Lawrenceville, NJ – Phil Cooper, owner of both Cooper Pest Solutions and BedBug Central in Lawrenceville, NJ was awarded Corporate Citizen of the Year from NJBIZ, New Jersey’s only weekly business journal covering the entire state. Cooper was among 15 nominees in the Corporate Citizen of the Year category, which was then narrowed down to six finalists before declaring him the winner of this year’s award.
“As corporate leaders there comes great responsibility to be great corporate citizens; tirelessly promoting diversity, helping those in need and raising awareness for civic, charitable and health causes,” says Cooper.
Since an early age Cooper was always taught about the importance of charitable giving by his parents. As he began to develop in his CEO roll, his desire to support a multitude of charities grew as well. Having been an avid supporter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for years Cooper decided to trade his CEO chair for his bicycle in the summer of 2012. Cooper would cycle across the country with the Bike the US for MS team from Yorktown, VA to San Francisco, CA, a total of 3,780 miles through nine states, raising $50,000 for MS.
The unique part of this journey began when Cooper decided to enlist the support of his fellow pest control buddies and others from the industry. Cooper developed PhilAcrossAmerica.com, which served as an additional fundraising outlet, a place to engage supporters, a channel to blog about his journey and much more! He was amazed at the support he received and welcomed many a guest rider from the industry along the way. He was also greeted by many friendly faces from pest control companies near and far as they would pull into various towns across the country. It was the continued support of his peers that helped keep Cooper peddling that summer.
“I always knew how wonderful of an industry I was in, but I was even more in awe after the outpouring of support I received in 2012,” says Cooper. “Companies from near and far reached out to show their support, encourage me to keep going and engaged with me throughout my travels.”
Cooper also uses his pest control background to help those in need receive free bed bug services as part of BedBug Central’s holiday charity, “Taking the Bite Out of the Holidays.” This charitable program was developed in 2009 and since then they have partnered with pest control companies across the country donating over $500,000 in services to those in need.
“When all is said and done this award is not the culmination of my efforts, but marks the beginning of my further commitment to being the best that I can be as a great corporate citizen,” says Cooper.
Cooper Pest Solutions
Cooper Pest Solutions is a progressive and full service pest management firm located in Lawrenceville, NJ. Since its founding in 1955 by Theodore H. Cooper, they strive to develop or adopt the most advanced and effective pest treatment methodologies available. A family-run company that values its customers, assures results and makes safety an absolute priority. With every interaction we seek to achieve our company mission: WOW our clients, WOW our teammates, WOW our community and WOW our service partners. Visit www.cooperpest.com for more information.
BedBug Central serves as the nation’s leading resource for bed bug information available to the public. A creditable resource on bed bugs and bed bug related issues concerning health, prevention, treatment methods and more. For more information please visit www.bedbugcentral.com