Speakers

 


Daniel A. Baldwin
Daniel A. Baldwin

Director of Technical, Training and Regulatory Services - Terminix Commercial

Daniel A. Baldwin has over 24 years of expert technical, sales and operations history in the pest control industry, including client segment service expertise in food service and food processing, hospitality, warehousing and distribution, and biopharmaceutical and traditional pharmaceutical manufacturing. He is a Board-Certified Entomologist.
Dan Collins
Dan Collins

Regional Technical Director - McCloud Services

Dan Collins is responsible for safety compliance, quality and training. Dan has 25 years' experience in the pest management industry. He is a member of Pi Chi Omega, has a BCE, and received the Crown Leadership Award in 2018.
Bobby Corrigan
Bobby Corrigan

Owner - RMC Pest Management

Bobby Corrigan has been active in urban and industrial pest management for over 35 years. He provides training and consulting services to the pest management and food industries. Prior to forming his company, Bobby was a teacher and researcher in urban and industrial pest management with the Department of Entomology at Purdue University. Bobby's experience ranges from technician to author. Bobby holds an AAS degree in pest control from State University of New York, a B.S. degree in Urban and Industrial Entomology from Purdue, and a Masters and Ph.D. also from Purdue. He is easily one of the most requested speakers to appear on the Purdue conference program.
Mike Dryden
Mike Dryden

Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Parasitology - Kansas State University

Dr. Mike Dryden conducts research at Kansas State on the biology and control of fleas and ticks and teaches veterinary parasitology to second year veterinary students. He received his B.S. in wildlife biology from Kansas State in 1982, followed by his DVM in 1984. He spent 2.5 years in private veterinary practice then received his M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1990) from Purdue University. He has received numerous teaching, research and service awards such as Veterinarian of the Year in 2010, Veterinary Parasitologist of the Year in 2015 and Veterinary Microbiologist of the Year in 2017. He has published over 150 scientific manuscripts and book chapters, and presented more than 1,000 invited lectures in 22 countries. Dr. Dryden has over 30 years of experience in Pest Control and is known as Dr. Flea. He currently resides in Manhattan, Kansas.
Jennifer Gordon
Jennifer Gordon

Field Scientist - Douglas Products

Jennifer Gordon collaborates with external researchers, updates training and stewardship programs, provides technical support to the field, and partners with regulatory agencies. She has been an entomologist for 15 years. She spent her academic career studying insecticide resistance in mosquitoes and bed bugs. She has spent the last four years supporting consumer pest management. Currently, she is with Douglas Products supporting Vikane and Profume gas fumigants. She has degrees from Purdue University, Louisiana State University and University of Kentucky. Selected Awards: Science Policy Fellow for ESA (2016-2018); NCB Graduate Student Scholarship (2015); Shripat Kamble Urban Entomology Graduate Student Award for Innovative Research (2014); President's Prize in Entomology (2011 and 2012); and George Noffsinger Award (2007).
Ray Johnson
Ray Johnson

Consultant (recently retired) - Rentokil North America

Ray Johnson started in the industry in August of 1979 working for Orkin. In 1984 he became president and owner of Johnson Pest Control, a role he held for 35 years. He attended Hiwassee College. Some of his awards and honors include Graduate of Leadership from the Sevierville and East Tennessee Regional Leadership programs, Past Chairman of the Board, of Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the East Tennessee Pest Control Association, Past President of the Tennessee Pest Control Association, and Past President of the NPMA (National Pest Management Association). In 2019 Ray received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the TPCA, in recognition of his commitment to the Tennessee Pest Control Industry. He helped form the Smoky Mountain Conference, a top-notch yearly meeting to educate over 200 technicians within the Pest Management industry. He is a regular speaker at the Kentucky Short Course meeting.
Jeff McGovern
Jeff McGovern

Consultant - The Resource Shop

Jeff McGovern began working in the pest control industry in 1973 and held various positions within several companies that allowed him travel throughout the US and SE Asia. Jeff developed a unique perspective with extraordinary examples of pest control options and a mission. Through his mission to improve conventional methods of IPM programs, he created an effective and comprehensive program that not only addresses the pests, but also the conditions of the site that lead to the problem. His "12 Key Factors" program is currently in use by professional pest control operators and clients around the world. Jeff's mission continues to drive change in the pest control industry. Jeff, sometimes referred to as the "Pest Coach" for his abundant knowledge of pests, is known for his practical, down to earth style; Jeff's engaging and humorous personality enable him to connect with his audience immediately and deliver content that they can utilize immediately in their daily working environment. He also understand the demands and expectations of government agencies and works to create a program that not only meets the needs and protects the brand of the client but assures the health, safety and property of the public as well. As a leading consultant and pest control expert, Jeff is a speaker at the annual Purdue University Pest Management and Interstate Pest Management (Baltimore, MD) conferences. His active relationships with professionals at the USDA and numerous others in the field keep his recommendations current and dynamic. He teaches recertification classes for pest control firms and state associations across the country. His articles regularly appear in Pest Management Professional (PMP) and Pest Control Technology (PCT) magazines and he was published in The Journal of Economic Entomology in 2000.
Barbara Nead-Nylander
Barbara Nead-Nylander

Research Scientist - Douglas Products

Barbara Nead-Nylander is the Global R&D and Technical Support for sulfuryl fluoride products: ProFume and Vikane gas fumigants. She is responsible for all research and product development including those required for new registrations. She provides all technical support to sales, distribution and end users for sulfuryl fluoride products globally. She is responsible for development of product training and delivery to all sales, distribution and end users. Barbara worked for Dow AgroSciences (now Corteva) for 21 years starting in 1994 as a Field Development Scientist supporting development and use of DAS agricultural insecticides in a 5 state area. In 1997, she moved to Indianapolis as Technology Transfer Leader for insecticides, fungicides and biotech products. In 2012, she took a Field Scientist role supporting the use of Sentricon, Vikane and ProFume gas fumigants in the western US. In 2015, after the sale of sulfuryl fluoride products to Douglas Products, she became responsible for all research, development and technical support for Vikane and ProFume use globally. She holds a B.S. in Entomology (Purdue University); an M.S. in Entomology & a Ph.D. in Entomology (North Dakota State University).
TJ Neary
TJ Neary

Owner/Operator - Insect Technologies

TJ Neary has a BS in Entomology from the University of Kentucky where he worked for ten years in the Insect Physiology laboratory as a Graduate and an Undergraduate student. He has a total of 30 years in the pest control industry and is a regular speaker at the University of Kentucky Short Course.
Arnold Ramsey
Arnold Ramsey

Midwest Market Specialist - FMC Corporation

Arnold Ramsey holds a BS in Chemistry from San Diego State University. His responsibilities include pesticide sales, field technical assistance, pest control training and product R&D. Arnold has (30) plus combined years of pesticide use, formulating and training. His FMC career includes Midwest Market Specialist (11) years, Midwest Sales Manager (7) years, Formulations Chemist (2.5) years, Residue (Analytical) Environmental Chemist (4) years, FMC Corporate Technical Representative (4) years. Prior to his FMC career, Mr. Ramsey worked as a Pest Management Professional for the Dept. of Defense (2) yrs. – Total (30.5 yrs)
Leo Reed
Leo Reed

Manager of Licensing and Certification - Office of the Indiana State Chemist

Leo Reed manages all exam development activities and licensing procedures for 30,000 credential holders. He has 26 years of experience as a regulator. Leo is also the President-Elect of the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials.
Jamel Sandidge
Jamel Sandidge

Innovation Platform Leader for Pest Management Systems - Nisus Corporation

Dr. Jamel Sandidge is responsible for driving the development and growth of new and existing products. Dr. Sandidge has been involved in multiple levels of the pest management industry for the last 18 + years. Dr. J. is a board-certified Entomologist who holds a Master's degree in Entomology and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas. While attending grad school he launched a pest management business, starting from the ground up. He owned and operated BRS Pest Control and Consulting for 9 years, gaining practical experience in the field solving complex pest management issues. Dr. J. previously served as a Research Entomologist at Rockwell Labs Ltd with responsibilities in product research and development, efficacy testing, and technical assistance. He is a Board-Certified Entomologist. Dr. J. is also an inventor and is responsible for developing such products as the DustROD and DustBrush dusting extensions and the FlexICU Flashlight and Utility Holder.
Dominique Sauvage
Dominique Sauvage

Director of Field Operations and Quality - Copesan

Dominique Sauvage has 34 years of experience in pest control and food safety throughout the food and pharmaceutical industry in 13 different countries. He has gained knowledge in the following fields: Food Defense coordinator Level 2, HACCP trainer, and Lead HACCP auditor, Preventative Controls Qualified Individual and Food Safety audits standards and requirements. He has written and presented 10 papers at International Congresses about pest control and food safety as well as 8 articles for 4 different national magazines on Pest Control and HACCP. He is the owner of a pest control and food safety training and audit company in Southern Africa. He has carried out over 2,500 pest control and food safety audits to date in all fields of the food and pharmaceutical industries. He has trained over 6,000 individuals from various types of food manufacturing industries. His current position affords him the opportunity to influence over 3,500 people and ensure that they are successful in their careers.
Randy Schaap
Randy Schaap

Director of Food Safety - Arnie's Bakery

Randy Schaap has been active in food safety for 33 years, food plant auditing for 28 years, food defense for 17 years, and pest control for approximately 15 years. He attended Tennessee Temple University. He holds the following professional honors and recognitions: Certified Food Defense Coordinator, Certified HACCP Manager, Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (FSMA), SQF Practitioner, ServSafe Instructor-Proctor & Manager, Chairman of Food Safety Advisory Committee for Kent County, MI, and Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator - State of Michigan.
Mike Scharf
Mike Scharf

O. Wayne Rollins/Orkin Chaired Professor - Department of Entomology at Purdue University

Dr. Mike Scharf earned all three of his degrees from Purdue – a bachelor’s degree in entomology (1991), a master's in urban entomology (1993) and a doctorate in insect toxicology/urban entomology (1997). In 2010 Mike returned to Purdue from the University of Florida where he was an assistant and associate professor from 2004-2010. As an entomologist, Mike has always been interested in physiological adaptations in insects that drive evolutionary divergence, especially those adaptations with “real-world” significance such as pesticide resistance. Mike teaches a course on insect toxicology at Purdue, as well as other topics related to urban entomology and insect physiology. He has developed an internationally recognized program that addresses various aspects of physiology, toxicology, genomics, development, symbiosis and digestion in urban pest insects.
Jack Searls
Jack Searls

Director of National Sales National Training - AAC (American Animal Control) Distributing

Jack Searls has 13 years with AAC as a technician. He spent the last 5 years working primarily as a bat exclusion technician. He has also worked hand in hand with the Indiana DNR to address concerns about bats in Indiana and how to protect bats while still keeping residential structures bat free and the occupants safe.
Karen Vail
Karen Vail

Professor - University of Tennessee Entomology and Plant Pathology Department

Karen Vail has been providing urban IPM leadership to pest management professionals, county agents, and the public since 1996 as the Extension Urban Entomologist. She started in urban pest ant research in 1988 at the USDA IFAHI in Gainesville, FL and expanded to management of all urban pests in 1996 when she started at UT. She has a total of 31 years in urban pest management. She received her B.S. from Rutgers University, her M.S. from Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida.
Mark Vander Werp
Mark Vander Werp

Manager of Education & Training - Rose Pest Solutions

Mark Vander Werp attended Michigan State University and is certified in Michigan, Indiana, & Ohio. He is also a Board-Certified Entomologist and member of the MI Entomological Society. Mark’s experience includes Dr. Rufus Isaacs Small Fruit Entomology Laboratory at Michigan State University (2.5 years), and Technician, Supervisor, and Mgr. of Education & Training at Rose Pest Solutions (14 years). He a member of the NPMA Technical Committee (2015 - present), PCT Guest Columnist of "Tech Talk" Nov. 2013, Jan. & Feb. 2015, July 2016, April 2018, and first to document the invasive Elm Seed Bug (Arocatus melanocephalus) in Michigan.
Gene White
Gene White

Global Director of Vector Management - Rentokil North America

Gene White is a native Ohioan who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Glenville State College, Glenville, West Virginia. Gene's career in Urban Pest Management began in 1981 with experience as technician, sales consultant, supervisor, district manager, and corporate trainer. In 1993 he enrolled at Purdue University and completed his MS degree in Entomology in December of 1996. Gene is an Entomological Society of America Board Certified Entomologist. His current position is with Rentokil, headquartered out of the UK. Rentokil is the largest structural pest management company in the world with offices in 76 countries. Gene’s professional activities include memberships in the Entomological Society of America (ESA), American Mosquito Association (AMCA), Michigan Pest Management Association (MPMA), Michigan Mosquito Control Association (MMCA), he is secretary for Pi Chi Omega, a professional pest management fraternity, and a member of the Purdue Entomology Development Council. During his career, Gene has created several outreach programs for youth education. One program called “Bug City,” part of Cleveland Metro Parks, reigned for 23 years! His “Culinary Bugstitute” event featured the “Incredible Edible Insect” show! He also initiated a basic entomology learning program called “Bug Rodeo” presented to underprivileged and summer camp children in Detroit for 10 years! Aside from these social learning events, Gene is a regular speaker for industry conferences for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), the Kentucky Short Course, Purdue Pest Management Conference, and state organizations across the country. Gene was recently inducted into the 2019 Crown leadership Award for industry achievement.
Ralph E. Williams
Ralph E. Williams

Professor Emeritus of Entomology - Purdue University

Ralph E. Williams holds a BS from Purdue University (1971); an MS VPI & SU (1974) and a PhD from Oklahoma State University (1976). He is a member of the Entomological Society of America, the Indiana Vector Control Association, the American Academy of Forensic Science, the American Board of Forensic Taphonomy, the North American Forensic Entomology Association and the Indiana Homicide & Violent Crime Investigators Association. While at Purdue he coordinated the teaching of a minor in Forensic Science and taught a 3-course series in Forensic Science and a Forensic Entomology/Taphonomy course. He also conducted several forensic workshops to law enforcement and the public. He has lectured several times per year to high school classes around Indiana on forensic entomology. He is an adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee and helps do training at the Human Decomposition Center run by the University of Tennessee Anthropology Department. He held an extension appointment at Purdue University which was focused in the area of arthropods of public health and veterinary importance. His primary research program focused on forensic entomology; the role of forensically important insects in death investigation. He also conducted studies on the biology, economic impact, and control of livestock and poultry arthropod pests. He has extensive experience dealing with legal matters associated with insect nuisance associated with confined livestock and poultry, pests of public health concern, and forensic entomology death investigation and medico-legal concerns.
Rich Williams
Rich Williams

Owner - R-Pro Solutions LLC

R-Pro Partners & Solutions LLC is an independent marketing company providing technical sales and support while representing 8 manufacturers who are developing high quality products for pest management professionals. Rich currently manages an 11-state territory in the Midwest, and Canada for VM Products, Rockwell Labs, Birchmeier, Airofog USA, Gardner, Burrow RX, and Thermacell and Burrtec. Rich has been involved in the professional pest management industry for 23 years that includes former positions as Senior Technical Representative, and East Region Sales Manager while working at Bell Laboratories, Inc.; and, Director of Sales North America at Brandenburg NA. Rich is well-known for developing strong distributor and PMP relationships; and, he has extensive experience working with technicians in the field and providing solutions for pest management professionals. He has a Bachelor of Science in Management. Rich was a major contributor towards initiating and campaigning the fight to revise the label language in 2012 regarding the EPA Risk Mitigation, which now extends outdoor rodenticide applications from 50 ft to 100 ft, and burrow baiting beyond 100 ft of man-made structures.