Experts in Lead and Mold
Testing and Abatement

Tel: 718.220.3350


Our Management Team

Hale Rickman, Founder and Managing Member
Hale Rickman brings more than 30 years experience in real estate construction and management to Jerome Environmental Services. After receiving a degree in Business Administration from Kent State University in Ohio, he received his CPA and spent six years working with an international conglomerate. He then returned to the Bronx to join a family-run construction and plumbing business and received his New York City Master Plumbers License. He established Jerome Associates LLC in 1986 to acquire and rehabilitate distressed buildings, and the company continues to own and manage multi-dwelling properties.

#With the introduction of stringent lead laws in 2004, Hale recognized that his wide depth and breadth of industry experience as a property owner and manager uniquely positioned him to best advise his peers of the most efficient and safe methods to reduce their risk of lead exposure and comply with the new regulations. Jerome Environmental Services was born, and the company has since expanded its portfolio to include mold testing and remediation, as well as a broad range of additional environmental assessments and solutions. Hale supervises lead abatement and environmental remediation projects, and his extensive credentials include licenses as an EPA Lead Risk Assessor and Supervisor and certifications as an IESO Residential Mold Inspector and a Mold Remediator. He is also an active member of numerous industry associations, including the Indoor Air Quality Association, the Bronx Realty Advisory Board and NYARM, and is an IREM CPM Certified Property Manager.

Married for more than 35 years, Hale and his wife Mary have four daughters, Leah, Anna, Ashley, and Natalie. He’s very active and enjoys running, hiking, skiing, and kayaking. His less physically strenuous pastimes include chess and genealogy research.

Leah Rickman, General Manager
#Leah Rickman has been in marketing and business operations for more than ten years since earning her degree in Communications from Emerson College in Boston. She served as a marketing associate for the major book publisher, St. Martin’s Press, then as the worldwide marketing manager at a division of SUSS MicroTec, a global company in the Semiconductor Industry, as well as acting as the US regional marketing manager for all other divisions. Since arriving at Jerome Environmental Services in January 2010, Leah has focused her efforts on improving and streamlining processes and ensuring effective communications with each and every client. She specializes in developing lead strategies for clients, taking into consideration city regulations along with individual priorities, budgets and building portfolios. Leah is an EPA Certified Inspector, an EPA Certified Risk Assessor, and has her NY State Sales Person license.

An avid sports enthusiast like her father, Leah enjoys everything from soccer to skydiving and spends the winter weekends snowboarding. In fact, she was a snowboard instructor and coach for a number of years.


What our clients say

“Jerome Environmental Services has always been great at helping us solve our mold and lead challenges. I found that since they are owners and managers themselves, they come at projects with a uniquely qualified point of view. Their proposals and performance consistently demonstrate that they know the best way to handle each job and prevent future problems. I know I can trust them.”

- Marc Goodman, Property Manager, SMRC Management