NPMA Executive Leadership Program Class of 2020 Announced

Nine participants from across the US and one participant from Canada will receive skills development and training for association leadership

FAIRFAX, VA – The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is proud to announce the selection of the Executive Leadership Program (ELP) class of 2020 participants, continuing NPMA’s commitment to prepare rising stars for association leadership roles and develop successful ambassadors for our industry.

“As proven with the previous three ELP classes, the curriculum presents a fantastic opportunity for these aspiring association leaders to grow professionally and personally. In turn, NPMA benefits by hearing fresh perspectives and establishing a pipeline of engaged members. It’s truly a win-win situation,” stated NPMA CEO Dominique Stumpf. “I look forward to working with this new group of participants and witnessing their many successes for years to come.”

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

Welcome Executive Leadership Program Class of 2020:

  • Tim Bird, Mayday Pest Solutions, Cibolo, TX
  • Adam Brashier, Modern Pest Control, Katy, TX
  • Bridget Carr, Bug Express Pest Control, San Angelo, TX
  • Manuel “Manny” Guzman, Pestrol, Inc., New York, NY
  • William “Bill” Horgan, Debug Pest Control, Inc., Glocester, RI
  • Trent Kucherka, ABC Home & Commercial Services, Lewisville, TX
  • Kaija Saarinen, Green and Gone Pest Solutions, Keewatin, ON, Canada
  • Clint Sowle, Ecolab, Inc., Saint Paul, MN
  • Trey Strickland, Waynes Pest Control, Birmingham, AL
  • Donald Volonte, Terminix International, Wilsonville, OR

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 complete an application for the 2021 class.

About the National Pest Management Association: The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 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. Learn more at