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Leadership Team

Since 1971, JP McHale Pest Management, Inc. has provided science-based solutions to pest problems in the New York Tri-State area. We’re a family-owned company that understands the importance of treating not just your home, but also the environment, with respect. From the very beginning, our founder, James P. McHale, Sr., made it a priority to focus on client-centric service and solutions. That same level of commitment to our customers persists to this day and lives on in the current JP McHale leadership team. Our company is still family-owned, and the second generation of pest professionals continues to innovate and utilize their scientific expertise to deliver excellent service.

James P. McHale, Sr. – Founder

09/01/1936-12/12/2016

James McHale, Sr. was raised in Cuhig, County Kerry, Ireland. When he moved to the United States, he began his career as a corrections officer at Sing Sing Prison in New York. In 1960, James launched a beer tap cleaning business to supplement his income. During that tenure, he was introduced to Patrick McCauley, a fellow corrections officer who operated a small exterminating company. At some point, JP began working a pest control route for Mr. McCauley simultaneous to his beer tap cleaning route, and there was significant overlap in this client base. In 1971, James purchased this route, and thus JP McHale Exterminating Service, Inc. was born. A man invested in his work, JP was a zealous beer tap cleaner and exterminator by day and a correctional officer by night. However, the beer tap cleaning business was sold in the early ‘70s.

When he retired from Sing Sing Correctional facility in 1984, JP was a full-time pest control operator for the next ten years, officially retiring in 1994. He was a tremendous people person, loved the game of golf, and was deeply grateful for all this country offered him. James McHale, Sr. will always be remembered as a charismatic, hardworking, family man.

James P. McHale, Jr. – CEO

James McHale, Jr. officially joined the team in 1988 as a transformational leader. Under his direction, the corporate name was altered to reflect the company’s commitment to integrated pest management concepts and environmentally sustainable solutions. Service programs were bundled, adjusted, and customized to add value for clients. Significant resources were deployed to elevate the customer experience and increase staff engagement. In 1992, James was officially named President and CEO of JP McHale Pest Management. Under his leadership, the company has experienced synergistic growth, expanded its service footprint, and galvanized relationships in our shared communities. James is a past president of the New York State Pest Management Association, as well as Regional Director and a board member of the National Pest Management Association. He was recognized by PCT Magazine as a “Top 40 Under 40” leader in the pest management industry.

In December of 1988, James earned his BS in Entomology from Cornell University. He also earned an AAS degree in Business Administration from SUNY Morrisville in 1986. James resides in Westchester County, NY with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children, James III, Liam, and Aidan.

Douglas J. McHale – Vice President

In 1990, Douglas McHale joined the team armed with a BS in Plant Pathology. His intellectual knowledge and practical field experience enabled JP McHale Pest Management, Inc. to add even more value to an already-stout product line. Lawn Fertilization and Plant Healthcare services were launched, thus elevating the client experience while simultaneously closing the loop on a holistic solution. Doug has championed this product line and added Tick Management and Mosquito Abatement along the way. Under his leadership, this division has grown synergistically – and through organic means – on an annual basis.

Douglas earned an AAS in Business Administration from SUNY Morrisville in 1988, as well as a BS in Plant Pathology from the University of Delaware in 1990. He resides in Dutchess County, NY with his wife, Ellen, and their two children, Margaret and Douglas.

Richard D. McHale – Vice President

Richard joined the team in 1994, leading the wood destroying organism division in his first role. He spearheaded the company’s paradigm shift toward slow-acting, environmentally sustainable baiting tactics to combat Eastern Subterranean invasions. Today, termite baits are employed in most mitigation programs throughout the country. In 1996, our EnviroCare LLC / Special Services division was launched, which Richard has led through unprecedented growth. Over the years he has tweaked the product line, adding value and elevating the client experience along the way. This division is marketed through our existing database only, which completes our “one-stop” solution for all pest-related health threats. Richard earned a BA in Environmental Sciences from Wilkes University in 1993. He resides in Dutchess County, NY with his wife, Lisa, and their three children, Devin, Riley, and Morgan.

Michael Coughlan – CFO

In 2009, Mike joined the team after working in NYC for accounting firms and finance companies. After leaving the volatile stock market industry, he put his many years of customer service skills – which began in restaurants while working his way through college – to good use. The son of Irish immigrants, Mike understands the value of hard work.

Mike graduated from Fordham University with a degree in Accounting. He resides in Bergen County, NJ with his wife and two kids and enjoys spending time coaching his son’s baseball team.

Joe Fryer – Director of Operations

Hailing from New Haven, CT, Joe has served the pest control industry for 20 years. For a decade, he worked for a national pest control company in Connecticut,  beginning in Commercial Sales and later stepping into the role of Service Manager. Since 2014, he has been the Director of Operations for JP McHale Pest Management.

Joe earned a BS in Business Management and Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University. He also holds multiple licenses and certifications – Joe has been a licensed Commercial Pesticide Applicator in Connecticut since 2002, a licensed Commercial Pesticide Applicator in New York since 2009, and an Associate Certified Entomologist since 2012. He resides in Bethany, CT and has been married to Shane Fryer for 18 years. They have two children, Olivia and Joey, Jr.