RSES is confident that Hoke will handle the transition well. “We are delighted Rich has agreed to step in as our interim executive vice president,” says RSES International President Joe Marchese, CMS. “Rich is a long-time RSES and industry veteran with a solid managerial background.” Hoke has been a Member of RSES since 1988. He currently serves as the director of Regions 8 and 11.

He is a member of the RSES educational and examining board, past president of the RSES Fox Valley Chapter, and past president of the RSES Illinois State Association. He served on the nominating committee and the credentials committee at RSES international conferences, a long-range planning sub-committee under the board of directors, and also as an RSES seminar and class instructor.


Hoke is the current building maintenance superintendent for the city of Elgin and has more than 30 years of experience in facility management. He has also worked part time for more than 20 years as an instructor at Elgin Community College in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning program. He holds many industry certifications and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Illinois Council of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Educators and the National Association of Power Engineers.

While Hoke holds the interim position, the board of directors is looking to fill the position permanently. “We are fortunate to have him on our team and even more fortunate to have him guide our staff until we find a permanent executive vice president, which we are actively seeking,” says Marchese.RSES is the world’s leading education, training and certification association for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration professionals. RSES credentials include its Active Specialized Member, Certificate Member and Certificate Member Specialist categories, as well as one of the largest EPA Section 608 certification programs in the industry. Founded in 1933, RSES is a non-profit organization of members in chapters in the U.S. and Canada, as well as affiliate organizations worldwide. For more information on RSES call 800-297-5660 or 847-297-6464, or visit our website at RSES, 1911 Rohlwing Road, Suite A, Rolling Meadows, IL  60008-1397.

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