With more than 40 years’ experience in the pest management industry, company founder and president David Cole is proud to serve residents of the Kansas City area by operating a business rooted in family values and professional expertise.
After working for a local pest control company for 10 years, Dave and his wife, Helen, went into independent business in 1981 by establishing Cole Termite & Pest Control Inc. Now, more than 20 years later, the company has grown into a thriving family business co-owned by Dave and his son, Travis.
As an industry professional, Dave takes an active role in the national and regional development of pest management. At the state level, he has served with the Missouri Pest Management Association for more than 15 years holding various offices including president, senior vice president, regional vice president and director, and has also chaired a number of committees including finance, budget, membership, fall conference, awards, nomination, media and strategic planning. At the national level, Dave served two years as a director at large for the National Pest Management Association and also spent time as the NPMA’s liaison to the Missouri Pest Management Association.
As an entrepreneur and area business owner, Dave also stays active at the local level serving the community in which he operates. He participated in the Pest Control Association of Greater Kansas City by serving as director, secretary/treasurer and vice-president before being elected president in 1988—an office he held for two terms.
Helen Cole is the vice-president of Cole Termite & Pest Control, and also lends her friendly voice to customers who call the business office. She holds a certified commercial applicators license in general structural and termite pest control through the Missouri Department of Agriculture, and also participates in the Pest Control Association of Greater Kansas City. As part of her involvement, Helen has served many years on the board of directors and has also held the office of president.
Currently, David and Helen Cole live in Kansas City, Mo., and enjoy working with their children and their spouses and spending time with their grandchildren.
After joining his father in the family business in 1989, Travis Cole is now the co-owner of Cole Termite & Pest Control. As one of only two Associate Certified Entomologists (ACEs) in the Kansas City metro area, Travis has earned a reputation of excellence in the industry. Along with earning his ACE, Travis also holds the distinction of being one of the youngest professionals to earn a certified Commercial Applicators License in general structural and termite pest control from the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Currently, Travis oversees the Cole Termite & Pest Control’s award-winning Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System division.
Like his father, Travis remains active in the governance and development of the pest control industry. From 1993 to 2004, he served on the board of the Pest Management Association of Greater Kansas City, holding offices including secretary/treasurer, vice president, and two terms as president. He also served on the board of the Missouri Pest Management Association, chairing both the education and political action committees through which he was responsible for the education and training of pest control firms throughout the state.
With more than 20 years of experience in the pest control industry, Brian Kabell is the manager of Cole Termite & Pest Control’s pest management division. As part of his role, Brian specializes in sensitive accounts including school districts, nursing homes and AIB or FDA inspected food-processing plants and facilities. Through continuing education and training, Brian is committed to serving the company’s customers by employing the latest and most effective pest control techniques.
Also active with the Pest Management Association of Greater Kansas City, Brian has held various roles within the organization. He served as president for one term and has also been a member of the board of directors.
Brian is married to David and Helen’s daughter, Tammy, and they currently reside in Lee’s Summit, Mo., with their two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Abigail.
In 2002, Clayton Shehan began his career with Cole Termite & Pest Control as the Sentricon service technician. With his experience and understanding of the Sentricon system, Clayton helped the Cole company earn its trusted reputation through multiple Sentricon Quality Service Awards.
Currently, Clayton lives in Belton, Mo., and is the proud father of two little girls, Destinee and Rosemary.