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  • 07/17/2014 9:12 AM | Jeff Kimmich (Administrator)

    Academy 2014 will be here soon.

    People from all over the country come here for the great warm weather and for this very unique learning 3 day event, I have to say that it just amazes me how few people from Arizona have ever attended this event.

    I am just glad that most of you in Arizona (like 98%) are missing out on a fun business education and training that can not be gotten anywhere else in the world.

    There is more to your bug business than CEU's and spraying for bugs which most of you in Arizona appear to not recognize base on AzPPO membership and attendance at national training events like this in your own backyard.

    Here's to hoping I see some new faces at Academy before it moves from Arizona and you miss out attending this type of training event on the cheap. 

    Hope you are all having a great 2014   

        

  • 07/07/2014 4:59 PM | Jeff Kimmich (Administrator)

     

    It is with honor that I address The Pest Management Professionals of Arizona and The Membership of AzPPO for the first time.

    We are all competitors no question, nobody else will carry the water for us! It is up to us as competitors to come together and unite under one common goal. That goal is the protection of our livelihood. Daily there are issues locally and nationally that threaten our businesses and our bottom lines.

    During this year, AzPPO will reach a milestone, its 10-year anniversary. It is up to us to grow and support AzPPO making it a strong guardian of our industry. Since our Spring Conference, we have had a net gain of 21 member companies! We must keep the momentum.

    “You never change things by fighting the existing reality; to change things build a new model that makes the old model obsolete” … Unknown

    This year’s Board is planning to do just that, improve by building new models. The Boards goal for 2014-2015 is simple: Grow and enhance membership by giving real value to your membership.

    AzPPO holds vigilant watch at your legislature for bills that can affect your business at both the local and national level. AzPPO will continue to monitor the State Legislature and The Office of Pest Management. AzPPO creates opportunities for you to build relationships within our industry and that is beneficial to you. AzPPO promotes professionalism and increases the public’s awareness of the value of service that we as PMP’s provide. Did you know that last year alone AzPPO donated over $5,000.00 to help charitable organizations; this included the fire fighters who responded to their last alarm in Prescott. This giving back to the local community reflects on all Pest Management Professionals in a very positive manner. Our goal is simple - have an association that projects a strong and united voice.

    AzPPO starts our New Year with a “Partnership” The PCO Insurance Program by Leavitt. Leavitt has a proven track record providing Pest Control specific insurance for the past 25 Years, offering - Auto, Liability and Workman’s Compensation and medical. Our arrangement includes association benefits and exclusivity to association members once premium goals are met. You can view a summary HERE, more details will be forthcoming on our website.

    AzPPO will offer Bi-Monthly Membership meetings in Phoenix and Tucson this year. The membership meetings will offer CEU credits by quality speakers that help you in your business. In addition, other areas of benefits include association discounts with vendors (see our web site for a current listing). The association continues with great events like the annual Conference; this year’s conference promises to be improved, we hope to attract visitors from our neighboring States making this a southwestern regional specific conference. Our new dues structure is much easier to navigate and an amendment to the bylaws allows a technician to become a non-voting - active member. If you think about it, this promotes a new level of professionalism for our real work force, the folks in the field.

    The Board has given a green light to create a Southern Chapter – Tucson will be host to AzPPO’s Southern Chapter. This chapter will be evolving this year, what a great way to celebrate AzPPO’s 10th year! Future goals include a Colorado River Chapter and a Northern State Chapter.

    “A rising tide lifts all boats”. That is a fact, if you are a non-member you benefit from AzPPO’s efforts regardless of membership, but by not joining you are missing many other quantifiable and non-quantifiable benefits. I know the PMP’s heart; you do not want someone else carrying your share for you, we are an independent group of business people, united we become a powerful group of Professional Business Men and Women. Join HERE.

    If you are not a member or you are an inactive member, I ask that you consider supporting our State Association, please get involved and participate. As we embark on our 10th Year, my promise to you is to “Build New Models”. My pledge is to remain a transparent organization; you are welcome to attend board meetings, committee meetings, legislative meetings and of course your membership meetings. I encourage you to get involved and support AzPPO. Please mark your calendar for our first meeting of the year July 10, 2014, we will be swearing in officers, the location is Monti’s Tempe, please be sure to register at our website HERE.

    “You can have anything in life you want; if you will just help enough other people get what they want” Zig Ziglar

    Best Regards,

    Kevin

  • 05/14/2014 5:06 PM | Jeff Kimmich (Administrator)

    Hey everyone...

    Check out our next fund raiser.

    Time for some golf at the Kierland Golf Resort, last year we all had a great time even though I didn't win the TV.

    The weather will be just right to hit some little white very frustrating balls, so come out and join 72 other Pest professional and vendors for a fun time on the golf course.

    The event helps raise money for our "Industry Defense Fund" so sign up now.

  • 01/28/2014 5:53 AM | Jeff Kimmich (Administrator)

    Looks like they are getting the final details in place for the upcoming AzPPO Conference.

    "Best of the Best" 

    April 29th 2014   3:00 - 6:00 pm

    Manager & Owner Business Track followed by Cocktail Reception with speakers.

     April 30th 2014  7:30 am - 5:00 pm

                            Technician training classes & tradeshow        

           

    Mesa Convention Center

    Centennial Hall 263 North Center Street Mesa, AZ 85201         

  • 01/03/2014 8:57 AM | Jeff Kimmich (Administrator)

     

    Please Note: All Certifications, Licenses & Registrations EXPIRE MAY 31th 2014

     

    So its 2014, do you have any CEU's yet, most likely the answer will be No.. if your like most PMP's I know.

    Well the great thing about a new year, few bugs and a 5 month deadline is that you have got a lot of chances coming up to get the CEU's needed to renew your license.

    You have the Wildlife Expo coming up next week in New Orleans that also includes 2 days of NWCOA wildlife training before the conference, 2 days of wildlife & bird control and bat training for 1 day after the conference, I will be attending all 5 days and hopefully 6 interesting nights on Bourbon Street.

    Hope I see some others from Arizona there as well.

    Next we have the Southwest Conference in Albuquerque New Mexico which I have spoken at several times in the past few years on Bird Control and Bee Removal. Its only a short drive away for some of you to get some of your required CEU's, looks like they have a good line up of speakers this year.

    Now if you are looking for something closer to home so you can sleep in your own bed at night and not worry about picking up some stray Bed Bugs, your in luck if you live in Maricopa County.

    There are a number of great local conference's coming up.

    The 2014 AzPPO 4th Annual Conference will be held on April 29th - 30th 2014 at the Mesa Convention Center - Check out this website for more details as they become available.

    And lets not forget Jack over at Chemtech also puts on a very good 1 day conference, but you will have to check with them since I have not seen any information on their upcoming conference dates.

    So you say to yourself.... I'm a hermit when it comes to interacting with those other PMP's.

    Well your in luck Mr. Hermit there are a number of online courses you can find to get many of the required points to renew your license., just search around.

    So as you can see you have lots of chances to get your required CEU's, so don't wait until the last possible minute and then complain that no one is offering classes two days before renewal.

     

    Don't forget to check out the NEW Dept. of Ag OPM Rules & Regs to make sure you are up to date and legal on your CEU's and other parts of your business. 

    To check the status of your Certification, License, or Registration; visit the OPM website and click on the "License Search" tab http://www.sb.state.az.us/.  

  • 10/31/2013 6:22 PM | Jeff Kimmich (Administrator)

         For some of you that have been living under a rock or had your head stuck in the sand the last couple of years and have merrily gone along thinking that the OPM or Dept. of Ag isn't going to effect my business had better get your head up and get the sand out of your ears because stuff is about to hit the fan.

    Renewals are different and can be for 2 years.

    Up grading you license is possible, and down grading is happening if you don't act now within the next few months.

    Fees have changed, and not for the better, and this is just the tip of the sand pile.

    Down load the new rule changes and join you local pest control association. 

  • 10/09/2013 1:13 PM | Jeff Kimmich (Administrator)

    What about the weather right now, is this the perfect time of year in Arizona or what.

    Anyway; 

    Hey all you busy Azppo members I have a question for you.

    I am conducting an unofficial poll about the Bi-Monthly Phoenix membership meetings that many of you make time to attend - Thank You.

    My questions is this...

    1.  Do you like having the bi-monthly meetings at night from 5:30pm - 7 pm as we have been doing for the past, who knows how long.

    - OR -

    2.  Would it be more convenient to meet for lunch at say 11:30 - 1:00 pm at rotating locations around the valley.

    Would having a lunch time meeting be easier for you to schedule and more importantly be able to make the meetings on a more regular basis or is the night time meets better for you?

    So let me know what you think here at the blog, post under "reply" if you would.

    Thanks you for reading.    

  • 09/26/2013 8:11 AM | Jeff Kimmich (Administrator)

    Don't miss out on attending PestWorld here in Phoenix Arizona.

    Over 3000 PMP's from all over the country and world will be at the Phoenix Convention Center for the week long event.

    The convention floor will be covered with hundreds of vendors show casing all the latest and greatest pest control products to help make your business life better and a bugs life harder.

    Speakers from all over will be giving presentations on topics that will interest you and your technician's - CEU's available.

    There is even going to be a discounted Arizona Day set up for your service people, so that they can attend.

    If you have never been to this event you have been missing out big time.

    PMP's fly 1000's of miles every year just to attend this event and now its right here in your own backyard, it doesn't get any easier or cheaper.

    DON'T MISS OUT...

  • 09/23/2013 7:39 AM | Jeff Kimmich (Administrator)

    I will be posting many of the changes brought on by the new laws

    IMPORTANT:  If a late fee applies, it is IN ADDITION TO the initial fee. 

     

    Applicator License 

    • APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION - NEW $100.00
    • APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION - BROADEN $50.00
    • APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION - RENEWAL $100.00
    • APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION - RENEWAL LATE FEE $50.00
    • APPLICATOR CERT. - REGISTRATION $25.00
    • APPLICATOR CERT. - REGISTRATION RENEWAL $25.00
    • APPLICATOR CERT. - REGISTRATION RENEWAL LATE $12.50
    • APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION - DUPLICATE CERT. $10.00

     

    Business License 

    • BUSINESS LICENSE - NEW $300.00
    • BUSINESS LICENSE - RENEW $300.00
    • BUSINESS LICENSE - RENEW LATE FEE $150.00
    • BUSINESS LICENSE - RENEWAL MONTHLY LATE FEE $15.00
    • BUSINESS LICENSE - DUPLICATE LICENSE $10.00

     

    Branch Office 

    • BRANCH OFFICE NEW $100.00
    • BRANCH OFFICE RENEW $100.00
    • BRANCH OFFICE RENEW LATE FEE $50.00
    • BRANCH SUPERVISOR - REGISTRATION $50.00
    • BRANCH SUPERVISOR - REGISTRATION RENEW $0.00
    • BRANCH SUPERVISOR - REGISTRATION RENEW LATE $0.00

    TARFs (Before\after 9/13/2013 Respectively) 

    • TARF - (0-30 DAYS) - ETARF  $8.00 $2.00 
    • TARF TIMELY PAPER $15.00 $8.00
    • TARF LATE E-TARF $8.00 $2.00
    • TARF LATE PAPER $8.00 $8.00
    • TARF FINAL GRADE LATE E-TARF $8.00 $2.00
    • TARF FINAL GRADE LATE PAPER $8.00 $8.00

    Qualified Applicator Certification 

    • QUALIFIED APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION - NEW $200.00
    • QUALIFIED APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION - BROADEN $100.00
    • QUALIFIED APPLICATOR CERT. - RENEWAL $200.00
    • QUALIFIED APPLICATOR CERT. - RENEWAL LATE $100.00
    • QUALIFIED APPLICATOR CERT. - DUPLICATE CERT. $10.00

     

    Qualifying Party License 

    • QUALIFING PARTY REGISTRATION - NEW $100.00
    • QUALIFING PARTY REGISTRATION - BROADEN $50.00
    • QUALIFYING PARTY REGISTRATION - RENEWAL $0.00
    • QUALIFYING PARTY REGISTRATION - RENEWAL LATE $0.00
    • TEMPORARY QUALIFYING PARTY - REG. NEW $100.00
    • TEMPORARY QUALIFYING PARTY - REG. RENEWAL $100.00

  • 09/18/2013 4:41 PM | Jeff Kimmich (Administrator)

    The purpose of the Arizona Pest Professional Organization (AZPPO) is to provide pest management professionals throughout the state with representation, advocacy, education and services that can positively affect the Pest Management Industry and your livelihood, while fostering education, promoting professionalism, raising ethical standards, enhancing environmental stewardship, and improving public health and the quality of life.

    Are you interested in getting involved, not sure how?

    Do you want to see what the association is all about?

    Come to our next meeting in Phoenix or Tucson, eat some food, hear an interesting speaker and see what we are all about you can even sit in the back of the room if you want.

    In this day and age, Arizona Pest Control is more than just killing bugs, that's the easy part.

    Enhance your business, improve your social life and be a positive influence in your community.

     

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