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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


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.

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.

Mike Whalen – Commercial Sales Manager

With 20 years of sales experience in the pest management industry, Mike brings significant value to his role as Commercial Sales Manager at JP McHale Pest Management, as he did with RJS prior to its merger with JPM. Mike is primarily responsible for driving new commercial revenue growth and managing the commercial sales team. In addition, Mike helps to foster many customer relationships and is critical in ensuring high customer retention.

Prior to joining RJS, Mike was Regional Sales Manager at Western Pest Services from 1995-2013. Mike graduated from Rowan University in 1995 with a major in Business. Mike and his wife are the proud parents of three beautiful girls.

Robert J. Seeger – VP Operations

As Vice President of Operations, Rob is in charge of business strategy, operations oversight and overall company performance for the New York region. Rob joins JP McHale via the merger with RJS, where he was instrumental in RJS’ business strategy and explosive company growth in Long Island, New York City, and Westchester County since 2010.

Prior to joining RJS, Rob served as Executive Vice President, Business Development at Bridgeline Software, where he was a partner that helped take the company to a public offering in 2007. Rob started his career by championing Western Pest Services expansion into NYC in 1997 where he served as District Sales Manager for almost three years and helped build Western’s NYC operation from the ground up.

Rob earned his B.A. in Business at Rutgers University, where he was captain of the football team. Rob and his wife Kara reside in Westchester, NY and have three beautiful children.

Samantha Osowski – Head of Marketing

Samantha Osowski joined JP McHale with overall responsibility for Marketing, charged with building brand awareness and bringing together local residential and commercial clients with our internal experts who provide reliable solution options for pest control and environmental needs. Prior to JP McHale Pest Management, she was SVP of Marketing for a global technology company, and worked as a Product Marketing Manager for Panasonic previous to that role. A native New Yorker, Samantha earned her Bachelors Degree in Communication from George Washington University in Washington D.C., and her MBA from Michigan State University, before returning to NJ and NY.

Barbara Valus – Director of Human Resources

Barbara Valus joined JP McHale to head up Human Resources, responsible for developing the human capital strategy, partnering with the leadership team in aligning programs, policies and procedures as they relate to our mission, culture and vision. Barbara brings 20+ years of human resource experience with her most recent role as Director of Human Resources at Cartus Corporation and industry leader in global mobility and workforce development supporting organizations worldwide. She has comprehensive experience with start-ups, privately held and public companies in the IT advisory and research, software, and consulting industries.

Barbara earned her BS from Sacred Heart University and her MBA from Capella University. Barbara resides in Newtown, CT and enjoys her family and various activities.