Reported by:  Brad Harbison |
Written March 1, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Larry Treleven, vice president and co-owner of Sprague Pest Solutions, Tacoma, Wash., was presented with the FMC Legislative Day Award on Monday. Treleven was recognized at NPMA Legislative Day for his 40 years of involvement with legislative issues impacting the pest control industry.

Amy O’Shea, director, FMC Professional Solutions, said, “It’s fitting that Larry is the choice for this prestigious award at the 25th anniversary of NPMA Legislative Day since he has been a member of, or a correspondent to, NPMA’s Government Affairs committee for 20 years, and has attended nearly all 25 Legislative Days.”

Larry, along with brother Alfie Treleven, have grown Sprague Pest Solutions from a three-person operation into the largest pest control company in the Pacific Northwest/Inner-Mountain region with yearly revenues in excess of $17 million. He’s been an active member of the Washington Pest Management Association and the National Pest Management Association, where he served as president in 1995.

In accepting the award, Treleven noted that Hal Stein, who served as NPMA president in 1974, encouraged him to get involved in NPMA. He also said he was inspired by a 1971 presentation at the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce by legendary businessman George Weyerhaeuser, longtime CEO of Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest forest products companies.

“He said, ‘Be involved at the federal and state level because the decisions being made in the legislature at — both federal and state — have just as much impact on the business at Weyerhaeuser as the decisions being made in the board room,’” recalled Treleven. “So, it was our marching orders to get involved. Legislative Day is an embodiment of exactly that.”

The FMC award is presented annually to individuals who have distinguished themselves in the pest management industry through various activities — particularly legislative involvement — and through their contributions to advancing the industry.

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