The Executive Committee's mission is to provide overall leadership and direction for the entire WHPA. It is aligned with all of the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (CEESP), which are termed Cross-Cutting HVAC Goals 1-4. As the top leadership committee of the WHPA, the Executive Committee has both strategic and tactical responsibilities.

 Strategy: Guide and Advise
  • CA Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan
  • HVAC Action Plan
  • California IOUs on energy efficiency HVAC programs
 Tactics: Oversee
  • WHPA Policy
 WHPA Operations

Click here to view the WHPA's 2016-2017 SMART Goals and Implementation Plans.

Committee Members


The WHPA Executive Committee is the top decision-making entity for the WHPA.  Every organization reports to the Executive Committee, either directly or indirectly. Click here to see the complete WHPA organization chart. 




  ACCA is a non-profit association serving more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the HVACR community, working together to promote professional contracting, energy efficiency, and healthy, comfortable indoor environments.
Don Langston
Board Member
  AHRI’s 309 member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world, and account for more than 90 percent of HVACR and water heating residential and commercial equipment manufactured and sold in North America.
Garrett McGuire
Senior Manager,
Government Affairs
  ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of over 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.
Ron Jarnagin
Designated Representative
(EC Co-Chair)
The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. It is our mission to assess, advocate and act through public/private partnerships to improve energy systems that promote a strong economy and a healthy environment.
Lea Haro
Supervisor, Compliance and Enforcement
  The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies. The CPUC serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates, with a commitment to environmental enhancement and a healthy California economy.
Steve Rickert
Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst
HARDI members market, distribute, and support heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, parts and supplies. HARDI proudly represents more than 440 distributor members representing nearly 4,000 branch locations and over 500 suppliers, manufacturer representatives and service vendors.
Talbot Gee Executive Vice President and COO
  The Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries, Inc., is a non-profit trade association of contractors, manufacturers, distributors, utility firms, and related businesses actively engaged in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, and sheet metal industries.
Bob Wiseman
  The Joint Committee on Energy and Environmental Policy is charged with the responsibility to monitor and influence energy and environmental policy in California as it pertains to and impacts the HVAC industry. Its mission is to promote responsible environmental policy and encourage efficient HVAC market transformation through collaboration with industry stakeholders and regulatory agencies.
David Dias
Business Representative

National Comfort Institute, Inc. provides training, equipment and consultation to HVAC contractors around the world so they can provide more comfortable and energy efficient homes/offices to their customers. NCI member contractors learn to test/diagnose systems to determine their existing efficiency and capacity to deliver comfort, pinpoint troubles, effectively correct deficiencies, and document post-correction, measured HVAC performance for their customers.
Dominick Guarino
  Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. We provide natural gas and electric service to approximately 15 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California.

Christian Weber
Senior Product Manager
  San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is a regulated public utility that provides energy service to 3.5 million people through 1.4 million electric meters and 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. Our service area spans 4,100 square miles.
Paul Thomas
HVAC Strategy Lead
(EC Co-Chair)
Edison International, through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power and an investor in infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy. Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE)—a regulated electric utility. Scott Higa
Program Manager
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has been delivering natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.9 million consumers through 5.8 million meters in more than 500 communities.
Harvey Bringas
Customer Programs Advisor II
  The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems. There are approximately 340,000 UA members who belong to over 300 individual local unions across North America.
Don Tanaka
 Director of HVACR and Plumbing

Status and Meeting Information


The WHPA charter has established 14 members of the Executive Committee.  Members are organizations, not individuals. Executive Committee leadership is shared by two Co-Chairs, one selected by permanent members from their EC membership, and the other selected by elected members from the Council of Advisors (COA). The current Co-Chairs of the EC are Paul Thomas with SDG&E and Ron Jarnagin with ASHRAE. More information about the WHPA Executive Committee is available in the WHPA Charter.

The Executive Committee is currently active and meets once a month by conference call, with occasional in-person meetings.  Meetings are closed unless designated as an open meeting. Guests participate by invitation only.

For more information, please email Shea Dibble of the WHPA Staff.  

Work Product of the WHPA

All WHPA Work Product have been presented to and voted upon by the Executive Committee, with a majority voting for acceptance or adoption of the work product.


Residential Upstream Working Group – Complete, A Working Group of the Executive Committee


This Working Group has completed the work that was requested of it with the presentation of its final report to the Executive Committee on June 12, 2013. This Working Group is currently inactive. CLICK HERE for notes from the Working Group.

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