A lifetime achievement award has been bestowed on Rob Fryatt at the latest Pestworld conference in the US. 

At the recent Pestworld event in Orlando, Florida, USA, Rob Fryatt of Xenex Associates was honoured with the inaugural NPMA Global Ambassador Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sponsored by Univar, the award recognised Mr Fryatt’s service and dedication to the global pest management community. Benjamin Gomez of Univar when presenting the award commented, “This award is being presented to a person who was a global ambassador for the pest management industry before we even realised that we were a global industry. Rob has made a career of promoting and enhancing professionalism of the industry.” Rodrigo Gonzalez Llanos of Chemotecnica, Argentina accepted the award on Mr Fryatt’s behalf.

Commenting after the event Mr Fryatt said, “There can be no greater recognition within any industry than that of your colleagues. It does not matter who you work for, it is the people that make an industry and over many years I have been fortunate to work, and continue to work, with so many great people in our industry from all around the world.” He also apologised that he was not able to receive the award in person. “I have only missed this event twice in twenty years and feel duly embarrassed!”

Mr Fryatt has been chair of the pan-European group developing a uniform service standard to be published by the European Standards Organization (CEN) early in 2015. This is a major platform to raise professional standards within the European industry and has created significant international interest.

Along with his consultancy work, Mr Fryatt writes regular articles for International Pest Control and Pest Magazine. He also has a regular opinion column in the Chinese Pest Control Association magazine where Xenex Associates have a representative office in the city of Wuhan.