PestWorld Highlights


Monday, October 23

LDG Gives Back
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join NPMA’s Leadership Development Group as they host a volunteer project within the Baltimore community. 
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Tuesday, October 24

Baltimore National Aquarium Tour
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the Aquarium? Here’s your chance to step into our stories and see the Aquarium in a brand new way. In this incredible experience, an expert will lead you through the many fascinating exhibits.

Your guide will share fascinating stories about the animals and the habitats they call home, lead you to exclusive staff-only areas, take you up-close with one of the animal residents and so much more.

Please note: Children younger than 8 years of age not permitted on tour. You must wear closed-toe shoes on this tour.

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Drumadics Beat-N-Brass Band

PestWorld Opening Ceremony
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Come witness this musical explosion of culture and rhythm as the Drumadics Beat-N-Brass Band opens PestWorld with an amazing fusion of woodwind, stirring brass and unorthodox drum styles! 
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  Doc Hendley

Opening General Session
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Doc Hendley is the epitome of the individual who has made a difference. Tens of thousands of people around the world have clean drinking water they did not have before an idea popped into the head of this “tattooed keg-tapper” musician’s head.

Hendley realized that just by using his ability to tend bar and create relationships with people, he might be able to help the problem. At the bars where he worked, he started raising money to fight this water epidemic the best way he knew how, by pouring wine and playing music. He has taken personal risks to do the hard work of providing water and clean water education in far flung locations around the globe. He worked in dozens of refugee camps installing water systems for victims of Darfur’s government supported genocide. Often inside the United Nations’ dangerous “no-go” zones, he distributed water or chlorine tablets to people with only plastic sheeting for shelter.

Hendley was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2009 (chosen from over 9,000 applicants by a panel of judges including Gen. Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner and Sir Elton John). Today, his foundation – Wine to Water aims to help the 1.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean water.

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Thursday, October 26

NPMA Annual Membership Meeting
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

All members are encouraged to attend NPMA’s Annual Membership Meeting to meet the leadership of your association and hear about the exciting educational, networking and resource opportunities planned for the 2017/18 year. 

Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.)

Industry Awards & General Session Featuring Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.)
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Crisis management expert Commander Kirk Lippold takes his experiences from the military to the boardroom, as he reveals to attendee the lessons he learned while leading the crew aboard the USS Cole following a devastating terrorist attack. You will learn the key steps necessary to lead through crisis and maintain the effectiveness of your team. As he shares his leadership philosophy, Lippold outlines the importance of understanding the human factors during a crisis and how those factors are used to teach one’s own “crew” or team how to prepare for what’s ahead. He provides steps on how to react to contain and then control crises, assess progress in defining a new normal, and measure successes. Lippold’s leadership experience will arm you with a military-grade approach to prepare for and take action when crisis strikes–because it’s not a matter of if, but when.

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In the Mix Reception
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Join us for the “In the Mix” reception, where you will have the opportunity to learn about NPMA’s committees  – including the Leadership Development Group, Professional Women in Pest Management, PestVets and the Diversity Committee. This is a great opportunity to meet other PMPs who share your interests.

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Friday, October 27

PestWorld Final Night Block Party
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Join us for a block party that you won’t soon forget! Featuring plenty of food and music to keep your spirits high as you celebrate the end of PestWorld 2017!

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Black Friday in the Exhibit Hall

On Friday, October 27, PestWorld exhibitors will offer special product and service promotions to all PestWorld attendees.  Look for the list of specials to be advertised on the app starting Thursday afternoon. 

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