The Certified Pest Control Operators of Georgia (CPCO of GA) held its 22nd annual fall conference at the Edgar H. Wilson Convention Center in Macon, Ga., on Oct. 1-2.
More than 150 attendees attended the conference, along with more than 25 representatives from the 22 vendors who showcased their products and services. Regal Nissan was the event’s presenting sponsor. Other sponsors included BASF, Bell Laboratories, Catchmaster, Ensystex, Kness, McGriff Insurance, Oldham, Syngenta, Target Specialty Products, Veseris, Neogen, Mattress Safe and Sullivan Sales & Marketing.
Due to social distancing guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of attendees was limited to accommodate 6-foot spacing. The event was sold-out for both attendee and vendor registrations.
Marty Jones, owner of Prestige Pest Control and current CPCO of GA Chairman, was named as this year’s recipient of the Wayne Webber Award of Excellence. This award is given to someone who demonstrates integrity, helpfulness to the industry and support to CPCO of GA.
In 2019, the board of directors renamed the annual award in honor of Wayne Webber, a CPCO of GA founder who passed away last year.
Commissioner Gary W. Black kicked off the meeting as the keynote speaker with a talk titled, “Georgia Department of Agriculture Updates.”
The day-and-a-half of training included 11 continuing education units (CEUs) available and approved for Georgia and eight other states.
The conference also included a unique Manager’s Advancement Program business track for the second year. The classes included topics on marketing, human resources, operations and finance. The track is designed for leaders and managers to participate in business training and includes quick one-on-one meetings with participating vendors.
Due to the limited number of attendees for the in-person conference, the association is offering a webinar series from October 13 through November 19.
Last year, more than 400 attendees and guests from Georgia and other states, including Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, participated in the courses offered at the conference.