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Ice Cold Consulting

Shortly before Benny Phillips moved to Washington he met his partner in life, then in business Pothga. This relationship began after sharing common interests while working together at a project near Seattle.

They started Ice Cold Consulting in October 2017. Benny comes with 25yrs. of experience in serving types of roles in industrial refrigeration and Pothga has experience in administration and compliance. R
ecently adding team members Kalyn L. and Kiry O. Together they make a great team, focused on system efficiency, compliance, and overall safety! 

Crane lifting on construction site

Benny Phillips: President


Benny has been in the refrigeration industry for over 25 years and has held positions from technician level to design. He takes a hands on and personal approach to achieving the success of his clients and himself. His previous experience as a maintenance manager makes him a strong partner with plant operations members to achieve the goals required with tight windows and minimal budgets. In addition, Benny has a vast knowledge base in all aspects of Process Safety Management (PSM), including mechanical integrity auditing. Additionally, experience with manufacturers recommendations, operator instruction and training. Benny has partnered with businesses in their proceedings with OSHA and EPA citation hearings. Ice Cold Consulting completes the compliance partnership.


Recent Project Experience:


Benny’s previous employment and education has enabled him to manage large refrigeration systems while targeting reduction in energy consumption. Focusing on increased reliability and maintaining or obtaining PSM compliance, Benny has gained the knowledge of design with the plan for maintenance to be accomplished. Experienced with industrial hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical and facility service enhances his ability to communicate across multiple departments and personal. Coordinating multi-million-dollar capital improvement projects that satisfied USDA, FDA, HACCP, IIAR, EPA and OSHA requirements is just a portion of the overall project management experience Mr. Phillips brings. Benny has provided site supervision for the installation and expansion of ammonia refrigeration system components, along with multi-year large scale refrigeration system modernization projects. Performing ammonia system assessments and PSM audits led to expanding his knowledge in design improvements, following RAGEGEP items. Installation management and start-up services of new refrigeration systems and critical charged refrigeration skids, included operator training and required PSM documentation.

Education & Training:


  • Northwest Arkansas Vo-Tech - Industrial Maintenance (1994)

  • Garden City Community College - Industrial Refrigeration I & II (1999, 2000)

  • Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA I & II) (2011,2012)

  • PSM / RMP Management and Implementation – Georgia Tech (2012)

  • Frick Maintenance School (2008)

  • Frick Start-up Tech training (2014)

  • OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety (2012)

  • ARC Flash Awareness Training (2017)

  • Lock-Out / Tag-Out Training (2017)

  • Fall Protection Training (2017)

  • Mayekawa (Mycom) factory technician training (2015)




  • Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA I)

  • Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA II)

  • Incident Command Training (IC) (2002)

  • 24Hr Hazmat Technician Training (2013)

  • 8Hr Hazmat Refresher (2020)

  • Respirator Fit Tested (2020)




  • Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association Member

  • International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration Member

Pothga P.

As our Vice President of Operations, Pothga oversees our day-to-day operations. She plans, directs, coordinates, trains and oversees our projects from the macro level down to the micro. Her extensive history in compliance in combination with her high drive to produce the best results makes her a perfect co-lead to our compliance team.  Additionally, developing strong and meaningful relationships is always at the forefront of her mind. She loves to understand each client’s unique needs to ensure our solution will be most efficient and rewarding for you. When she is not working, Pothga is likely spending time with family, working on personal development, or connecting with nature.

Kalyn L.

Kalyn is our Compliance Assistant. She takes care of various compliance tasks, ensuring accuracy and completion in a timely manner. In addition to compliance tasks, she helps in numerous other aspects that help run our small business. In July of 2021 she completed GCAP’s Ammonia Operator 1 course with flying colors. While not working, Kalyn attends Washington State University where she is finishing up her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. She is enjoying learning the ins and outs of running a small business and applying what she has learned thus far in school. Kalyn is detail oriented, loves check lists, and strives for perfection making her an excellent addition to our compliance team. She is proud to break ground as a woman in the ammonia refrigeration industry and looks forward to recruiting more women into the field.

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