Corporate Staff

Chuck Ged

Joined AEL:  1994     Started in Industry:  1985

Chuck is the founder and President of AEL. He has been responsible for the for overall direction of the company since the day he personally ran the first analysis for the company in 1994. Chuck’s background includes seven years with the Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) and five years with commercial labs in Jacksonville before starting AEL. He is a strong supporter and actively involved with the University of North Florida (UNF) and University of Florida. 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. At UF, he sits on the Foundation Board for the Chemistry College. He holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of North Florida.

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Walter Kronz
Vice President

Joined AEL:  2001     Started in Industry:  1994

Walter’s primary responsibility is the development and implementation of the business and marketing plan. He oversees majority of client contracts, proposals, and bids, as well as guiding AEL’s sales staff and overall business development efforts on a daily basis. Walter started in the industry working for an environmental engineering firm for four years before moving over to laboratory services. He is a lifelong resident of Florida who served 10 years in the Army Reserve and Florida National Guard as a Combat Medic. Walter holds a BA in Communications with a Minor in Public Administration.

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Brandon Beck
Operations Manager

Joined AEL:  2002     Started in Industry:  1999

Brandon is responsible for the daily production operations of AEL and is the direct supervisor for AEL’s seven Lab Managers. His mission is to coordinate inter-lab processes and to develop best lab practices across AEL. He oversees most vendor contracts for supplies, instrumentation, and services. Brandon assumed the role of Operations Manager in 2012 after having previously served as a Volatiles Analyst, Organics Dept. Manager, and then AEL-JAX Lab Manager. He holds an MS in Environmental Toxicology/BS Biology from Clemson University.

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Kelly Bortle
Quality Assurance Manager

Joined AEL:  1999     Started in Industry:  1981

Since 2006, 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. He oversees three full time QA Deputies at AEL and is a veteran of dozens of TNI, State, local, client, and DoD audits. 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. He holds a BS in Geology from Penn State University.

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Lab Managers

Jason Gebhardt
Jacksonville Laboratory Manager

Joined AEL:  2006    

Started in Industry:  1999

Jason is in charge of the day-to-day operations for AEL headquarters laboratory in Jacksonville. The lab is TNI, DoD-ELAP, and ISO 17025 certified. Jason has been the AEL-JAX Lab Manager since 2012 and had previously been a Semi-volatiles Analyst and the Organics Department Manager. He has a strong customer services attitude and is an excellent manager of personnel and projects. Jason holds a BS in Biology from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL.

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Michael Cammarata
Tampa Laboratory Manager

Joined AEL:  1998    

Started in Industry:  1994

Michael is in charge of AEL-Tampa, which is one of the largest drinking water/wastewater testing labs in the entire state. He has an amazing command of wet-chemistry analysis and is often called upon to give consultation to government agencies, plant operators, and consulting firms regarding analysis for water treatment plants. Michael is a member of the Florida Rural Water Association, the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, and the America Water Works Association. Michael holds a BS in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.

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Tim Preston
Tallahassee Lab Manager

Joined AEL:  2013    

Started in Industry:  1989

Tim, our Tallahassee Lab Manager, has experience in most every area in analytical laboratories - working his way from bench chemist, to Department Manager, to Project Manager, and now Lab Manager. He has an incredible devotion to client service built while serving 13 years as a Project Manager. Tim has built a strong reputation throughout Florida for helping clients in government, industry, and consulting with their lab needs. He holds a BS in Chemistry from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.

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Brandon O'Hara
Altamonte Spring Laboratory Manager

Joined AEL:  2008    

Started in Industry:  2003

Brandon manages our central Florida lab in Altamonte Springs. He has a tremendous attention to detail which is appreciated not only by his clients, but also by his staff and co-workers. At AEL, Brandon started as a Bench Chemist and made his way through Department Supervisor, Project Manager, and Client Services Manager before taking the role of Laboratory Manager. He has an excellent knowledge of ADaPT and of the lab requirements for various FDEP/FDOH compliance programs such as Petroleum Remediation, Solid Waste, Wastewater, and Drinking Water. Brandon holds a BA in Biological Sciences from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.

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Josh Snead
Fort Myers Laboratory Manager

Joined AEL:  2014   

Started in Industry: 2009

Josh manages our newest lab in Fort Myers, FL.  He oversees all operations including the laboratory and field services staff, as well as performing Project Management.  Prior to taking over AEL-Fort Myers, Josh served as the Field Service and Receiving Department Manager at AEL-Tampa where he had shown tremendous skills at production, supervision, organization, quality control, and client services.  In that role, Josh coordinated the sample through-put of over 25,000 projects annually while supervising a staff of three receiving clerks, two field samplers, and three couriers.  He has extensive knowledge of FDEP SOPs and NELAP requirements, and has worked closely with regulatory auditors and quality assurance managers to ensure that the highest level of data integrity is maintained at all levels of service. Before joining AEL, Josh had held a similar role with another national lab for over five years with training in: HAZWOPER, Hazardous Materials and Shipping, and TREEO Surface and Groundwater Sampling.

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Josh Apple
Gainesville Laboratory Manager

Joined AEL:  2001    

Started in Industry:  1998

Josh brings a wealth departmental experience to his position as Laboratory Manager in Gainesville. He spent eight years on the bench performing mostly organic analysis, but also has worked in extractions, wetchemistry, and metals. He followed that with ten years in client services - working in Sample Receiving, Project Management, and then 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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Daniel Lashbrook
Miami Laboratory Manager

Joined AEL:  2018    

Started in Industry:  2002

Daniel is responsible for our overall performance of the Miami laboratory operation. His experience in environmental laboratories includes working in metals, wet chemistry, volatiles, semi-volatiles, microbiology and radiochemistry as a Senior Scientist and Laboratory Director.  He is considered to be an expert in Organic Chemistry and in lab efficiency. As Laboratory Manager, his ultimate responsibility is ensuring the accuracy and precision of all laboratory data, the operational efficiency of the laboratory and subsequent performance indicators, cost control, cost analysis and marketing. Daniel holds a BS in Interdisciplinary Science from The University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL, with Chemistry coursework from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.

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Sales and Business Development

Wayne Khan

Joined AEL:  2011     Started in Industry:  1991

Wayne is in charge of new client development and managing select accounts in the Caribbean and South Region (coast-to-coast, south of Fort Pierce). Having worked in the industry for almost three decades, Wayne has built a large network of clients throughout the region and the Caribbean. His clients include industrial/manufacturing plants, environmental engineering firms, foreign governments, and local, state, and federal agencies. He has worked as a Sampling Technician, Laboratory Technician, Project Manager, and Laboratory Director. Wayne holds a BA in Economics from York University in Toronto, Canada.

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Wes Tyler

Joined AEL:  2012     Started in Industry:  1974

Wes’s focus is on managing a select group of client accounts for AEL, mostly all located in the greater Tampa area. His clients love his “can-do” attitude and his fantastic customer service focus; he always tries to find solutions to every client’s problem. His past environmental lab experience includes roles as an Account Manager, Bench Chemist, 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 eight US patents. He is a member of the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association and the Tampa Bay Area Environmental Professionals. Wes holds a BA in Chemistry from the University of Texas in Arlington, TX.

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Todd Romero, E.I.T.

Joined AEL:  2015     Started in Industry:  1986

Todd handles mostly larger consulting/engineering firm accounts in our North Region (coast-to-coast, north of Saint Petersburg), including Georgia and the Carolinas. His engineering experience grants him a real-world understanding his client’s needs and goals. Previously, Todd had served as AEL’s Gainesville Laboratory Manager (four years) and as the Manager of the mobile lab firm KB Labs (14 years). At KB, his work 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. Todd holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.

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Steve Warren

Joined AEL:  2018     Started in Industry:  1995

Steve is in charge of developing AEL’s Federal programs work for consulting firms and/or directly for Federal agencies such as the DoD, EPA, USGS, and DOE. He has spent his career focusing on providing analytical services to federal facilities and consultants for compliance, investigations and remediation projects. His goal is providing superior customer service and developing win-win scenarios to support the diverse needs of the federal government and its contractors. He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). Steve holds a BS in Business from Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township, NJ.

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