NPMA selects 6 for 2021 leadership program


January 27, 2021



The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) selected the Executive Leadership Program (ELP) Class of 2021. The program is designed to prepare pest management professionals for association leadership roles and develop successful industry ambassadors.

“As proven with the previous four ELP classes, the curriculum presents a fantastic opportunity for these aspiring association leaders to grow professionally and personally,” said NPMA CEO Dominique Stumpf, CMP, CAE. “In turn, NPMA benefits by hearing fresh perspectives and establishing a pipeline of engaged members. It’s truly a win-win situation. We are proud to continue this program with the support of WorkWave, and look forward to working with this new group of passionate participants.”

The six candidates were selected by a group of judges represented by the NPMA’s Diversity Committee, Leadership Development Group, previous ELP mentors, and the NPMA board of directors. Participants were chosen by a panel of judges after completing applications that included a survey, video and letters of recommendation. In addition, candidates must be a member in good standing as defined in the NPMA bylaws.

The Class of 2021 is:

  • Solomon Airhart, Aruza Pest Control, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Austin Burns, Burns Pest Elimination, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Courtney Carace, Pest-End Inc., Plaistow, N.H.
  • King Jones, III, CT Pest Solutions, Naugatuck, Conn.
  • Rusty Prewett, Prewett Pest Control, Auburn, Ala.
  • Mickey Thomas, Arrow Exterminators, Atlanta, Ga.

During the two-year curriculum, candidates will participate in training sessions and courses designed to cultivate skills and knowledge essential to successful organizational leadership within the NPMA and beyond. Training will encompass a comprehensive range of competencies, including the history of the NPMA and its future plans, industry trends and consumer insights, inclusion and diversity training, executive etiquette, public policy and legislative issue navigation, and community engagement, along with a suite of skills related to strategic management and planning.

See who was a part of the NPMA ELP Class of 2020 here.


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