The PCT Media Group and Syngenta Professional Pest Management (PPM) recognized seven industry professionals as 2020 Crown Leadership Award winners.

“Since NPMA PestWorld went virtual this year, in lieu of a face-to-face event, we created a custom website to house this year’s acceptance speeches, honoree profiles, colleague testimonials, roster of past winners and more,” said PCT Publisher Dan Moreland. “The stories of this year’s winners are sure to motivate and inspire future generations of industry leaders, just as previous classes have done so since 1989 when the program was launched.”

Industry professionals inducted into the Class of 2020 include:

  • Kevin Smith, Chief Marketing Officer, Rollins Inc., Atlanta, Ga.
  • Faye Golden, Director of Governmental Affairs, Cook’s Pest Control, Decatur, Ala.
  • Darren Van Steenwyk, Director of Learning and Technical Services, Clark Pest Control, Lodi, Calif.
  • Marsha Reeves, Vice President, Oldham Chemicals Co., Memphis, Tenn.
  • Tommy Reeves, Vice President, Oldham Chemicals Co., Memphis, Tenn.
  • Grzegorz Buczkowski, Director, Industrial Affiliates Program, and Research Associate Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Jim Steed, Owner & President, Neighborly Pest Management, Roseville, Calif.

“For more than 30 years, Syngenta has been incredibly proud to sponsor the Crown Leadership Awards and recognize individuals who have contributed so positively to the growth and development of the structural pest control industry,” observed Pat Willenbrock, head of marketing, Syngenta, North America.

Marshall Gaster, market manager, Syngenta, North America, added, “Winners of the Crown Leadership Awards represent the highest standards of industry excellence and the Class of 2020 will no doubt build upon the contributions of the leadership classes that came before them.”

For more than three decades, the Crown Leadership Awards have been presented annually to pest management professionals, university educators, industry distributors and association officials who uphold the highest standards of industry ethics, while contributing their time and talents to a broad range of professional and civic organizations.

The awards presentation and acceptance speeches are featured in a custom-designed website that can be accessed by visiting