CAPRE’s Ninth Annual Greater Chicago Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure Summit

Speakers and Advisors

Featured Speakers

Randy ArmknechtManaging Director – Emerging Technologies Global Cloud Practice Leader, Protiviti

Randy Armknecht is currently leading Protiviti’s Global Cloud consulting practice which provides a variety of services that enable clients to operate with confidence in their cloud environment. Over nearly 20 years in the field he has experienced a variety of roles from developer and network admin to lead investigator and global architect. He applies these […] more

Randy Armknecht is currently leading Protiviti’s Global Cloud consulting practice which provides a variety of services that enable clients to operate with confidence in their cloud environment. Over nearly 20 years in the field he has experienced a variety of roles from developer and network admin to lead investigator and global architect. He applies these […] more

David BartholomaiPartner and COO, Archer Datacenters

David is a partner and COO of Archer Datacenters. He recently served as a consultant with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development leading efforts to expand economic growth. He has led numerous recruitment and expansion projects involving mission critical data centers, logistics, food processing and telecommunications. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from […] more

David is a partner and COO of Archer Datacenters. He recently served as a consultant with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development leading efforts to expand economic growth. He has led numerous recruitment and expansion projects involving mission critical data centers, logistics, food processing and telecommunications. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from […] more

Todd BatemanNorth American Agency Practice Leader - Data Center Solutions Group, CBRE

Todd Bateman leads the Data Center Solutions (DCS) efforts to service and advise owners and operators of data centers and other Mission Critical real estate. As the leader of the DCS’s Agency Practice for North America, Todd is able to bring CBRE’s market knowledge and intellectual capital to this asset class. As a member of […] more

Todd Bateman leads the Data Center Solutions (DCS) efforts to service and advise owners and operators of data centers and other Mission Critical real estate. As the leader of the DCS’s Agency Practice for North America, Todd is able to bring CBRE’s market knowledge and intellectual capital to this asset class. As a member of […] more

Josh GrodzinDirector - Business Development and Marketing, Elk Grove Village

Since 2010, I’ve been the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Elk Grove Village. My primary role is to be the first point of contact for businesses wishing to expand in or relocate to Elk Grove Village. I’ve also held positions at City of Highland Park and DuPage County. For the last seven years, […] more

Since 2010, I’ve been the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Elk Grove Village. My primary role is to be the first point of contact for businesses wishing to expand in or relocate to Elk Grove Village. I’ve also held positions at City of Highland Park and DuPage County. For the last seven years, […] more

Jennifer FritzscheManaging Director, Wells Fargo

Jennifer Fritzsche is a Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities where she has focused on the Telecommunication Services, Cable, Data Center and Tower sectors since 1999. Jennifer started in telecom equity research in 1996 with EVEREN Securities. In 2000, she tied for second in the “Best Up and Comers” category in […] more

Jennifer Fritzsche is a Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities where she has focused on the Telecommunication Services, Cable, Data Center and Tower sectors since 1999. Jennifer started in telecom equity research in 1996 with EVEREN Securities. In 2000, she tied for second in the “Best Up and Comers” category in […] more

Duane HillAssociate Principal, Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects

Duane Hill has 18 years in the data center industry as an architectural designer. His experience varies from the design of colocation data centers to hyperscale for a large cloud computing provider. His firm has a portfolio that includes facebook, Microsoft, Equinix, Vantage, and Digital Realty campuses in the USA and Europe. more

Duane Hill has 18 years in the data center industry as an architectural designer. His experience varies from the design of colocation data centers to hyperscale for a large cloud computing provider. His firm has a portfolio that includes facebook, Microsoft, Equinix, Vantage, and Digital Realty campuses in the USA and Europe. more

Jim KerriganManaging Principal & Founding Member, North American Data Centers

Jim has been a commercial real estate broker for over 25 years. He started representing tenants looking for data centres in 1998 when he represented Frontier Communications as the anchor tenant at 350 East Cermak. Since that time he has worked on transactions throughout the US and Canada and he has worked on transactions in […] more

Jim has been a commercial real estate broker for over 25 years. He started representing tenants looking for data centres in 1998 when he represented Frontier Communications as the anchor tenant at 350 East Cermak. Since that time he has worked on transactions throughout the US and Canada and he has worked on transactions in […] more

Shannon KuehnSenior Cloud Advocate, Microsoft

Shannon is a not-so-typical technologist, as her roots are grounded in public speaking and writing. She was a Communication Studies major and English minor in college and participated in competitive high school speech tournaments prior to collegiate life. She gravitated toward technology through music, by way of being a DJ and needing to record demos […] more

Shannon is a not-so-typical technologist, as her roots are grounded in public speaking and writing. She was a Communication Studies major and English minor in college and participated in competitive high school speech tournaments prior to collegiate life. She gravitated toward technology through music, by way of being a DJ and needing to record demos […] more

Tom KutzPresident, Lake Michigan Region 7 x 24

Thomas Kutz’ project management responsibilities include contract, cost and schedule management, quality assurance and quality control, and project closeout. He is also responsible for change management within mission critical facilities. Tom serves as the President of the Lake Michigan Region Chapter of 7×24 Exchange International. more

Thomas Kutz’ project management responsibilities include contract, cost and schedule management, quality assurance and quality control, and project closeout. He is also responsible for change management within mission critical facilities. Tom serves as the President of the Lake Michigan Region Chapter of 7×24 Exchange International. more

Farhad MehrabanDirector, Global BD - Tecxact Group Corp | Director, Public Relations - International Data Center Authority

Farhad is a leading digital economy, information technology, cloud and data center enthusiast who consistently delivers latest and most credible solutions to the industry at large and across IDCA & TechXact Group’s global channels and vast geographical and vertical coverage terrains. Farhad Mehraban is a demanding Public Relations and Business Development Director. He is a […] more

Farhad is a leading digital economy, information technology, cloud and data center enthusiast who consistently delivers latest and most credible solutions to the industry at large and across IDCA & TechXact Group’s global channels and vast geographical and vertical coverage terrains. Farhad Mehraban is a demanding Public Relations and Business Development Director. He is a […] more

Trevor Milestone Cloud Engagement Manager, Palo Alto Networks

Trevor’s technology background spans 6 years across SaaS and Cloud Infrastructure competencies – ERP (Oracle – NetSuite), CX (Zendesk) and Cloud Security (Palo Alto Networks). In his current role, Trevor manages Palo Alto Networks Cloud GTM engagement with AWS (Amazon Web Services). Specific responsibilities include providing leadership, management and strategy regarding sell with/GTM engagement and […] more

Trevor’s technology background spans 6 years across SaaS and Cloud Infrastructure competencies – ERP (Oracle – NetSuite), CX (Zendesk) and Cloud Security (Palo Alto Networks). In his current role, Trevor manages Palo Alto Networks Cloud GTM engagement with AWS (Amazon Web Services). Specific responsibilities include providing leadership, management and strategy regarding sell with/GTM engagement and […] more

Michael PeguesChief Information Officer Information -Technology Division, City of Aurora

Michael Pegues was appointed by Mayor Richard C. Irvin as Chief Information Officer for the City of Aurora, Illinois in June 2017. Most recently Michael was nationally nominated IoT World Series Smart Cities Summit Leader of the Year 2019. Michael began his career working in various IT Support roles for AT&T and Pepsi-Co in the […] more

Michael Pegues was appointed by Mayor Richard C. Irvin as Chief Information Officer for the City of Aurora, Illinois in June 2017. Most recently Michael was nationally nominated IoT World Series Smart Cities Summit Leader of the Year 2019. Michael began his career working in various IT Support roles for AT&T and Pepsi-Co in the […] more

Michael D. RechtinEquity Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Michael D. Rechtin Jr. is a Real Estate partner in Seyfarth’s Chicago office. His practice has a focus on data center, headquarters, office, industrial and retail leasing. He also handles data center transactions in general, build-to-suit transactions, acquisitions, dispositions, financings, joint ventures and development. With more than 20 years of real estate law experience, Mr. […] more

Michael D. Rechtin Jr. is a Real Estate partner in Seyfarth’s Chicago office. His practice has a focus on data center, headquarters, office, industrial and retail leasing. He also handles data center transactions in general, build-to-suit transactions, acquisitions, dispositions, financings, joint ventures and development. With more than 20 years of real estate law experience, Mr. […] more

Sean ReynoldsRegional Director, JLL

Sean Reynolds is a Managing Director with JLL and is Co-Leader for the firm’s Midwest Data Center Services Group. Sean assists his clients in strategic planning, acquisition and disposition of real estate assets, financial analysis, lease analysis, market valuations and general consulting services. He has managed local projects in the Chicago area and acted as […] more

Sean Reynolds is a Managing Director with JLL and is Co-Leader for the firm’s Midwest Data Center Services Group. Sean assists his clients in strategic planning, acquisition and disposition of real estate assets, financial analysis, lease analysis, market valuations and general consulting services. He has managed local projects in the Chicago area and acted as […] more

Giancarlo Salamanca CadavidCommercial Manager - Services & Technology, Group ZFB

Commercial Manager – Services & IT at Group ZFB, a group of 9 companies that build, operate and manage facilities and infrastructure for business and industrial parks in Colombia, including free trade zones. I have been involved in the Telecommunications sector since 2004 working with the spanish company “Telefonica” and in 2010 joined the Group […] more

Commercial Manager – Services & IT at Group ZFB, a group of 9 companies that build, operate and manage facilities and infrastructure for business and industrial parks in Colombia, including free trade zones. I have been involved in the Telecommunications sector since 2004 working with the spanish company “Telefonica” and in 2010 joined the Group […] more

Eli ScherChairman and CEO, New Continuum

Eli D. Scher is the founder of New Continuum Holdings Corporation and serves as its Chairman and CEO. He is an entrepreneur with a broad array of investing and operating experience. Prior to New Continuum, he worked as an analyst at prominent New York hedge funds where he analyzed corporate securities. Previously, Mr. Scher co-founded […] more

Eli D. Scher is the founder of New Continuum Holdings Corporation and serves as its Chairman and CEO. He is an entrepreneur with a broad array of investing and operating experience. Prior to New Continuum, he worked as an analyst at prominent New York hedge funds where he analyzed corporate securities. Previously, Mr. Scher co-founded […] more

William C. Schaumann IIIAssociate Partner, Syska Hennessy Group

William C. Schaumann III, PE, has over 24 years of experience in the design and construction of industrial, mission critical, and telecommunications facilities. His expertise lies in new construction and renovations, focusing on electrical systems including power distribution, UPS systems, DC power systems, wiring, lighting design, and AFHA and relay coordination studies. Bill designs to […] more

William C. Schaumann III, PE, has over 24 years of experience in the design and construction of industrial, mission critical, and telecommunications facilities. His expertise lies in new construction and renovations, focusing on electrical systems including power distribution, UPS systems, DC power systems, wiring, lighting design, and AFHA and relay coordination studies. Bill designs to […] more

Karl ScottPrincipal, Risk and Cybersecurity Services, DivIHN Integration

Karl is the Principal, Risk and Cybersecurity Services of DivIHN Integration. He has held cybersecurity and technology leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies. Karl has advised CIOs and served as the CISO to drive technology transformation and implement cybersecurity programs, respectively. He has built high- performing cybersecurity, enterprise architecture, and infrastructure teams in several organizations. […] more

Karl is the Principal, Risk and Cybersecurity Services of DivIHN Integration. He has held cybersecurity and technology leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies. Karl has advised CIOs and served as the CISO to drive technology transformation and implement cybersecurity programs, respectively. He has built high- performing cybersecurity, enterprise architecture, and infrastructure teams in several organizations. […] more

Ed SitarManager of Economic and Business Development, ComEd

Ed Sitar (pronounced “sitter”), Manager, Economic and Business Development, ComEd is responsible for the company’s economic development functions in the areas of marketing and promotion, business retention and new customer attraction with a strong emphasis on the data center industry. Ed has also been instrumental in the formation of a new regional economic development umbrella […] more

Ed Sitar (pronounced “sitter”), Manager, Economic and Business Development, ComEd is responsible for the company’s economic development functions in the areas of marketing and promotion, business retention and new customer attraction with a strong emphasis on the data center industry. Ed has also been instrumental in the formation of a new regional economic development umbrella […] more

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