Ron Vallort is named the new president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

ATLANTA - Ron Vallort, P.E., has been named president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Vallort, president of Ron Vallort and Associates Ltd. in Oak Brook, Ill., was named during the organization's annual meeting June 26-30 in Nashville, Tenn.

As president, Vallort will direct the society's board of directors and oversee the executive committee. He also plans to emphasize the widespread benefits of refrigeration technology.

"We need to advance the technology of refrigeration to enable all the people of the world to enjoy its benefits," he said. "And this refrigeration should be more economical and foolproof to construct and operate, while still being friendly to the earth."

Other officers were also installed at the meeting for a one-year term. Lee W. Burgett was named president-elect, Terry Townsend was named treasurer, Darryle K. Boyce, William A. Harrison, Gordon V.R. Holness and Ronald E. Jarnagin were all chosen as vice presidents.

ASHRAE installed directors to serve a three-year term from 2004-2007.

The Region Four director and regional chairman is Ben A. Leppard Jr. James Wilson was appointed as director of Region Five, Mark Hegberg was chosen for Region Six, Robert Risley was appointed to Region 12 and Chee S. Ow was named to Region 13.

Nance Lovvorn, David Underwood and Thomas Watson were all named directors at large.