Meet our Team

Team Safeguard EnviroGroup

Our staff is uniquely trained and highly skilled, and we strive to provide unparalleled service to each client. Our staff consists of team members with specialized training and certifications, and years of experience. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars. Safeguard EnviroGroup is well known within the indoor environmental industry as maintaining the highest standards and ethical business practices.

Our Leadership

Brad Kovar

President and CEO

Brad Kovar is the founder, President and CEO of Safeguard EnviroGroup. Mr. Kovar has extensive experience as a hygienist, author and instructor in the indoor environmental industry. He holds board – awarded designations, third-party accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Mr. Kovar consults on indoor environmental issues for state and municipal agencies, insurance companies on major loss claims and is a court certified expert providing testimony and pre-trial forensic case development in the fields of microbial and smoke damage investigations and remediation.  He has served on national and international indoor environmental scientific committees including the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), Restoration Industry Association (RIA), American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO).  He has made technical presentations as an invited guest lecturer at industry technical conferences and symposiums including, AIHce, IICRC Technical Conference and IAQA Annual Meeting. He has collaborated and co-authored, with renowned experts across the country, authoritative technical guidelines on microbiology and, smoke damage investigations and remediation which have been published in peer-review scientific journals and is actively involved in writing industry standards.

Dr. Priyotosh Chakravarty

Sr. Environmental Scientist/Laboratory Director

Dr. Priyotosh  “Chak” Chakravarty is a renowned Microbiologist and Environmental Scientist with many years of experience as a laboratory director. He heads Safeguard EnviroGroup in-house laboratory. Dr. Chakravarty has published over 75 papers in scientific journals, chapters in books, and government reports. He holds multiple US patents related to his microbial discoveries, including the naming of a new species of fungi, Phoma etheridgei and describing and naming new mycotoxins/antifungal compounds from Stachybotrys cylindrospora, Hebeloma longicaudum, Phellinus pini, Peniophora polygonia and Urnula criterium. He has lead, co-ordinated and implemented several international microbiological research projects (Asia, Europe, North and South America) and managed diverse group of technical and professional staff. Dr. Chakravarty is responsible for the overall technical aspect of the laboratory, performs day-to-day microbial analyses, provides technical support, conduct seminars, advise clients on the biology, ecology, and pathology of fungi, and acts as an expert witness in litigation.

Bryan Kovar

Sr. Vice President/Operations Director

Bryan Kovar is the heart and soul of Safeguard EnviroGroup. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations, staff management and training. He holds board – awarded designations, third-party accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). He is actively involved in recruiting, training, supervising and appraising Safeguard EnviroGroup staff. He manages the budget, maintains statistical and financial records. He oversees our customer service department, dealing with customer queries. Mr. Kovar establishes corporate strategic goals and forecasting. He is responsible for planning and maintaining work systems, procedures, and policies that enable and encourage the optimum performance of Safeguard EnviroGroup staff.

Our Legendary Customer Support Team

We know our office is only as effective and as welcoming as the people who work in it, which is why we take pride in our friendly and well-trained legendary customer support team members! We always put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Lorraine “Rainy” Kovar

Executive VP/Human Resources

Chris Kovar

VP/San Diego Region

Michelle Gilmore

Office Manager/Administrative Asst.

Lindsey Sopp

Accounting Director

Alex Fernadez

Alex Fernandez

Asbestos and Lead Team Leader

Kevin Hawisher

Kevin Hawisher

Hygienist Department Team Leader

Kyle Lynn

Kyle Lynn

Hygienist Department Team Leader

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