The Pest Control Operators Association of West Virginia Rebrands as the West Virginia Pest Management Association

Chris Alford, President of the Board of Directors and owner of St. Albans-based Alford Home Solutions announced yesterday the re-rebranding of the organization which serves the pest control industry in West Virginia. The Pest Control Operators Association of West Virginia will now be called the West Virginia Pest Management Association (WVPMA). Alford and fellow board members unveiled a newly designed logo emblazoned in signature West Virginia blue and gold as they kicked off the general membership meeting at the Annual Fall Conference hosted at Flatwoods Conference Center in Sutton, West Virginia.

With the support of the board, Alford announced plans not only to reinvigorate the association, but also to raise the bar on the pest control industry in the state of West Virginia. Alford cited an active membership as being integral to the success of this goal, and mentioned future opportunities for increased member engagement, including the formation of committees for education, scholarship and membership.

The West Virginia Pest Management Association, originally founded in 1961 (as PCOA), has a rich history of service to this important industry. WVPMA’s mission will encompass this history while continuing to provide local and regional pest management professionals (PMPs) with the tools needed to effectively grow their business, comply with state and federal regulations, and keep up-to-date with the latest integrated pest management practices. WVPMA serves West Virginia’s pest management industry within the state and in the immediate surrounding areas through training, education, professional development, public policy advocacy, and market growth. Members receive discounts through WVPMA membership, and additional benefits through the joint partnership with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

Additionally, Alford updated attendees on the day-to-day management of the association, noting that WVPMA will receive management services through a partnership with NPMA. NPMA is the national association for the pest management industry and supports the industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. As a joint state partner, members of WVPMA will be granted access to NPMA’s premier industry leaders, training, business development courses and many other resources.

For more information about WVPMA, please visit www.WVPest.org. Alternatively, please contact WVPMA Executive Director, Ashlee Wilcox, by email at awilcox@pestworld.org, or by phone at 800-678-6722 extension 121.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 company members from around the world, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. This commitment is reflected both in the continuing education of pest management professionals and the dissemination of timely information to homeowners and businesses.