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