About Us

Kachina Lead Paint Solutions specializes in serving the remodeling industry, including contractors, manufacturers and multi-unit retailers. We provide industry-leading knowledge, guidance and business advice to ensure that you and your company operate within all guidelines and laws, including, but not limited to those relating to the Pre-Renovation Lead Information Rule (PLIR) and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP).

We are the training and compliance leader for the remodeling industry. We are fully prepared to ensure that you and your staff are aware of current rules and regulations, as well as impending changes that will shift the burden of lead paint from the homeowner to the contractor. We provide both the materials and the faculty to train you, your installers and/or your entire organization. Our nationally-recognized trainers have taught public and private companies and trained classes typically ranging from 10 to 48 students.

Our trainers are recognized as the leaders in the industry, respected by both the EPA and state agencies throughout the U.S.  Our full credentials are guaranteed to not only impress you, but more importantly, to give you the confidence that you are in the right hands when it comes to full compliance and the safe and proper operating practices.

In affiliation with the remodeling industry's preeminent law firm, Berenson LLP, we are intimately aware of all laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the industry. As a result, we're available to review your current practices and can provide contracts, forms and other guidance that can potentially save you and your business costly penalties, fines and lawsuits, not to mention heartache and aggravation.


John R. Zilka heads Technical Services and is involved with the creation of training materials and classes.  Under his direction, a team of qualified instructors is available nationwide.

Mr. Zilka's background includes: Chief Operating Officer and President of Applied Systems, Inc. a firm specializing in environmental hazard evaluation, control and consulting services. Additionally, he was Senior Scientist, QuanTech, Arlington Va., October 2000 to April 2004. Performed construction/environmental consulting and support services on numerous HUD sponsored housing environmental research and development projects, studies, surveys and training tasks assigned to QuanTech by HUD's Office of Healthy Homes/Lead Hazard Control. He was also Past President/Principal of Camm Construction Corporation June 1984-April 1992, an associated Construction/Hazardous Waste/Industrial Services Company of the C.J. Betters Corporation.

Stephen J. Klein is the president of Kachina Lead Paint Solutions (and Kachina Contractor Solutions).  In 2008, he envisioned what would be mandated from the EPA in terms of the additional burden the new Lead Paint Laws would put on the remodeling industry.  Mr. Klein formed Kachina with goals reflected in the company’s two-part positioning line:

“Founded by contractors for contractors.”
Stephen's experience includes leading a third-generation multi-division home improvement company that had exclusive agreements with SEARS and The Home Depot.  He is the Chairman of NAPAC, the National Association of Professionally Accredited Contractors and a professional business coach. 

“From classroom training to real world implementation.” 
Stephen knows that just training someone in the required Lead Safe Work Practices is not enough.  How will a company ensure that they are in compliance and not miss a critical step or sign-off point?  He has engaged the services of Berenson LLP, the nation's only law firm with an exclusive national practice in design/build and home improvement law, to create all the forms and protocol a contractor, large or small, will need.  Additionally, he has developed a one-stop shopping environment for the proper materials and safety equipment that contractors will need to make Lead Safe Work Practices a reality. 

Paul E. Toub is the vice president of marketing.  As one of the founders of Kachina Lead Paint Solutions, Paul was initially instrumental in developing Kachina’s version of the EPA’s Renovate Right pamphlets. He is now focused on marketing Kachina’s national training capabilities to major national and regional remodelers and manufacturers.  Paul understands how the new EPA Lead Paint Laws impact the remodeling industry and is adept at explaining what every contractor needs to know in order to be in compliance.  In support of that, Kachina has developed all the forms and protocol that make compliance simple.  As a former marketing executive of several publicly-held companies, he has a unique perspective on how companies can use the EPA and state requirements as a marketing edge.  Also, as a professional radio and television announcer, he is an informative and entertaining speaker on this subject and is available for webinars, company meetings, etc.  


Kachina is affiliated with the law firm of Berenson LLP to ensure that all of our training and directions are 100% compliant with all laws, rules and regulations.

D.S. Berenson is the Washington, D.C.-based-Managing Partner of Berenson LLP, the nation's only law firm with an exclusive national practice in design/build and home improvement law. A noted lecturer and author, his experience includes the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in New York City and the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. He is active in all areas of the remodeling and home improvement industry, focusing within the industry on defensive quality control practices, consumer finance and lending, state and national business transactions, operational structuring, agency representation, document customization, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure, securities and finance, commercial lending, tax, and asset protection.

Mr. Berenson represents a large variety of contractors throughout North America, and a number with international branches. He serves as general counsel and special counsel to home improvement contractors, remodeling industry manufacturers, trade associations, multi-national banks and consumer lenders on a full range of corporate matters. He is considered to be the country’s preeminent experts in the field of home improvement law and consumer financing.

A frequent lecturer, keynote speaker and regular contributing author to various industry trade magazines (including Remodeling Magazine and Replacement Contractor), Mr. Berenson was one of nine attorneys in the United States honored in the 2005 joint Forbes Magazine - American Airlines “Special Tribute to America's Best Lawyers.”

Mr. Berenson is the author of Pratt’s State Law and Regulation of Closed-End Credit. This six-volume series covers all aspects of installment sale practices, procedures and licensing from both the federal and state perspective for retail home improvement / remodeling sellers as well as for indirect purchasers of installment sale paper.