The NPMA Executive Committee cuts the ribbon to open the NPMA PestWorld exhibit hall. Left to right: Chris Gorecki, secretary; Russ Ives, immediate past president; Chuck Tindol, president; Dennis Jenkins, treasurer; Dominique Stumpf, NPMA CEO; and Bryan Cooksey Jr., NPMA president-elect.

More than 3,000 industry professionals (3,314 to be exact) from 80-plus countries traveled to Seattle, Wash., for NPMA PestWorld 2016 in October.

NPMA CEO Dominique Stumpf kicked off this year’s show by updating members with results from the association’s recent strategic planning meeting P3 (Purpose, Plan, Progress). NPMA brought together 100 industry leaders to review NPMA’s mission and values; refine NPMA’s vision; and set NPMA’s strategic direction. The group spent hours examining demographics; the economic climate; regulations and legislation; technology and science; and political and social issues.

The end result of these discussions was a new ambitious vision statement: Every household and every business will use professional pest management services.

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To achieve this goal, in the coming months and years NPMA will focus on: 1) members — growing and improving member benefits and programs; (2) public health leadership — ensuring that NPMA members are the trusted sources for protecting people, structures and lands from pest threats; (3) making quality consumer connections through PPMA and QualityPro; (4) continuing to engage with regulators and policymakers to increase NPMA’s influence with legislation and regulations.

Following Stumpf’s comments was the opening ceremony, which included an appearance by members of the World Famous Fishmongers of Pike Place Fish Company, who shared some of the company’s customer service and employee empowerment success stories. This session was sponsored by Bayer. At the opening ceremony’s conclusion, attendees proceeded to the exhibit hall where they checked out the latest offerings from industry suppliers.

A photo review of the event appears on these two pages. For additional coverage, visit www.pctonline.com.