PWIPM of NE hosts leadership panel



Approximately 70 participants logged into Zoom on Feb. 18, for “Forging New Frontiers: Wives Ruler in the Pest Control Industry.” The Professional Women in Pest Management of New England chapter( PWIPM of NE ) hosted the free webinar.

Panelists included Eve Pappas, VP of corporate marketings and good will ambassador for Hoffman’s Exterminating, Mantua, N.J ., and a member of the national PWIPM council; Marillian Missiti, second-generation president of Buono Pest Control Co ., Belmont, Mass ., and treasurer of the National Pest Management Association( NPMA ); and Sheri Spencer Bachman, ACE, owner of Spencer Pest Services, Greenville, S.C ., and the consulting house Pest Control Business Coach.

Courtney Carace, ACE, COO of Pest-End Inc ., Methuen, Mass ., dished as moderator for the trio of panelists. During the rally, it was announced that Carace was been listed PWIPM of NE’s Woman of the Year, with formal recognition to be given during the course of its New England Pest Management Association’s( NEPMA’s) Spring Training happening in early March.

In a lively hour that included questions put by attendees, highlights included 😛 TAGEND


Pappas, who is celebrating her fourth decade in the industry this year, shared the key to success is having a mentor. “What is your end goal? What do you want to accomplish? A instructor can help you do this.” She stressed that a good mentor will instruct you to have the confidence to take chances, and has the benefit of knowledge to help you supersede. But “youre supposed to” take the first steps. “How can I value any baskets if I’m sitting on the bench, ” Pappas included. She took the team metaphor a pace further, illustrating “It’s not about what I do, but what other people do, the team.”

Bachman said the best way to find a instructor who will be a good fit for you is to interview them as you would an employee. “Are they the liberty fit? What is their experience? ” she offered as two examples. “Also, one mentor isn’t fairly. Everyone has different strongs, making different things to the table.” As a route of rendering back, Bachman added, she is a mentor to several people in the industry.

Missiti agreed that getting involved cures others in addition to providing yourself. “Start on a committee, locally, ” she said. “Start big. Network, prepare and educate yourself.” She pointed out that focusing on something you’re passionate about, such as training, is great, but sometimes you should try things outside your solace region. Government circumstances was not possible to your forte, for example, but by trying and learning, you gain experience and knowledge about it.


All three panelists stressed that delegation is important — although women cautioned not to delegate anything you wouldn’t be willing to roll up your sleeves and do yourself. It’s important to “empower your people, ” Bachman said.

“You worry whether they can do it as well as you. But if you don’t give them try, you’re hurting yourself, and you’re not letting them germinate, ” she computed. “In some occasions, they can do it a whole lot better! It’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a indicate of strength.”

Missiti noted that as your business thrives, “things will get neglected” if you don’t start delegating regularly. “You can’t do it all, ” she pointed out.

“And formerly I let it go, it was a game-changer. I can’t conceive I didn’t make love a long time ago.”

Pappas said that in many cases, it’s a matter of reframing in your imagination what your business really is. “This isn’t my indicate, it’s our indicate, ” she said. “Get in the field and see what you can do to help them. Walk the accompany with them. You can’t dictate nonsense, you’ve got to spend the time to get to know your parties and “whats going on” with them and their families. You’re precisely the coach announcing the plays; they’re the ones executing it.

“Surround yourself with great people, ” she computed, “and great things will happen.”


During the webinar, both panelists and attendees recommended several diaries that could be helpful to business owners.( Editor’s Note: Thanks go to PWIPM of NE Co-Chair Kelley Altland, Bell Labs, for compiling the roster .):

Fish! A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Reaction Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose Never Eat Alone: And Other Confidentials to Success, One Relationship at a Time Leading Without Authority: How the New Power of Co-Elevation Can Break Down Silos, Transform Teams, and Reinvent Collaboration The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F ***: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead The Culture Code: The Mystery of Highly Successful Groups Bring Yourself: How to Harness the Power of Connection to Negotiate Fearlessly Were permitted to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing( Almost) Everything Wrong

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