Who We Are

Test Gauge Inc. is has been a complete source of Backflow Prevention products since 1995.

Test Gauge and Backflow Supply Inc is the corporate office and Franchisor of Test Gauge Inc. We offer Calibration Services, Repair Part sales, Technical Support, and specialize in backflow valve replacement.

We have many locations nationwide to help you with any of your backflow needs. Our team of experts provide the best service and technical support in the industry. All locations have inventory of the most common repair parts and valves needed to complete your order and ship immediately. 

Meet our Team

Derek Biba Founder

My wife and I started a Backflow Testing company in 1994. We purchased test Gauge in 2000 in the hopes of simplifying the process of obtaining services related to Cross Connection in the Chicago market. 20 years later through a series of Franchise partners our team hopes to take that same message to other locations. 

When not immersed in Backflow Prevention I enjoy hanging out with family and friend son the weekends and vacations. Bumming around the house and office working on things.

Hobbies include but are not limited to: skiing, paddle boarding, riding my bike, and any live music I can find. No longer golf cart rides - way too dangerous 

Plumber, Chicago 1982-Present
Certified Backflow Tester 1988-Present

Erica LaBarre CFO / Head of Operations

I started with Test Gauge in 2017, but my journey with Test Gauge started 2 years before that. I was their external accountant for 2 years prior to joining their team. 

When I am not working, I am spending time with my husband and 2 kids (Sophia 9 and Emmett 6). We love spending our summer nights at the dirt race track. One of my biggest hobbies is BBQ. I love coming up with some fun new recipe on the grill, and of course snapping some good food photos for Instagram! 

Kyle Biba Head of Marketing 

In 2005 I started working at Test Gauge as Shipping/Warehouse. Over several years I advanced to the Calibration Department and now the Head of Marketing. I am excited to use my previous knowledge of products and calibrations to create fun and beneficial marketing campaigns for not only Test Gauge but the customers as well.

When I am not working, I am spending time with my wife, our daughter, and 4 dogs. I also play drums and have been for 18 years. I currently have a music project that keeps me very busy with producing original songs and creating content for social media.

Ryan McBride Sales

I grew up in the Chicagoland area, I started with working with Test Gauge in 2018.

I have been involved in the industry for a total of 10 years with experience in sales, calibrations, training, and even getting my hands dirty working out in the field.

In my free time away from work I enjoy hanging out with awesome dog, reading, exercising, and spending time with my family.

Adam Johnson Marketing

I was brought on the team in October 2019 to help with Test Gauge's marketing and to help out around the office. I have learned more about marketing and the workings of a small business than I have with all my previous work experiences combined! I always learn something new every single day!

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my wife and our cat, going to second world war museums and monuments, combic book stores, and waiting on the newest release from Disney!

Jorge Jasso Warehouse

I recently started with Test Gauge in January 2020 after being with my previous employer for 9 years. I am excited about joining the team!

Some of the things that my wife and I enjoy doing are going to sporting events and cheering on the Bulls or Cubs, going to concerts, or just staying home and unwinding afte work.

Alan Gray Colorado

I was born and raised in Cheyenne, WY. I move to the big city of Denver in 1986 and has been there ever since. He entered the landscaping industry in 1989 and spent the next 25 years learning and owrking through every aspect of lanscaping frrom maintenance, installation, and design. I eventually became the Irrigation Manager at the Denver Zoo, which is where I fell into the backflow testing side of things, testing all 150+ backflow assemblies on the zoo grounds. Looking to get out of the tough physical toll of digging in the ground every day, he eventually landed with Test Gauge Inc. in March of 2015, and became the Franchise owner in 2019.

In my offtime I enjoy time with my family, camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting in my two favorite states, Wyoming and Colorado.

Jesse Bockhouse Colorado

Bio Coming Soon! 

Tami Bockhouse Colorado 

Bio Coming Soon!

Ryan McBride Sales

I grew up in the Chicagoland area, I started with working with Test Gauge in 2018.

I have been involved in the industry for a total of 10 years with experience in sales, calibrations, training, and even getting my hands dirty working out in the field.

In my free time away from work I enjoy hanging out with awesome dog, reading, exercising, and spending time with my family.

Richard "Rick" Marvel President

Been with Test Gauge since 2004

When I can get myself to disconnect from work, I like to spend time with my wife, two boys, and our three dogs. I enjoy golfing, DIY home repairs. Maintaining my luscious lawn.

License & Certifications:
     Cross Connection Control Survey and Inspections
     Cross Connection Control Program Manager

     Northern Illinois Chapter of the American Backflow Prevention Association - Treasurer
     ISAWWA Backflow Committee - Committee Chair

Matthew "Matt" Kuschel Vice President

Been with Test Gauge since 2012

When I'm not in the office or out surveying jobsites, I love spending time with my family. I have two daughters (ages 8 and 6) who keep my wife and I on the move! Whether its softball, archery, or dance, there is always something to do. When we have time, we enjoy getting away for the weekend to go find a swimming pool or water park. We are pretty sure neither of the kids would ever leave the water if they had the chance! Other interests include golfing, hanging out with my family and friends, landscaping, decorating for the holidays (amateur Clark Griswald) and spending hours mowing my lawn. 

     5 years as an HVAC service technician
     13 years as a licensed plumber. Performed service as well as residential and commercial new construction.
     4 years field experience as backflow inspector. Tested/repaired/installed backflow preventers on irrigation, domestic and fire sprinkler systems - all sizes from 1/2" to 12" backflow preventers. 

License & Certifications:
     State of Illinois Journeyman Plumber
     State of Illinois Cross Connection Control Device Inspector

Pete Neidlinger Sales 

Started with Test Gauge in 2012

Outside of work I love to be around water, whether its my annual houseboat vacation or slow cruising on my pontoon boat. I am also a huge music lover and try to go to concerts as often as possible.

Michael "Mike: Ottolino Sales

Started with Test Gauge in 2015

My interests outside of work include watching horror films, learning guitar, golf, jet skiing, spending time with my niece and nephews.

Kristina "Tina" Thorson Sales

Started with Test Gauge in 2020

I've lived in the surrounding area my whole life. Worked for my last job for 25 years. I am excited to work with Test Gauge & retire from the company. 

I enjoy my life with family and friends and my "coolest" cat ever Paddlefoot. I like listening to music and vacation in Colorado my best friend aka Mom lives.

I live my life with a smile and laugh ever day!

Frank Gomez Calibration Technician

Started with Test Gauge in 2017

Graduated from Larkin High School in 2011

I share two wonderful children with my wife. I enjoy drawing and painting in my spare time and as family we all love taking trips to the craft store for supplies and getting creative!

Zachary "Zach" Wessell Driver/Warehouse Associate

Started with Test Gauge in 2019

Graduated from Trinity International University in 2019
Married with a baby on the way!

I love reading, playing the guitar, professional wrestling, and video games.

Michelle Erckfritz Executive Assistant/Accounting

Started with Test Gauge in 2016

Bachelors Degree of Arts in Business Management from Judson University, Class of 2014

I love working for Test Gauge so much that I am willing to drive an hour and 15 minutes every morning to come to work. When I'm not driving to and from work, I enjoy kayaking, running 5k's and spending time with my boyfriend, our dog and other family members. 

Nancy Jamrozek Administrative Assitant

Started with Test Gauge in 2011

Northern Illinois University Class of 1976, Bachelors of Science in Education

I have worked in the business world for 40+ years. Test Gauge is the best company I've worked for and I love my job and all of the business I work with. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family. I have been happily married for 42 years and have three lovely daughters. I also have two wonderful grandkids and two grandpups that I enjoy spoiling very much. I love traveling and have seen most of the country, including France, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. I enjoy swimming and bowling, which I do on a regular basis. I also enjoy reading, watching movies, and an occasional glass of of good wine. 

James Probst Indiana

-Test Gauge Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio supporting sales, education and customer solutions. 
-State approved instructor and proctor examiner for ASSE Nationally, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio 

-Backflow product technical knowledge support expert
-Utility Cross Connection Management Specialist
-Public speaker and knowledge expert relating to CCC industry and backflow testing. 

University of Cincinnati Applied Science
College of San Mateo

Hometown: Cincinnati 

When I’m not engaged in business 
I enjoy traveling with family and meeting new people wherever I may roam. You’ll find me often hanging out with friends enjoying each other’s company. I love all types of live music, however my go to is Heavy Metal. 🤘🏻

Favored Quote
"We are all born to die – the difference is the intensity with which we choose to live.”

Brian Fiorisi Texas

I office out of the Dallas store and run our operations.

Nick Shelley and I opened up the Texas store in 2014 with our first location in Dallas. We've expanded, opening up in Houston in 2016 and Austin in 2020.

Prior to Test Gauge I worked at Apollo Valves and Zurn in sales, product management and product development engineering.

When not working, I enjoy time spending time at home working around the house with my wife Stephanie and coaching my kids baseball teams.

Nick Shelley Owner and Sales Manager

I currently office out of Houston, TX, managing sales and strategic development for all Texas locations.

I previously worked as a Regional Sales Manager at Apollo Valves. Prior to Apollo I worked for several years as an outside salesman and branch manager for Ferguson Waterworks in both South Florida and Dallas, Texas.

I very clearly hate boats, fishing, and beer! However my favorite thing to do is golf!

Nick McMacken Branch Manager 

As Branch Manager, I manage the day to day operations of the Dallas office. Prior to joining Test Gauge in 2017, I worked as a backflow tester and sprinkler technician for a local fire contractor.

When I'm not killing it at the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife, teaching my two boys how to play hockey, and betting on the ponies.

Mike Kisinger Branch Manager - Austin

I was raised in North Texas. Before becoming the branch manager for Test Gauge Inc in Austin I was in the fire safety industry for around 8 years. Testing and repairing backflows was my expertise. It is awesome to still work in the backflow industry.

When not working I enjoy spending my weekends with family and friends. I love to cook, play music, fish, and see live music.

Austin, Texas seems to the perfect fit for me!

Kevin Black Inside Sales

I started working as a Calibations Tech and Inside Sales at Test Gauge Indanapolis Branch in 2017.

I spend my off time being a husband, dad, and grandparent. I also enjoy Cycling and woodworking.

USC Certified Tester Since 2008
ASSE Certified Proctor 2019
ASSE Certified Tester 2020