Eckhart, Vice President, Intergovernmental Affairs, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

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2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

LDG Council Meeting

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Diversity Committee Meeting

3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

PPMA Board of Directors Meeting

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

SPAR Program

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5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

First Timers' Orientation (invitation only)

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Reception & Capitol Steps Performance

For over thirty years, the Capitol Steps have been putting Washington’s hottest scandals to your favorite tunes. They put the MOCK in Democracy…you don’t want to miss it! 

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7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Pest Management Foundation Gala 
Advanced registration required*

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7:30 AM – 5:30 PM


7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Operation Gratitude
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7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Café FMC
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8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

PCT/NPMA Industry Diversity Survey Results & PCT Technician of the Year Awards
Presented by Dan Moreland and Brad Harbison

PCT and NPMA have teamed up again this year thanks to a sponsorship from BASF to gather data on diversity in the workplace. This comprehensive session will provide insights on how your company compares to other pest management firms in appealing to candidates from various backgrounds, creating a culture that fosters understanding of varying ethnicities and whether a diverse workforce is something that actually benefits your organization. Prior to the presentation, PCT’s editors will recognize their Technicians of the Year with an award in the categories of residential, commercial and termite services.
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9:00 AM–10:30 AM

How to Build Relationships with Members of Congress
Presented by Mike Seyfert, Director, Government and Industry Affairs, FMC; Molly Allen, Molly Allen Associates; Hillary Gross, Chief of Staff, Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH-7); and Don Parrish, Senior Director, American Farm Bureau

9:30 AM–11:30 AM

QualityPro Board of Directors Meeting
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10:30 AM –
11:30 AM

Navigating the Crossroads: The Impact of New Technologies on Existing Regulation
Presented by Ed Messina, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Cary Giguere, Vermont Agency of Agriculture; and Derrick Lastinger, Georgia Department of Agriculture

The advent of new computer, building and chemical technologies coupled with innovative approaches to structural pest management has created an environment in which we find what once seemed black and white has shades of gray. In this session, experts will discuss the impact of technological advances and how state and federal agencies are keeping up with the changes. 

11:30 AM –
12:30 PM

Attracting Top Talent 
Discussion panel of representatives from NPMA's PWIPM, LDG, Recruitment & Retention, Diversity and PestVets Committees

To continue to grow the industry, we must attract top talent. NPMA and member companies are constantly working to elevate the status of the pest management industry in the eyes of prospective employees and offer a rewarding career path. Attend this panel to learn how NPMA committees and pest control companies are tackling the recruitment challenges we all face.
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12:30 PM –
2:30 PM

Luncheon & Keynote Presentation: Washington Insiders
Sean Spicer & Rick Santorum Deliberate Politics in America
Featuring Henry Bonilla, Former Representative (R-TX-23)

This session will feature a healthy discussion between the former Whitehouse Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, and 2016 Presidential Contender and former U.S. Senator, Rick Santorum. These insiders will discuss the rapidly changing political landscape, postmortem the mid-terms, and share their predictions for the 2020 elections. Although they hail from the same party, Spicer and Santorum will each provide unique perspectives on what we can anticipate from D.C. over the coming years.
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2:40 PM –
3:45 PM

Legislative Update & Strategy Session

Join the NPMA public policy team to review the 2019 policy initiatives and strategy moving forward. The session will include a detailed review of the NPMA 2019 policy initiatives and accompanying talking points, an overview of the political strategy, a discussion of effective advocacy techniques and finally how NPMA members can best present the NPMA 2019 policy initiatives to their elected officials.

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Refreshment Break & State Caucuses

4:30 PM –
5:30 PM

Keynote Presentation
Pete Hegseth, CEO, Concerned Vets of America & Senior Political Analyst, Fox News

Since 9/11, Army Major Pete Hegseth - an infantry soldier, Ivy League scholar,veterans advocate, author, and media commentator — has had a front row seat to a decade’s worth of warfare, politics, and high-stakes debates; forging an informed, passionate, and unique perspective on the future of America. A decorated war-fighter, Princeton/Harvard graduate, veterans leader, highly acclaimed author, and now FOX NEWS host and analyst, Hegseth represents the next generation of American leaders.
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5:30 PM –
7:30 PM

Legislative Day Reception

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7:30 AM – 9:00 AM


7:30 AM –
9:00 AM

Breakfast & Keynote Presentation
Howard Kurtz, Political Analyst and Host of Media Buzz, Fox News Channel
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9:30 AM

Depart for Appointments on the Hill

Noon – 3:00 PM

MGK Legislative Center & Lunch 
Cindy Hyde-Smith, United States Senator for Mississippi
Note: Due to security reasons, this room will not open until noon. If you arrive early, you may meet in the cafeteria located in the adjacent Dirksen Building. 
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