1. BACK ON THE HILL The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) CEO Dominique Stumpf, CAE, welcomed attendees to Legislative Day and stressed the importance of person-to-person meetings with representatives.
2. LIVELY DEBATE NPMA Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs J.D. Darr, center, moderated a lively debate with conservative Los Angeles Times Columnist Jonah Goldberg, left, and NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, right, during the keynote lunch on March 22.
3. PACKED HOUSE The day before heading to Capitol Hill, Legislative Day attendees gathered for a keynote lunch. This year, they asked their representatives for support on pesticide preemption in the 2023 Farm Bill.
4. STAR SPANGLED SINGER Ceola Henderson of Cook’s Pest Control sang the national anthem to open the keynote lunch on March 22. Her powerful voice was met with enthusiastic applause.
5. FMC AWARD WINNER Chris Haggerty, American Pest Control, Hanna City, Ill., was presented with the 2023 FMC Award by FMC’s Dan Carrothers, pictured left. Haggerty is the NPMA’s State Policy Affairs Representative, or SPAR, for Illinois, and is a past president of the Illinois Pest Control Association.
6. STATE CONTINGENT Legislative Day attendees gathered in advance to prepare for their meetings with their state representatives. This year, Capitol Hill visits took place in person for the first time since the 2020 event, when public access to Capitol Hill was restricted because of the pandemic.
7. READY TO LEAD The 2021 graduates of the NPMA’s Executive Leadership Program, sponsored by WorkWave, were recognized for completing a two-year curriculum. Pictured from left are Mickey Thomas, Arrow Exterminators, Atlanta, Ga.; Rusty Prewett, Prewett Pest Control, Auburn, Ala.; King Jones III, CT Pest Solutions, Naugatuck, Conn.; and Courtney Carace, ACE, Pest-End, Plaistow, N.H. Not pictured: Austin Burns, Burns Pest Elimination, Mesa, Ariz.
8. NEWSWORTHY KEYNOTE CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Elliott Garrett shared his experiences as a reporter, and lamented the changes that have affected the ways in which we get our news now. “Local journalism is hurting,” he said.
9. LEADERSHIP ADVICE Senior policy advisor and leadership consultant Jeff Eggers offered tips on how to be a strong leader. “The most successful organizations are those that are least dependent on their leaders,” he said, adding “good leaders prepare the team for change.”
10. LUNCH ON THE HILL U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.) spoke at the Headquarters on the Hill luncheon sponsored by MGK. The ranking member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry told Legislative Day attendees who were taking a break from their meetings on Capitol Hill that representatives were working hard to give the pest management industry the stability that comes with pesticide preemption.