CAPRE’s Seventh Annual Greater New York Data Center Summit

Apr 5, 2018

Featured Speakers

Johan Börje, Director of Marketing, Stockholm Data Parks

Johan Börje is head of marketing and sales for Stockholm Data Parks. Stockholm Data Parks is an initiative by the City of Stockholm where the vision is a data center industry where no heat is wasted and where Sweden´s capital become an attractive hub for large data centers which employ heat recovery. It is done by bringing together, preparing and offering all the necessary infrastructure elements at attractive greenfield sites and sites for conversion suited for data center activity. Johan has a broad experience from management positions in companies focusing on innovation and sustainability. Formerly market director of Sweden’s largest recycling company, Johan pioneered the concept of circular economy for waste management. As CEO of a semiconductor start-up company he was instrumental in introducing next generation high performance programmable processors to networking equipment OEMs. Prior to that he held several positions in Ericsson in charge of sales and product management of telecom and datacom products. Johan holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management.

Sean Brady, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Sean Brady joined C&W in 1980 and over the past 30 years he has consistently finished in the top ranks in New Jersey and on a national basis.  Mr. Brady has won several quality service awards.  Mr. Brady is one of the founding members of Cushman & Wakefield’s Data Center Advisory Group (DCA Group), and has been working in this space since 1995. He completed the first colocation facility on the east coast in 1996 with Exodus Communications. The Practice focuses on the technology intensive, 24/7 facilities that businesses rely on to support and protect their people, equipment, services, and data. The professionals of the DCA Group are among the industry’s most experienced within this highly specialized sector and asset class. Their command of the mechanical systems, complex power and HVAC requirements, regulatory issues, and sensitive security considerations of these facilities set them apart from traditional brokerage professionals. The Practice includes brokerage, consulting, and client solution professionals from the U.S. and Canada and works collaboratively with a peer practice in Europe.  By spearheading the development of asset-specific databases, industry white papers, and strategic partnerships, the Practice continues to expand its thought-leadership to ensure clients receive real estate strategies and services informed with the latest developments of the industry.  A select listing of Mr. Brady’s mission critical transactions includes: Sabey Data Center (1.1 million sq. ft. facility at 375 Pearl Street, NYC); ATT/TCG (400,000, sf data center and NOC facility, Dayton, NJ); Exodus/Savvis (90,000, sf data center, Jersey City, NJ); Looking Glass (12,000, sf data and telco center, Jersey City, NJ); SHPS, Inc. (190,000, sf headquarters and data center, Louisville, KY); ATT (10,000, sf data center and switch, Jersey City, NJ); IDOM (8,000, sf data center and offices, Newark, NJ); Federal Home Loan Bank (20,000, sf data center and back office, Jersey City, NJ); and Infocrassing (60,000, sf data center and back office, Leonia, NJ). Mr. Brady earned a Finance and Marketing degree, with a Marine Biology minor, at Long Island University. He is involved in the new chapter in New Jersey for The Association for Corporate Growth, whose membership primarily consists of New Jersey-based private equity firms and venture capital companies.  He has also created a real estate due diligence service for companies involved in merger and acquisitions and/or private equity firms. He currently heads a subcommittee for SwimAcross America’s Greenwich Swim, which raises money for cancer research.  He is the Past President of the Industrial Office Real Estate Broker Association (IOREBA) for the tri-state area and has been involved with the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks for New Jersey (NAIOP).

Mike Coleman, Data Center Operations Executive - HWOps, Google

Mike’s responsibilities include technical design and construction management, facility value and performance engineering, Supply Chain management and commissioning and ongoing operations of Yahoo’s production data center infrastructure. We order, install and support the IT infrastructure across Yahoo, requiring approximately 100,000,000 continuous watts of critical power. The Data Center Engineering and Construction team falls within the Data Center Operations group and is responsible for Yahoo’s global data center strategy as well as the design, build, and fit-out of Yahoo’s state of the art Data Centers. It is this group’s goal to improve the efficiency, reliability, and scalability of Yahoo’s Data Centers by developing and adopting new and innovative solutions in the design and core infrastructure of our buildings.

Garry Connolly, Chairman at GconnTec & President Host in Ireland | Cochair of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Co

Garry Connolly is the President and Founder of Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location. He is also Co-chair of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Coalition, a not-for-profit initiative designed to raise awareness of the data privacy obligations for companies resulting from the implementation of the GDPR. A much sought-after keynote speaker, panelist and moderator at global industry events, Garry regularly appears in conferences throughout the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dublin, London, Monaco and Costa Rica.  Garry has over 30 years’ experience in assisting Foreign Direct investment into Europe and demonstrates a pragmatic and common sense approach to data centre site selection, sales, negotiation, company start-ups, mentoring and strategic thinking. In addition to providing leadership at the award-winning Host in Ireland initiative, Garry has also been recognised as one of the top 50 EMEA Influencers in Cloud and Data Centres 2017 by Data Economy, and was runner up in the 2017 DCS Awards’ ‘Data Centre Individual of Year’ category. Getting things done, facilitating logical and straightforward thinking, bringing both ideas and people together, and attaining results are all aspects of Garry’s executive strategy. In addition, he is comfortable at either the board or operational level, and experienced in FDI, IT, ICT, data centre technology, Pan-European date centre site selection, cloud computing, real estate and startup management.

Peter Feldman, CEO & Principal, DataGryd Data Centers LLC

Mr. Feldman has over 30 years of experience in data center development, management, and design, with a focus on implementing energy-efficient technology. He has held CTO, President, and founding roles at several successful startups including the TelX group, a national leader in data center collocation services. Mr. Feldman has additional expertise in optical and wireless network engineering for rural broadband, IT infrastructure management, and wireless network infrastructure. Prior to founding DataGryd, Mr. Feldman served as the technical and business development interface with United Technologies Power for their hydrogen and natural gas fuel cell technology and CCHP micro-turbines, and AMSC (formerly American Superconductor) for developing superconducting cable technology for data centers. He holds industry related patents, is an active member of several professional trade organizations, and has spoken at industry conferences including Interop New York, Green Data Center Conference & Exhibition, 7×24 Exchange, and IMN’s Financing, Investing & Real Estate Development for Data Centers.

Jack Funchion, Director - Northeast, Digital Realty Trust

Jack Funchion has over 30 years of experience in the data center industry as an operations director, technology manager, management consultant and sales executive. For the past 10 years at Digital Realty, Jack has worked with senior level technology and real estate management at some of the world’s largest banking, insurance, communications, media, and technology services organizations. Jack has helped these companies identify solutions to data center capacity issues throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Brian Klebash, President & Founder, CAPRE's International Data Center Series

Brian founded CAPRE, an integrated digital media and events company, in May 2010. The company commenced operations in 2011 and is based in Hoboken, NJ. The company’s International Data Center Series is the largest regional conference series in the U.S. for mission critical executives. The series expanded to Canada and Europe in 2016. While leading CAPRE, Brian has received special recognition from the City of Jersey City for The New Jersey Gold Coast Summit. In addition, he was nominated for a data center leadership award by The American Advanced Technology & Cybersecurity University for The Southwest Data Center Summit. Prior to this role, he worked for a myriad of media-related companies. He has been affiliated with reputable media organizations since age 15 including radio, TV, newspapers, internet sources and events. He graduated from Emerson College in 2000 with a degree in journalism. At Emerson, he earned four Associated Press awards while serving as one of the managers of his college’s nationally-recognized radio station. He also hosted blues, folk and international music-oriented programs as a student DJ.

James Leach, Vice President Marketing, RagingWire Data Centers

James Leach is Vice President Marketing at RagingWire Data Centers. Previously he was a global marketing executive at IBM, Savvis, Internap, Neustar, and Harris Corporation. Over his career, James was part of the core business team developing internet, telecommunications, and infrastructure solutions, including: DNS security, web domains, performance monitoring, vertical industry solutions, content delivery networks (CDN), virtual private networks (VPN), cloud computing, and data centers. At RagingWire, James is the overall marketing leader responsible for a data center portfolio of 1.2 million square feet and 97 MW in the United States and a global data center platform of 140 locations as part of the Nexcenter brand of NTT Communications.

Miles Loo, Jr., Global Lead, Valuation & Advisory, Data Center Consulting Group, Newmark Knight Frank

Bill McHenry, Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase

Global Head of Critical Systems & Engineering, Facilities Managment USSpecialties: Data center design, construction and managment. All critical infrastructure M&E systems.

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-ATS, 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.

Rich Miller, Founder & Editor, Data Center Frontier

Rich writes about the places where the Internet lives, telling the story of data centers and the people who build them. As the editor of Data Center Frontier, Rich does in-depth reporting and interviews the CEOs, managers and data center professionals that are on the forefront of the data center industry and the cutting-edge of cloud computing. Drawing upon his 15 years of experience covering the data center sector, he provides news and insights on the key trends, facilities and thought leaders driving the next phase of the Internet’s growth. In 2005, Rich founded Data Center Knowledge, the leading news site for the data center and cloud computing business. He built the site from a one-man startup into an essential resource hub reaching more than 200,000 data center professionals every month. Data Center Knowledge was acquired by iNET Interactive in 2012 and is now part of the Penton family of media properties. Prior to moving online, Rich worked in print media for two decades, directing coverage of investigative journalism and enterprise reporting projects at daily newspapers in New Jersey. He also served as Business Editor, Religion & Values reporter, and newsroom technology director during his time at The Home News and The Trenton Times. Rich started his journalism career on the sports desk at The Princeton Packet group. When not visiting data centers, Rich works on renovations to his home in Lawrenceville, NJ and enjoys spending time with his two college-age sons.

David Spiewak, Managing Principal, DJS Group LLC / Next Tier HD

David Spiewak founded DJS Group LLC  in 2000 with a focus on the Mission Critical landscape.   He has represented IT and real estate clients  completing transactions throughout Australia, APAC, EMEA and North America.  David focuses on the procurement and negotiation of wholesale, retail, managed service and cloud capacity having worked with professional firms, collocation providers, foundations, hosting companies and a heavy concentration within the financial services vertical; having represented many of the worlds largest bulge bracket banks, hedge funds and mid level financial firms.   David has specialized in the Mission Critical arena since 1997 having  spent his career on both the IT and real estate sides of the house.  David has been involved in over $3 billion worth of real estate transactions, and has been an investor and owner of over three million square feet of mission critical, office and residential real estate throughout his career.  Mr. Spiewak earned a B.A. from Syracuse University and has completed all course work towards a CCIM designation. David holds real estate broker licenses in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Rich Ungar, North American Manager of Automation, ABB

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.

All Speakers

  • Sean Brady: Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Mike Coleman: Data Center Operations Executive - HWOps, Google
  • Bill McHenry: Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase
  • Johan Börje: Director of Marketing, Stockholm Data Parks
  • Garry Connolly: Chairman at GconnTec & President Host in Ireland | Cochair of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Co
  • Peter Feldman: CEO & Principal, DataGryd Data Centers LLC
  • Jack Funchion: Director - Northeast, Digital Realty Trust
  • Brian Klebash: President & Founder, CAPRE's International Data Center Series
  • James Leach: Vice President Marketing, RagingWire Data Centers
  • Miles Loo, Jr.: Global Lead, Valuation & Advisory, Data Center Consulting Group, Newmark Knight Frank
  • Dave Meadows: Director of Industry, Standards and Technology, Stulz
  • Rich Miller: Founder & Editor, Data Center Frontier
  • David Spiewak: Managing Principal, DJS Group LLC / Next Tier HD
  • Rich Ungar: North American Manager of Automation, ABB
  • Wenli Yu: CEO, Archimedes Controls Corp.