Jeffrey M. Van Diepen, President, CEO, MBA
Jeffrey M. Van Diepen founded Pestmaster Services in the small Eastern Sierra town of Bishop, CA in 1979. The company was borne with an earnest concern for the environment and safety, and the company has remained dedicated to providing pest management services with this idea front and center.
Jeff is a serial entrepreneur. He has started pest control operations from Florida to Hawaii and from Washington State to Washington, D.C. As of the writing of this in early 2017, we have 36 franchises and 3 company owned operations in 15 states and D.C. PCT Magazine ranks Pestmaster as the #80 pest control company in the nation (21,000 firms).
With a never ending goal of pursuing excellence, Jeff is committed to constantly “raising the bar” of professionalism in the pest control industry. To that end, he is or has been licensed in no less than 15 states. He’s received his Associate Certified Entomologist (A.C.E.) credentials from the Entomological Society of America, and earned an MBA from Pepperdine University, in Malibu, CA in 2008.
As an active member of the National Pest Management Association, Jeff has joined the exclusive group (less than 3% of USA pest control companies) and received the Quality Pro, Green Pro and Quality Pro Schools credentials.
Jeff’s passion is growing businesses and developing young PCO’s to embrace the unique profession of pest management. Pestmaster’s expert services are subscribed to by hospitals, utilities, numerous school districts, government agencies, commercial businesses and the hospitality sector. The knowledge has led to Jeff being a sought out expert for investment groups, attorneys in legal matters and specification writers for complicated pest control solicitations. Along with his talented team, Pestmaster is one of only 45 companies who have been able to navigate themselves into a contract with the federal government’s GSA multiple award system.
Pestmaster management and franchise owners have a rare opportunity to work with a true pioneer of “green” pest management, as Jeff identifies and creates new horizons and crafts systems and procedures that work. Accomplishing the “absence” of pests, with the use of low or non-toxic materials, is a standard operating procedure within the company.
Jeff is the proud father of a son and daughter, and grandfather to four. He’s also an accomplished private pilot and hunter.
Lindsay Reynolds: Accounting Manager
Lindsay Reynolds is an innovative and driven accounting professional. Lindsay strives to learn new ways of doing things and takes on challenges as they surface. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Nevada Reno and has since been driven towards success by capitalizing on new opportunities as they arise while maximizing her potential through growth contingencies.
Lindsay has gained extensive accounting experience through senior accountant and management roles for a variety of companies and CPA firms located in Reno, NV. Lindsay has expertise in providing comprehensive accounting services, including deferred tax assets/liabilities, trend analysis, preparation of the Financial Statements, Intercompany Accounting, Production Analysis, & Bookkeeping that she performs at Pestmaster Services.
Jason Virden: Business Development and Contracts Manager
Mr. Virden brings over 30 years of business experience to Pestmaster Services. Over his career Mr. Virden has acted in the capacity of Administrative & Finance Manager, Director of Business Operations, Controller and General Manager in the service, retail and construction industries.
In addition Mr. Virden is an entrepreneur at heart as he has owned several businesses during his 30+ year career. For 10 years he was a partner in a chemical manufacturing company where he was responsible for Business Development and all financial matters. Under his direction the company was able to secure multiple commercial and government contracts selling a specialized patented product in the construction industry.
Mr. Virden’s, with his staff, is responsible for identifying local, state and federal opportunities that can help grow our existing franchise network and attract new franchise territories to focus sales efforts on.
James Lucas: Operations Manager
Jim Lucas has been in the integrated pest management industry 6 years after serving 15 years as a Field Supervisor in the construction industry. Mr. Lucas also holds a degree in project management. With his experience in both construction and IPM, Mr. Lucas specializes in Bird, Bat, and Wildlife exclusion, as well as the treatment and removal of wood destroying organisms. Mr. Lucas is a strong believer in methods that deliver both quality and precision. Mr. Lucas currently holds both a Structural and Institutional license and a Wood Destroying Organisms’ license in Nevada, as well as a Branch 2 Field Representative license in California.
Stuart Mitchell, DO, PhD, MPH, FAAIM, BCAAFP, DABFE, BCIM, CMI, BCE
Stuart Mitchell is an observing physician who is Board Certified in Family Medicine, Board Certified and a Fellow of Integrative Medicine, Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners, and a Certified Medical Investigator. In addition, he is an entomologist and is Board Certified in Urban, Industrial, Medical, and Veterinary. In addition, he holds PhD's in Biology, Entomology, and Zoology and has been in the pest management industry since 1982. He has served as a technical specialist, technical director, consultant, expert-witness, columnist, author, lecturer, speaker, Board Certified Entomologist Program Director in 2009, and technical director of the National Pest Management Association.
Currently, Dr. Mitchell serves as principal technical specialist for PestWest Environmental, Sarasota, FL. In addition, he serves as a technical consultant and trainer for Pestmaster® Services, Reno, NV.
If you have a challenging pest management issue, Pestmaster® Services team of highly trained pest management professionals can both diagnose and solve your problem in an environmentally friendly manner. If you have a technical question or require technical support, Dr. Mitchell is available to assist.