Belinda Cates
Owner/Business Manager/Marketing/CEO

Mrs. Cates has over 20 years experience in office management and administrative support, working for a variety of business segments, including laboratory testing, education, construction and law practice. As CEO and office manager of the laboratory testing operation in Dallas, Texas, she is actively involved in the operation of the company, as well as maintaining client relations and pursuing business development. Her marketing efforts have been successful, as she has worked to grow the business by implementing a marketing plan, pursuing and obtaining various certifications so that the lab can perform in many different markets as well as long term planning. CatesLab, currently in its twelfth year of operation, has sustained continued company growth averaging 20% annually.

John R. Cates
Owner/Laboratory Director/President

John has over twenty years experience in laboratory management and quality assurance and is a Licensed Geoscientist in Texas. He is Laboratory Director and President of this start up operation. Before opening CatesLab, John served as a Principal Geologist in the Dallas Office of LAW Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., where he specialized in asbestos laboratory management. John has also served as a consultant for litigation work as a third party to resolve disputes between other laboratories.
John has extensive experience managing asbestos laboratories, training personnel, developing procedures, and analyzing bulk samples. He is experienced in microscopic investigation of materials (Petrography), having analyzed a wide variety of building materials including natural stones, plaster, mortar, paint, and wood. John also has specialized experience in architectural stone characterization and cement/mortar analysis for historical restoration projects, utilizing thin section analysis and photomicrography.

Chris Munch
PLM Analyst

Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas. Chris is an experienced analyst in (PCM, PLM, TEM, and Mold) and also has extensive experience in lab management, quality assurance, and software development. We are pleased to have Chris on our team.

Kathy Schosek
PLM Analyst

Kathy has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM and a Master of Science in Natural Science from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX. Kathy has been with CatesLab for 5 years and has over 15 years experience working as a PCM, PLM, TEM analyst and laboratory manager as well as research biochemisty and soils analyst.