Meet Your Volunteer Chapter Board!

Board of Directors


Ken Neeman, CM

Mobile: 562-869-7877


Ken has served at the Long Beach chapters president for many years. Prior to his retirement in 2007, Ken worked as a refrigeration technician for Mountain Water Ice Co., Kraft Foods, and Albertsons. Ken has many years of ammonia refrigeration experience which he shares with the chapter from time to time.


Even though he may be retired, Ken never stops. He is constantly on the go either working on the homes of his friends, family, or others, or on the ocean fishing and soaking up some California sun!

1st Vice President


George Garcia, CM

mobile: 562-529-6165



George Garcia has been an RSES member since 1993. He works for Raytheon Corporation in El Segundo as an HVAC technican and has been there for many years. 

2nd Vice President

James Houghton

Mobile: 714-717-2756



Jim has more years of membership than any other board member of the chapter. Having joined in 1970, Jim has donated quite a lot of time over the years serving the chapter.


Jim is retired from the Huntington Beach Unified School District where he worked as an HVAC technician.


Richard Hock

mobile: 714-484-7256



Richard Hock has been a chapter member since 1985. Richard is currently a full-time instructor of HVACR classes at Cypress Community College.

Sergeant At Arms

Reuben Cardona

Mobile: 714-273-1449



Reuben has been a chapter member since 2011. He might be new, but he has been an integral part of our chapter since before he joined. 

Membership Chairman

Educational Chairman

Newsletter Editor


Ken Robinson, CMS, RCT

mobile: 310-600-8800



Ken has been with the chapter since 1986 and has held many officer positions within the chapter, including president. Ken now serves the role of membership and educational chair and is the editor of the chapter's monthly newsletter that is emailed to more than 1000 people! Ken also served as recording secretary for the regional association of chapters, CARSES and has played a pivotal roll in the chapter being awarded the opportunity to host the 2014 RSES International Conference in October, 2014.


Ken is co-owner of Climate Pro Mechanical, a commercial HVAC contractor serving the Los Angeles basin area. Ken has worked in the past as a service technician for Southland Air Conditioning, Signal Mechanical, and Control Air, before becoming operations manager for Linc Mechanical. He has also been an HVAC instructor at Long Beach City College and is currently an instructor for the Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning (IHACI). Ken also serves on the education committees for both the National Comfort Institute (NCI) and the Institue of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries (IHACI) where he also served as an instructor in the evenings.

Board Member

John Taylor

Mobile: 909-247-6573



John Taylor is joined the chapter in 2012 and has been active since day one. John has been a presenter at a chapter meeting, speaking on behalf of his organization, PECI, which is a liason between utilities and consumers that works with both and with contractors to provide energy savings programs with test-in and test-out functions.

Board Member

Steve Wellander, CM, RCT

Mobile: 714-863-493



Steve started working the HVACR industry in 1986, attending trade school at night and working for a large HVAC contractor in the Chicago area during the day as a service helper. He later moved on to a commercial refrigeration company. He was a field service technician for four years before he moved into sales engineering. Steve designed and sold commercial refrigeration and HVAC systems. In 1997, Steve and his family moved to California. Steve went to work for a major commercial refrigeration equipment manufacture where he was the manager of the service department. He and his team fielded service calls from service technicians on the installation and operation of commercial refrigeration equipment. In 2005, Steve moved to his present position service manager for a precision cooling equipment manufacture.


Steves education includes an AS degree College of Du Page, a certificate from the Environmental Technical Institute, and a BSfrom  Pepperdine University.

Region 14&15 Director

Fred Townsend, CM

mobile: 562-233-5271



Fred Townsend is a long-term member of the Los Angeles chapter and has served for many years as the Regional Director for some time as well. Fred is retired from the county of Los Angeles where he worked as an HVACR technician stationed at a county hospital in Downey, Ca. 


Being a regional director requires a fair amount of Freds time as he coordinates what each chapter in his two regions are doing and what is happening with our regional association, CARSES. We thank Fred for all his efforts and certainly for the time he donates to our organization.

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