Rick Huffman, Data Center / Cloud Specialist, Telstra International
Rick has over 20 years of experience with telecommunications and technology companies such as Verizon/MCI Business, Pacnet and Telstra, that encompassed sales and engineering roles for data center, cloud, network architecture, security and managed services. Currently Rick oversees Data Center and Cloud services support for Telstra USA Enterprise, Wholesale and Channel teams. Responsible for US sales efforts of Telstra Cloud Infrastructure services across US, EMEA and APJ – including SDN platform (PEN), Cloud Gateway and Cloud Management Platform powered by RightScale.
Timothy Kiser, Owner, Colo Atl, a JT Communications Company
Timothy A. Kiser, Owner and Founder of Colo Atl, is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in 35 states. With over 25 years of engineering experience, Mr. Kiser has served as the designer and engineer on over 70 telecommunications facilities. Mr. Kiser designed and constructed the fully-built Colo Atl colocation and Meet Me Room facility in November 2001 to serve as a carrier-neutral colocation and interconnection facility. As Owner, Designer and Engineer at the Colo Atl facility, Mr. Kiser was instrumental in achieving the prestigious SSAE 16 certification, an internationally recognized third-party assurance audit designed for service organizations. Colo Atl achieved the certification after a stringent audit of its internal business processes and IT controls, including physical security, environmental security, logical security, and network security. A premier industry expert on data centers/colocation, engineering, peering, and Software Defined Networking, Mr. Kiser is a distinguished speaker. Select speaking engagements include the CEO Roundtables at Telecom Exchange (2012 and 2013), FISPA Live (Atlanta), and IMN Forums on Financing, Investing & Real Estate Development for Data Centers. Mr. Kiser also operates the Georgia Technology Center (GTC) and the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP), both of which are located in Colo Atl’s Atlanta, Georgia facility at 55 Marietta Street. The GTC is a live lab for network equipment vendors to highlight their optical and electrical hardware and operating systems; and SNAP is a next-generation Internet Exchange (IX) supporting IPv4, IPv6, OpenFlow, and Software Defined Networking (SDN). A Georgia Institute of Technology graduate, Mr. Kiser holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, and served as an Air Force B52 bomber pilot during Operation Desert Storm. In his spare time, Mr. Kiser enjoys traveling, spending time with close friends and business associates and recreational flying.
Dave Meadows, Director of Industry, Standards and Technology, Stulz
David C. Meadows II has worked in data center cooling since 1999. He is currently the Director of Industry, Standards, and Technology with STULZ USA, a manufacturer of precision air conditioning, humidification, and dehumidification products specifically designed for the data center. Previously David has served as both the Design Engineering Manager and the Applications Engineering Manager at Stulz. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. David is also a graduate of the United States Navy Nuclear Power School.
Jake Ring, Co-Founder & CEO, GIGA Data Centers
Adam Waitkunas, President and Founder, Milldam Public Relations
Adam Waitkunas is a public relations professional with extensive experience in media relations, marketing strategy, business development and strategic partnerships. Under his direction, Milldam has helped technology clients across the country secure articles in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CFO Magazine, Data Center Knowledge, Green Tech Media, The Boston Business Journal, Mission Critical MagazineThe Silicon Valley Business Journal and Capacity Magazine, among others. Additionally, he has helped clients establish strategic business partnerships to bolster sales and marketing activities. Prior to founding Milldam Public Relations in 2005, Adam was employed by Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, a Boston-based public relations firm. Adam received his degree in Political Science with a minor in Communications from Westfield State University. Over the years, Adam has been actively involved with numerous community organizations. This includes acting as a board member for the Concord Conservatory of Music, a community music school for students of all ages, and as a member of the planning committee of the Boston FIRST Regional Robotics Competition, a program designed to encourage students to pursue science and engineering degrees and careers.
- Tim Huffman: SVP - Director of Data Center Solutions, CBRE
- Timothy Kiser: Owner, Colo Atl, a JT Communications Company
- Dave Meadows: Director of Industry, Standards and Technology, Stulz
- Jake Ring: Co-Founder & CEO, GIGA Data Centers
- Adam Waitkunas: President and Founder, Milldam Public Relations