ThermaPure® is a disruptive technology that is revolutionizing how we treat insects, dust mites, mold, bacteria, viruses and other indoor air quality concerns and how we dry structures. Through the controlled application of sauna like temperatures to a structure or portion of a structure and with a strong emphasis on simultaneous filtration to reduce the potential for spreading contaminants, ThermaPure® pasteurizes buildings. ThermaPure® has been proven in tens of thousands of applications to be an effective treatment for wood destroying organisms, bed bugs, mold, bacteria and viruses without the use of toxic chemicals. Anecdotal evidence has shown that ThermaPure® reduces allergic reactions caused by cockroaches, dust mites, and many common mold species.
Over the past ten years, ThermaPure® has acquired the rights to the insect patents, been granted patents for the remediation of mold, bacteria, viruses and VOCs in structures, and has another six patents pending that strengthen the control of the technology for a broad range of indoor air quality applications. Additionally, the intellectual property includes over 35 trademarks and foreign patents. Additional companies in the ThermaPure family include Precision Environmental, Inc., an environmental remediation services and operating company; E-Therm, Inc., a licensing company; and TPE Associates, LLC., a pest services licensing company.
Our companies are committed to using our IP to reduce humanity’s exposure to lethal chemicals and carcinogenic substances, to improve the quality of life for asthma sufferers, and to provide living and working conditions that have less exposure to dangerous mold, bacteria, viruses and chemicals. In her final sentence of Silent Spring, the historic work that launched environmental awareness, concern and response, Rachel Carson wrote:
It is our alarming misfortune that so primitive a science has armed itself with the most modern and terrible weapons, and that in turning them against the insects it has also turned them against the earth.”
She was speaking about chemicals used as insecticides, biocides, poisons to manage unwanted bugs. Despite her warning, in the last 30 years the usage of pesticides has increased 50%. In a recent EPA estimate there were over 4.5 billion pounds of total pesticides used each year in the United States. Of this amount, pesticides classified by the EPA as carcinogenic totaled 380 million pounds with significant amounts of others also causing health problems.
The effect of this amount of chemical is extremely harmful to the health of humans and the environment. In testimony before the U.S. Senate, Dr. Philip Landrigan of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine stated:
Pesticides have been shown to cause injury to human health, as well as damage the environment. The health effects include acute and persistent injury to the nervous system, lung damage, injury to the reproductive organs, dysfunction of the immune and endocrine systems, birth defects, and cancer.”
Currently there are six senior employees engaged in the development, marketing, sales and support of licenses and licensees. This talented group is very experienced in business, environmental and pest control management. This team has demonstrated that the ThermaPure® technology works and that it can be successfully licensed to third parties throughout the USA and Canada.
President and CEO—Stefany Hedman Westenskow
Stefany Hedman Westenskow is president and CEO of E-Therm, Inc, a licensing company for ThermaPureHeat®. In this capacity, she presides over the company and brand that holds nine U.S. patents on the technology for structural pasteurization and has resolved thousands of indoor contamination projects, both private and public, since its inception in the 1980s.
Stefany assumed these leadership roles from her father, the late David Hedman, who invented the ThermaPureHeat® process and founded both E-Therm and Precision Environmental. She shares her father’s deep commitment to removing pest and environmental hazards in the places where people live, work and play – without the use of toxic chemicals. Beginning in 2006, she worked closely with her father on all management and operations issues at the companies while also overseeing the legal department for three years beginning in 2013.
Prior to joining the family businesses, Stefany worked in civil litigation at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, one of the leading law firms in Provo and Central Utah. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara and Utah Valley University.
Stefany grew up enjoying the outdoors with her family – hiking, camping, and swimming. An avid surfer, she and her husband live in Southern California where she spends as much time outside as she can.
David Hedman is the President, and Founder, of E-Therm, Inc, one of the licensing companies for ThermaPure®. David began his career while a student at Stanford University by starting an environmental company as part of completing a student project. David’s academic work at Stanford centered on economics and industrial engineering. David was awarded the Kemper Scholarship for both academic and leadership excellence. He served on the Finance and Administrative Committee of the Stanford Board of Trustees. David has completed a number of Federal and State certifications for environmental work.
David founded and runs an environmental services company in California. Precision Environmental, Inc., which maintains offices in California, has completed thousands of indoor contamination projects statewide, including numerous Federal, State and local government sites. David is the Director of the Santa Barbara chapter of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA).
He is a developer and patent holder of the new ThermaPureHeat® process for Structural Pasteurization. David Hedman also enjoys his family, church, golf, and is a licensed commercial pilot.
Sal Scarpato received a BBA from Manhattan College in 1965 majoring in Accounting. He worked with Arthur Anderson and then completed the course work for a Masters in Finance at Iona College. He joined IBM as a System Engineer, and held a variety of sales and management positions before moving up to international HQ management positions specializing in incentive compensation programs, country operations and strategic planning. He retired and moved from Tokyo, Japan to Southern California to start an environmental firm specializing in underground storage tanks and their related soil and ground water cleanup. The firm was immediately successful doing hundreds of projects for large corporate clients such as Federal Express, GTE, ATT, Sprint, MCI and Ryder Truck. After 36 months, Sal’s business was acquired by Tetra Tech, Inc, a billion dollar Engineering firm and Sal retired a second time in 1992. He joined E-Therm in 2002 to assist in the rollout of ThermaPure®.
Vice President of Marketing—Larry Chase
Larry Chase brings over 35 years experience in various aspects of property management. After completion of his BA and MA from Northern Iowa, Larry joined Bullock’s Department Stores in 1972. As Director of Properties he was responsible for the technical management of over seven million square feet of property. He left Bullock’s in 1987 to become Chief Operating Officer for BSE, an engineering consulting firm. BSE later became Diagnostic Environmental and in 1993 was acquired by ATC Associates. In addition to the management of technical personnel, Larry was responsible for both client and project management, including delivering and managing a $12 million Army Corps of Engineers project. He was Regional Vice President for ATC and later as VP of Sales and Marketing helped grow ATC from $16 million to over $150 million. In 1998 he left to become an independent consultant for engineering and environmental firms and joined E-Therm in 2003 as a Vice President.