Mr. Copps

Pat Copps

Pacific Division Technical Services Manager

Orkin, LLC

Pat Copps is a board-certified entomologist in urban and industrial entomology. He provides technical support to pest control technicians in Orkinís Pacific Division.

With more than 40 years of experience in the pest management industry, Mr. Copps has collaborated on various research studies and worked in a variety of different roles. He has held various positions in the pest management field, serving in technical, quality assurance and managerial roles. He has also assisted in the preparation and oversight of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs in agriculture, residential, resort, commercial/industrial, food production, and healthcare environments.

Mr. Copps graduated from the University of Manitoba with Bachelor of Arts (English) and Bachelor of Science degrees in agronomy, and then earned his Masterís degree in entomology from the University of Guelph.

As part of the research for his masterís degree, Mr. Copps analyzed mosquito habitats and trapping techniques. He later went on to develop a pest management program in grain agriculture in Saudi Arabia with PCO Canada, now a part of Orkin.

Mr. Copps has published articles and been interviewed for numerous publications, and has worked with print, radio, and television media. He is a recipient of the 2013 Crown Leadership Award, the IPM Service Award from the University of Arizona in 2014, and was co-winner of the Entomological Society of America IPM Team award in 2010.

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Mr. Copps can be contacted at pcopps@orkin.com

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Hotel Group Meetings: Blue Skies Ahead
After a decade of sacrifice and struggle, it seems that hotels and meeting planners have every reason to be optimistic about the group meeting business going forward. By every industry benchmark and measure, 2017 is shaping up to be a record year, which means more meetings in more locations for more attendees. And though no one in the industry is complaining about this rosy outlook, the strong demand is increasing competition among meeting planners across the board Ė for the most desirable locations, for the best hotels, for the most creative experiences, for the most talented chefs, and for the best technology available. Because of this robust demand, hotels are in the driverís seat and they are flexing their collective muscles. Even though over 100,000 new rooms were added last year, hotel rates are expected to rise by a minimum of 4.0%, and they are also charging fees on amenities that were often gratis in the past. In addition, hotels are offering shorter lead times on booking commitments, forcing planners to sign contracts earlier than in past years. Planners are having to work more quickly and to commit farther in advance to secure key properties. Planners are also having to meet increased attendee expectations. They no longer are content with a trade show and a few dinners; they want an experience. Planners need to find ways to create a meaningful experience to ensure that attendees walk away with an impactful memory. This kind of experiential learning can generate a deeper emotional connection, which can ultimately result in increased brand recognition, client retention, and incremental sales. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group business and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.