16 people graduate NCPMA’s Leadership Development Academy


November 20, 2023


The graduates of NCPMA’s first class of the Leadership Development Academy with NCPMA officials. PHOTO: NCPMA

The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) announced that 16 individuals have completed the association’s first class of the Leadership Development Academy.

The graduation was held during the 2023 United We Stand Conference in Greensboro, N.C., on Nov. 17.

“We are so proud of these graduates for being our first class of the Leadership Development Academy,” Ashley Morrison, chair of the Leadership Development Program, said in the news release. “They have embraced this program and are an impressive group of pest management professionals who will make a great impact on this industry.”

The graduates are:

  • Margie Asbury (Manning’s Pest Control)
  • Jason Choate (Pest Management Systems, Inc.)
  • Chad Cordell (Go-Forth Pest Control)
  • Chris Cozart (Rid-A-Pest)
  • Raylene Galloway (Pisgah Pest Control)
  • Chris Hunnicutt (City Wide Exterminating)
  • Will Miller (Clint Miller Exterminating)
  • Jeff Rigsby (Four Seasons Pest Control)
  • Melissa Smith (City Wide Exterminating)
  • Adam Spillman (Go-Forth Services)
  • Andrew Taylor (Economy Exterminators)
  • Zack Taylor (Capital Pest Services)
  • Joel Trakimowicz (Economy Exterminators)
  • Erin Vanderfleet (Pest Management Systems, Inc.)
  • William Walker (Rid A Bug Exterminating)
  • Lora Webster (Rid-A-Pest)

The NCPMA Leadership Development Academy is a new and innovative three-part development program which provides participants with a fresh take on leadership skills and strategies that can be immediately put to practical use in any size company or department. The program is customized to the Pest Management Industry.

The graduates kicked off their training in November 2022. As part of the program, each participant created a group project designed to benefit the pest management industry using the skills acquired in the program.

About the NCPMA

Founded in 1952, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) is the trade association representing the professional pest management industry in North Carolina. NCPMA promotes the continued cooperation and success of all pest management businesses in North Carolina. NCPMA is considered to be the only statewide association dedicated to representing and educating North Carolina’s pest management professionals.


About the Author

Ellen Wagner is a former digital editor for PMP magazine.

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