In Memoriam: Doug MacPherson – PCT3 min read
BATON ROUGE, La. — Doug MacPherson, longtime proprietor of Dugas Pest Regulate and previous NPMA president, passed away on Jan. 14, from COVID-19 difficulties. He was 89.
An Ohio indigenous and Korean War veteran, MacPherson turned concerned in the pest command business soon after graduating from Ohio State College in 1955. His to start with work in the pest command market was as a pest command business franchisee, then later on as a manager for Redd Pest Management in Mississippi.
In 1973, MacPherson ordered Dugas Pest Regulate, and he grew that enterprise into a large pest management firm, serving Baton Rouge, La., and encompassing areas. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, MacPherson started transitioning leadership of Dugas to his daughter, Laura Simpson. He remained energetic with the corporation until eventually 2003.
Simpson claimed the vital to her dad’s success was that he was truthful and respectful to his staff. “Between looking at him and then undertaking it myself, I learned quite, incredibly early that your men and women are every thing.”
MacPherson also took an energetic job in associations, serving as president of the Louisiana Pest Administration Association (1971) and the Countrywide Pest Administration Affiliation (1979 – 1980).
One particular of MacPherson’s finest contributions to the pest administration market was as a founder of LIPCA, an insurance policies agency for the pest command business. Throughout the mid-1980s, pest command firms in Louisiana (and other sections of the country) were having difficulties to get their general liability insurance policies renewed by insurance plan providers. MacPherson and other pest manage house owners in Louisiana joined forces, located buyers and shaped LIPCA as a inventory insurance business. In purchase to grow to be a member of the Louisiana Pest Administration Association, a pest handle enterprise experienced to be a LIPCA coverage holder. As a end result, Simpson noted that at just one time 90 per cent of PCOs in the condition of Louisiana had been LPMA users, which designed the affiliation 1 of the strongest in the region.
Simpson, whose history is in accounting, joined Dugas entire time in 1979, learning all factors of the company from her dad until she felt comfortable primary the enterprise (turning out to be the main license holder of Dugas Pest Control in 1996). Less than Simpson’s leadership, Dugas continued its growth, becoming one of the premier independently owned pest control companies in Louisiana, with 34 workforce servicing Southeast Louisiana at the time of its sale to Rentokil in 2018. Simpson also turned an affiliation leader, serving as NPMA president in 2013-2014.
MacPherson is survived by his wife of 65 many years, Joanna Penn MacPherson and his daughters, Laura Simpson (Floyd) Traci MacPherson and Kelly Johannessen (Bob) grandchildren, Jeremy Clark (Julie), James Clark (Natalie), Alex Working day (Danielle), Suzanne Otwell (Travis), Andrew Jones, Rob and Anna Johannessen and eight terrific-grandchildren.