RISE holds 29th annual meeting


September 4, 2019


Left to right: Will MacMurdo, Jose Milan and Gilles Galliou from Bayer. PHOTO: NORTH COAST MEDIA STAFF

Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), an organization that promotes the safe use of pesticides to control pests and invasive species that are detrimental to our health and our environment, held its annual conference Aug. 26-29 in Marana, Ariz.

The organization welcomed new governing board members and recognized volunteers during the meeting.

“This year’s RISE annual meeting focused on increasing engagement with our advocacy, so we have more expert voices to bring to the discussion about pesticides and the benefits they provide,” Karen Reardon, RISE VP of public affairs, told Pest Management Professional. “Our keynote speaker, Roger Rickard, gave an energizing talk about how to get engaged. One good first step is staying informed to be ready when there is a call to action or to contribute proactively to issue management, especially at the local and state levels.”

Nearly 185 manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders attended the meeting.

“Our members and partners, including our extensive grassroots network, have risen to address growing advocacy needs over the past few years,” said Gilles Galliou, RISE Governing Board Chair and Head of Region, Americas, at Bayer Environmental Science. “Looking ahead, we foresee a need for even more engagement to share the benefits of our industry’s products.”

Newly elected Governing Board members include: Stephanie Jensen, BASF, holding a manufacturer seat; Karen Larson, Clarke, holding a formulator seat; and Scott Todd, Central Life Sciences, holding a manufacturer seat.

A new executive committee was also elected: Gilles Galliou, Chair, Bayer Environmental Science; Sean Casey, Vice Chair, Nufarm Americas, Inc.; and Karen Larson, Treasurer, Clarke.

Outgoing members completing their terms are Darren Horst, Chair, Central Garden & Pet; Abizar “Zack” Zaki, Treasurer, FMC Corporation; and Jeff Alvis, AMVAC Environmental Products.


Left to right: Abizar ‘Zack’ Zaki, FMC Corporation; Gilles Galliou, Bayer Environmental Science; Karen Larson, Clarke; recipient of the E. Allen James Award Jill Holihan, FMC Corporation; and Darren Horst, Central Garden & Pet. PHOTO: RISE


Part of the 2020 RISE Governing Board. Members pictured from left, top row to bottom: Michael Maravich, Sipcam Agro USA; Scott Reasons, Syngenta; Gilles Galliou, Chair, Bayer Environmental Science; Karen Larson, Treasurer, Clarke; Stephanie Jensen, BASF; Todd Ferguson, Primera, Inc.; Bill Culpepper, SePRO Corporation; and John Smith, WinField United.

Others continuing their terms include:

  • Daryl Allen, Corteva Agriscience
  • Kathy Bishop, Lebanon Seaboard Corporation
  • Bill Culpepper, SePRO Corporation
  • Todd Ferguson, Primera, Inc.
  • Michael Maravich, Sipcam Agro USA
  • Neil Cleveland, PBI-Gordon Corporation
  • Scott Reasons, Syngenta
  • John Smith, WinField United
  • SiteOne Landscape Supply

The E. Allen James Leadership Award was presented to Jill Holihan, FMC Corporation. Horst presented the association’s highest honor in the opening general session. She is currently a member of the RISE Regulatory Affairs Committee and Chair of the Committee from 2016-2018. Holihan was honored for her industry leadership and dedicated efforts to improve the regulatory environment for the specialty industry. Past E. Allen James Award honorees Bill Culpepper, SePRO Corporation; Josh Weeks, Joshua H. Weeks Consulting, LLC; and Jose Milan, Bayer, joined Holihan to celebrate.

Two outgoing RISE Committee Chairs were awarded with RISE Volunteer Service Recognitions: Karen Larson, Clarke, Strategic Oversight Council Co-Chair, and Dave Ravel, Syngenta Professional Solutions, Programs & Membership Committee Chair.


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