This fund was established through a generous donation from Landis International, Inc., founded by Wm. Ronald Landis and Peggy M. Galloway. The first Landis International Student Travel Award was presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting in California.
Before founding Landis International, Inc., Landis worked in the agricultural industry he would later serve. During those 12 industry years, he learned the skills of project management and product development, encompassing chemistry, toxicology, nontarget, and environmental impacts necessary to meet the demands from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies responsible for registering plant protection products.
Landis has many years of experience in the agricultural research and development area, working actively and negotiating successfully for the registration of products with the EPA. He notes that he was doing this before the present-day EPA was formed. Landis earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant pathology from Michigan State University under John Hart. His earned his B.S. degree in botany from Miami University in Oxford, OH.
Galloway is cofounder of Landis International, Inc. and serves as executive vice president. She has more than 20 years of experience in regulatory consulting and has successfully prepared full registration packages in accordance with FIFRA regulations for submission to the EPA, as well as individual states. She is experienced in obtaining product registrations for both classical chemical pesticides and biorational pesticides and has a thorough knowledge of the EPA, allowing her to assist with regulatory strategy development. Galloway earned both her B.S. and M.S. degrees in business education from the University of Florida.