It is the objective of the ACOE to maintain the association as an organization of chief engineers, or the industrial equivalent thereof, who have a special interest in the practices of plant engineering. The organizational activity, within the scope of this specialized field of interest, shall be dedicated to the improvement of service to its members, their employing companies, the engineering profession and the community. Association activities shall be directed to accomplish the specific objectives of education, the exchange of information, plant tours and service on governmental licensing boards and industrial code boards.

It is an objective of the association to provide, through an apprenticeship program, a better qualified stationary engineer and to promote the welfare and raise the standard of engineers by instituting educational programs within our organization.

The association emphasizes supervisory concepts and helps the engineer better direct and motivate his staff and interface effectively with other areas of management.

The association strives to enhance the prestige and professional status of stationary engineers and, when appropriate, to serve as a “voice of the stationary engineer.”

It is a goal of this association to maintain an effective level of membership participation.




Code of Ethics

No disclosure of information by a member of the ACOE shall be used for his or her employer’s disadvantage.

ACOE membership shall never be used as a tool of salesmanship toward other members or their employers.

No member of the ACOE shall align himself with any vendor, contractor or supplier for the express purpose of personal gain.

No member of the ACOE shall ever knowingly say or do anything which may jeopardize the position of another member with his or her employer.

Members of the ACOE are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner in the normal routine of their duties so as to enhance the dignity of their profession and their affiliation with the Association.

Any member that is found to have acted in an unethical manner, by the ethics committee, and is voted on as such, by a quorum of, and at a general meeting will result in the individual’s dues not being accepted for the following year, nor will that person be considered for future membership, unless otherwise stated at the time voting takes place.

Board Of Directors

Jericho Whitener, Chief Engineer Transwestern

ACOE President

Work Phone: 713-552-0046
Cell Phone: 713-584-5221
Email: jericho.whitener@transwestern.com

Jericho previously served the ACOE as Treasurer.  He has 18 years of experience in the field. He has enjoyed his previous successes and experiences gained and welcomes all that will come. Jericho has a strong back ground in building automation systems and capital project planning. Jericho is responsible for 2.4 million sq ft of property including a 30 story state of the art office. Away from the office  Jericho enjoys spending his time with his Wife and Kids, Coaching Baseball and Fishing off his Kayak.


Jose Hernandez, Account Manager GSH Group

ACOE Vice President

Work Phone: 973-906-9399
Cell Phone: 832-309-2370
Email: jose.hernandez@gshgroup.com

Jose currently works for GSH Group in the Houston area. With over 20 years of experience in his field, Jose specializes in stationary building engineering, expediting building projects, voice and data networking, construction drawing review, and budgeting and cost control.

In 2015, the ACOE presented Jose with the ACOE Volunteer of the Year award due to his dedication and hard work, which then led to his role as both Vice President and President. Jose strongly believes in the value of hard work and credits his work ethic and talent in allowing him to achieve his goals.

Jose holds a degree in Automotive Technology, has earned an Associate of Applied Science certification and holds a State of Texas Maintenance Electrician License.

On Jose's spare time, he enjoys spending time with his children, playing golf and committing time to the AOCE. 


Felix Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Operations Simon Property Group


Work Phone: 713-966-3535
Cell Phone: 832-517-0406
Email: frodriguez@simon.com

Felix Rodriguez is the Assistant Director of Operations at The Galleria for Simon Property Group.


Felix began his career as an apprentice during his first employment at The Galleria, where he went on to earn his Stationary Engineer License while working there. Shortly after, he left the retail industry to pursue opportunities in property management, gaining valuable insight into office building operations. This experience opened the door for him to take a position as Chief Engineer with Cameron Management.


 Always ready to evolve and grow in his profession, Felix decided to take the role of Project Manager and Business Development Manager with a local contracting company, where he oversaw the company's tenant build-outs at The Galleria. The return to the bustling environment of The Galleria confirmed to Felix that he belonged in the retail industry and served as the catalyst to his current position as Assistant Director of Operations at the Galleria. 


Since 2013, Felix holds a strong position in a team that manages the day to day operations at The Galleria, a classified Level VI mall of 12 million square feet anchored by four major retail providers. This retail property is the largest in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States.

Here, he focuses on maintaining a safe environment by identifying and eliminating safety hazards to staff, tenants, and customers, while over-seeing tenant build-outs and assessing emergency situations at the center.


Felix, a native Houstonian, who socially connects with everyone he meets, has formed strong relationships with his vast network of associates in the Construction and Engineering Building Property Management Industry throughout the years–– not only in Houston but in the great state of Texas.


Rudy Matamoros, Chief Engineer Lincoln Properties


Work Phone: 713-236-9118
Cell Phone: 832-853-2261
Email: rmatamoros@lpc.com

Rudy Matamoros, Chief Engineer at Lincoln Property. As Chief Engineer, Rudy is responsible for overseeing and managing the engineering staff with a portfolio of over 3 million SF encompassing office, retail shopping centers and industrial properties. 

Due to Rudy’s passion for the Engineering field he furthers his growth, as well as others, by serving on the ACOE Board, as 2016 and 2017 President. 

 A career in the building engineering field for over 20 years with past positions starting as an Apprentice Engineer and consistently raising the bar of which led to Chief Engineer. Previous employers in the real estate sector range from a history with CMD Realty, and Moody Rambin.

 Rudy brings numerous achievements and marketability:  3rd Grade Engineer License, Pneumatic Control Systems, CFC Universal License, Maintenance Electrical License, ASHRE Course (Water Pumps and Design), Asbestos Safety Training, Houston High-Rise Fire Prevention, SMT Completion and future SMA Completion.

 Due to Rudy’s passion for the Engineering field he furthers his growth, as well as others, by serving on the ACOE Board, as 2016 President. ACOE is an organization that promotes and provides scholarships for engineering candidates, as well as gives back to the community.

Hector Rios Jr, Assistant Chief Engineer Transwestern

Position #1

Cell Phone: 281-960-3528
Email: hecto.rios@transwestern.com

Hector Rios Jr. is the Assistant Chief Engineer at Transwestern. Hector joined Transwestern in 2018 as a Lead Engineer at Waterway 1 & 2 in The Woodlands. As a result of his leadership, knowledge and dedication, he quickly promoted to Assistant Chief Engineer at the new Leed Platinum Bank of America Tower building in Downtown Houston.

Hector started his career in the Operating Engineering Field in 2007 when he took an apprenticeship with PMRG. After leaving PMRG in 2012, he transferred to the Bank of America Center, which is now owned and operated by M-M Properties. During his time at the Bank of America Center, he worked as an Operator and gained valuable insight into building operations. He also worked at Hines as an Operating Engineer before making his leadership move to Transwestern. As a leader, Hector has gained the trust and respect of his team and continues to grow in knowledge.

Hector always seeks opportunities to expand his knowledge in his career and has obtained the following credentials, a Third Grade Stationary Engineering License, Maintenance Electrician License and an EPA Universal Certificate.

Hector, a native Houstonian, is the proud father of a ten-year-old son and a seven-year-old daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys going fishing and playing soccer.

Adam Nunez, Lead Building Engineer at Moody Rambin

Position #2

Cell Phone: 281-620-6035

Adam Nunez is the Lead Building Engineer at Moody Rambin, where he currently oversees approximately 2 million square feet of office and retail space. As Lead Building Engineer, Nunez leads a team of engineers and assists with operations consisting of CAPEX projects and buildout tenant spaces. He also helps operate the R&M budget and planning process.


Adam has six years of experience in Building Engineering, and he continuously strives to advance in his field by learning and acquiring new skills. Adam holds a CFC Universal License and an Apprentice Electrical License. He has certifications in High and Mid-Rise Atrium Fire Prevention, SMT and has training in HCC Air Conditioning I and II. He is currently working on his Maintenance License and SMA Certification.


In his time away from work, Adam enjoys playing basketball, working around his house and reading technical books about commercial building applications.

It is well for a man to respect his own vocation, whatever it is and to think himself bound to uphold it and claim for it the respect it deserves.

by Charles Dickens


President’s Roster

  1. 1952    R. E. Humphrey
  2. 1953    F. D. Garvin
  3. 1954    O. W. Rosin
  4. 1955    C. V. Parker
  5. 1956    V. B. Wampler
  6. 1957    R. F. Dowling
  7. 1958    D. E. Eames
  8. 1959    A. R. Plowman
  9. 1960    H. U. Matthew, Jr.
  10. 1961    H. B. Dodge
  11. 1962    S. A. Winn
  12. 1963    J. V. Stephens
  13. 1964    Joe Sadler
  14. 1965    R. E. Brown
  15. 1966    J. H. Rider
  16. 1967    H. L. Harrell
  17. 1968    Walter Linderman
  18. 1969    Jerry Trncak
  19. 1970    J. B. Deglandon
  20. 1971    James Lewis
  21. 1972    Ben Buckner
  22. 1973    Bill Gray
  23. 1974    Al Barstch
  24. 1975    J. L. Kelley
  25. 1976    John Thomason
  26. 1977    Jacki Meyers
  27. 1978    John Woods
  28. 1979    John Little
  29. 1980    Tony Morille
  30. 1981    Ronald T. Peters
  31. 1982    Donald Chrisner
  32. 1983    C. J. Portella
  33. 1984    Albert W. Sallee
  34. 1985    Don McCartney
  35. 1986    Marvin E. Henry
  36. 1987    Thomas Easley
  37. 1988    James Thornton
  38. 1989    Roy A. Paul
  39. 1990    Richard B. Dudczak
  40. 1991    T. Soule / G. Perez
  41. 1992    Scott Van Dusen
  42. 1993    Ron Hutchinson
  43. 1994    Edmond Yargo
  44. 1995    Dave Teehee
  45. 1996    Joe Mathis
  46. 1997    Ronald T. Peters
  47. 1998    Rick Gates
  48. 1999    Melvin T. Craddock
  49. 2000    John T. Bays
  50. 2001    Tim Nall
  51. 2002    Richard Burrows
  52. 2003    David Pommerencke
  53. 2004    Lloyd Wilkinson
  54. 2005    Steven Lloyd
  55. 2006    Lloyd Blackstock
  56. 2007    Danny Rodriguez
  57. 2008    Jack Hollis
  58. 2009    Dennis Wingo
  59. 2010    Danny Allsup
  60. 2011    Tommy Wood
  61. 2012    Danny Rodriguez
  62. 2013    Danny Rodriguez
  63. 2014    Tom Wilson
  64. 2015    Tom Wilson
  65. 2016     Rudy Matamoros
  66. 2017     Rudy Matamoros
  67. 2018     Jose Hernandez
  68. 2019     Jose Hernandez
  69. 2020     Jericho Whitener
  70. 2021     Jericho Whitener

ACOE Founders

  1. A. A. Reinhart
  2. A. B. Pitts
  3. Alton Elliot
  4. C. V. Parker
  5. D. L. Taylor
  6. F. D. Garvin
  7. F. W. Berma
  8. Foy Gates
  9. H. A. Reeves
  10. H. T. Pearson
  11. Ira Deglandon
  12. K. G. Warfield
  13. L. H. McCoy
  14. L. O. Sudduth
  15. O. W. Rosin
  16. R. A. Amal
  17. R. B. McFarland
  18. R. D. Williams
  19. R. D. Withrow
  20. R. E. Humphrey
  21. R. P. Massey
  22. R. W. Means
  23. V. P. Wampler
  24. W. P. Giles

Thank you to all that served.

Our sincere gratitude to the pioneers who foresaw the need for this organization.