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PWIPM Professional Empowerment Grant Past Recipients

2018 Professional Empowerment Grant Recipients

Rachel Alexander, Multi-Residential Exterminator for Citron Hygiene, Ontario, Canada


Teresa Bannon, Commercial Sales Supervisor for Cook's Pest Control, Horton, Alabama

"As a recipient of the Professional Women in Pest Management Empowerment Grant, I was awarded the opportunity to attend PestWorld 2018 in Orlando, FL. This event far exceeded by expectations! The location at Walt Disney Dolphin and Swan Resort was incredible. The participants in the trade area were numerous. I enjoyed speaking with vendors from the United States and abroad about current and future products available to the pest industry. Also, I was able to attend several classes from leadership enrichment to the fight against the Tawny Ant (surprisingly affecting many areas today). Most of all, I enjoyed having the opportunity to interact with other women in the pest management industry, some of whom were from across the world. After speaking with these women, I realized that all of us, regardless of where we reside, face many of the same challenges. It was great to be able to come together at PestWorld 2018 and fellowship as a group. PWIPM is doing great things and I am proud to be a part of this organization." 


2017 Professional Empowerment Grant Recipients

Helen R. Holloway, Co-Owner of Champion Pest & Termite Control, Pickerington, OH


Angie Lawrence, Area District Manager for Rentokil, Charlotte, NC and Greenville, SC

"Thank you to the Professional Women in Pest Management for affording me the opportunity to experience B’More.  I went into the trip to Baltimore without any set expectations of what the trip would be and came home with a completely new perspective on what I want my future in pest management to be. 

I have spent 20 years working in a bubble; in my own little corner of the Market.  B’More was enlightening and an eye opener.  It has given me ideas of what a career that lasts until retirement might look like, not one that might end when I get too old to help cover an open route or service 100 bait stations in a couple hours.  I have returned home and have ideas of how to involve my fellow women in empowering each other in our profession and improving myself thru education and participation in meetings, training and comradery.  I want to inspire my staff to be more than just pest prevention professionals, but be a better steward for the environment, be a better neighbor, and be a better member of their community.  I want to create enthusiasm to support each other, and build each other up to reach our goals together.  I want to be able to B’More."


2016 Professional Empowerment Grant Recipient — Kaija Saarinen

“Receiving the PWIPM Professional Empowerment Grant in 2016 was an incredibly enriching experience. I had just launched my business in May of 2016 and was eagerly looking to become a part of the PWIPM, CPMA and NPMA communities. Being a new business owner, funds were tight as PestWorld 2016 was approaching. There was no way I would be able to afford to go on my own. This grant allowed me to experience this incredible conference and meet so many amazing people in our industry. It was an unforgettable educational experience, and I am hooked! I cannot wait until B’More 2017.

The conference allowed me to finally meet the members of PWIPM in person. What an incredible group. I am so proud of the members and what they have already accomplished. It was a packed meeting with record numbers; all of whom were exceptionally excited to help grow our organization. I highly recommend anyone interested to check out PWIPM. The mentorship and support and unparalleled for women in our field!

The grant also allowed for me to further my education and add services to my business by helping to pay for my Mosquito and Biting Fly certification. The funds also made it possible to attend Pest Management Canada 2017 in Vancouver, where I was host to PWIPM’s inaugural interest meeting. We had a great turn-out and hope to grow PWIPM’s presence in Canada for our next Pest Management Canada 2018 in Toronto. Since the conference I have been actively recruiting in my region (and all of Canada) for PWIPM. I have taken part in our quarterly conference calls with the other regional groups and cannot express how thrilled I am to be a part of this organization and to see it flourish! I really want to try and give back to this group who awarded me this grant and truly helped my pest management career in so many ways. Thank you so much to everyone involved! And please, let your friends, staff and any women in your life know about PWIPM.”


2015 Professional Empowerment Grant Recipient — Sheila Donatello

During a successful PestWorld 2015 in Nashville, PWIPM presented the Professional Empowerment Grant to Sheila Donatello of the Steritech Group in Charlotte, North Carolina.






2014 Professional Empowerment Grant Recipient — Mariluz Jimenez

The National Pest Management Association's (NPMA) affiliate organization Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM), is pleased to announce the 2014 recipient of the PWIPM Professional Empowerment Grant is Mariluz Jimenez of HomeTeam Pest Defense in San Antonio, Texas.

Mariluz Jimenez has worked in the pest control industry as a sales consultant for the past six years. According to Central Region Vice President Mike Johnson, "Mari possesses outstanding [skills]. Her sense of urgency, ability to create empathetic relationships with customers, and desire to excel are keys to her success. She is an asset to HomeTeam Pest Defense." Upon acknowledge of her winning the award, Jimenez stated: "Being selected as the Empowerment grant recipient is proof that if you reach for every opportunity as they present themselves, more doors will open, and we can soar farther than we think. Wayne Gretzky once said 'You miss 100% of the shots that we don't take'. I'm extremely grateful for this award and I look forward to using it to the best of my abilities."

As the recipient of the grant, Jimenez will receive funding to advance her career or education in the pest management industry, as well as a trip to PestWorld 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The grant will be awarded during the PWIPM reception at PestWorld on October 22, 2014.


2013 PWIPM Scholarship Recipient — Suzanne Wagner

"Attending NPMA’s PestWorld 2013 was an incredible experience that definitely helped me achieve my career goals. I want to thank PWIPM for granting me this scholarship and covering my attendance at the conference. This was the first time I had been able to attend, but I certainly hope it is not the last as I benefited so much from the experience! Meeting so many new faces and hearing about their learning and development endeavors gave me some fantastic ideas that I can apply to the programs at Rentokil. This to me embodies the spirit of PWIPM and the purpose of the scholarship as the opportunity aided both my education and career growth."


2012 PWIPM Scholarship Recipient — Charity Lowder

"I can not thank PWIPM enough for allowing me the opportunity to attend PestWorld 2012. The entire PestWorld experience was so beneficial and very educational! PWIPM's dedication to women in the pest industry encouraged me to take the extra initiative to move up through the ranks and reach my full potential.

"The scholarship was put to great use, by paying for my winter 2012 semester at Central Piedmont Community College. I am currently enrolled at CPCC working toward an associates degree in business. The associates degree gives me the tools that are needed to handle anything, and interact with employees of all levels.

"Furthering my education will equip me with the knowledge to take on extra responsibilities and move up as a successful woman in the pest control industry!"


2012 PWIPM Scholarship Recipient — Laura Corbin

"The PWIPM scholarship gave me many opportunities I wouldn't otherwise have had. It allowed me to attend PestWorld, NPMA Academy, and several other local training classes, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have been able to further my education in the pest industry, and I will be forever grateful for the experience."


2009 PWIPM Scholarship Recipient — Sarah Thomas-Clark

"The pest management industry has been a part of my family since 1949. Within the pest management industry, we are fortunate to have many networking opportunities and the ability to foster relationships with other individuals. PWIPM consists of females who have a passion for the pest management industry. PWIPM recognized my efforts and selected me for the scholarship in 2009 affording me the opportunity to attend Pest World in Las Vegas that year.

"The scholarship provided me with funds to complete my Bachelor's Degree in Communication from SUNY New Paltz. Upon graduation I knew my passion was with pest management. I assumed the role of Marketing Specialist for my father's company and am now Vice President of my family owned business. My association with PWIPM has fostered endearing relationships with women who I admire and enjoy the same ambitions and objectives as I do.

"I encourage any female within the pest management industry to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship and Pest World experience will foster your growth professionally and inspire you to make a difference in your community and the industry."