NPMA Leadership Development Group gives back to Baltimore students


January 15, 2018

No matter the location, every year at PestWorld, members of the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA’s) Leadership Development Group (LDG) choose a charity and donate a few hours of their time to a worthy cause. All PestWorld attendees are welcome to help out, too.

This year, LDG members volunteered with the United Way of Central Maryland. They visited Baltimore’s Norwood Elementary School, where they spent time reading with the students. They also left pen pal letters so the students can practice their writing skills while working on their responses. Here, LDG member David Hill of Home Pest Control in West Columbia, S.C., reads to a student.

“It is always a warming feeling to enter a school, spend just a little time with students and teachers, and leave them curious about our industry,” says LDG member Travis R. Aggson, ACE, American Pest Management, Manhattan, Kan. “These kids were so sharp and inquisitive about what we do to protect home, health and environment.”

Pest management professionals who want to get involved with LDG should check out Academy, the group’s major event of the year. In 2018, Academy will be held July 18-20 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Contact for more information.

LDG Chairman Zac McCauley of McCauley Service in Bryant, Ark., and a student brush up on their reading skills. LDG, which has been part of the NPMA since 1996, is geared to up-and-coming pest management professionals. It motivates and develops emerging leaders, offers networking opportunities, teaches business and personal development skills, and promotes access and involvement in the NPMA.

LDG member Heather Kern of Douglas Products & Packaging in Liberty, Mo., spends some one-on-one time with a student at the LDG Gives Back outing during PestWorld 2017.
LDG meetings are held at all major NPMA events, and
new members are always welcome.

Photos: Beth Littrell, United Way of Central Maryland

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