(Pictured, clockwise, from top left to right: Darren Van Steenwyk, Faye Golden, Grzegorz Buczkowski, Jim Steed, Kevin Smith, and Tommy and Marsha Reeves)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The PCT Media Group and Syngenta Professional Pest Management (PPM) will recognize seven industry professionals in a special Crown Leadership Awards edition of PCT magazine in October. This year’s program also will feature a custom-designed website honoring the Class of 2020.

“Since NPMA PestWorld is going virtual this year, in lieu of a face-to-face event, we’re creating a custom website to house this year’s acceptance speeches, honoree profiles, roster of past winners, and historical photos of previous Leadership Award receptions,” said PCT Publisher Dan Moreland. “The stories of this year’s winners are sure to motivate and inspire future generations of industry leaders, just as previous classes have done so since 1989 when the program was launched.” 

Industry professionals inducted into the Class of 2020 include:

• Kevin Smith, Chief Marketing Officer, Rollins Inc., Atlanta, Ga.

• Faye Golden, Government Affairs Manager, Cook’s Pest Control, Decatur, Ala.

• Darren Van Steenwyk, Director of Learning and Technical Services, Clark Pest Control, Lodi, Calif.

• Marsha Reeves, Vice President, Oldham Chemicals Co., Memphis, Tenn.

• Tommy Reeves, Vice President, Oldham Chemicals Co., Memphis, Tenn.

• Grzegorz Buczkowski, Research Associate Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

• Jim Steed, Owner & President, Neighborly Pest Control, Roseville, Calif.

“For more than 30 years, Syngenta has been incredibly proud to sponsor the Crown Leadership Awards and recognize individuals who have contributed so positively to the growth and development of the structural pest control industry,” observed Pat Willenbrock, Head of Marketing, Syngenta, North America. 

“Winners of the Crown Leadership Awards represent the highest standards of industry excellence and the Class of 2020 will no doubt build upon the contributions of the leadership classes that came before them,” added Marshall Gaster, Market Manager, Syngenta, North America.

For more than three decades, the Crown Leadership Awards have been presented annually to pest management professionals, university educators, industry distributors and association officials who uphold the highest standards of industry ethics, while contributing their time and talents to a broad range of professional and civic organizations.

PCT and Syngenta will recognize this year’s winners in a special 13th edition of PCT magazine, polybagged with the October issue of the publication. In addition, the awards presentation and acceptance speeches will be featured in a custom-designed website that will go live during Virtual PestWorld 2020, Oct. 13-15.