UPFDA spring meeting: Let the good times roll


April 29, 2016

Industry producers and suppliers at UPFDA’s spring meeting forecast continued growth for the professional pest management market.

It’s time to double down on professional pest management. At least, that’s the overarching sentiment of members of the United Producers, Formulators & Distributors Association (UPFDA).

Las Vegas was a big draw for UPFDA members: Eighty-four registered to attend the group’s spring meeting, held April 26-27 at the JW Marriott Resort & Spa Las Vegas.

Most UPFDA members shared stories of several consecutive years of significant revenue growth. They forecasted continued good times for many years to come — for pest management professionals (PMPs) and industry producers and suppliers alike.

Following are just a few quotables from UPFDA’s spring meeting:

  • “126 million households: This is the current market potential for professional pest management services in the U.S. The market will continue to grow as urbanization continues and demand steadily rises for professional pest management services.” MGK President Steve Gullickson
  • “Baby boomers currently represent 70 percent of disposable income. But don’t discount millennials. They’re 91 million strong and represent 35 percent of the work force.” — Cindy Mannes, executive director of the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) and vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
  • “As NPMA’s new CEO, in some ways I’m the new face of the NPMA. But I’m not so new. I’ve been with the NPMA 19 years.” — Dominique Stumpf, CAE, CMP, NPMA CEO
  • “Regulatory issues, consolidation, work force challenges and new technology are the key trends affecting the pest management today. Certification/training requirements, chemical innovations and globalization are among the other top issues PMPs expect to face 10 years down the road, in 2016 and beyond.” — Alexis Wirtz, NPMA’s vice president of conventions and meetings

Speaking at the United Producers, Formulators & Distributors Association’s (UPFDA’s) spring meeting in Las Vegas in April (pictured in the slide show above) are: MGK’s Steve Gullickson; Amvac’s Ron Johnson; Brandt Consolidated’s Dr. Mohamed Rachadi; Paraclipse’s Brad Harse; Mattress Safe’s Andrea Hancock; consultant Raymond Meyer; the NPMA’s Dominique Stumpf, Alexis Wirtz and Cindy Mannes; Neogen’s Tom Eichler, UPFDA president; and Oldham’s Tommy Reeves, with UPFDA Executive Director Valera Jessee.


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Marty Whitford

Marty Whitford is North Coast Media’s VP of Content and Publisher of PMP and GPS World. He can be reached at mwhitford@northcoastmedia.net or 216-706-3766.

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