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Neil’s work ethic started at a young age when he worked with his father Steve in the recycling business. He moved to Bakersfield with his family in 1978 to start a Coors Recycling business with his father Steve. Attending Quailwood Elementary, Fruitvale Jr. High, Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield College, and finally Cal State University, Bakersfield where he studies business. Passionate about business and doing good for Bakersfield, Neil decided to enter the solar power industry as an energy consultant. Teaming up with several local energy experts, Neil found Energy Independence Group in 2011.

Moving from central Texas to attend California State University, Bakersfield where he majored in business and finance. Business and finance would be critical to a career in the energy industry. Early in his career, based upon the recommendations of CSUB professors, he worked for Mid State Development and the Department of Commerce on renewable energy market research. Seeing an opportunity to enter the solar industry at the beginning stages, he took a solar design consultant position with Akeena Solar and later with Pure Energy Solar. Les is married and the proud father of two children.