Phillip Cooper’s philanthropy can be measured in pedal power, not just in dollars and cents.
In the early 1990s, the executive was looking for a charitable event that involved biking, but that also fit the seasonal schedule of the pest control business.
Cooper found a perfect match in the Bike MS : City to Shore Ride. The two-day, 150-mile trek is held toward the end of September, and sponsored by the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
It’s not just Cooper who got involved. He has recruited many of his colleagues from Cooper Pest Solutions, home of Bedbug Central. This year, more than 80 Cooper Pest employees, as well as family members, took part in the event. Their contributions include warding away yellow jackets that once gathered at rest stops along the route of the bike ride.
Cooper has gone even farther for the cause. In 2012, he biked across the country, raising more than $50,000 for the National MS Society under the “Phil Across America” umbrella.
While he may often be on the road, Cooper maintains a strong connection to his company’s New Jersey neighbors. Inside company headquarters is a museum-quality display of images and stories showcasing the Lawrenceville area’s 300- year history, put together with the help of local historians. The wall is open to the public.
Cooper, meanwhile, has been a member of the Princeton Corridor Rotary Club since 1987, earning the organization’s 2012 Community Service Award for his “Phil Across America” trip. In addition, he serves on boards for Arborlea Tennis Club, Eden Autism Services and the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, he became president of the New Jersey Pest Management Association.
Most recently, Cooper was invited to join the board of EarthShare New Jersey, the first executive from the pesticide industry to be asked.
Year Founded: 1955
No. of Employees: 100
Annual Revenue: $7.8 million
Philanthropic Focus: Multiple sclerosis.
Encouraging Philanthropy in the Workplace: The mission of Cooper Pest Solutions includes “wowing” the community, and the company regularly highlights the charitable activities of its employees.