Conference expands to meet industry needs

The Rapid Solutions conference has further cemented its reputation, as the event that pest managers cannot afford to miss.

More than 450 people flocked in from all around Australia and South-East Asia to attend the event at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast from 10 to 13 August. More than 310 owners, technicians and support staff representing 200+ pest management and building inspection businesses checked in. This was in addition to the many presenters, sponsors and the largest contingent of exhibitors to date.

Rapid Solutions CEO, Belinda Smith, said that the success of the event was testament to the pest management industry's ongoing commitment to training and quality service.

"Delegates were once again able to find out about the latest regulations, safety standards and products from a host of expert commentators, manufacturers and distributors," Ms Smith said.

"Most importantly, our clients and partners tell us that the biennial conference provides a vital opportunity for the industry to connect. While tailor-made sessions about products and technical information remain a key ingredient for the conference, it is the customer centric workshops where pest managers and inspectors are able to share experiences with technical advisers in a less formal workshop that are most valued," she said.

"We will continue to work with our clients and the wider pest management sector to develop more of this type of opportunity between major conference dates," Ms Smith said.

Body language was on the agenda with communication expert and bestselling author, Allan Pease, as the opening key note address.Allan was joined by more than 35 leading speakers and commentators from the pest management and building inspection industry at the event.

There were four streams of seminars and workshops at the 2017 event covering topics such as the latest pest control news and products to business operations, compliance, inspections and personal and professional development.

Rapid Solutions Marketing Manager, Chris Murphy, said that the 2017 conference also provided an excellent opportunity for the industry to connect.

"The conference featured a great mix of networking, socialising and education that kicked-off on the Thursday evening with a 'Happy Hour' enabling delegates, exhibitors and presenters to mingle and talk in a relaxed atmosphere.

"It was great to see people from our industry catching up, renewing acquaintances and making new friends," Mr Murphy said.

"The Conference dinner featured comedian, Dave Thornton and also included the AEPMA awards with special recognition to Laguna Pest Control who took out the prestigious Pest Manager of the Year award," he said.

The Conference was well supported by sponsors including; Syngenta who sponsored the welcome reception, FMC for the Social Event and Early Bird Prize, BASF for the Conference Dinner, Sentricon supported the stationery, Macquarie Pacific Funding the Breakfast, Greenzone and Bayer as the New Product sponsors.

Rapid Solutions would like to thank everyone who attended this year's conference and helped to make it a great success.