Reardon recognized, Delaney honored at RISE annual meeting

September 14, 2016 -  By

Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), an organization that promotes the safe use of pesticides to control pests and invasive species, held its 2016 conference in Williamsburg, Va., Aug. 29-Sept 1.

RISE added 15 members in 2016, making the total number of members about 200 member companies.

RISE leaders spent part of the meeting discussing legal updates that occurred this year, including Congress declining to take action on Clean Water Act reform and the Obama Administration’s $1.1 billion funding request for mosquito control, and Zika virus testing and related medical therapies.

Also in 2016, about 10 states considered pollinator and neonicotinoid-related bills. RISE proposed adopting three to five measurable criteria for all State Managed Pollinator Protection Plans, and it is working with regulators and legislators to try and ensure pollinator activism does not turn into anti-pesticide activism.

“We must have our voices heard at all levels of government,” said RISE President Aaron Hobbs. “We are nothing without your investments, time, talents and testaments. RISE is your association.”

Celebrating its 26th year, RISE is exploring options for a logo refresh, and might have a new look to share late 2016/early 2017.

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From left to right are: Karen Reardon, vice president of public affairs for RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment); Dan Stahl and Jonathan Sweat, RISE’s outgoing and incoming chairmen, respectively; and Aaron Hobbs, the organization’s president. The trio of leaders recognized Reardon for her 20 years of service to the industry, the past 10 years with RISE and preceding 10 years with CropLife America.

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From left to right are Dan Stahl, Aaron Hobbs, Tom Delaney and Jonathan Sweat. RISE presented Delaney, former government affairs director for the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), with RISE’s 2016 Grassroots Excellence Award.

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RISE President Aaron Hobbs introduces keynote speaker Gabrielle Bosche, CEO of The Millennial Solution. A millennial herself, Bosche helped attending Gen Xers and Baby Boomers better understand next-generation employees and customers.

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David Crow, president of D.C. Legislative and Regulatory Services, put at ease the 200 attendees of RISE’s annual meeting by reminding them of crazier political times the country has survived.

thomasjeffersonA likeness of American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson reminded RISE members: “The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.”

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Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CropLife America (CLA), shows off the red fly swatter CLA introduced 20 years ago with the passing of the Food Quality Protection Act. CLA revived the swatter about a year ago to remind regulators and legislators to swat away policy proposals impacting pesticides when they are not based on sound science.

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David Wasserman, editor of The Cook Political Report, warned RISE members to curb their governmental expectations the next four years due to the country’s polarized political parties and questionable presidential candidates.

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Comprising RISE’s Priority Issues Update Panel, from left to right, are RISE’s Karen Reardon, Bayer’s Frank Wong, and FMC’s Jill Holihan.

Photos were taken by Marty Whitford, publisher and editorial director for Landscape Management‘s sister publication, Pest Management Professional.  

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