The Pestmaster® Executive Team

Jeffrey Van Diepen: President, CEO, MBA

jeffrey m. van diepen

Email: president@pestmaster.com

Jeffrey M. Van Diepen founded Pestmaster® Services in the small Eastern Sierra town of Bishop, CA in 1979.

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.

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.

Jeff is the proud father of a son and daughter, and grandfather to four. He’s also an accomplished private pilot and hunter.

Shelly Ichord: Vice President

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Email: sichord@pestmaster.com

Shelly Ichord came to Pestmaster® after 17 years in the field of education. She serves as the Vice President of the company using her experience as an educator.

Shelly also works closely with our finance staff, HR Department and marketing people to ensure the company’s Mission Statement is being advanced daily. She’s also been actively involved in the start-ups of some of the largest government and utility projects the company has been awarded, several of those being multi-million dollar projects.

With her experience, she is also a coach and mentor for young start-up Pestmaster® franchise owners, and often assists these new owners and their spouses to understand their opportunities as well as the potential financial rewards associate with business ownership.

Shelly is also one of the five Board Members for Pestmaster® Services Franchise Network and plays an active role in many of the decision-making policies and procedures in the Pestmaster® franchise program. What she loves most about the company she works for is their commitment to the customers and our environment.

Shelly is the proud mother of two adult children, and balances her busy work schedule with travel, boating on Lake Tahoe, exercising, shopping and exploring new things. She also enjoys entertaining and caring for her two Golden Doodles dogs (Amalfi and Capri) who go to work with her every day.

Jason Virden: General Manager & Contracts Manager

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Email: jvirden@pestmaster.com

Mr. Virden brings over 30 years of business experience to Pestmaster® Services. Over his career, Mr. Virden has acted in the capacity of Administrative and 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.

Danny Campos: National Franchise Development Manager

danny campos

Email: dcampos@pestmaster.com

A proud veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Danny Campos has enjoyed a successful 25-year career in sales and business development covering three industries to include real estate, publishing/media and national/international business and industry recruitment for the state of Nevada. During his time in these industries, Danny has experienced every level of sales, leadership roles and management holding positions from territory sales to the director of sales with several years holding two different regional and national vice president positions before joining Pestmaster® Services.

Like several team members of Pestmaster® Services, Mr. Campos is a veteran entrepreneur with years of business ownership in both California and Nevada, owning businesses in real estate, landscape/structure maintenance, and executive sales and sales management training. Danny is responsible for all national franchise recruitment activity, management and leadership.

Liz Sturm: Accounting & HR Manager

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Liz is an accounting professional with over 30 years of experience in management, human resources, and accounting in the manufacturing, non-profit, services, and government arenas. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts and her Master of Science in Accounting from Bentley University.

When not at her desk, Liz loves hanging out with her family and taking walks with their dog.

Liz loves being a member of the Pestmaster® Services team while continuing to expand her professional skills.

Joe H. Hughes, Jr. (Chip): National Training Director

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Chip Hughes has served on our Board of Directors since March 2019. Since June 1990, Mr. Hughes has been the owner of Eco-Logic Pest Control Systems, Inc. in Jacksonville, FL. Since January 2004, Mr. Hughes has also been a National Sales Manager for Nisus Corporation in Jacksonville, FL. Chip Hughes is currently president and CEO of LabelSDS.com a unique web-based software that assists PMPs in the management of their product labels and safety data sheets.

Dr. Stuart Mitchell

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Email: docmitchell@me.com

With 35 years of experience, Stuart serves the pest management, public health, and environmental health industries. Consultant, expert-witness, author, and lecturer. As an observing physician, consulting clinical psychologist, veterinarian, and entomologist, Stuart holds and maintains the following academic degrees and board certifications.

  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Ph.D. Entomology
  • Ph.D. Biology
  • Ph.D. Zoology
  • Ph.D. Complementary & Alternative Healthcare
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Bachelor of Science Forensic Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science Physics
  • Board Certified Family Physician
  • Board Certified Stress Management Consultant
  • Certified Traditional Naturopath
  • Board Certified Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Board Certified Entomologist (Medical/Veterinary & Urban/Industrial)
  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Accredited Associate
  • Certified Wildlife Control Professional
 

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108 Clear Spring Rd
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