Gardien Team QMS Re-Certified to ISO 9001: 2015

The Gardien group’s North American team gains ISO re-certification until 2024.


The Gardien group’s North American team gains ISO re-certification until 2024

The Gardien team, keeping up with its long endeavor, has been working hard to make sure the company stays compliant with international standards. Therefore, we are proud to announce that the Gardien Group’s  North American team has successfully been accredited with ISO 9001: 2015 QMS re-certification, valid until 2024. This accreditation allows Gardien group to continue its legacy relentlessly. We pay our gratitude to everyone who helped us make it possible.

ISO QMS certification is an internationally renowned seal of approval that a company runs according to the global standards decided and observed by the international organization for standardization (ISO). ISO 9001 is the testimony to put the customers first. Gardien receives this extension as a part of the continuous updating process of the ISO team.

The renewal process included a reassessment audit of the organization’s documented Quality Management System, which included:

  • Overall effectiveness of the system in its entirety in the light of changes in operations
  • Demonstrated commitment to maintain the effectiveness of the system
  • Summary of Previous Audit Reports
  • Verification if all areas have been audited at least once in the last three year cycle
  • Proven management involvement in Risk Analysis and continuous (consistent) improvement.

This Audit evaluated Gardien’s performance over the period of previous certification on the basis of its fulfilling the requirements of the recommended standards. It’s a result of continuous hard work by the Gardien team that we have re-gained this international approval.

These global standards perfectly line up with our own in-house high set of standards alongside our business strategy. The certification also fits in perfectly with our commitment to continually improve and enhance our services.

With our 30+ years of experience in the PCB industry, Gardien has proven its potential as the largest global independent testing & inspection, and quality assurance provider. We understand how important it is to maintain consistently high quality and customer satisfaction.

Gardien has managed to keep up with current global trends in quality management and environmental stewardship along with a rigorous self-assessment process.

Gardien’s Chief Operating Officer, Roland Valentini, says, “We are proud that our team has met these high standards and we believe that it reflects well on us.”

“We are excited about our ISO 9001 : 2015 QMS certification and now have an even more robust Quality Management System. This achievement reaffirms our commitment to providing excellent customer service by using world-class processes.” said, Rick Meraw (Vice President, Quality/R&D).

Gardien is committed to providing world-class services to its customers. With this international authorization, we once again assert our past and present clients the reliability that comes with Gardien. To our future clients, we put forward this testament as the basis of our probable relationship.

About The Gardien Group

The Gardien Group is a trusted leader in providing independent and unbiased testing and quality assurance solutions to the electronic industry.  With a global footprint of 19 service centers spread across Asia, Europe and North America, Gardien’s leading-edge engineering service is at hand 24/7.

We cater to and support a broad spectrum of industries including, but not limited to, aerospace, medical, defence, computers, telecommunications, etc.

We look forward to partnering with you.

Business Contact:
Roland Valentini
Group Chief Operating Officer
The Gardien Group



Mr. Syvret joined Gardien Services Canada as Financial Controller in 2001 and assumed the role of Finance Director North America in 2007. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Syvret has held senior finance and accounting roles, including with Canadian Pacific Ltd and Sprint Inc.



Mr. Niraj Patel joined the company on a part time basis in 1993 while attending college full time. He worked in various positions until he graduated from the Centennial College Computer Systems Technology program, whereupon he was hired full time. He progressed through several testing and CAM department positions and was appointed North American CAM Manager in 1998. After 18 years with the company, Mr. Patel was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations, Gardien Services Canada Inc. in 2011. In January, 2015 Mr. Patel became Vice President NA of the newly combined organizational unit North America which includes the Canada and USA.



Mr. Todd Kolmodin, a native to the Pacific Northwest was born in Seattle Washington. At a young age he moved to the Portland Oregon area. In March of 1986 he graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Todd began his tenure in the Electrical Test field that same year.  Todd spent eight years working in an independent testing facility in Wilsonville Oregon where he built skills in all aspects of Electrical Test and Quality Assurance. 

Todd then spent a short term with Yamamoto Corporation on their Engineering staff covering PCB drill, finishing and Electrical Test before joining Probe Test Fixtures in 1995. His charge was CAM and Fixuring Manager.  Todd joined the Gardien Group in September 1998 continuing the same roll and taking on the responsibilities of Quality Manager for Oregon operations. In 2008 Mr. Kolmodin was promoted to Vice President Quality USA. In this position Mr. Kolmodin oversees and maintains the Gardien ITAR registration, ISO Multi-Site registration and multiple site Lab Suitability with the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime. Now also maintaining the Gardien QMS system Todd now serves as Vice President Quality North America.

Mr. Kolmodin is also a published columnist and Technical Presenter with multiple appearances at the IPC Apex Expo Conferences in both San Diego and Las Vegas. 



Mr. Valentini was appointed COO in July 2010 after successfully serving as head of North American operations since 2005.

Roland has over ten years’ experience in the PCB industry, including sales, service, and project management at Atotech GmbH, Germany mainly relating to PCB plating equipment.
He has significant sales experience from his tenure at Mack Rides GmbH and headed up worldwide installations for Lurgi Bischoff GmbH.

Mr. Valentini received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mannheim, Germany.



Prior to Richard joining Gardien in September 2014, he was Chairman/CEO of tool chain vendor Atego Group Systems Limited which was sold to PTC Inc.

Prior to joining Atego, Richard held a number of Executive and Non-Executive roles including Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Plethora Solutions, an AIM listed Pharmaceutical Company and CEO of AIM listed Cybit Holdings plc. where he grew the company from inception to revenues of over 25 million and took the company through multiple acquisitions before managing a sale of the business to Francisco Partners.

Richard previously held a number of senior roles in the Software industry.



Mr. Meraw was appointed Group Vice President of Quality in Jan 2015 after successfully  serving as Senior Vice President of USA operations since 2011.  Prior to being responsible for USA operations Mr Meraw was responsible for Canadian operations since 2001.

Rick has over twenty years’ experience with Gardien Group and has various roles including, service technician, customer liaison, Quality manager, technical support, project management, and software design/ implementation.

In June 1992 he graduated with an Electronic Engineering Technologist degree, with honors from a local community college.

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2014年9月份Richard加入了Gardien,在此之前,他是现售于PTC的供应链供应商Atego Group Systems Limited 的首席执行官。

在加入Atego之前,Richard曾任包括Plethora Solutions,一家目标上市的医药公司的独立非执行总监,目标上市的Cybit Holdings plc的首席执行官等众多执行和非执行职务。他带领公司从最初阶段发展成为一家具有两千五百万营业额的企业,并且在将公司售于Francisco Partners之前带领公司渡过多次兼并。





Roland在PCB行业有10多年的工作经验,包括销售、服务、项目管理等,曾在德国主要的PCB电镀设备相关的公司 Atotech GmbH内任职。

在 Mack Rides GmbH任职期间他有着不凡的销售经验,在Lurgi Bischoff GmbH全球安置的过程中起着领导作用。