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    Advanced Environmental Laboratories, Inc. (AEL) is a TNI / NELAP certified, full-service environmental analytical laboratory firm, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, with additional offices in Fort Myers, Gainesville, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, and Tampa.

    AEL was founded in 1994 and is still owned by the same sole proprietor, Charles Ged. He opened AEL with himself and one analyst, and a dream of one day building his small company into the best lab in Florida. Today, AEL is well on its way with a network of seven facilities and over 1,000 clients across the state. Staffed by professionals knowledgeable about the local regulatory environment, AEL places a premium on providing personalized service and a top quality product to every client, be they billion dollar corporations or a small home builder.

    AEL performs over 50,000 projects a year and hundreds of thousands of individual tests. Typical projects include analytical investigations of soil, water, and air at RCRA, CERCLA, landfill, UST, drinking water, wastewater, commercial property transfer, remediation, and O&M sites. Clients include over 100 City, County, and State agencies across Florida; Federal agencies including the EPA, Navy, Air Force, and ACOE; many of the world’s largest environmental consulting firms; and dozens of commercial firms from small fabrication shops to huge breweries and theme parks.

    AEL’s state-wide coverage makes us an ideal partner for consulting firms whose projects take them all over the State. Our ability to provide courier service, bottles, project management, and analysis from seven locations spread throughout Florida makes your life a whole lot easier – especially when you are far from your home base! Below are brief descriptions of our local operations.

     

    AEL-Jacksonville:  Opened in 1994, the Jacksonville lab started with just two chemists doing work on UST sites and quick turnaround remediation projects. The lab now has 35 employees working on projects from wastewater to Superfund sites. The lab is approved under TNI / NELAP, DoD ELAP and ISO/IEC 17025:2005 programs, and holds a USDA permit to import Foreign Soils. The 8,400 square-foot building was custom designed by AEL and specifically engineered to serve as an environmental testing laboratory and as the corporate headquarters. It encompasses state-of-the-art laboratory design and instrumentation, and offers sampling and courier services. The lab holds one of the largest approved analyte lists in Florida, with in-house analysis that includes TRPH Speciation (EPH/VPH), oxygenates, low-level mercury, dissolved gases by RSK 175, full SOC list, herbicides, and pesticides.

    Jacksonville Laboratory Manager: Jason Gebhardt. BS in Biology from the University of North Florida and ten years experience.  Jason was promoted in Lab Manager in 2012, and had previously been the Organics Department Manager for AEL-Jacksonville. Jason has a strong customer services attitude and is an excellent manager of personnel and projects.

    AEL - Jacksonville
    6681 Southpoint Parkway
    Jacksonville, FL 32216
    Phone: 904-363-9350
    FAX: 904-363-9354

    Lab Manager: Jason Gebhardt | Find us on Google Maps

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    AEL-Tampa:  In 1998, AEL-Tampa began operations as a small wastewater testing laboratory providing wet-chemistry analysis.  Today the lab provides a full range of metals and organic analysis as well from the 10,200 square-feet facility.  AEL-Tampa currently services a long list of consulting firms and other clients ranging from the Florida DEP to MacDill Air Force Base to real-estate firms.  The lab also services scores of water and wastewater treatment clients including municipal and county, private-residential, and industrial plants.  Sampling and courier services are available.

    Tampa Laboratory Manager: Michael Cammarata. BS in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of South Florida and 20 years experience.  He has been with AEL for 16 years as the Manager of the Tampa laboratory.  Michael is of the Florida Rural Water Association, the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, and the America Water Works Association.

    AEL - Tampa
    9610 Princess Palm Avenue
    Tampa, FL 33619
    Phone: 813-630-9616
    FAX: 813-630-4327

    Lab Manager: Michael Cammarata | Find us on Google Maps

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    AEL -Tallahassee:  AEL opened the Tallahassee Laboratory in June of 2010. The laboratory provides project management, short hold analysis, kits, sampling, and courier service for AEL clients throughout the Northwest portion of Florida.  Clients include environmental consultants, DoD facilities,  cities and counties, and industrial clients.

    Tallahassee Lab Manager: Tim Preston. BS in Chemistry from Florida State in Tallahassee.  Tim has over 23 years experience in analytical laboratories - working his way from bench chemist, to Department Manager, to Project Manager, and now Lab Manager.  As a Project Manager for the last 13 years, Tim has built a strong reputation throughout Florida for helping clients in government, industry, and consulting with their lab needs.

     
    AEL - Tallahassee
    2639 North Monroe St. Suite D
    Tallahassee, FL  32303
    Phone:  850-219-6274
    FAX:  850-219-6275
     
    Lab Manager:  Tim Preston | Find Us on Google Maps

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    AEL-Gainesville:  AEL opened a start-up laboratory in Gainesville in 2000. In 2006, AEL purchased PPB Environmental Laboratories, a firm with over 20 years in the industry, and AEL merged the two facilities into one operation at the old PPB facility. In 2012, AEL moved into a much larger and newer facility which we had completely remodeled to serve as an analytical laboratory. The 5,200 square-foot AEL-Gainesville operation serves clients from all over Florida and specializes in low-level wet-chemistry testing. Clients include State agencies, various Cities and Counties, consultants, and industrial plants. Sampling and courier services are available. 

    Gainesville Laboratory Manager: Todd Romero.  BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida and 29 years experience. Todd handles the day-today operations and management of the lab—everything from overseeing field services to project reporting to sales and business development. Previously, Todd had been the Manager of the mobile lab firm KB Labs for 14 years. There he specialized in large, high profile site characterization and remediation projects - working closely with clients on field logistics and data quality objectives. Prior to KB, Todd was with MACTEC (now AMEC FW) for 15 years as a Senior Staff Engineer and Department Lab Manager.

    AEL - Gainesville
    4965 SW 41st Blvd.
    Gainesville, FL 32608
    Phone: 352-377-2349
    FAX: 352-395-6639

    Lab Manager: Todd Romero | Find us on Google Maps

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    AEL-Orlando:  The 3,680 square-foot AEL-Orlando operation opened in 2004 and serves as a lab/service center for clients in the central Florida area. The lab focuses on providing short hold-time and general chemistry analysis, sampling and courier service, and project management to consultants and industrial clientele. Sampling and courier services are available.

    Orlando Laboratory Manager:  Sheila Wilcox. Sheila has 20 years experience in the business primarily as a Project Manager and Client Services. She supervises the AEL-Orlando staff and coordinates with other AEL operations to service clients throughout Florida. She is very familiar with the Florida Petroleum, Dry Cleaner, Solid Waste, Wastewater, and Drinking Water programs. Sheila is a member of the Central Florida Association of Environmental Professionals.

    AEL - Orlando
    380 North Lake Blvd., Suite 1048
    Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
    Phone: 407-937-1594
    FAX: 407-937-1597

    Lab Manager: Sheila Wilcox | Find us on Google Maps

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    AEL-Miami: AEL began servicing the Miami area in 2008 with a client management staff of three people.  In 2009, we began the process of opening an 8,600 square-foot full-service laboratory.  Now completed, the lab has wet chemistry, metals, and organics capabilities.  AEL clients in the area include municipalities, consultants, and industrial operations.  Sampling and courier services are available.

    Miami Laboratory Manager: Tim Beasley

    BS in Physics from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA, and over 24 years of experience in commercial and industrial laboratories. Tim’s past positions have included stints as Lab Manager, Organics Manager, and Compliance Officer. For industrial operations, he served many years as the Laboratory and Analytical Policy Maker in the Atlanta headquarters of the world’s largest soft-drink manufacturer. His specialty is organic analysis, but his overall experience includes running analysis on ICP, ICP-MS, HPLC, GC-MS, GC-ECD, LC-MS-MS, and GC-FID. His daily goal is to service clients by producing quality data with a quick turnaround time.

     

    AEL - Miami
    10200 USA Today Way
    Miramar, FL 33025
    Phone: 954-889-2288
    FAX: 954-889-2281

    Lab Manager: Tim Beasley|
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    AEL-Fort Myers:  The 2,300 square-foot AEL-Fort Myers operation opened in 2017 and serves as a lab/service center for clients in the Southwest Florida area. The lab focuses on providing short hold-time and general chemistry analysis, sampling and courier service, and project management to consultants and industrial clientele. Sampling and courier services are available.

     

    Fort Myers Laboratory Manager: David Herring

     David has 10 years of experience in the business primarily as a Project Manager and Inorganics Manager. He supervises the AEL-Fort Myers staff and coordinates with other AEL operations to service clients throughout Florida. He is very familiar with the Solid Waste, Wastewater, and Drinking Water programs. He has extensive experience working on EDDs for clients in the Petroleum and Solid Waste programs.

     

    AEL - Fort Myers
    13100 Westlinks Terrace, Suite 10
    Fort Myers, FL 33913
    Phone: 239-561-1131
    FAX: 239-561-1137

    Lab Manager:  David Herring | 
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Corporate Staff Include:

    Chuck Ged – President.  BS in Chemistry from the University of North Florida and 29 years experience.  He started in the industry in 1985 and has a technical specialty of organic analysis.  Chuck’s background includes seven years with the Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) and five years with commercial labs in Jacksonville before starting AEL.  At AEL, he is responsible for overall operations and direction of the company.  Chuck is a strong supporter and actively involved with the University of North Florida (UNF).  At UNF, Chuck sits on the Dean’s Council, has set up an endowment to UNF’s Environmental Center, and has established the “Mr. & Mrs. Charles Ged Science Scholarship” which is annually awarded to a deserving student pursuing a degree in Chemistry.

    President: Chuck Ged

    Kelly Bortle – Quality Assurance Manager.  BS in Geology from Penn State University and over 30 years experience.  Kelly has been with AEL for 15 years and started in the Organics Department.  For the past four years, Kelly has been responsible for overseeing the Quality Assurance program including quality manuals, SOPs, performance testing, internal audits, personnel training, and tracking regulatory changes affecting primarily AEL, but also those affecting its clients. Kelly is a member of the Florida Society of Environmental Analysts and regularly attends other association meeting and FDEP/FDOH presentations to keep up to date on new rules and requirements. 

    QA Manager: Kelly Bortle

    Brandon Beck – Operations Manager:  MS in Environmental Toxicology/BS Biology from Clemson University. Brandon has been with AEL for 12 years and assumed the role of Operations Manager in 2012. He started with AEL as a volatiles analyst, but was quickly promoted to the position of Organic Department Manager, and then to Lab Manager.  Brandon’s role is to supervise the six Lab Managers, help coordinate inter-lab processes, and to develop best lab practices across AEL.

    Operations Manager: Brandon Beck

    Walter Kronz – Vice President.  BA in Communications with a Minor in Public Administration, Walter has 20 years of experience in the environmental industry.  He started in the environmental field working with an engineering firm and has been with AEL for 14 years.  At AEL, Walter’s primary responsibility is the development and implementation of the business and marketing plan.  Walter is a member of the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association and the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals.

    Vice President: Walter Kronz

    Business Development Staff

    Wayne Khan – South Florida.  BA in Economics from York University in Toronto, Canada, Wayne has 20 years of experience in environmental laboratories.  He has worked as a Sampling Technician, Laboratory Technician, Project Manager, and Laboratory Director.  Wayne has spent the past ten years heavily involved in sales and business development, and is very familiar with the business environments of the South Florida and Caribbean markets.

    eMail: Wayne Khan

    Sheila Wilcox – North/Central Florida.  Sheila has 17 years experience in the business primarily as a Project Manager, but has considerable experience in business development over the past six years.  She is very familiar with the Florida Petroleum, Dry Cleaner, Solid Waste, Wastewater, and Drinking Water programs.  Sheila works primarily with clients in the Central Florida area on building a strong partnership with the client and laboratory.  Sheila is a member of the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association and the Tampa Bay Area Environmental Professionals.

    eMail: Sheila Wilcox 

    Wes Tyler – Central/West Coast Florida. Wes has over 25 years experience in analytical laboratories.  For commercial labs, his duties have included account management, bench chemistry, project manager, and lab manager.  Clients have included the EPA, FDEP, FDOT, military, phosphate, citrus and environmental consulting firms.   His research lab experience includes time spent as a chemist, lab director, and research and development director for Dow Chemical and BASF Chemicals, where he helped develop 8 US patents.  He is a member of the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association and the Tampa Bay Area Environmental Professionals.

    eMail: Wes Tyler 

    Josh Apple – Northeast Florida. Josh has 20 years of experience in analytical laboratories. While he spent most of his 12 years on the bench performing organic analysis, he also has worked in extractions, wetchemistry, and metals. For the past eight years, Josh has worked in the client services - working in Sample Receiving, Project Management, and finally Business Development. This diverse lab background has provided Josh an excellent understanding of how all laboratory departments work individually and together. And this knowledge enables Josh to provide clients with great service – from start to finish.

    eMail: Josh Apple