CAPRE’s Greater Denver Data Center Summit

Aug 17, 2017

Featured Speakers

Svein Atle Hagaseth, Senior Vice President North America, Green Mountain Data Center, Ltd.

Green Mountain AS design build and operate high security, robust wholesale colocation data centres. We currently have two data centres in Norway with plans to develop in other regions.  The data centres operate on 100% low cost renewable power and use of  free cooling creating unique power efficiency. Both our data centres, DC1-Stavanger and DC2-Telemark have achieved Uptime Institute Tier III certification as the only Nordic colocation provider. In addition both data centres have the ISO 9001,  ISO 14001 and ISO 27001 certifications in place. The data centre near Stavanger (DC1-Stavanger)  is built deep inside a mountain in a former high security NATO ammunition store. The data centre in Telemark (DC2-Telemark) is in the ‘cradle of hydro power’ in Norway with multiple local hydro power plants. We are one of the largest operators in the sector in Norway with clients in Finance, IT, Government, Health, O&G and others.

David Bartholomai, Economic Development Consultant, State of Nebraska

Consultant with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development leading efforts to expand growth of the technology cluster in Nebraska. Recently served in site selection efforts for Travelers, Fidelity Investments, Facebook and Yahoo during their Midwest data center searches. Formerly as Product Content Developer for Processor Magazine with Sandhills Publishing working with many hardware, software and facilities management companies focusing on education of data center managers nationwide. Experienced in IT Asset Disposition Management serving two Fortune 500 clients as Managing Director with Lifespan Technology Recycling. Managed end of life assets for data centers and general IT equipment.

Michael Bell, Project Manager - Mission Critical, Burns & McDonnell

Michael is a project manager with experience in site selection, evaluation, design, and construction of mission critical facilities. In his current role at Burns & McDonnell, he lead data center projects worldwide. He has managed, designed, and built over $500MM of mission critical facilities. With Burns & McDonnell’s position as #1 in ENR for Power, Michael has had the privilege work with some of the leading minds in utility power generation. Current engagements include data centers combined with utility power assets. Michael have a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Kansas State University, and I am a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed professional engineer. Michael also serves on the Kansas City and Denver Chapter Board of AFCOM, and is an active contributor to the data center industry.

Stephen Belomy, Senior Vice President - US, Etix Everywhere

Stephen Belomy is a pioneer in the US data center market, having build some of the first commercial data centers in Silicon Valley, Northern Virginia and New York City as AboveNet EVP. As a former CEO of several tech companies in Silicon Valley, Stephen is comfortable dealing with executives of nationwide companies as well as founders of startups.

Julie Brewer, General Manager, CoreSite

John Brito-Amador, VP of Business Development, Congruex

Hugh Carspecken, CEO, DartPoints

Hugh has nearly 20 years of cross-industry technology experience, from data networking to fiber optics to wireless infrastructure. He spent the early half of his career in Silicon Valley, helping to start and grow several start-ups in Silicon Valley, such as ONI Systems and FiberTower. In these roles Hugh helped bridge the gap between the state of technology its implementation to drive the technology’s adoption in the market. After this, Hugh held a senior leadership role at Fujitsu Network Communications, launching Fujitsu’s multi-technology solutions organization. Applying the lessons learned through these various experiences, Hugh is adapting how data centers will meet the growing and changing requirements of today’s businesses. He received his A.B. and B.E. in Engineering from Dartmouth College and his Master in Engineering Management from the Thayer School of Engineering and Tuck School of Business. Hugh, his wife, and his two daughters reside in Dallas, Texas.

Todd Coleman, President and CEO, Estruxture Data Centers

Todd Coleman is President of WAE Group, a private investment firm specializing in data centers, cloud services and telecom infrastructure.  He is the former Chief Operating Officer and a co-founder of Cologix, a North American network neutral colocation and interconnection provider.  He has over 20 years of experience in the communications, data center, Internet and video distribution industry. Prior to forming Cologix, Todd held several senior positions at Level 3 Communications, a global telecommunications company, including Senior Vice President of Data Centers, Senior Vice President of Media Operations and President of Level 3 Communications Europe. Todd holds a juris doctorate and a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems.

Jon deRidder, Principal, Enabled Energy, Inc.

Jon deRidder founded Enabled Energy with the vision to fill holistic approach delivery gaps in the data center market. Jon studied Organizational Management at CCU and has served in leadership positions for the past 15 years. Jon’s aim is to perfect the “service approach” working to guide customers through the complex and elusive challenges facing data center environments. Jon brings experience from having worked with over 200 data center clients and a significant network of influencers. Jon is gifted at ensuring important issues facing clients are uncovered, discussed, well understood and solved. Jon’s many industry-specific speaking engagements include AFCOM, AFEC, ASHRAE, BOMA, EPA and the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

Hector Diaz, Sr. Partner, iDiaz Advisors, LLC

David Dunn, COO, H5 Data Centers

David Dunn is COO of H5 Data Centers. Mr. Dunn has nearly 15 years of experience managing significant growth and delivering outsized returns on investment in the Internet infrastructure space. Mr. Dunn most recently served as vice president at the Zayo Group where he was responsible for managing the wavelength and mobile infrastructure business units. Prior to Zayo, Mr. Dunn was senior vice president at CoreSite where he held leadership roles in mergers & acquisitions, leasing, marketing and strategy. Before joining CoreSite, Mr. Dunn held roles at several private equity firms including The Carlyle Group and J.E. Robert Companies. Mr. Dunn earned a B.S. in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jason Ferrara, Managing Partner, Callosum Partners

Jason Ferrara is a Managing Partner at Callosum,  a marketing advisory that is focused on helping data center operators define and refine their go-to-market strategies. Mr. Ferrara is a technology marketing executive with more than 15 years of digital agency and client-side experience having worked with both local start-ups and global Fortune 500 firms including Symantec, Panasonic, and Chase. Mr. Ferrara served most recently as CMO for Aligned Data Centers and VP, Marketing and Communications for IO Data Centers.

Mattias Ganslandt, CEO and President, Multigrid Data Centers

Mattias Ganslandt (Ph.D., Lund University, Sweden) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Multigrid. He served until the end of December 2016 as Chief Business Developer of Fortum Varme. Dr Ganslandt has published research in leading international peer-review journals and is a frequent speaker at international meetings and conferences.

Ben Green, VP, Network & Mobility, CoreSite

Ben Green is Vice President Network and Mobility at CoreSite, a publically traded Real Estate Investment Trust. Ben has 17+ years of experience in the telecommunications segment, with the most recent 5 years leading the Network vertical at CoreSite data centers. Ben has set strategy and approach for his teams to enhance the network interconnection proposition at CoreSite with a focus on global and domestic carriers, satellite, subsea cable, wireless and internet service providers. Prior to CoreSite, Ben held sales leadership roles at Level 3 Communications for over 5 years, in addition to 6 years in sales with Qwest Communications.

Clint Harder, Chief Technology Officer, OneNeck

Clint Harder is OneNeck IT Solutions’ Chief Technology Officer and Senior VP of Product Strategy. Clint is responsible for shaping OneNeck’s product development and technology strategy to drive revenue and provide technology innovation while overseeing the optimization of OneNeck’s technology infrastructure. Additionally, Clint is a senior member of the business development team at TDS that evaluates partnership and acquisition opportunities. Clint has served in multiple operations and security executive roles during his tenure. Prior to joining OneNeck, Clint served as a consultant for The Corvid Group where he provided guidance to TDS Telecom and other companies on developing and growing IT as a service business initiatives. Clint also served in multiple operational and product development roles in the managed hosting business at CDW/Berbee in Madison, Wisconsin for nine years. Clint also has extensive professional experience in software development lifecycle management, manufacturing process engineering, and total quality system management. Clint earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. Clint currently resides in the Denver area.

Scot Heath, Director of Engineering, Enabled Energy, Inc.

Scot has been the Director of Engineering at Enabled Energy since 2014 after a distinguished career track that included CTO at 42U, Sr. Engineer at CLEAResult, and nearly 30 years at Hewlett-Packard. Over the course of his career, he’s held a variety of design and management roles from integrated circuits to data center cooling. His in-depth knowledge of the power and cooling chain from “chip to chiller” gives him unique insight into the issues faced by both facilities and IT operations. Scot is a member of ASHRAE Tech Committee 9.9, Engineer in Residence Program at Colorado State University, and an instructor for the Data Center Energy Practitioner Certification with ANSCI & DOE.

Steven Holland, Vice President – Facility Management Solutions, T5 Data Center Facilities Management

As Vice President, Facilities Management Solutions, Steve is responsible for sourcing facilities management opportunities. He works with a team of T5FM subject matter experts to develop customized solutions that deliver value, operational excellence and innovation to every client. He also identifies and helps develop new products and offerings designed to meet evolving challenges faced by T5FM clients. Steve also is a Certified Data Center Energy Professional. Prior to joining T5FM, Steve served in similar roles at CBRE and Norland Managed Services. Steve also led the development and sale of a large wholesale data center project in Chicago. Before becoming a part of the data center industry, he was an attorney concentrating in industrial real estate and transactional work.

Bill Johnson, Vice President Colocation and Data Center Operations, H5 Data Centers

Kylle Jordan, Economic Development Program Specialist, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Kylle Jordan is an Economic Development Program Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). In her role she works closely with companies of all types to help them locate and expand in communities throughout Minnesota. She manages DEED’s Shovel Ready program and is also the state’s industry specialist in Data Centers. Kylle works with many data center developers and managers to grow and promote the State of Minnesota as an ideal location for new projects, help them qualify for the state’s sales tax incentive program, and provide forums for these industry professionals to connect. As of April 2017 the State of Minnesota has 25 data centers certified under the sales tax incentive program, ranging from colocation providers like Stream and DataBank to enterprise facilities like Target and United Health Group.

TJ Karklins, SVP, zColo at Zayo Group

Jim Kerrigan, Managing 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 13 different states and two Canadian provinces. He will compare and contrast the US and Canadian Data Center Markets and will spend time introducing wholesale data centres.

Lee Kestler, Principal, Kopend Ventures LLC

Kirk Killian, President, Partners National Mission Critical Facilities

Representing mission critical users, completed more than 200 data center and telecom switch facility site selection and procurement projects in more than 35 states and internationally. Specialties: Technical facility and commercial real estate brokerage for direct-operated and colocation data centers, specializing in site selection and procurement of data center and telecom switch facilities worldwide. We combine due diligence on fiber networks, utility infrastructure, critical systems equipment, hazard and risk profiles, economic incentives, and market economics to help clients select and strategically procure the best data center space to meet their needs.

Keith Klesner, Senior Vice President, North America, Uptime Institute

Mr. Klesner is Senior Vice President, North America. Mr. Klesner’s career in critical facilities spans 14 years and includes responsibilities ranging from planning, engineering, design, and construction to start-up and ongoing operation of data centers and mission critical facilities. He maintains status as a Professional Engineer (PE) in Colorado and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Mr. Klesner is an instructor for the Accredited Tier Designer curriculum.

Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Innovation Officer, EdgeConneX

A successful, innovative leader and business developer, with broad experience in high-growth and early-stage technology companies. Self-starting autodidact. Strengths include strategic development, market creation, team-building, motivation, recruiting, creating effective go-to-market strategy, developing leaders, and producing results. Expert in distilling complex products, solutions and services into clearly understandable language and presenting at all levels from IT Management to C-suite and Board levels. Creator of four patented technologies that support a variety of products and services in use today.

Conan Lee, Managing Director, JLL

As a Managing Director with JLL, Conan provides real estate advisory and brokerage services to data center and office clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and North America. Conan’s unique telecommunications background allows him to better assist clients with complex, technology/latency driven requirements. Conan specializes in all data center related practice lines including dispositions, acquisitions, and leasing (colocation, managed hosting, and powered based shell). He runs the data center practice group for the Northwest and Western Canada and is the most active broker specializing in data centers in the Northwest from a market share standpoint. His efforts and involvement in the local data center community have helped shape this quickly growing market over the last decade.

Dave Leonard, Chief Data Center Officer, ViaWest, Inc.

As Chief Data Center Officer, Dave Leonard leads the Colocation line of business which is approximately 2/3 of ViaWest’s revenue. Dave manages the P&L, directs data center engineering and operations, and oversees the design and construction of new data centers and data center expansions He is also responsible for defining the standards and practices for operation of ViaWest’s data centers and for strategy and positioning of the data center colocation product lines. Prior to ViaWest, Leonard founded Critical Infrastructure Consulting LLC., and was the Chief Technology Officer of Infocrossing for nine years. He was also the Chief Technology Officer for (i)Structure, a division of Level(3) Communications which Infocrossing later acquired. Prior to that, Leonard was Chief Technology Officer of Corporate Express, Inc. based in Broomfield, Colorado.

David Liggitt, Founder/CEO, datacenterHawk

datacenterHawk is a convenient “one-stop-shop” for IT professionals, consultants, data center operators and investors to find data center and cloud solutions. Our subscription-based service makes the complex process of searching and analyzing colocation and cloud service providers simple and faster than ever. Our cutting-edge online tools help users compare potential data center solutions using real-time capacity information, financial data, and market research; then present the findings in a sharp, easy to understand report. For non-subscribers, datacenterHawk delivers hard to find information on the top Internet exchanges, cloud computing providers, carrier hotels, and colocation facilities in North America on a per-report basis. With a credit card number, IT professionals can use datacenterHawk to reduce the time it takes to find data center market information down from hours to seconds.

Tony Lin, Director, GI Partners

Tony Lin is a Director of GI Partners and oversees direct investments in Real Estate. Prior to joining GI Partners, Mr. Lin was with MacFarlane Partners in San Francisco, where he managed a $3 billion portfolio of infill redevelopment assets in Washington D.C. Prior to that, he was at AMB Property Corporation in San Francisco, where he managed the company’s Bay Area portfolio and started AMB’s Value Added Conversion platform. Early in his career, Mr. Lin worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York.

Rabin Mahanty, Director, H5 Data Centers

Rabin Mahanty is a Director of Sales at H5 Data Centers.  Mr. Mahanty is responsible for corporate growth through new client acquisition, business development, and marketing.  Since 2001, Mr. Mahanty has worked in telecommunications and IT sales, sales management and business development, including working in the trenches through the explosion of mobile communications and “machine to machine” wireless technology.  At H5 Data Centers, Mr. Mahanty specializes in delivering private suite and build-to-suit solutions to major enterprises and cloud service providers.

John Major, Principal, Page

As a Principal at Page, John is an Architect who has managed the design of 22 data centers in the last 6 years alone. Serving as Project Director for Mission Critical projects, John’s projects have accounted for more than $5 billion in construction throughout the United States. He is an experienced leader of complex architectural projects and his specialties include the communication and resolution of the needs and interests of disparate users, neighboring communities and institutions. John holds Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Houston and a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Prior to joining Page, he served in leadership roles at many of the nation’s most well-respected architectural and engineering firms including Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott and Cannon Design.

Jocelyn McCaslin, Director of Channels, RagingWire Data Centers

Robert D. McClary, Chief Operating Officer, FORTRUST

Rob McClary joined FORTRUST in 2001, and continues to hold the critical role of building the company into the premier data center services provider and colocation facility that it is today. As Sr. VP & GM, he is responsible for the overall supervision of business operations, high-profile construction and the strategic technical direction of FORTRUST. Rob developed and implemented the process controls and procedures that support the continuous uptime and reliability that FORTRUST’s customers seek. Rob developed and honed his management philosophy, attention to detail and strict process standards during his 16-year tenure in the United States Navy serving in both enlisted and officer roles.  Rob completed over 25 service, engineering, technical, leadership and management schools and courses while in the United States Navy and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University. Additionally, Rob received designation as an Accredited Tier Specialist (ATS) by the Uptime Institute in 2010.

Jeremy Meyers, Business Development Manager, CBRE

Jeremy Meyers has been in the real estate industry since 2012 and leads business development for CBRE’s Data Center Solutions (DCS) Advisory & Transaction Services group.  In his role, Jeremy works closely with the DCS’s executive leadership and data center professionals across the globe on data center projects of various sizes and scopes.  Jeremy manages the DCS’s business development efforts and acts as the single point of contact for group-wide business development initiatives, service offering expansions and integrating the various DCS service offerings.  Jeremy is also responsible for developing and advising on marketing strategies and collateral specific to the data center industry and the DCS group.  In addition to his business development and marketing responsibilities, Jeremy manages the operations side of the DCS including budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting.  Jeremy also plays an active role in authoring the DCS’s research reports, whitepapers and thought leadership publications. Prior to joining CBRE, Jeremy was a wealth management professional who managed his clients’ personal and business financial portfolios.  Jeremy also has experience in the real estate finance industry, working for lenders specializing in HUD, FHA and non-profit lending activities.  During his time at Colorado State University he earned a degree from the College of Business with concentrations in Corporate Finance and Real Estate.  While studying at CSU Jeremy lead multiple teams in advanced finance and real estate coursework; these projects consisted of securities and IPO valuation, investment property proforma modeling, real estate development proposals (CCIM principles) and financial portfolio management. Jeremy is on the board of the Rocky Mountain AFCOM Denver Chapter and a member of CBRE’s Harvard Management Mentor and Rising Professionals Organization programs.

Shawn Mills, President, Green House Data

Shawn Mills is a founding member of Green House Data and a technology entrepreneur. Under his leadership, Green House Data has undergone rapid expansion, launching cloud and colocation data centers coast-to-coast.

Shawn has been chosen to speak at industry events and locations like Data Center World, the National Center for Super Computing Applications, and Cloud Computing Expo.

Michael Ortiz, Managing Director/Principal, Hemisphere Capital Advisors, LLC

Michael’s 18 years in commercial real estate has enabled him to see both the buy and sell side of a diverse set of real estate asset classes, including the last decade where he has specialized in the data center sector. Presently, Michael leads DuPont Fabros Technology site selection and acquisition initiatives supporting the company’s 300+ MW across five core markets. Prior to DuPont, Michael lead Colliers International technology solutions team in the southwest where he achieved record sales as a broker, representing end users seeking data center solutions. Prior to Colliers, Michael served in Asset Management roles with Digital Realty Trust and HSBC/ HDG Mansur Private Equity funds.

Jesus Penalver, Regional Technical Specialist - Power Electronics Division, Toshiba International Corporation

Toshiba International Corporation is pleased to announce the creation of the Regional Technical Specialist position for the Power Electronics Division. The Regional Technical Specialist will be our in-house UPS expert with the main responsibility to drive business by directly interacting with end-users, engineers, and other stakeholders in the region. We are pleased to announce the promotion of Jesus Penalver to this newly created position. Jesus is now the Regional Technical Specialist for the Central Region. Jesus has over 22 years of experience supporting and designing critical applications for data center and industrial markets domestically and abroad. Most recently, he was the G9000 and G2020 Series and Li-Ion Solution Product Manager.

John Pomposello, NEF

Christian Pruett, IT Operations (Data Centers & Enterprise Backup), Hitachi Data Systems

With over fifteen years of leadership, Christian has set the information technology vision and strategy for a number of organizations worldwide. He has directed large data center relocations, established new site presences domestically and internationally, and conducted business continuity planning and disaster recovery exercises. At Hitachi Data Systems, Christian is responsible for the design, implementation, and operations of the company’s core data centers and enterprise backup solutions globally. Christian also serves as a Director at Large for the AFCOM Denver “Rocky Mountain” region, working on professional development and education for technology leaders. Prior to joining Hitachi Data Systems, Christian has served a number of information technology roles for companies focusing on data centers, such as IBM, CSG International, TeleTech, and JBS Swift & Company. His diverse background includes international business management, business process outsourcing, telecommunications, agriculture, and higher education. Christian holds a bachelor of arts degree in History from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Kristy Rainwater, Vice President, T5 Data Centers

As Vice President of Business Development, Kristy is responsible for developing and executing T5’s go-to-market strategy including all aspects of the sales and leasing process: lead generation, site tours, proposal creation and lease negotiation across T5’s Data Center portfolio and Build-to-Suit offerings. Prior to joining T5, Kristy was employed as a Business Development professional with Southland Industries, a leading Mechanical engineering and construction firm, where she had a specialized focus on Mission Critical facilities. While there, she was selected and participated in a ten-month leadership development program, Built to Lead. Kristy currently serves as a Board Member for AFCOM’s Rocky Mountain Chapter and from 2011 through 2015, served on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Chapter of 7×24 Exchange. Both AFCOM and 7×24 Exchange are national Data Center Organizations for those who design, build, use and operate mission-critical enterprise IT infrastructure.

Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D., Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto

Dr. Jonathan Reichental, currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, is a multiple award-winning technology leader whose 25-year career has spanned both the private and public sectors. In 2016 he was named one of the top 20 most influential CIO’s in the United States. Dr. Reichental is also recognized as a global thought leader on the future of urban innovation. In 2013 he was recognized as one of the 25 doers, dreamers, and drivers in government in America. He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. His innovative work in government has also been recognized by the White House. Dr. Reichental works with his teams to apply technology innovation in organizations to create new value and to enable work to be more meaningful and fun. He is a popular writer, including recently co-authoring The Apps Challenge Playbook and he is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of technology and b

Darren Robinson, President, Economic Development Council of Buffalo County

Darren is a Nebraska native with career experience in technology working for IBM and the University of Nebraska in network support roles, management of Cabela’s telecommunications data centers, and as GM of Citizen’s Communications representing 19 telephone exchanges. Darren later worked as the site selection manager for Cabela’s securing sites for Cabela’s large format retail stores resulting in over $140M in economic development incentives. Today, he represents his hometown of Kearney, the geographic center of the United States, in economic development. With over $1B in economic development projects since 2010, the community of Kearney has been successful in recruiting new opportunities including new software and tech development to the community owned 200+ acre Tech oNE Crossing tech park

Gunnar Stinnett, Regional Vice President, ViaWest

Gunnar Stinnett has an extensive background in the Managed IT Services industry, with 23 years of sales and management experience. He has a strong reputation of demonstrated leadership resulting in his teams consistently exceeding company objectives while creating solid executive customer relationships and repeat buyers. Gunnar joined ViaWest in 2015, where he provides guidance and oversight of sales within the Rocky Mountain Region to ensure production goals are achieved and customer service delivery meets requirements. He serves as market leader for purposes of Sales, including customer communication, problem solving, and building a world class sales organization. ViaWest is the leading Hybrid IT solutions company providing co-location, managed services, cloud computing, and security and compliance. In his previous roles as Sales Vice President at Global Cloud Exchange, Gunnar managed the U.S. sales team responsible for new business acquisition and account management. Responsible for a $53.4M annual revenue stream, Gunnar was instrumental in delivering sustainable revenue and margin growth. Earlier in his career, Gunnar worked in the telecommunications industry managing target account sales strategies to the Fortune 1000. Gunnar is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Denver with his wife and 3 children.

Ashley Sturm, Marketing Communications Manager of Global Solutions, Vertiv Co.

Jay Sudowski, Co-Founder & CEO, Handy Networks, LLC

Joseph Suppers, Owner, NodeCom, Inc.

Joe is the founder and President of NodeCom, Inc. a Princeton NJ based firm specializing in the data center industry helping clients with site acquisitions, dispositions of existing facilities and identifying new market opportunities for clients. In 1995, Suppers founded Nodecom after holding corporate real estate executive positions where he was responsible for the real estate holdings for DuPont, General Electric Company, GE Capital and HSBC Bank. NodeCom’s first project was helping AOL expand and deploy its communication “nodes” across the U.S. when dial up was the only way to connect to the Internet. NodeCom has completed over 300 data centers and switch sites across the country for data center telecommunication clients including AOL, Inflow, Intermedia, Level3, MCI WorldCom, 360 Networks. Suppers was also the founder of in 2000 that was the “go to” site for industry news which eventually evolved into which is today the “go to” site for information and knowledge about the data center industry. Seeing the convergence of energy and data DC-Nexus was launched to educate and promote the benefits of Direct Current power solutions.

Jabez Tan, Research Director, Data Centre Infrastructure – San Francisco, Structure Research

Structure Research is an independent research and consulting firm with a specific focus on the hosting and cloud segments within the Internet infrastructure market. We are devoted to understanding, tracking and projecting the future of hosting and cloud infrastructure service providers. Our mission is to publish the best research and analysis, and supply the most comprehensive data sets, about the Internet infrastructure services market. We provide the information and perspective necessary to make accurate strategic decisions.

Dan Thompson, Senior Analyst, 451 Research

As a Senior Analyst for 451 Research, Dan Thompson provides insight into the Multi-Tenant Datacenter (MTDC) market space. Dan is particularly focused on MTDCs that are trying to move up the stack to offer additional services beyond colocation and connectivity. These services may include disaster recovery, security, various forms of cloud and other managed services. He also assists the 451 Research Information Security group when their interests overlap. Prior to joining 451 Research, Dan spent 15 years as a practitioner in the IT industry, the last 10 of which were spent at a top managed/cloud service provider. Dan has worn many hats in the IT world, from systems administration to management, and was most recently an enterprise architect. In that role, Dan not only assisted in the launch of the company’s security practice, but also created security-specific products, and designed security into every solution launched to the customer base. Dan has been quoted in a number of top publications including The Wall Street Journal, as well as industry-specific publications such as CyberTrend Magazine. He is a regular speaker at client and industry events and regularly appears on regional NBC affiliate stations across East Tennessee. In addition to a good many IT industry certifications, Dan currently holds degrees in Network Security and Forensics, and Information Technology.

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.

Anthony Wanger, President and Founder, IO

Anthony Wanger serves as President of IO. In this capacity, Wanger directs the Company’s expansion and acquisition activities, oversees key transactions, and manages the company’s utilities and legal functions. Prior to his involvement with IO, Wanger co-founded and managed Sterling Network Services, LLC, a leading enterprise data center services provider (sold in July 2006). Prior to Sterling Network, Wanger was Senior Vice President at Sterling Partners, a private equity firm, where he directed a variety of investments and transactions for the firm. Wanger graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Emory University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law.

Brian Weber, Data Center Implementation Manager, LinkedIn

Brian Weber leads the data center implementation team at LinkedIn. Prior to LinkedIn, Brian was a Senior Data Center Operations manager at Adobe. While at Adobe, Brian was a member of the team that designed and operated Adobe’s first greenfield data center in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Wenli Yu, CEO, Archimedes Controls Corp.

Wenli Yu, currently serves as CEO of Archimedes Controls Corp., a Silicon Valley based technology company focused in global data center security markets. Prior to co-founding Archimedes, Wenli served as General Manager and Legal Representative of JDSU, a global optical technology leader responsible for its WOFE operations in China and business expansion in Asia. During his tenure at JDSU, he built the company’s Broadband Network Development Center and led the company’s expansion in several major cities across China through organic growth as well as acquisitions. Wenli has over 25 years of experiences in marketing, business development, R&D and manufacturing partnerships in North America, Asia and Europe for carrier and enterprise marketplaces. Before joining JDSU, Wenli founded and co-founded multiple technology companies backed by Silicon Valley and Mid-Atlantic based venture capitals and acquired by publicly traded companies (Lucent, PMC-Sierra, Vina). Over the decades of his career, he worked as Product Line Manager, Hardware Manager and he was instrumental in developing, managing and winning market leadership positions for several brand-name communications products in global communications markets.

Wenli received his MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. Wenli has been Limited Partner of several US-based venture capitals and advisor for startups and VCs. He also holds several U.S. patents in various technology fields.

Art Zeile, Advisory Board Member, University of Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative

All Speakers

  • Julie Brewer: General Manager, CoreSite
  • David Dunn: COO, H5 Data Centers
  • Dave Leonard: Chief Data Center Officer, ViaWest, Inc.
  • Svein Atle Hagaseth: Senior Vice President North America, Green Mountain Data Center, Ltd.
  • David Bartholomai: Economic Development Consultant, State of Nebraska
  • Michael Bell: Project Manager - Mission Critical, Burns & McDonnell
  • Stephen Belomy: Senior Vice President - US, Etix Everywhere
  • John Brito-Amador: VP of Business Development, Congruex
  • Hugh Carspecken: CEO, DartPoints
  • Todd Coleman: President and CEO, Estruxture Data Centers
  • Hector Diaz: Sr. Partner, iDiaz Advisors, LLC
  • Jon deRidder: Principal, Enabled Energy, Inc.
  • Jason Ferrara: Managing Partner, Callosum Partners
  • Mattias Ganslandt: CEO and President, Multigrid Data Centers
  • Ben Green: VP, Network & Mobility, CoreSite
  • Clint Harder: Chief Technology Officer, OneNeck
  • Scot Heath: Director of Engineering, Enabled Energy, Inc.
  • Steven Holland: Vice President – Facility Management Solutions, T5 Data Center Facilities Management
  • Bill Johnson: Vice President Colocation and Data Center Operations, H5 Data Centers
  • Kylle Jordan: Economic Development Program Specialist, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • TJ Karklins: SVP, zColo at Zayo Group
  • Jim Kerrigan: Managing Principal & Founding Member, North American Data Centers
  • Kirk Killian: President, Partners National Mission Critical Facilities
  • Lee Kestler: Principal, Kopend Ventures LLC
  • Keith Klesner: Senior Vice President, North America, Uptime Institute
  • Phill Lawson-Shanks: Chief Innovation Officer, EdgeConneX
  • Conan Lee: Managing Director, JLL
  • Tony Lin: Director, GI Partners
  • David Liggitt: Founder/CEO, datacenterHawk
  • Rabin Mahanty: Director, H5 Data Centers
  • John Major: Principal, Page
  • Jocelyn McCaslin: Director of Channels, RagingWire Data Centers
  • Robert D. McClary: Chief Operating Officer, FORTRUST
  • Jeremy Meyers: Business Development Manager, CBRE
  • Shawn Mills: President, Green House Data
  • Michael Ortiz: Managing Director/Principal, Hemisphere Capital Advisors, LLC
  • Jesus Penalver: Regional Technical Specialist - Power Electronics Division, Toshiba International Corporation
  • John Pomposello: NEF
  • Kristy Rainwater: Vice President, T5 Data Centers
  • Christian Pruett: IT Operations (Data Centers & Enterprise Backup), Hitachi Data Systems
  • Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.: Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto
  • Darren Robinson: President, Economic Development Council of Buffalo County
  • Gunnar Stinnett: Regional Vice President, ViaWest
  • Ashley Sturm: Marketing Communications Manager of Global Solutions, Vertiv Co.
  • Jay Sudowski: Co-Founder & CEO, Handy Networks, LLC
  • Joseph Suppers: Owner, NodeCom, Inc.
  • Jabez Tan: Research Director, Data Centre Infrastructure – San Francisco, Structure Research
  • Dan Thompson: Senior Analyst, 451 Research
  • Adam Waitkunas: President and Founder, Milldam Public Relations
  • Anthony Wanger: President and Founder, IO
  • Brian Weber: Data Center Implementation Manager, LinkedIn
  • Wenli Yu: CEO, Archimedes Controls Corp.
  • Art Zeile: Advisory Board Member, University of Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative