Meet the EcoLife Team
Locally owned and operated, the EcoLife Team is made up of experienced technicians, inspectors and contractors.
Tony and TJ own and operate Oregon-based EcoLife. Together, they oversee a team of experienced technicians, inspectors, and contractors who provide eco-friendly pest control services for residential clients throughout Oregon.
They offer a natural approach to pest control that fits well with Northwest ideals. “Bugs and rodents can be a good thing—just not in your home, where they can cause damage,” says TJ. “We use a thorough, natural, and practical approach that creates an uninhabitable zone for pests. We help you protect your biggest investment—your home—while eliminating a pest problem.” (Read more about EcoLife’s pest treatments.)
Licensed, Bonded, & Insured Contractors: a full-service contracting company, EcoLife also offers convenient home repair services to fix pest damage. The team uses green construction materials to repair everything from termite damage to building a new deck or shed. (Read more about home repair services.)
Team and Family Approach to Serving You: Tony and TJ believe in treating the team like family. With an open-door approach, they welcome ideas and feedback from the team to better help serve clients. “We have an inclusiveness that empowers the team, and it helps create innovation.”
Read more about Tony, TJ, and the team below.
Anthony “Tony” Hyde | Owner
Surrounded by entrepreneurs from a young age, Tony grew up working in his aunt and uncle’s circuit-board manufacturing company. This experience lead to R&D opportunities in the Silicon Valley, where Anthony worked alongside others to make the printed circuit board that enabled the Hubble telescope’s sun panels to collect solar power.
Tony continued to foster his entrepreneurial bent. He started a software company as well as a burglary, fire, and medical protection company. “My experience is in running a business,” says Tony. “I’m really a teacher in the long run … helping start and grow a business, like EcoLife with my son.”
In 1997, Tony sold the protection company, and the family moved to Oregon, where Tony purchased land around Medford and built and sold 26 homes.
Today, for the EcoLife team, Tony is known as the go-to guy for savvy business experience and advice. He welcomes questions and input from the team. “I believe in our-team-is-our-family approach,” says Tony. “And, I love that we’re working as a family to thoughtfully help people. We’re saving them from the stress of spiders and bugs. ”
Top Pest Control Tip for Clients: Maintain your house (inside and out); so pests are less attracted to the area.
Favorite Bug: Praying Mantis (They are amazing to watch!)
Free-Time Hobbies and Interests: Water-skiing, camping, hunting, and taking care of family, which includes four kids and 30 to 40 extended family and very close friends.
Anthony “TJ” Hyde | President and Pest Elimination Specialist
Starting EcoLife with his father, Anthony brings the leadership and day-to-day support for the on-site and office team members. He provides help and advice for staff on location, answers client questions and concerns, and leads the team in refining best practices and brainstorming solutions. He’s always ready for client “ant emergencies” with his portable spray kit that he’s stashed in the car.
Anthony also assists with follow-up visits for clients—especially when a client is dealing with a persistent infestation. This continued on-site approach enables group collaboration.
“We work as a team to bring each client a personalized treatment plan,” says Anthony. “Imagine it like a natural prescription treatment for your home’s needs. We train our team to think through the defined process—and we give them the freedom to create a personalized plan for each client.”
Before starting EcoLife, Anthony enjoyed learning from and participating with his father in business ventures, including a land-development company in the Rogue Valley.
Anthony holds and maintains the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s general license for the company. He also stays on top of new treatments, training, and industry news that can help the team better serve clients.
Top Pest Control Tip for Clients: Prevention and ongoing maintenance—the most important and strongest type of pest solution.
Favorite Bug: Ants. They are efficient and intelligent, going through an amazing amount of work and living and traveling in areas that avoid people.
Free-Time Hobbies and Interests: Reading, camping, hunting with dad, and collecting board games.
Michael Stanley | Operations Director
Michael oversees the daily business operations, including maintaining and building the behind-the-scenes infrastructure. With more than 10 years in the pest control industry, Michael holds five different certifications.
His job’s diversity also takes Michael on the road. “I love the element of change,” says Michael, who jokes that he’s probably seen more of the state than his wife, a native Oregonian. “As part of helping the team and clients, I like learning and seeing new things.”
Michael joined EcoLife in 2015 and brought a depth of knowledge from his years of experience in the pest control industry. “I’ve done every aspect of the business … from the person at the front door to overseeing a team.”
Top Pest Control Tip for Clients: Let us help you. We’re professional, licensed technicians, and we want to collaborate with you. Especially homeowners who respect their investment (their home!); we’d love to help you eliminate the pest problems that can damage your home.
Favorite Bug: Ants. (They have always fascinated me. I’ve studied them, and I’m impressed with the structure of their colony and their efficiency.)
Free-Time Hobbies and Interests: Spending time with family, camping, and off-roading.
Carol Kleszczynksi | Customer Service Representative and Office Guru
When you call the EcoLife office, you’ll probably talk with Carol. She’ll help connect you with the right person or schedule an appointment. She also does the billing, data entry, and supports the crew.
Carol holds certifications in office and clerical work and loves working for a family-owned company. “Everyone is treated like family, and we have fun,” says Carol. “It is a good team!”
Top Pest Control Tip for Clients: Call EcoLife and stop using Windex or other household cleaners as bug killers.
Favorite Bug: Don’t really have one … but I do love my two cats (a Calico and Tabby).
Free-Time Hobbies and Interests: Family time and scrapbooking. If it is nice outside, I enjoy working in the garden, growing veggies and herbs.
William “BJ” Jayne | Pest Control Technician
William Sees a two-fold approach to helping clients: 1) eliminating and 2) preventing pests of all types from destroying homes or causing health hazards. Equipped with an apprentice license, like other members of the technician team, William joined EcoLife in 2014 and truly enjoys serving clients.
“I thoroughly enjoy getting to know my clients and love knowing that after I leave that you’re comfortable with my service.”
William has previously worked as an orthotic technician and a foreclosure preservation specialist.
Top Pest Control Tip for Clients: Don’t wait for signs of a pest problem to escalate. By then, it can be a big problem. Scheduling an inspection at the first sign will help make the problem more manageable.
Favorite Bug: Squirrels. (Because as much of a nuisance pest as they are, they can be amusing and very perceptive.)
Free-Time Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, camping, and gaming.
Keith Carpents | Pest Control Technician
Keith is certified in moss, wood destroyers, and pests in both Oregon and Washington. He has been helping people solve pest problems for five years and joined the EcoLife team in 2015. Before joining the team, Keith held positions as a heavy equipment operator, power line clearance tree trimmer, and heating and cooling specialist.
Top Pest Control Tip for Clients: Keep bushes and trees trimmed away from the home.
Favorite Bug: Praying Mantis. (They are amazing predators.)
Free-Time Hobbies and Interests: Outdoor activities.
Dirk Welch | Home Inspector Specialist
“Explaining in full how our products work and how we can take care of their problems while keeping the environment safe for people and pets,” says Dirk, describing his approach as an EcoLife Home Inspector Specialist.
Top Pest Control Tip for Clients: Don’t use poison. Call us instead.
Favorite Bug: Ants. (They’re intelligent.)
Free-Time Hobbies and Interests: Motocross in Southern Oregon and Central California and spending time with grandkids.
Steven Schpankyn | Home Inspector Specialist
As an EcoLife inspector, Steven identifies pest problems, including pest and water damage, and creates a detailed plan for the technician team. Steven considers education and follow-up key elements to assisting clients.
“I educate people on how they can make changes to keep pests away,” he says. “We also do follow-up visits.” Steven finds these face-to-face conversations provide clients with opportunities to ask questions and learn more.
Steven’s training and certifications cover pest control as well as home structures. “I understand how homes are built and how pests can affect the structure,” he says. “It helps me evaluate the whole situation and create a smart plan.”
With more than six years on the EcoLife team, Steven enjoys the diversity of each day’s unique circumstances, including the various bugs and pests. “It requires a lot of knowledge and ongoing education. Homes continue to change and new pest information comes out.”
Before joining EcoLife, Steven worked in landscape management; food, beer, and wine distribution; and manufacturing sales for Annie’s food—another company that values natural approaches.
“I like to be safe and effective without polluting everything, and we use natural materials at EcoLife,” says Steven.
Top Pest Control Tip for Clients: Make sure your house is completely sealed, so no rodents can get in. (We can help seal a home after removing those pesky ground squirrels.)
Favorite Bug: Ants. They are so resilient and organized and fascinating. If humans could be just as organized!
Free-Time Hobbies and Interests: Fishing (steelhead, trout, etc.), camping, golfing, and coaching for youth sports.