Temis Guzman is #MadeForKnoxville.

Temis Guzman is a veteran, firefighter, entrepreneur, owner/operator of Massage Design and Innovation, and inventor/published author of Project BVRS. His many roles and skills are unified by a passion to slow the spread of germs and disease in public spaces. With a desire to change the world and help people, Guzman invented the Building Virulent Rating System (BVRS): a device that will allow users to detect and kill germs before they can spread. 

After serving in the U.S. Air Force for 6 years and working as a firefighter, Temis continually seeks to make a difference in the world by helping people understand the importance of germ detection. His latest endeavor is authoring a book called Project BVRS.

In 1974, the Fire Prevention Act passed, saving countless lives. Temis believes our country requires the same level of legislation for contagion safety. 

For over a decade, he has used his safety expertise to develop the Building Virulent Rating System (BVRS). BVRS is a method by which buildings are safety-rated for viral protection, just as they are rated for fire safety. It includes systems proven to reduce or eliminate viral spread: antiviral surfaces, construction, and cleaning systems.  

Temis owns and operates Massage Design and Innovation, a brick-and-mortar example of the BVRS system at work. He is also a consultant to McGhee Air Force Base’s cafeteria construction project to implement germ-prevention at the design and construction levels.

Currently, he serves as brand ambassador for the following companies that produce germ, virus, and contagion-fighting products:

Sherwin Williams: Paintshield; SuperPaint

Beacon Linens: Silverthread Tech

ToolKlean and FarUV Technology: Germ-Killing Lights

Medify Air: Air Scrubbing Tech

Safe-to-Touch: Self-Sanitizing Surfaces

“Let’s show the country how we can live without fear of contagion in any environment!”

In Their Own Words..

When the United States responded to the COVID-19 crisis, I was alarmed, then disappointed at our lack of preparedness. After schools and churches closed around Knoxville, I thought, “There has to be a better way.” I realized that full implementation of BVRS was the answer.

If we take the stance of germ prevention, we will never endure another pandemic. Through the design of my proposed BVRS app, building safety ratings will be transparently reported and accessible to patrons. The benefits are long-term, as contagious illnesses remain a health threat.

BVRS and the Automobile Industry

We can be the first in the industry to bring safety to the interior of vehicles with sanitizing measures. Project BVRS aims, in its promotion of contagion legislation, to include laws pertaining to vehicle sanitation requirements. Through such legislation, vehicles will have self-sanitizing interiors including steering wheel, seats, controls, and anything that consumers touch. Vehicle HVAC systems will have systems for capturing and eliminating germs. Vehicle interiors will include UVC lights. These implementations will revolutionize Uber, Lyft, and other gig economy jobs such as Door Dash, GrubHub, etc. This is the future of transportation vehicles, in airplanes, trains, buses, subways and beyond. Patrons and consumers can travel in security, knowing that they, their possessions, and their delivery purchases are safe from contagion.

Textbook Example

I confirm my belief in my own contagion-prevention philosophy literally through the method of publication of my book, Project BVRS. I’m working now with companies to publish this book with a self-sanitizing cover. I want this type of cover to be a prototype for books used in schools, colleges, libraries. I bring this level of innovation to the book itself to set an example for the industry of publication. 

The Challenge Program

I am uncertain where I would be today if it were not for the Challenge Program, a state-funded military school program for youth in crisis. The Challenge Program saved my life when I was a teenager, but more than that, it gave me discipline, direction, and hope. It formed the basis for the man I am today. It is an invaluable resource.

The sad truth is that funds which previously supported the Challenge Program were redirected to COVID-19 relief for the State of Tennessee. I also learned that the program has been discontinued in the State of New York. Through my development of BVRS, I would like to bring the Challenge Program back into effect. Project BVRS eliminates the need for redirecting funding toward pandemic relief and prevention. Once the money is no longer wasted on this security theater and cleaning up the mess of rampant contagion, I want those funds to be redirected back toward the schools.  

Massage Therapy

I am a licensed massage therapist. I believe that I have saved the massage therapy profession from extinction, setting up a brick-and-mortar store, Massage Design and Innovation, implementing all the germ- and contagion-fighting products I actively endorse to allow for my staff and customers to remain safe in this environment. We are shut-down-proof, because we go above and beyond masks, vaccines and social distancing. Massage Design and Innovation operates as a real-world example of how these practices can function effectively. I seek to franchise because these innovations are applicable – and quite necessary – to cities across the United States. Let’s show the country how we can live without fear of contagion in any environment!

More About Temis Guzman

I enlisted in the Air Force at age 22 and served my country for six years. I trained at the San Angelo Fire Academy. Then, at Shaw Air Force Base, I received EMT and HAZMAT training. I was a service member to the 2010 Joint Task Force Haiti Relief Response and who worked as a civilian firefighter contractor in Kabul, Afghanistan. I now live in Knoxville, Tennessee with my wife and our three kids. I want my children to see me as an example of hard work and high standards. 

I am available for:

  • free consultations regarding what your building/business needs to transform into a contagion-free zone for your patrons and clients
  • interview regarding the BVRS and the products I endorse
  • public speaking engagements
  • public education events


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