Since 1971, JP McHale Pest Management, LLC, has provided science-based solutions to pest problems in the Greater New York City area. At JP McHale Pest Management, it’s not just about killing bugs! Our goal is to provide a superior client experience at every point of interaction. Simply stated, we treat our clients like family!
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 Pest Management leadership team. Providing peace of mind to the local community for 50 years, our company continues to innovate and use scientific expertise to deliver service excellence. JP McHale Pest Management became part of Anticimex, the modern pest control company, in 2019.
James P. McHale, Sr. – Founder
9/1/1936 - 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.
Jim McHale, CEO and President
Jim McHale is the President and CEO of JP McHale Pest Management, now celebrating our 50th anniversary! Our company was first started by Jim’s Dad, J.P. McHale Sr., who immigrated from Ireland in the 1950s. He launched a startup business, which has grown into the powerhouse JP McHale is today. Jim believes that the success of any company is based on client satisfaction. “We’re a very client-centric company; it’s a relationship business. No matter how much technology evolves, this is where we’re very externally focused.” Jim also believes that the success of the company is the result of the team culture here. “We’re a close-knit group of like-minded people here to support one another, learn from each other… and more often than not – we also have a lot of fun together!”
“Remember, my door is always open, and I am here to support and assist you in any way I can help.”
Fun Fact about Jim: Former wrestler for Cornell University
Favorite Hobby: Golf
Favorite Music: Classic Rock / Country
Favorite Place to Travel: Santa Monica CA. (Great Weather. LARams fan)
Brian Burns, VP of Operations
Brian Burns is one of two vice presidents of Operations at JP McHale. The branches that report to Brian are Long Island, New York City, and the Hudson Valley Commercial branch. Brian recently worked on Long Island to ensure that an acquisition branch there was up and running smoothly. Prior to JP McHale, Brian worked at Terminix, which had a more corporate culture. “It’s a lot more open here and I’m enjoying getting to know everyone at JP McHale Pest Management and our way of doing business. I look forward to working with everyone.”
Brian said, “I am probably the only person in the world that, when I was a little kid, said they wanted to go into pest control! I really like working with people and enjoy problem-solving, which is done in this business every single day.”
Fun Fact about Brian: I once played a round of golf against John Daly!
Favorite Hobby: My yard is a natural habitat and I have several bird feeders, tons of squirrels, and deer and get visits from all different kinds of animals.
Favorite Music: Rock music (The kind that disturbs my wife and daughter!)
Favorite Place to Travel: Spain is great. Modern cities. Ancient cities. Castles. Great beaches in the south. Awesome food. Easy to get to Portugal for a couple of days.
Anthony Giovanni, VP of Operations
Anthony Giovanni is one of two Vice Presidents of Operations at JP McHale. He started his career at Orkin Pest Control in 2003 and went on to start his own pest control company, which he sold to JP McHale’s parent company, Anticimex. There are four branches that report directly to Anthony: Hudson Valley Residential Branch, Fairfield CT Branch, Special Services Branch, and the Lawn Fertilizer/Plant Healthcare Branch. Anthony makes sure things run smoothly, takes care of any impediments, and makes sure that JP McHale continues to grow and profit. In addition, he is there for the employees and to make sure JP McHale is hiring and retaining current staff. The role of “Operations” touches every facet of the company. Anthony looks forward to getting to know everyone on the team better.
Fun Fact about Anthony: Volunteer Firefighter
Favorite Hobby: Making maple syrup every Jan-Feb and am also a Yankees fan
Favorite Music: No music for me - talk radio all the way
Favorite Place to Travel: Travel anywhere in the USA is great for me
George Gonzalez, VP of Corporate Strategy
George Gonzalez is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy. George’s role is to collaborate with key leaders across the organization to drive growth, transparency, and efficiencies that will make it easier for teammates to deliver outstanding customer service and ultimately enable homegrown talent to better understand how they can transform their current roles into fulfilling careers. George’s background is actually in finance with a heavy focus on acquisitions. Although he’s one of the newest members of the JP McHale team (he joined on January 1), George has been with Anticimex for many years leading M & A efforts across North America. George says that JP McHale’s “welcoming culture” very much aligns with Anticimex’s core values of Trust, Innovation, and Passion. He said, “Each of these core values enables JP McHale to maintain its position as an industry leader and more importantly an employer of choice in the industry.”
Don Carr, VP of Finance
Don Carr is the Vice President of Finance. His role includes Accounting, Financial Reporting, Acquisition Modeling, Budgeting, Accounts Payable/Receivable, Client Setup, and Information and Technology Functions. Don has an extensive background in financial planning and analysis. He partners with Branch Managers/personnel on all major branch initiatives and with Operations/HR on broader corporate strategic initiatives. “More broadly, my position serves as part of the connective tissue across the organization.” He added that his office maintains a pure open door policy, “I want people to feel totally comfortable approaching us with any questions they may have. Even where we don’t know the answer, we can frequently direct you to the appropriate person.”
Mike Whalen, VP of Sales
Mike Whalen is the Vice President of Sales. He is responsible for making sure each branch meets its organic commercial and residential sales goals, and that they tie into the overall company revenue goals through both Inside and Outside sales team members. Mike has been at JP McHale Pest Management for the past four years and has been working in sales management in the pest control industry for over 28 years. “Any questions I can answer about pest control, I am here for you. I’d also be happy to explain all of the different services JP McHale Pest Management offers throughout each of our branches, including our industry-leading SMART Technology.”
Kevin McFarland, VP Human Resources
Kevin McFarland has joined JP McHale Pest Management, LLC. as our new Vice President, Human Resources effective June 13th, 2022. Kevin leads the HR function which includes Human Resources, Payroll, Technical Training, Safety, Warehouse and Fleet.
Kevin brings over 15 years of Human Resources experience to our organization. He has worked in various industries (Union and Non-Union) including Manufacturing, Distribution, Telecommunications and Global Mobility & Relocation. He has worked in field and corporate roles, in both domestic and international organizations ranging from 4,000 employees up to 25,000 employees. His Human Resources experience includes Talent Management and Acquisition, Management Training & Development, Strategic Project Management, Leadership Coaching, Succession Planning, Employee and Labor Relations and Organizational Design & Change.
He holds an MBA from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a B.S. in Business Administration, Minor in Accounting from Plattsburgh State University, as well as a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification.