FAIRFAX, Virginia – The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) The advertised lifetime membership was awarded to Laura Simpson, Steve Scherzinger and W. Jay Nixon for their careers of service to the pest control industry.
“It brings me great personal joy to recognize three colleagues whom I have admired with the distinction of NPMA Life Membership,” said NPMA President Justin McCauley. “I am proud that the Board of Directors has chosen to honor the selfless contributions he has made in supporting the NPMA and advancing the pest management industry on behalf of the entire pest control industry. pest control. »
“Working with Jay, Steve and Laura has been a pleasure throughout my career at NPMA,” said Dominique Stumpf, CEO of NPMA. “I am extremely grateful for their commitment and leadership which helped move the industry forward that it needed.”
Simpson – an avid Tiger fan – graduated from Louisiana State University and began a career in pest control with Dugas Pest Control. In 1996, she succeeded her father as president of the company which grew it into one of the largest independent pest control companies in Louisiana before selling the company to Rentokil in 2018. Proud mother of three boys, she helped her son enter the industry; Jeremy Clark is currently District Manager for Dugas Pest Control.
Simpson served as president of the Louisiana Pest Management Association and the National Pest Management Association and held many other volunteer positions throughout her career. She was honored by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report as an Influential Woman in Business and won the Paul Adams Award of Excellence from the Louisiana Pest Management Association in 2018. She was also awarded the Women of Excellence Award in 2014 by the NPMA.
Scherzinger, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, was the third generation in his family to work in pest control and has two sons set to take the reins of Scherzinger Pest Control when he retires. A past president of the Ohio Pest Control Association and the NPMA, he has served in many volunteer capacities to develop new resources and advance the industry.
Scherzinger received the PCT Leadership Award in 1996 and the Pinnacle NPMA Award in 2008.
Nixon and three others bought the American Disinfectant Company in 1983 and renamed it American Pest Management. During his 40 years at the helm of the company, Nixon led the successful expansion throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Being based in the Washington, D.C. area, Nixon has also helped State Department facilities travel the world providing his expertise and services to U.S. consulates, embassies, and ambassadors. His travels around the world have also provided him with excellent opportunities to support the University of Florida in their work of documenting all 3000+ species of termites in the world. Her support has helped the school’s entomology department document over 1,000 species.
Nixon served as president of the NPMA (then called the National Pest Control Association) and was recognized by the University of Maryland Department of Entomology as a Distinguished Alumnus.
The NPMA is eternally grateful for the contributions made throughout their careers and wishes them the best in their retirement.