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Fairfax, VA (March 28, 2016) -- NPMA Certification Program Manager Allison Taisey recently spoke on behalf of the pest management industry at the National Association of State Procurement Officials' (NASPO) 29th annual How to Market to State Governments Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Over 500 procurement professionals from across the U.S. attended this event.
"The NASPO meeting provided the perfect venue to raise the level of professionalism expected of our industry. Everyone I met with was interested in QualityPro certification," said Taisey. "It was fascinating to hear procurement folks start to think outside their existing pest control contracts. Bird control was a popular need identified and two states I spoke with wondered if our members could provide roadkill cleanup."
State procurement in the US includes contracts for state facilities, public schools, universities, roadways, parks, and more. This meeting provided a unique venue for state procurement staff to teach industry how to work with states and win state contracts. In addition to attending learning sessions, Taisey met with procurement professionals from 26 of the 46 states in attendance.
"One deputy director asked if a 30-day solicitation period was enough time for companies to respond. This led to a small-group discussion of the importance of releasing pest management solicitations during our industry's slow period so that small companies can respond and have time to hire and train PMPs to do the work," said Taisey.
NPMA was the only association represented. "To my knowledge, NPMA is the first external association to leverage NASPO's conference in this unique way. Having a voice for an entire industry rather than a salesperson for an individual company allowed procurement officials to ask an objective expert for recommendations to make the bidding process more accessible to companies of all sizes," says DeLaine Bender, CAE, Executive Director of NASPO.
For more information about NASPO, visit www.naspo.org.
Created in 2004, QualityPro is administered by the Foundation for Professional Pest Management, an independent organization that develops good business practices and standards. Designed specifically for pest management companies in the US and Canada, this certification is available to companies that are currently members of the National Pest Management Association. For more information, contact Allison Taisey, call 703-352-6762 or visit www.qualitypro.org.
The National Pest Management Association, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property, reflected both in the continuing education of the pest control professional and the dissemination of timely information to homeowners and businesses. For more information, contact Janay Rickwalder, call 703-352-6762 or visit our website.