About Us

The Nelrod Company is...

The Nelrod Company is one of the country’s premiere affordable housing and energy efficiency consulting firms. Originally conceived with the simple mission of empowering a few struggling small housing communities, the company has since transformed assisted housing operations nationwide. Today, we provide a range of consulting and assessment services to agencies, corporations, and clients of all sizes.

Who we are

  • Founded in 1985, incorporated in 1990
  • Forty-seven (47) full-time employees and 94 consultants with locations in Texas and D.C.
  • 35,420 small-business, corporate, local & federal government clients helped to date
  • 10 registered Brands and divisions with registered and patented processes

From our CEO

"We are very fortunate to have the continued support of our clients for over 30 years. Together, we have made a difference in improving the lives of millions of Americans. "

Nelson Rodriguez
The Nelrod Company

OUR HISTORY... A Better Way

Initially founded as Resource Exchange by Carlos Garcia and Nelson Rodriguez in May 1985. The Nelrod Company was later incorporated in September 1990 in Fort Worth, Texas by its President and CEO – Nelson Rodriguez.

During the mid-80s, there were only a few private consulting firms specializing in affordable and assisted housing in the entire nation –even fewer of those have remained successful. While other leading consulting firms tended to focus on large agencies, The Nelrod Company went against the grain. We chose to instead focus on smaller housing communities – those with similar problems, but fewer available resources.

In addition to consulting services, The Nelrod Company has performed hundreds of facilities condition assessments for clients across the country. These assessments are used for short and long-term cost planning and help our clients to identify millions of dollars in rehabilitation and energy efficiency improvements for residential and commercial buildings.

In an attempt to better service our clients, The Nelrod Company received accreditation from the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to establish a new inspections division – FOX Energy Specialists.

Established in 2000, FOX Energy Specialists combined years of affordable housing industry experience and additional building science training to become one of the top producing energy testing and rating companies in the country. Since its establishment, FOX has inspected, audited, or rated more than 40,000 separate building structures for our clients.

Today, The Nelrod Company still specializes in providing management, planning, and training services to the affordable and assisted housing industry. However, we have since expanded our service offerings to include technical assistance to almost every facet of management and federal program operations. Accordingly, we have assisted more than 3,720 assisted housing agencies, hundreds of construction companies, and more than 35,400 individual clients in the United States and overseas.

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Our People....Making a Difference


Nelson Rodriguez


The Nelrod Company


Mr. Rodriguez serves as President and CEO of the firm. It is his responsibility to implement board decisions and initiatives and to maintain the smooth operation of the firm, with the assistance of senior management. He is an innovator in the assisted housing and energy efficiency industries. He holds the country’s only process patent for energy efficiency inspections and testing, and more than 13 other registered trademarks for unique services offered to clients.

Mr. Rodriguez began his entrepreneurial career as a 10 year old shoe shine boy in south Texas. He worked in the family grocery store throughout his youth and returned to manage the family business after completing his Bachelors in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his obligation to the family business, Mr. Rodriguez succeeded in running an award-winning weekly newspaper, as well as worked to organize other entrepreneurs to form the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC).

At the age of 27 years, he served as the first Chair and President of the national chamber (USHCC). The next year, Mr. Rodriguez moved to Washington D.C. to serve in five presidential appointments. During his tenure in government, he served as the youngest Senior Executive at the Department of Commerce, won the Secretarial Achievement Award at the Department of Transportation, and the Affordable Housing Award at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

After leaving government service, Mr. Rodriguez teamed up with Carlos Garcia – a nationally recognized trainer, to found a business aimed at improving the lives of low-income American families. Today, The Nelrod Company remains committed to that mission and continues to work to “build a stronger America, one family at a time.”

Click the image below to download the recent article from Fort Worth Business CEO featuring President/CEO Mr. Nelson Rodriguez.

Mark Vogeler

Vice President of Operations

The Nelrod Company


Mr. Vogeler serves as Vice President of Operations for our firm. He is responsible for quality assurance for all divisions and oversees company planning and production of services. Additionally, Mr. Vogeler assists with the research and development of new products and systems to improve delivery of services to our clients. He has more than fourteen (14) years of experience providing technical guidance and other consulting to our multi-industry clients.

Before joining our firm, Mr. Vogeler spent nearly 20 years as CEO and Division Vice President for several local government agencies.

James Rodriguez

Executive Vice President

Fox Energy Specialists


Mr. Rodriguez serves as the Executive Vice President for Fox Energy Specialists promoting energy efficiency and green construction practices to both the residential and commercial sectors. Mr. Rodriguez has been with the firm for 9 years and in that time has been involved in virtually every facet of the business, including strategic direction, operations, training, business development, marketing, sales, government affairs, and finance. Additionally, he oversees the daily efforts of a team of over twenty (20) full-time employees and a workforce of over eighty (80) certified energy inspectors and auditors. Since 2001, Fox Energy Specialists has inspected and tested more than 42,000 buildings nationwide.

Before joining our team, Mr. Rodriguez spent four years in Washington, DC as a strategic consultant after completing his Bachelor of Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.

Division Leaders

Valencia Barber

Director for Federal Client Services, DC Office

The Nelrod Company


Mrs. Barber serves as the Director for Federal Client Services and our D.C. office. She has more than twelve (12) years of Project Management and consulting experience with our firm. In that time, she has served as Manager for several multi-million dollar government contracts where she managed the administration and monitoring of contracts, many times simultaneously. She has extensive experience in developing and monitoring budgets. Additionally, Mrs. Barber has directed the daily operations of several major government call centers and federal consumer programs for our clients.

Prior to joining our team, Mrs. Barber spent nine (9) years serving as Client Services Coordinator for large government organizations.

Vicki Brower


EZ-Steps Training Division


Ms. Brower serves as the Director for our EZ-Steps Training division. She has more than fifteen (15) years of experience developing, coordinating, and implementing various training programs for our staff and clients. Ms. Brower is responsible for coordinating more than 42 training curriculums each year, as well as providing consulting services to our clients. During her tenure, she served as Technical Advisor for the development of a web-based Quality Control tool used by clients nationwide. She also served as Operation Manager for one of the federal government’s most popular helplines.

Before joining our firm, Ms. Brower spent twenty (20) years as a business education instructor and CEO of several local government agencies.

Janell Hoppe National Manager EZ-Reasonable Rent Determination Division 817-922-9000

Ms. Hoppe serves as the National Manager for the EZ-Reasonable Rent Determination division and is responsible for the design and implementation of federal program compliant rent comparability studies and quality reviews. She has more than twelve (12) years of experience with our firm performing comparability studies for agencies ranging from 20 units to more than 20,000 units. During this tenure, Ms. Hoppe helped develop the country’s first web-based rent reasonableness system.

Before joining our team, Ms. Hoppe honed her managerial skills as an executive assistant to numerous corporate managers in Sales, Human Resources, and Health/Disability Insurance.

Cheryl Lord Director ResidentLife Utility Allowances Division 817-922-9000

Ms. Lord serves as the Director for Resident Life Utility Allowances division. She has over 23 years of experience providing excellent service to our company clients. During this tenure, she and her staff developed over 1900 utility allowance studies for more than 400 client agencies to meet numerous federal government program requirements. Additionally, Ms. Lord assisted in revising and updating the federal government’s “Public Housing Utility Allowance Guidebook” which replaced the 1998 version.

Before joining our team, Ms. Lord managed her own business for eight years and completed significant coursework in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Frances Rodriguez Coordinator Conference Planning Division 817-922-9000

Ms. Rodriguez serves as the Coordinator for our Meeting & Conference Planning Division. She has more than twenty (20) years of experience coordinating events to meet our clients’ conference and meeting needs. Ms. Rodriguez is a certified meeting planner and has organized more than 440 events ranging from intimate receptions to major industry conferences. She utilizes experience and education to not only meet but exceed the expectations of our clients. Notably, Ms. Rodriguez was selected to serve as Project Manager for two of the federal government’s largest outreach initiatives managing all travel and lodging arrangements and logistics for more than 200 speakers and participants.

Prior to her tenure with our firm, Ms. Rodriguez spent fifteen (15) years as a manager in the Hotel and Hospitality Industry after serving nine (9) years in the U.S. Air Force during which she was awarded the Medal of Commendation for her commitment to excellence. Ms. Rodriguez is active in various civil and professional associations, including the American Business Women’s Association, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, as well as the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she has a BBA in Marketing from Northeastern State University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tracy Edwards-Henson Technical Operations Director The Nelrod Consortium 817-922-9000

Ms. Edwards-Henson manages data to day operations of the Nelrod Consortium. She oversees the policy and procedures development for over 251 partner government agencies. Additionally, she supervises video production for over 250 on-demand training classes offered to clients. Ms. Edwards-Henson is a frequent technical trainer in our weekly technical training classes broadcast on-line to clients,as well as, a technical consultant to clients like San Francisco Housing Authority, Virgin Islands Housing Authority and more.

Prior to her employment with the firm, Ms. Edwards-Henson served as Director of Section 8 HCV Program at the Dallas Housing Authority, and Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator and Occupancy Specialist for the Clark County, NV Housing Authority.

Jonnie Watson Director Facilities Management Division 817-922-9000

Mr. Watson serves as the Director for our Facilities Management division. This division is responsible for performing facility improvement needs assessments and energy audits for our government and commercial clients. In Mr. Watson’s five (5) year tenure with our firm, he has distinguished himself with several industry certifications, as well as helped lead the division to produce more than 180 energy audits and facility assessments for clients throughout the United States. Notably, Mr. Watson was an active part of the development team which created HUD’s Green Physical Needs Assessment (GPNA) Tool. This software tool is designed to document facility improvement needs for the federal government’s entire housing portfolio and commercial building under the purview of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Prior to joining our firm, Mr. Watson managed his own construction business, as well as, served as a construction manager for a national home building corporation. Additionally, he successfully completed the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School while serving six (6) years in the U.S. Navy.