CAPRE’s Seventh Annual Northern California Data Center Summit

Feb 20, 2018

Featured Speakers

Sami Badri, Senior Analyst, Credit Suisse

Sami Badri is a senior analyst at Credit Suisse responsible for the firm’s coverage of the Communications Infrastructure sector, including data centers, towers, and Internet fiber/infrastructure. Mr. Badri joined Credit Suisse in 2013 and joined the equity research department in 2014 as a research associate in the technology, media, and telecommunications group, covering the information technology hardware and global communications equipment sectors. Prior to Credit Suisse, Sami was a management consultant at PwC Consulting, working in the financial services strategy group, and attended the Pennsylvania State University where he received a BS in finance.

Mark Bauer, Managing Director/National Director – Data Center Solutions (DCS), Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.

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.

Chris Crosby, CEO, Compass Datacenters

Chris Crosby is a recognized visionary and leader in the datacenter space and the founder and CEO of Compass Datacenters. Chris has over 20 years of technology experience and over 10 years of real estate and investment experience. Previously, Chris served as a senior executive and founding member of Digital Realty Trust. Chris was Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Digital Realty Trust, responsible for growth initiatives including establishing the company’s presence in Asia. Prior to this role, Chris was the Senior Vice President of Sales and Technical Services with international responsibilities including sales, marketing, design, construction, technical operations and customer service. Prior to the initial public offering of Digital Realty, Chris was founder and managing director of Proferian, a company which was responsible for marketing and sales within the GI Partners portfolio with an emphasis on technology-related leasing including colocation. Proferian served as an operating platform for GI Partners and was rolled into the IPO for Digital Realty Trust. Prior to Proferian, Chris served as a consultant for CRG West, now Coresite. For the first ten years of his career, Chris was active in international and domestic sales, sales management and product development at Nortel Networks, a major supplier of products and services that support the Internet and other public and private data, voice and multimedia communications networks. Mr. Crosby received a B.S. degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.

Anna Claiborne, SVP - Software Engineering, PacketFabric

Anna enjoys starting companies in the stagnant areas of technology most in need of different ideas and automation. She is currently a co-founder and SVP of Engineering at PacketFabric, the highly scalable connectivity-as-a-service platform. Before PacketFabric, Anna was a co-founder of Prolexic Technologies, which was acquired by Akamai for $370 million. She was also VP of Engineering at 6connect, and Security Services Product Manager at Terremark.

Jeff Ferry, Director, Goldman Sachs

Jeff Ferry is a Director with Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group and has been with GS since helping to start up the group in March of 2004.   GSSLG focuses on providing a wide range of capital, including senior debt, 2nd lien, mezzanine capital and preferred equity to middle market companies to support leveraged buyouts, expansion/growth capital needs as well as recapitalizations and other financings.   GSSLG has been a very active investor in the data center, managed services, IT services and hosting space, with debt and/or equity investments over the past few years in growing companies like Viawest, Datapipe,  Iweb,  Telx,  Cervalis and Endurance International.

Cary Frame, CEO, Polargy

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.

Derek Garnier, President & COO, Evocative Data Centers

James Grice, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP

Jim Grice is a project development and real estate lawyer with significant experience in the area of project finance and tax incentives. Over the course of his career, Jim has developed a diverse portfolio of experiences, having advised numerous clients on dozens of transactions and projects throughout the U.S. involving more than $5 billion in total project activity and more than $1 billion in tax incentives. Industry sectors in which Jim has accumulated significant experience include: Data Centers and Cloud Infrastructure, Energy, Renewables and Oil and Gas, Infrastructure Finance & P3, Commercial Real Estate. In addition to handling the tax incentive work in each of the industries and projects referenced above, Jim’s experience also includes involvement with many other facets of each project including: State and local tax issues and legislative affairs, Tax credit financing, tax increment financing, tax abatement and other local tax incentives, Tax-exempt bond financing and conventional debt structures, Legislative strategies to manage state and local tax issues, Purchase and sale agreements, commercial leasing, service level agreements, colocation agreements; fiber agreements and wireless facility agreements, Entitlements, permitting and environmental approvals,  Renewable energy facility development and finance, Utility matters, power purchase agreements and interconnection agreements.

Christof Hammerli, Digital Infrastructure, Landmark Dividend LLC

Paul Hopkins, Vice President, Colt Data Centre Services

Paul Hopkins is currently Vice President of Sales, U.S. at Colt Data Centre Services(DCS.) With 29 state-of-the-art carrier neutral data centres across Europe and Asia, connectivity to over 530 data centres across the globe and the largest cloud footprint in Europe. Colt is one of the world’s most connected data centres. Paul has been a sales and marketing leader in the data center and cloud services industry for over 18 years. His career began at Netcom, one of the first ISP’s and the first Internet company to IPO (1994). He then became an early member of the sales team at Exodus Communications, a pioneer in the data center industry, that grew revenues from $50-$800Millon+ in 4 years. In the last 8 years, Paul has built and led several world-class sales teams at leading data center and managed services providers, Savvis, IPSoft and Telx.

Bob Hunter, Founder and CEO, AlphaGuardian Networks

Jerry Inguagiato, Senior Vice President, CBRE

Daryl Jurbala, Engineering Manager, Twilio Inc.

Arman Khalili, CEO, Evocative Data Centers

Ed Kimm, VP - Cloud Solutions & Strategic Alliances, StrataCore

As the VP of Cloud Solutions & Strategic Alliances at StrataCore, Ed is responsible for assisting with and consulting on solution development for cloud (XaaS) services, as well as building relationships with referral partners and resellers. Ed began his IT career in 1998 at Compass Communications as the Director of Sales for their Data Center and Enterprise consulting division. For the past 10 years, Ed worked as a Managing Partner, CRO at Wow Technologies. During his time at Wow, he assisted with architecting their hybrid IT & cloud practice, business development, building channel sales, and sales & marketing operations.  In his spare time, Ed serves as a Board Member for numerous 501(c)3s including Seattle Charity Events, which provides advocacy for underprivileged, neglected, and abused children and Grow 50, providing mentorship, consulting and counsel for startups.


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.

Michael Lee, Senior Asset Manager, Digital Realty

Jack Leidecker, VP - Information Security, Digital Realty

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

Craig McGahey, CEO, RT3 Advisors

Seasoned commercial real estate professional focused on the development, investment and transaction management of technology advantaged real estate, including data centers, corporate office/R&D facilities, and life science properties. Experienced in executing facility requirements through the life cycle from concept and planning into proposals, underwriting, negotiations, transactions, design, construction and commissioning. Background includes corporate services, strategic planning, site selection, project management, building and land development, financial modeling, market analysis, sales, leasing, acquisitions and dispositions.

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.

Donald Mitchell, Data Center Division Manager, Victaulic

Don Mitchell lived in a welded pipe for over 3 years (USS Bluefish, SSN 675) followed by 20+ years’ experience in modular, scalable data center solutions and construction materials testing and research. Recently joined Victaulic as Data Center Segment Manager to align the global vision and success of Victaulic with the data center industry in the areas of liquid distribution in and around mission critical environments, as well as innovations in minimal impact data center fire suppression. Don Mitchell’s Naval Service included qualifications in Submarines and Naval Nuclear Engineer. Don Mitchell’s roles in civilian life included solution delivery in the construction materials testing industry as well as leadership roles in modular, scalable data center solution delivery programs. He has been active as a speaker in a variety of data center professional organizations, most recently with topics of “Fast, Unsinkable Data Centers” and “Hybrid Fire Suppression for Hybrid and High Value Data Centers.” His education includes BS in Mechanical Engineer, MBA, and MS in Information Technology as well as a variety of certifications and licenses in engineering disciplines.

Mike Nguyen, Founder and CEO, Inflect

Mike Nguyen is CEO of Inflect, Inc., a San Francisco-based startup that is building an open and neutral online platform to enable buyers and sellers of internet infrastructure services to connect, collaborate and transact. Mike has 15 years of experience in internet infrastructure consulting, successfully helping companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Twilio procure their infrastructure and grow. He saw the light and went all in on building the online platform everyone wants and needs.

Ryan Oro, Senior Vice President, EdgeCore Data Centers

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.

Jon Paulsen, Senior VP, DCI Technology Holdings, LLC

Mr. Paulsen has more than 25 years of experience in real estate development and investment. Starting in 2002, Jon Paulsen became part of the original seven member GI Partners team based in Menlo Park focusing on the acquisition of data center and telco properties. From 2002 to 2004 the team sourced, underwrote, and closed on 22 real estate technology assets valued at over $1.2 billion, located in various North American and European markets. These assets were the basis for the IPO of Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) in 2004. As a senior executive at Digital Realty he continued to be responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars of tech property acquisition for 5 years. In 2009, Mr. Paulsen started a third party sales channel for Digital to increase the REIT’s sales of data center space.  He had channel responsibility for the global portfolio of the largest third party provider of data center space in the world. This channel was responsible for about half of new revenue for the REIT. He also worked for Tishman Speyer Properties in the 90’s having opened up their Silicon Valley office. Currently, he is a partner in Engineered Fluids and a founding partner of Cool Data Centers.  His aim is to help reduce power consumption in the field of IT compute in a customer focused manner.

Christian Pedersen, Director of Western Region Channel & Alliances, INAP

For 17 years Chris has specialized in the Data Center/Colocation industry advising, consulting and selling to Enterprise clients globally.  Chris specializes within the Silicon Valley/Northern California Data Center market working directly with end users, Data Center brokers and Channel agents.  Chris also has extensive experience with network connectivity in the data center for his clients and managing their network requirements.  Chris also advises his clients and CenturyLink on site selections for their strategic data center geographic coverage.

Andrew Peisch, Principal, KKR

John Piccone, Senior Manager - Real Estate, Apple

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

Justin Reilly, Senior Vice President, Colliers International

Raul Saavedra, Executive Vice President, JLL

Andrew Schaap, CEO, Aligned Energy

James Staten, Global Head of Market Development, Equinix

Miroslav Tenkl, Director – West Coast Operations, Czech Invest

Mozan Totani, Director - Head of Data Center Development and Delivery, Oath IaaS

Jeffrey West, Director of Data Center Research, CBRE

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

  • Chris Crosby: CEO, Compass Datacenters
  • John Piccone: Senior Manager - Real Estate, Apple
  • James Staten: Global Head of Market Development, Equinix
  • Sami Badri: Senior Analyst, Credit Suisse
  • Mark Bauer: Managing Director/National Director – Data Center Solutions (DCS), Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.
  • Johan Börje: Director of Marketing, Stockholm Data Parks
  • Anna Claiborne: SVP - Software Engineering, PacketFabric
  • Jeff Ferry: Director, Goldman Sachs
  • Cary Frame: CEO, Polargy
  • Mattias Ganslandt: CEO and President, Multigrid Data Centers
  • Derek Garnier: President & COO, Evocative Data Centers
  • James Grice: Partner, Bryan Cave LLP
  • Christof Hammerli: Digital Infrastructure, Landmark Dividend LLC
  • Paul Hopkins: Vice President, Colt Data Centre Services
  • Bob Hunter: Founder and CEO, AlphaGuardian Networks
  • Jerry Inguagiato: Senior Vice President, CBRE
  • Daryl Jurbala: Engineering Manager, Twilio Inc.
  • Arman Khalili: CEO, Evocative Data Centers
  • Ed Kimm: VP - Cloud Solutions & Strategic Alliances, StrataCore
  • Brian Klebash: President & Founder, CAPRE's International Data Center Series
  • James Leach: Vice President Marketing, RagingWire Data Centers
  • Michael Lee: Senior Asset Manager, Digital Realty
  • Jack Leidecker: VP - Information Security, Digital Realty
  • Miles Loo, Jr.: Global Lead, Valuation & Advisory, Data Center Consulting Group, Newmark Knight Frank
  • Craig McGahey: CEO, RT3 Advisors
  • Dave Meadows: Director of Industry, Standards and Technology, Stulz
  • Donald Mitchell: Data Center Division Manager, Victaulic
  • Mike Nguyen: Founder and CEO, Inflect
  • Ryan Oro: Senior Vice President, EdgeCore Data Centers
  • Michael Ortiz: Managing Director/Principal, Hemisphere Capital Advisors, LLC
  • Jon Paulsen: Senior VP, DCI Technology Holdings, LLC
  • Christian Pedersen: Director of Western Region Channel & Alliances, INAP
  • Andrew Peisch: Principal, KKR
  • Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.: Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto
  • Justin Reilly: Senior Vice President, Colliers International
  • Raul Saavedra: Executive Vice President, JLL
  • Andrew Schaap: CEO, Aligned Energy
  • Miroslav Tenkl: Director – West Coast Operations, Czech Invest
  • Mozan Totani: Director - Head of Data Center Development and Delivery, Oath IaaS
  • Jeffrey West: Director of Data Center Research, CBRE
  • Wenli Yu: CEO, Archimedes Controls Corp.