ABOUT SUE FRIES
FROM AMERICAN BANDSTAND TO THE TERMITE LADY
It’s not often you see a woman in the pest control industry, let alone one as multifaceted and accomplished as Sue Fries. We invite you to sit back, grab a beverage, and get to know Sue!
Pioneering green pest control
You might know Sue as the “Termite Lady,” an advocate for green pest control methods since 1980. Since 2000, Sue’s also led Ecola Termite and Pest Control and advised numerous organizations including the Pest Control Operators of California, United Against Indoor Pollution, and Indoor Allergen Control Network.
Sue’s motivation for pioneering eco-friendly pest control was a personal one: Her son battled a chronic asthma condition, spurring her quest to rid her home of toxins. Under Sue’s leadership, Ecola has amassed dozens of awards and features on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, America Now, LA Destinations, and more.
Equipping fellow professionals for success
An innate encourager, Sue also serves as a motivational speaker, sharing lessons she’s learned as a mother and a Christian businesswoman in a male-dominated industry.
Sue’s teachings include:
- Business-to-business mentoring
- Sales methods for win-win solutions
- How to look for and recognize opportunities
- Biblical principles in the workplace
- Letting attitude determine altitude
- Working within your gifts
The Sue Fries Show
Since 2010, Sue’s hosted The Sue Fries Show, a syndicated show airing on the Salem Christian network, secular talk and country stations, as shown below. The show explores solutions to varied life challenges, aiming to inspire and uplift listeners.
Words of wisdom
As an author, Sue’s received an honorable mention in the San Francisco Book Festival and London Book Fair for her book, Learning to Breathe (2014). The book chronicles her struggles to help her son manage chronic asthma and improve the air quality in her home. She is also co-author of The Change, an anthology featuring reflections on personal transformation from 20 authors.
A lifelong entertainer
Aside from her business endeavors, you might recognize Sue from her stints on the dance floor, behind the microphone, on your TV, YouTube, or favorite bookstore. A lifelong entertainer, Sue has appeared on Days of Our Lives, dozens of TV commercials, and even won a car dancing on American Bandstand!
Sue Fries remains an avid competitive dancer. Since taking first place on American Bandstand in 1978, Sue’s gone on to earn fifth place in the U.S. Open Swing Dance Competition — a miraculous feat considering a horse-riding accident that shattered her leg, threatening her ability to walk again.
Over the years, Sue’s impact has earned accolades from peers and industry leaders, including:
- Readers’ Choice, Best Termite and Pest Control Company — Los Angeles Daily News (2014–2021)
- Best Green Exterminator — LA Magazine (2007–2021)
- Women in Pest Control — The Pest Posse (2020)
- Renaissance Woman Award — NAWRB (2018)
- Annual President’s Award — Pest Control Operators of California (2017–2018)
- Super Service Award — Angie’s List (2012, 2018)
- Business Owner of the Year — San Fernando Valley Business Journal (2010)
- Women in Business Award — San Fernando Valley Business Journal
- Business Owner of the Year — United Chamber of Commerce
On the personal side…
Though her achievements are many, Sue’s most fulfilling experiences are motherhood and now grand-motherhood. In 2020, Sue became a proud, gushing grandma to Montana Jade, followed by Dakota Brave in 2021.
Sue welcomes your feedback and invites you to participate as a guest or advertiser of The Sue Fries Show. Reach out and begin a conversation!
Also known as The Termite Lady
Owner of ECOLA Termite Alternatives
Convene Member at Convene (formerly BBL Forum),
President at Ecola Termite and Pest Management
Host of The Sue Fries Show on 99.5 KKLA