BAYONNE, N.J. – Dr. Stan Cope, vice president of products and technical services, AP&G, was recognized as the 2021 PestVets ‘Veteran of the Year,’ during this year’s NPMA Legislative Day.
The PestVets council serves as a conduit between the pest control industry and veterans who are transitioning into civilian life. Cope has contributed much time and effort to raise awareness about the industry to the veteran community.
Cope recently traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to make a donation in person to Operation Stand Down, the charity and beneficiary of PestVets’ Annual Day of Service. This year’s donation was used to help furnish housing and create welcome boxes filled with home essentials and a $125 gift card for groceries to Veterans.
Cope is a retired Navy captain. His military career included being commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, where he served as a medical entomologist for the next 23+ years, retiring with the rank of captain. He held a wide variety of assignments, conducting operational and research entomology in 18 countries. The pinnacle of his career in the Navy was serving as director of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board and director of Defense Pest Management in Washington, D.C., where he had responsibility for all aspects of pest management for the United States Department of Defense.
Cope commented, “I am honored by this recognition. As a retired captain and 23-year medical entomologist in the United States Navy, nothing brings me greater pleasure than to give back to those who serve. I am proud to be a part of this industry and AP&G for their great support in helping to introduce veterans to a career in pest management.”
“Congratulations, Stan, on this great honor. We admire your dedication to the pest management industry and your commitment to helping fellow Veterans,” said Jonathan Frisch, VP Sales & Marketing, AP&G Co., Inc.