The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the consumer education and marketing arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), has announced that Tommy Fortson of Terminix Service Inc., Columbia, S.C., will retire from his position as Chairman of the PPMA Board of Directors at the conclusion of PestWorld 2017. The conference takes place in Baltimore Oct. 24-28. Bobby Jenkins, ABC Home & Commercial Services, Austin, Texas, will assume the role of Chairman. Mike Rottler, Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, St. Louis, will assume the role of secretary/treasurer, currently held by Jenkins, in addition to his role as Vice Chairman.
“It has been the honor of my life to work in such a wonderful industry and to help grow PPMA into the powerful organization it is today along with my fellow board members,” Fortson says. “What a handful of industry leaders once dreamed of 20 years ago has come to fruition, and I know it will continue to grow as companies continue to work together to promote, protect and defend the professional pest management industry.”
Fortson has served on the PPMA Board of Directors since it was established in 1997, and as Chairman for 15 years. He will remain a welcomed member as Chairman Emeritus. Lex Knox, Chairman and CEO of Terminix Service, will fill the company’s voting seat on the board.
“Tommy is, without a doubt, one of the smartest and most dedicated advocates for this industry,” says PPMA Executive Director Cindy Mannes. “Words cannot express how indebted we are to him for his vision and his many years of service. The board will work to honor his legacy with the next 20-plus years in mind.”
The PPMA Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from pest management companies and the supplier community, committed to supporting the group’s mission. They are tasked with growing, protecting, promoting and defending the industry, as well as marketing the industry to residential and commercial audiences through a variety of programs and tactics aimed at increasing consumer awareness about the value of professional pest control services.