Message From the President
It is a great honor that you have chosen me to lead FPMA at the beginning of the decade. It is my intention to build on the solid foundation which has been so diligently and carefully laid down by our past leaders. We have so much to be grateful for and proud of. However, we cannot rest on our achievements, but instead, must forge new ways to meet the challenges facing the industry, our individual businesses, and our association.
Two words you will hear me say over and over again: Advocacy and Membership.
Advocacy: Our industry is highly regulated and it’s up to us to make sure that our interests are represented in Tallahassee. What happens there affects us all – from the single man operator to the large multi-state companies and vendors. As an Association, we are able to do what none can truly do alone; speak for the industry in the state of Florida.
We are fortunate that our leaders of the past few years have made our Association financially stable. Our Board of Directors has set-aside aside funds to serve as a “war chest” should the need arise to fight any legislative battles that may arise.
We have also started to make alliances with other associations whose interests overlap with ours; the Florida Turfgrass Association as well as the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association to name a few, and I look forward to expanding those relationships and strengthening our voice.
Membership: We face the challenge of diminishing dues revenues as the industry consolidates and companies are bought and sold. However, there are literally thousands of companies out there that have yet to discover our Association. I intend to work with the Membership Committee to strengthen our reputation, expand our value-added benefits and widen our outreach. I will be relying on the Regional Directors to recruit companies that are licensed by the Department of Agriculture.
Running a pest control business demands not only technical knowledge but business acumen. Together with input from the membership, the Board and FPMA staff, I will strive to make FPMA a one-stop-shop for technical and business information and training covering all aspects of the business. Our regional meetings, major events, and members-only events will be reconsidered and adapted to meet this objective. I want to hear your input.
Because none of these challenges occur individually, FPMA staff and I will work with the Board and membership to help develop a strategic plan and contract for an Economic Impact Study. We cannot fight legislative battles if we do not know what impact our industry has on the Florida economy. And the strategic plan will be our guiding document to enhance our membership.
With the great leadership, we have in place, I have no doubt that whatever we conceive we can achieve.
I look forward to serving you in 2020.