Corporate Staff

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Wayne Khan
Sales Manager - South
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.
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Wes Tyler
Sales Manager - Central/West
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.
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Josh Apple
Sales Manager - NorthEast
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.
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Sheila Wilcox
Sales Manager - North/Central
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.
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Lab Managers

Jason Gebhardt
Jacksonville Laboratory Manager
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.
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Michael Cammarata
Tampa Laboratory Manager
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.
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Tim Preston
Tallahassee Lab Manager
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.
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Sheila Wilcox
Orlando Laboratory Manager
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.
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David Herring
Fort Myers Laboratory Manager
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.
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Todd Romero
Gainesville Laboratory Manager
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.
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Tim Beasley
Miami Laboratory Manager
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.
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