The Kentucky Pest Management Association (KPMA) held its Annual Summer Meeting in late July. It was attended by more than 300 attendees, and helped kick off its new Lifetime Achievement Awards Program.
Because this year marked the 40th anniversary of Kentucky’s modern pesticide law being signed into effect by then-Governor Julian Carroll, the Board decided to recognize those KPMA members that were instrumental in developing a law that addressed the issues and concerns of “all” citizens of Kentucky.
In the photo above, from left, standing behind Gov. Carroll, are Jack Elliot, Real Estate Pest Control, Louisville; C.J. Sturgeon, Sturgeon Pest Control, Louisville; Ron Nickelson, Nick’s Termite & Pest Control, Madisonville; Arnold Litteral, Quality Pest Control, Ashland; Dave Armstrong, Orkin; Murrell Blankenship, Guarantee Pest Control, Lexington; and Roy Rich, E-Town Exterminating, Elizabethtown.
Also receiving the award were several association members that made lasting contributions to KPMA’s development and success.
Back row, from left are Scott Underwood, Oldham Chemical (accepting for Millard Oldham); KPMA President Shawn Rich, E- Town Exterminating, Elizabethtown; Rick McGee, McGee Pest Control, Murray (accepting for his late father, Ocie McGee); Gary Blankenship, Guarantee Pest Control, Lexington (accepting for his father, Murrell Blankenship); Louis Bright (accepting for Jerry Bright, Bright Pest Control, Louisville); Lester Levin, Gold Seal Pest Control, Louisville; Roy Rich, E-Town Exterminating (accepting for himself, for the late Arnold Litteral and Suzie Dietz, Litteral Quality Pest Control, and for the late Roy Jones, Apolla Pest Control, Ekron); and Kevin Pass, Action Pest Control, Evansville, Ind. (accepting for his late father, Dr Bobby Clifton Pass, former head of the University of Kentucky Entomology Department).
Front row, from left, are Dr. Chris Christensen, Christensen Urban Insect Solutions, Lexington; Judy Marks and Glenda Jackson (accepting for their late father, Verlon Gosser, All Pest Chemical Co., Louisville); Mary Ann Elliott Scary, Dial One Real Estate Pest Control, Louisville (accepting for her late husband, Jack Elliot); and Tamra Bright Wasylina, Bright Pest Control, Louisville (accepting for her late father, Jerry Bright).
Not pictured: Ron Nickelson, Nick’s Pest Control, Madisonville; and Donnie Blake, OPC, Louisville (accepting for the late Harvey Sturgeon, Sturgeon Pest Control, Louisville).