BugBytes Vol. 8 Issue 9

Posted By: Lydia Crabtree Bug Bytes, CEU Planner,

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April 1, 2024 | Vol. 8 Issue 9

New Executive Director starts at GPCA

The newly named Executive Director of Georgia Pest Control Association, Glenda Lehmberg, started work on Tuesday, March 26, 2024. The newly configured office team, including Christina Chapman, Education & Accounting Director, and Lydia Crabtree, Communications Coordinator, took some time to team build and get to know each other. President, Greg Holley was on hand to make sure her first day was successful and her attention was turned to the most important things. 

Only 4 Foursomes Left for the Charity Golf Tournament

Time is running out for sponsorship opportunities and for players to join the Charity Golf Event that benefits the GPCA Burnett Scholarship Fund. Contact John Dougherty at jdougherty@catchmasterpro.com if you would like to form a team or sponsor the event.

Professional Women of GPCA
Organizing Outreach Event at the 
NPMA Women's Forum

Join the Professional Women of GPCA in building Hope Baskets for The Drake House.  Please use the QR code to purchase and send an item donation from Amazon for the event!  Deadline to purchase: April 10th!
Monetary donations will be accepted via www.PESTRELIEF.org or by contacting Shay Runion directly.  srunion@arrowext.com 
Deadline: April 10th.

Inspire. Empower. Engage.
NPMA 2024 Women's Forum

May 7-9, 2024 Women's Forum is to be held by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) in Atlanta, GA at the Starling Atlanta in midtown.

This annual conference focuses on topics relevant to women in the Pest Management industry. This year the topics include diversity and inclusion, Human Resources, and leadership development. A special ticket self-defense & cyber security presentation is offered on Tuesday, May 7 from 9am to noon. 

The Keynote address is Tuesday, May 7th in the Sequoia Ballroom at 2:30 PM on How to Network. With a Reception at 5:30 PM in Altair. 

Wednesday, May 8 topics include Networking Breakfast, Understanding a Woman's Career Life Cycle, and Job Role Breakout sessions. Impact Awards Presentations will be held just before the Networking Lunch followed by sessions on Career Pathing and Work Life Balance. The day ends with a Women-Owned Business Panel and Happy Hour.

Thursday, May 9 features a GPCA's Women in Pest Management and Arrow Exterminators co-event putting together Hope Baskets for The Drake House followed by a Networking Breakfast. 

Bevin Mugford with Inspire Corps will lead participants during the KeyNote address entitled Dynamic Energy Management. Participants will learn to validate and normalize a full spectrum of experiences and emotions, understand how to activate energy management as a key leadership muscle, and gain awareness and skills in managing energy and emotions for self and others using a tool called RESETS. This address leads into a Dynamic Energy Management Interactive Workshop later in the morning. 

Register Today

NPMA Hosts Inaugural Workforce Summit Following the Women's Forum in Atlanta

Come together with professionals and industry leaders from across the pest management sector to tackle the pressing challenges and opportunities related to workforce development. We’re creating change, transforming minds, and shaping perspectives, with an audience that’s more highly engaged than ever before.

The NPMA Workforce Summit will focus on driving the conversation on how to create a skilled, diverse, and engaged workforce that supports the evolving needs of the pest management industry. This groundbreaking event will provide a platform for thought-provoking discussions, networking opportunities, and the exchange of innovative ideas that will shape the future of our industry.

Whether you are an HR professional, hiring manager, business owner/operator, or an industry executive passionate about nurturing talent, the NPMA Workforce Summit is a must-attend event for all those invested in the future of the pest management industry. Join us on a journey toward a brighter, more fulfilling future in pest control management!
Register Today


Mark your calendars. Georgia Pest Control Association's 2024 Summer Conference will be held on July 8 - 10, 2024.

The Westin Jekyll Island
110 Ocean Way
Jekyll Island, Georgia 31527

Book your group rate for Georgia Pest Control Association 2024
Room Block expires on June 15, 2024 at 5:00 pm

Individual Call-In Reservations:  Individual reservations can be made online or by calling (912) 635-4545 (select option #1) or toll free at 1-800-937-8461 and referencing the GPCA 2024 Room Block.
 Please note a couple of user tips and important details regarding your group RESLINK:
  • The group RESLINK is best opened in Chrome or Edge internet web browsers. Using alternate internet web browsers, i.e. Internet Explorer or Firefox will result in a “No Availability” or “Error” outcome.
  • A “No Availability” outcome will result if the requested room type is not available for all nights of the intended stay. Should this occur, try to adjust the dates of stay or select an alternate room type.
  • The start & end date may include pre- and/or post- group days (subject to availability) which may be different than the arrival & departure dates listed on the contract agreement.
Room Nights at the Westin will be as follows:
Island View: $269 per night
Partial Ocean View: $279 per night
Ocean View: $299 per night
Ocean Front: $329 per night

We have an alternate room block at the Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island.  Reservations can be made by calling 912-635-3733 or 1-800-426-7866 and mentioning “Georgia Pest Control Association” to get the block rate.

Room Nights at the Hampton Inn & Suites will be as follows:
Double Queen Suite: $259 per night
King Suite: $249 per night
Standard Double Queen: $239 per night
More details to come.
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