RISE Elects Briggs Chairman of Governing Board

During its 15th annual meeting held in Lake Las Vegas, the RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) Governing Board elected Stephen P. Briggs as chairman for a two-year term beginning in January 2006. Briggs is director of the BASF Specialty Products Department based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

As chairman, Briggs will lead a 12-member Governing Board representing 200 members of RISE, a national trade association representing the manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders involved with specialty pesticide products and fertilizers used in turf, ornamental, pest control, aquatic and terrestrial vegetation as well as other non-food/fiber applications.

Prior to becoming chairman, Briggs served his first term on the RISE Governing Board from 1999-2003. From 2000-2003, Briggs was chairman of the RISE Program and Membership Committee. He was elected to return to the Board in September 2004 as vice chairman and chairman of the Strategic Oversight Council for one year.

“Steve has given long, loyal and dedicated service to RISE and the specialty pesticide industry,” said RISE President Allen James. “His commitment has helped contribute to the success of our association.”

During his welcome speech as new chairman, Briggs addressed some of the challenges facing the specialty pesticide industry.

“Our industry serves a central role in providing effective tools for use in combating harmful and troublesome pests,” Briggs said. “RISE will continue to support our industry’s efforts to provide valuable and effective products and services to our customers.“

For more information about RISE, visit the RISE Web site at www.pestfacts.org.

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