The New England Pest Management Association recognized four individuals at its training event in Taunton, Mass, on March 3.
Benjamin Burke, of Modern Pest Services, receive the 2022 Professional of the year award. This award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions other pest management industry through their work performance, service to their community or industry, technician training or other notable accomplishments in pest management.
Hope Bowman, BCE, of Waltham Pest Services, was awarded the third annual Professional Women in Pest Management of New England (PWIPM of NE) Women of Excellence Award.
The regional honor is open to women across the pest management industry — pest management professionals (PMPs), manufacturers, research organizations and more — who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and have made notable contributions to the development and growth of the profession and their companies. Nominees may be nominated by more than one person. Nominees should reside and/or work in at least one of the New England States: Connecticut, Maine Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont.
Molly Moran, of FORSHAW, received the 2022 Vendor of the Year award. The NEPMA Vendor of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has helped member companies grow and is a supporter of the association. Moran has been immersed in customer service and warehouse work for over four years as a pest control technician and field sales representative.
Nick Spigler, a senior at North Harford High School in Harford, Md., in the Natural Resources in Agricultural Science Magnet Program, is the recipient of the 2022 scholarship from NEPMA. Each year, NEPMA awards a $3,000 scholarship in honor of Mark Weintraub.
This scholarship was started and first funded by Rod Kreimeyer in 1994. Kreimeyer named the scholarship in honor of Weintraub, of Astor Terminix, who was a founding member of NEPMA and his employer and mentor. This scholarship is awarded to the student connected to an NEPMA member who best exemplifies the spirit carried forward by Weintraub.
Spigler’s primary passion is birds, as he has focused his studies thus far in this field by volunteering at a local bird banding station to work toward earning a banding sub-permit, analyzing 40 years of bird banding data for his senior capstone research project, and sharing his passion with other members of the birding community through participation in the Harford Bird Club.