About Air Chek, Inc.
Founded in 1985 by B.V. Alvarez, Air Chek, Inc. has sold over 4,000,000 of their patented radon test kits around the world. Renowned for its ease of use and accuracy, the Air Chek Radon Test Kit continues to set the standard for home and professional radon testing. Air Chek serves homeowners and radon professionals with same-day analysis, online availability of test results, and matchless quality from its state-of-the-art, NELAC-accredited laboratory facilities located in Western North Carolina.
Company Organization and Staff Qualifications
The founder and CEO of Air Chek, Inc. (est. 1985) is B. V. Alvarez. Although semi-retired, he still oversees many aspects of the business. He has over 21 years experience in passive radon test kit design and engineering; 50 years experience in manufacturing, automated equipment design, and engineering; over 20 years experience in automated radon analysis laboratory design, engineering, and operation. Mr. Alvarez has been issued a number of patents in addition to the two that cover the Air Chek radon test kits.
The Laboratory Director and Chief Scientific Consultant is J. L. Alvarez, PhD. (since 1985). Dr. Alvarez is a Certified Health Physicist with a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering and a PhD. in Physics. He has researched and measured radon and radon progeny for environmental and dosimetry purposes for over 40 years, during which he has directed a microchemistry laboratory and developed instrumentation for specialized measurements as required for laboratory projects. Dr. Alvarez has also managed large-scale measurement projects, developing sampling and analysis protocols for numerous environmental cleanup projects, as well as demonstration projects for private industry, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Air Force, and the Department of Energy. These projects have included uranium mills and mines, the Hanford Nuclear Site, Mather and Norton Air Bases, the Chariot Site in Alaska, phosphorous and phosphate plants in four different states, and measurement projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Alvarez was also involved in the monitoring of radiation release at Three Mile Island while establishing beta measurement protocols for the containment structure. Additionally, Dr. Alvarez has served as an independent auditor and reviewer of radiological and chemical measurements at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratory. He continues to serve on committees for the American National Standards Institute for measurement of airborne materials including radon, and for the National Academy of Science for radon and radon progeny dosimetry. Further, Dr. Alvarez has assisted in setting up and teaching courses in radon measurement. He has developed several courses for airborne radiation and radon measurement for the Department of Energy, the Health Physics Society, and private institutions. He serves on the Department of Energy Airborne Measurements working group (which he founded) and participates at least annually in working group meetings. These meetings discuss and present the latest techniques for airborne radiation and radon measurements. Dr. Alvarez has published extensively on measurement, instrumentation, air sampling, risk analysis, and interpretation of measurements at the limits of detection.
Shawn G. Price (since 1998) is our Program Manager. His responsibilities include organizing and supervising all training programs, setting up new professional inspector accounts, developing national sales programs, and daily staff supervision. Mr. Price also maintains certification listings with all regulatory organizations and obtaining certifications for new products and/or services. Mr. Price joined our team in October 1998 after managing daily activities at the US EPA's RPP (Radon Proficiency Program) for 10 years. He continues to support radon certification as a member of the Policy Advisory Board and Education Advisory Board under the National Environmental Health Association's - National Radon Proficiency Program (NEHA-NRPP). Additionally, he has worked with the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) to develop industry standards under the Consortium of National Radon Standards, which has been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop American National Standards. Mr. Price has a B.S. in Geology.
Our information services department, headed by Eric Kuzniar (since 1999), is in charge of upgrading and maintaining our Linux-based servers, phone system, B2B applications, inter-office software, corporate database and our various web properties. Additionally, daily quality assurance activities, laboratory operation, and computer system maintenance are supervised by Mr. Kuzniar. He has 20 years experience in software design and development and 11 years experience in electronic circuitry and automated controls design.
In conjunction with Mr. Shawn Price, Mr. Kuzniar operates as a team member of the group headed by Mr. B.V. Alvarez and Dr. J.L. Alvarez, Ph.D. In reference to radon measurements, Mr. Kuzniar and Dr. J.L. Alvarez have direct responsibility for all maintenance, calibrations, and daily operation of the fully automated laboratory system.
One of the most important members of the Air Chek team, Melissa Reinke, oversees customer service and order processing (since 2004). Mrs. Reinke has a Bachelor's degree in Operations Management.
Our Production Manager, Judy M. Alvarez (since 1991), oversees test kit manufacturing and production.
General equipment maintenance is overseen by Ted Wilson (since 2004).
Mail: Air Chek, Inc.
1936 Butler Bridge Rd
Mills River, NC 28759-3892
Phone: 800-AIR-CHEK (247-2435)
Fax: (828) 684-8498
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