NPMA Executive Leadership Program Class of 2018 Announced

Ten candidates from across the country will receive skills development and training for association leadership

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) today announced selection of the association’s Executive Leadership Program (ELP) class of 2018 participants, continuing NPMA’s commitment to cultivating a representative pipeline of candidates for leadership opportunities within NPMA for years to come.

“The value NPMA brings to our memberships is directly correlated with the quality of diverse experiences and unique industry expertise that our members bring into the association’s leadership roles,” said NPMA Chief Executive Officer Dominique Stumpf. “The participants of the ELP’s 2018 class will play an important role in a broader plan to ensure our association maintains a pipeline of leadership candidates that are well-positioned to help our members successfully navigate an ever-evolving industry.”

The ten candidates of this class were selected through a rigorous application process, which vetted more than 30 applications. Applicants were selected based on broad criteria, which accounted for leadership potential, industry participation and commitment to professional development, among other factors.

Executive Leadership Program Class of 2018:

  • Andrea Brubaker, Director, Business Development, Triple S Services (Manassas, VA)
  • Mitch Taylor, President, Capital Pest Services, Inc. (Raleigh, NC)
  • Lauren Thrasher, President, Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal (San Diego, CA)
  • Carl Braun, Co-Owner and Vice President, Quality Pest Control (Omaha, NE)
  • Mark Davidson, Operations Manager, Pestech Pest Solutions (Ferndale, NY)
  • Layne Salvant, VP, Operations, The Bug Man (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Galvin Murphy, VP, Marketing and Business Development, Yankee Pest Control (Malden, MA)
  • Gavvin Strachan, Director of Operations, Struckum Commercial Pest Services (Nassau, Bahamas)
  • Greg Schmidt, Owner/President, Pest Solutions, Inc. (Thornburg, VA)
  • Robert McElwain, Operations Manager, American Pest Management (Olathe, KS)

During the two-year curriculum, candidates will participate in training sessions and courses designed to cultivate skills and knowledge essential to successful organizational leadership within NPMA and beyond. Training will encompass a comprehensive range of competencies including: the history of NPMA and its future plans, industry trends and consumer insights, inclusion and diversity training, executive etiquette, public policy and legislative issue navigation and community engagement, along with a suite of skills related to strategic management and planning.

The Executive Leadership Program is an NPMA initiative designed to find passionate, committed, and engaged individuals from all parts of the country who want to enhance the association and the membership experience. Applications for participation will be accepted on an ongoing annual basis. Visit to learn about the program, the applicant criteria and to download the application. 

The National Pest Management Association, a non-profit organization with more than 6,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property, reflected both in the continuing education of the pest control professional and the dissemination of timely information to homeowners and businesses. Visit us at