Ron Jarnagin serves as the WHPA Executive Committee Co-Chair as he was appointed by ASHRAE to represent them in the Western HVAC Performance Alliance.
Mr. Jarnagin is active in standards development activities nationally and internationally. He chaired ASHRAE’s Standard 90.1 Committee for four years and successfully completed a comprehensive revision to that Standard in 1999; he chaired the International Standards Organization (ISO) TC 205, Building Environment Design; he chaired a multi-disciplinary team made up of members of four organizations that produced the first Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) for Small Offices which won three national awards from sustainability organizations in the U.S.; and he served as chair and/or vice chair of three additional AEDGs.
Mr. Jarnagin continues to be active in ASHRAE having served on the Board of Directors as a Director-at-Large and also served as an ASHRAE Vice President. He served as the Chairman of ASHRAE’s Technology Council which has stewardship for all of ASHRAE’s research, standards, and technical committees. Mr. Jarnagin chaired the Sustainability Roadmap Ad Hoc Committee that developed ASHRAE’s Sustainability Roadmap and the Sustainability Oversight Committee charged with managing the implementation. He chaired ASHRAE’s Vision 2020 Committee and served on the Strategies for a Global Environment Committee in addition to leading the ASHRAE Building Energy Labeling Committee. He is a member of the ASHRAE Headquarters Renovation Committee that undertook a multi-million dollar renovation of the headquarters building in Atlanta with the goal of achieving a LEED-EB Gold rating as well as making the headquarters a Living Laboratory showcase that can be used by the members.
Mr. Jarnagin received the Distinguished Service Award from ASHRAE and was recognized as the 2004 NSPE Engineer of the Year in Tri-Cities, WA.
Mr. Jarnagin has been involved in energy-related research and development activities for over 35 years, and he has served on numerous utility, government, and business advisory boards, lending his expertise to solving their respective energy problems. He served on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida for 10 years, and was with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for more than 23 years.
In addition to all of this, Jarnagin is also Principal Owner of RLK Technical Consultants, LLC, a small business with global ambitions and connections. Their focus on energy use in a global perspective has distinguished them as the "go-to" organization for helping solve the most challenging energy problems. RLK has specific knowledge in government contracting.
He holds graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and in Accounting from Louisiana State University. He is also a decorated U.S. Navy veteran having served with the river patrol forces in Vietnam.